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.
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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.
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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.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rainbow Thousand Petal Lotus





Starting from the bottom, I colorized the Thousand Petal Lotus Mandala as a rainbow. I used pastel colors as they seem most appropriate, but brighter colors are possible. Once I completed this version, I can create other color variations quickly and easily. I offer blue and pink versions, but any color or combination of colors can be done.
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I finish up with a fiveplex of mandalas which is probably not sellable, but which is an interesting exercise.