Sunday, June 6, 2010
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
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
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.
I finish up with a fiveplex of mandalas which is probably not sellable, but which is an interesting exercise.