Saturday, December 10, 2005

Illustration Friday - Surprise!

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Two darker mandalas, compared to my previous posting.

All three are made using the kaleidoscope filter in Painter IX.

These two were created from a digital collage combining paintings, drawings and photographs.

Its possible to make very similiar images simply by selecting a section of a picture and then reflecting it over and over.

There is a great deal of satisfaction to be had in hand-painting mandalas too and in fact I've used two hand painted ones within these.




On hearing that the topic this week was surprise, Jim said I should draw a picture of some sheep. He said they are always surprised and he's seen them surprised by the sun rising at dawn.

However I'll leave that as a verbal image.

20 comments:

MBrown said...

To be quite honest with you, I had no clue as to what Mandala was until now.
This is wonderful, and something that I will be looking into a little more.

Beautiful creations you have here. Love them!

carla said...

These are amazing, Caroline! The use of the layers really adds to the gorgeous complexity. I like the little people in the top one...it makes me think of global unity or something like that...very nice:>

ValGalArt said...

amazing work and I hope you don' mind my saying this but the bottem one would be beautiful as dishes (plates) just glorious shapes and colours!

cream said...

Caro, your mandalas are getting better and better every time!
Great!

isay said...

both are unique and i like them both but there's a bit mystery on the second one -i like the way you did with the people and the colors that was used.

i think the the second one has more strength since the people are holding hands while the colors of the first one is lively.

steve said...

Absolutely mesmerizing ! This would look gorgeous as a round stained glass window in someone's living room or bed room!

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Wandering Coyote said...

Caro: The top one is indeed dark. I saw skeletons in it, not the positive things Carla mentions.

The second one is much lighter and it reminds me of church stained glass windows.

Anonymous said...

The person in your mandala is reflected around the world as cave drawings and carvings! I recognise him and think he is an Alien! Can also see his spaceship on outer edges!

The second is very beautiful ... reminds me of a Celtic Cross and stained glass windows :)

Both point to a question about Creation!

Cecilia's Art said...

hi! very interesting pictures!!!
i like them!, a lot

andrea said...

More mandalas. Delicious. They are truly surprising in their layers and effects. I love them. I have done a series of Celtic crosses and a few mandalas. I feel inspired to do more now!

Alina Chau said...

Sooo coool!

Nan said...

I really like the complexity and multiple layers of these, Caroline. You are very inspiring! I introduced my 10-year-old grandson to mandalas yesterday...I was working from the kalaidoscope concept as we each created our mandalas, and as I was explaining the "circle with a center" concept (from my limited understanding), he asked me, "Do you make sense of your life symetrically or non-symetrically, Nana?" Good grief... why do the grandkids these days have to be so smart? Of course I was really pleased at such insight. I think he wanted "permission" to do something free form within the mandala confines. It opened up a nice discussion, and of course, I encouraged him to be as random and non-symetrical as he wished!

Queen Tut said...

Wow, you are always doing something out of this world!

Holly said...

I like these-very interesting and creative. Looks like you had fun doing them. Cheers!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Beautiful work, as usual, Caro.

And speaking of sheep, if you really are going to draw them, try doing a shorn one....ohhh, talk about looking 'sheepish'.

Caroline said...

Now blogger is losing my comments on my own blog!!!

mbrown - thank you - I've popped over to see your work and its great, I love macro photographs and you have a particularly interesting approach to them.

carla - thanks - I enjoyed doing the layers, it was in complete contrast to my previous mandalas and suprised me! Glad you liked the little people.

valgalart - I don't mind at all. I'm as happy to be decorative as not. Thank you.

cream - thanks - have you tried them in Painter IX yet?

isay - thank you. I enjoyed doing them as a pair for contrast.

steve - thank you. And you are spot on I used some stained glass in the bottom one...

wandering coyote - are skeletons necessarily dark? And again yes there was stained glass in that one, well spotted!

anonymous - you've identified my little figure correctly. I think I was working with some North American rock art at the time he was created... the space ship is not so clear to me but now I look again i can see all sorts of other alien forms...

cecilia's art - thank you! Glad you like them.

Andrea - I do hope you do some mandalas, I love to see them.

Alina - thanks

nan - the ones that I was working from were much more asymmetrical, I like doing both kinds. Great to have done some with a grandchild!

queen tut - thank you. You are out of this world too.

holly - thanks yes I had lots of fun, though working with so many layers made my computer go too slowly...

GG - thank you. The unknown has done a surprised looking sheep this week...

johnnynorms said...

Thought I'd just sign in to say I like your mandalas. The two look fine together, but I imagine one on the flipside of the other, in which case you wouldn't be able to see them at the same time. The one with the figures seems particularly powerful to me - deep in the root of things.

Caroline said...

Thanks johnnynorms. I like the idea of them being like a big coin!

melba said...

I like this and I like your idea to take just a part of a picture. I am not too famliar with programs that change a picture, but I see all the results every week from the illustration friday posts and I will really have to try in the new year to experiment more. I like the top picture best with the little figures, very cool.

Caroline said...

Thanks melba! It certainly is fun to play with things like kaleidoscopes over a picture - it changes it so much.