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.