Thursday, December 30, 2010


I have completed the nightblooming cactus mandala array. I develop new elements with each of these, so they are still evolving. With this one, I also improved my technique of aligning everything precisely. On a "canvas" of 52"x70", I have a tolerance of one pixel in order to get everything to fit just so.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Nightblooming Cactus Elements

I have started on a new mandala array using the nightblooming cactus. These are elements which will be used for it.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Cholla Cactus Array 1

I have created a new array with Cholla Cactus flowers. Each one of these I create shows me some new technique. With this one, I made the connecting lines splay out to enhance the radiating effect rather than using straight lines. More importantly, I added an "outer glow" to the array in Photoshop. This gives the whole complex a halo effect which I really like. I hope you do too.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Pomegranate Mandala Array 1

I have a new mandala array made with pomegranate flowers. I am posting it on Zazzle as a Thanksgiving card, but have an eye to it being my November image for this year's calendars.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Pomegranate Mandalas

I show you a pomegrante flower mandala I did over a year ago, followed by one I just completed with Thanksgiving designs in mind.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

2010 Christmas Cactus Mandala & Array

I have revisted my Christmas Cactus creations from 2009, and come up with a new mandala and array. The mandala is actually simpler than last year's, but I like it.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ice Plant Array

I have identified the succulent plant as an ice plant. Here is an array. To see the Christmas card designs, go to Nightblooming Cards, my parent blog.

Friday, October 22, 2010

2010 Christmas Mandala

I made this star with a triangular cutout from a photo of a succulent plant we have in the yard. The interesting thing is that I used the same cutout to create the second star. In one, I pointed the light end of the diamond outward. In the other, I placed it in the center. One little change results in two very different designs.
I went on to create a mandala from the same plant. I show it first on a solid, dark green square; then on a rectangular page with added stars.
I will be using this for my 2010 Christmas cards. I will also create an array and other designs coming up next.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Black & White Cosmos Star 1

There is a soc/rec program here that makes their own Christmas cards every year to send to its members. Last year, I offered to let them use my Christmas Cactus design, but they declined because it was full color and would have used too much ink. So this year, I wanted to offer them something more cost efficient, and created this black & white star using outlines of cosmos flowers.
I don't know if they will use it, but in the process; I developed a technique which will have wide applications. There are endless possibilities here for beautiful and interesting designs. The top image shows that these can be colorized. This could be useful for t shirts, where the detail in some of my complex photographic designs doesn't work so well. I like making t shirts because it is fun to combine the images with sayings, but some of my designs don't translate well to fabric, so this may be a solution.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Emerging Sunflower Video

I eventually want to animate my mandalas. My first you tube video is a step in that direction.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bicycle Mandala 2

I have created a new bicycle mandala. While it is actually simpler than the one I made a year ago, it is improved in technique, and includes a ring of whole mountain bikes. I could use road bikes or BMX if you prefer. On Zazzle, I can make these into stickers, cards, magnets and more as well as posters.
I show you a black and white on gray version and a rainbow alternate. I have set this up so that I could easliy create whatever color scheme you like.

Friday, September 17, 2010

More Sunflower Elements

I have added some more sunflower elements before starting on the array. I blurred the blue image so that it can serve as a background.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Pink Tree Bell Mandala and Array 2 with Backgrounds

The bottom image is the tree bell array reworked over a new radial background seen above. I then created another radial background as shown on top. This image is too busy and sharp to work well as a background, so I blurred it for use with the array.
I have been having a good time making the repeating pattern backgrounds, and they will continue to have their uses; but this radial technique is a jump forward and works much better with the mandalas.
I keep adding new techniques to my designs, that make me want to go back and rework everyhting I have done to date; but I forge ahead with new creations. I am selling a few pieces every month, but sometimes I ask myself why sales are not progressing faster. The answer I get is that I am still perfecting my craft. It has only been two and one half years that I have been doing this, and I am constantly learning.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sunflower Mandala 1

This is a sunflower mandala which I think is cheerful. I will be doing another with foliage, but think this is a good start.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Pink Tree Bell Mandala and Array

I give you the pink tree bell mandala array on a plain background. The black always shows up the colors well, but the textured backgrounds make the mandala float on top.
I then expanded the array out to the pattern you see on black. Next, I put it over a blue petal background.
Making the arrays elements fit right is tricky and I am still developing my technique around it.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Pink Tree Bell Mandala 3

I have created a third mandala with the pink tree bells. This one is simpler with an eye toward using it in a mandala array.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Ocitillo Array Expanded

I have expanded the ocitllo array to a larger pattern. This would make good wallpaper, and could be expanded indefinately.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Ocitillo Backgrounds

I made a background pattern from the ocitillo leaves. I started with the natural green. In Photoshop, I can desaturate the image; and then colorize it any way I like. For these first mandalas, I turned them red. To actually use for a background, I blur and darken them so as to not compete with the foreground.

Ocitillo Mandalas

I discovered a new approach to using triangular cutouts from the photos of foliage and flowers. I replicate and rotate the triangular sections to create a dodecagon(12 sided polygon) as you see here.

This second one is made with triangles cut out of a photo of bright red ocitillo flowers.

This one combines the first two. There is a lot I can do with this technique.

To me, this one made with orange flowers, is the most amazing. The fun of this approach, is that I never know how they are going to turn out. It is always a surprise.

Some of you have been asking for a different color scheme and this presents a new palette.

I offer two variations of this mandala. Others are possible.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Mandala Complex Continued

The top image shows the nightblooming mandala with butterflies extended by adding rays. I will do more of this.
This reminds me of the old rose windows of medieval cathedrals. While Tibetan mandalas are a big part of my inspiration, I have alwasy been in awe of stained glass windows. That lead to my working with stained glass for ten years.
I then used that two create these alternate mandala complex designs. Do you have a preference? This is an approach I will be using a lot as it makes full use of the rectangular page.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Mandala Complex 1 with Nightblooms & Butterflies

We take tobacco and incendiary devices at night from our residents for fire safety. That means we take matches and lighters. As I collected them Thursday night, I noticed that one of the guys had a new bic lighter. It had an interesting design on it that was sort of a mandala design. It was beautifully done, but what caught my eye was the layout. It had a complex arrangement of multiple rings that radiated into each other and created interesting shapes where they met.

One of the problems I keep working with is that a mandala fits nicely on a square page, but most prints, posters, cards and so on are rectangular. I have used a variety of techniques to fill up the extra space, but this makes the best use of the rectangle yet. I took my nightblooming mandala with butterflies and expanded it with radiaiting lines and arranged it on the page as you see here. I think the design is rather striking, but I have still not acheived what the artist did in the lighter. It is a rough first draft, but I think it is enough to show the potential.

This is so intricate that it would take a mural sized presentation to show any detail in the flowers or butterflies. I will start creating new ones that will fit better on a poster. I share this partly to show that there is no telling where the next inspiration will come from. I think it is my job to try and remain open to where I am lead.