Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Daffodil Mandala Array

I have completed a mandala array made with photos of daffodils. This is also part of my Mainely Mandalas collection. I also show you the mandala used in creating the array.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Twelve Faces of Babaji Revised

Zazzle has censored my Babaji mandala again, objecting to my use of the ancient symbol of the swastika. I had previously explained to them that the swastika is one of our earliest sacred symbols found in various forms around the world long before the Nazi's perversion of it. I have had Babaji designs on Zazzle since 2008, but they would not relent this time, so I have changed my design. This revised version uses an Aztec symbol which is actually a variation on the swastika, but looks different than the one we are more familiar with. The Navajo and Hopis used one identical to the Scandinavian one, and Buddhists still use it today. The Babaji mandala was my first digital mandala and still my favorite, so it is important to me to keep it available. Those interested in more information will find Wikipedia's article on this symbol fascinating. I think of the swastika, in all its forms, as a cross in motion.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Easter Lilies

I used photos of white Easter lilies to create these designs to celebrate Easter and spring. It is part of my new Mainely Mandalas collection, and a Signs of Spring series. The mandala and array can be seen on a variety of products on my Zazzle site, where they may be purchased. I use the blog to tell the story of the creative process, and to archive its development. On Zazzle, I use the lily border to frame a number of popular prayers and scriptures. There, you can use it to create your own customized design adding your own text. Zazzle makes it fun and easy. The design can be put on a poster, greeting card, or any number of other products.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tree Mandala Experiment

For several years, I have planned to use trees for my mandala designs. I started with a bare branched mesquite tree a couple of years ago. I spent months "extracting" the tree from it background, but set it aside. I haven't given up on it, and plan to come back to it at some point. I also started extracting a birch tree, but have set that aside as well. I decided to try working with something simpler, and chose this small, bare branched tree near my home. Even this simple tree took two months to extract. Trees with leaves should be easier, but I like the bare branched ones because there are so many interesting shapes out there, and it is nice to be able to see the structure. ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************** These designs are an experiment to see what can be done with the trees. They show some of what is possible. I will not be putting these up for sale, but would appreciate any feedback you have. By the way, I am trying to think of a name for my Maine/New England collection of designs. I have my Cactus Hugger Designs for Arizona flora. I plan to keep adding to that collection, but want to start a Maine collection as well. I am thinking of Mainely Mandalas. Let me know how you like it.