Saturday, May 29, 2010

Nightblooming Flower Mandala with Butterfllies


This is my first attempt to combine flowers and butterflies in a mandala. I use a new technique on the background elements in this one and you can view details on my Emerging Patterns site.
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I have started experimenting with new software from Reveal Muvee which allows me to create slideshows set to music. It is a first step to animatinng my mandalas. Here is the link on Shwup to one on butterflies. I should add this mandala to the end.

http://www.shwup.com/openalbum/butterfly1/_5YEAC55xug

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Thousand Petal Lotus



In the Hindu tradition, they talk about the crown chakra being a thousand petaled lotus. I have wondered what that would look like and decided to find out, by creating this mandala. There are, of course, many ways to conceive of this, but I rather like this one. I offer a black on white and a white on black version.
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This was perhaps the most difficult mandala I have done. It has some imperfections; but I leave them in the tradition of Navajo artists who deliberately leave a flaw in every creation because perfection is of God, not man.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Full Color Butterfly Mandala 2


It is time to revisit the butterflies. I can create variations of this in different color schemes and layouts. On the Emerging Patterns site, I show how I created the background flower for this piece. Other backgrounds are possible.