Saturday, October 22, 2011

Poinsettia Mandala and Array

Here are my Christmas designs for 2011. They are made with photos of poinsettia flowers. I am showing the mandala and its expansion into an array.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Pomegranate Mandala Array

I have created this pomegranate mandala array with the idea that it will make a good Thanksgiving card design. I will post it on Zazzle as both an all purpose customizable card with a blank inside, and as a Thanksgiving card, with appropriate message.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Golden Poppy Array

This mandala array is made with photos of golden poppies. It completes my series for the 2012 Desert Rat Calendar.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Ocitillo Mandala Array 2

I'm still working toward my 2012 Desert Rat Calendar. This ocitillo array will be featured on it.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

2011 Yucca Designs

I have started new designs for a 2012 Desert Rat Calendar. It will feature
mostly images from my Cactus Hugger Calendar, but will include some other desert plants. I am starting with this reworked mandala which I used to create the array. Next up is a reworking of my ocitillo array and then Mexican poppies. That will probably be it for this year. Who knows what I will add next year?

Friday, August 26, 2011

2012 Cactus Hugger Calendar

I have completed my 2012 Cactus Hugger Calendar. It is available from my Zazzle store at this link.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Barrel Cactus 1 Mandala Array 2

I have reworked this barrel cactus array. The background uses a different technique. I took a radial star made with the cactus thorns, and turned it into an orb which fills the page. I will do more of this.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Red & Yellow Prickly Pear Cactus Array

This array is made with photos of the red & yellow Prickly pear cactus. The radial background behind the mandalas has been kept a natural color so that the flowers appear as they would against the cactus pads. Usually, I darken the background and sometimes change the color or desaturate it so that the flowers stand out against the background. I could use your feedback as to which you prefer.
One more array to go to complete my 2012 Cactus Hugger calendar.

Hedgehog Cactus Mandala 2

I have already created designs using the magenta flowers of a hedgehog cactus which is popular here in Tucson. I have found out, however, that it is not native to this country; so I wanted to create something with a local species.
This is a mandala created with the second cactus type.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Pincushion Cactus Array

At the top is the mandala which is the centerpiece of the array shown below. This array is made with the flowers of a pincuchion cactus. I have two more arrays to go for my 2012 Cactus Hugger Calendar which will feature 12 arrays, all made with cactus flowers.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Magenta Hedgehog Mandala & Array

I have a new magenta hedgehog cactus mandala and an array to add to my collection.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Teddy Bear Cholla Array 1

This array completes my series of teddy bear cholla creations.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Teddy Bear Cholla Mandala 1

This is a mandala made with photos of the teddy bear cholla cactus. A lot of people also call it the jumping cholla. I reserve that label for another cholla that I have in my front yard. Some people call all chollas the jumping cactus.

I am not a botonist and don't mind taking a little artistic license to tell a good story. I hope to spark your appreciation of and interes in cacti, and if I inspire you to get into classification and botanical investigation; I will be pleased. If anyone wants to correct me on my designations, please do so.
For more on the teddy bear cholla, we my post on May 21 on my Nightblooming Cards blog.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Saguaro Cactus Hugger T Shirt

I have started creating some simpler designs for use on fabrics as in t shirts. My photographic images work great on products which allow for good detail, but digitally painted graphics work better for this kind of application. Here is a link to one shirt as posted on my Zazzle site.

Thursday, January 20, 2011


I have completed a new mandala array made with photos of yellow prickly pear cactus flowers. This post includes some of the elements which went into creating the array.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Barrel Cactus Array 2

I have completed mandala array number 11. One more, and I will have a complete set for making a calendar. Then, I want to create an animated version. The stars are elements in the array. All is made with photos of barrel cacti and flowers.