One of my new favorite things is to take photos of trash and turn them into mandalas.
I love the idea of transformation, turning junk into something beautiful. It is a sign for changing the planet and changing our lives as well. I pick up the trash after the photos too so it helps the environment in a more practical sense too.
I plan on making this an ongoing series called Pick up trash! Make art!
The first candidate is a wrapper from a nature valley granola bar.
I especially love the delicate pattern the lines and small debree in the mud make in contrast to the bold shape of the wrapper. I brought this out even more with the antique gold version.
For this next variation of the nature valley wrapper, I got rid of the details but left the color.
The more I play around with modify images the more intuitive the process becomes. The mandalas often take on a mystical feel and certain theme seem to repeat themselves. Fire is a theme that seems to come up repeatedly.
Next in the series: I have both Coke and Dr. Pepper. I have plastic bags, potato chips bags and scraps of paper.
I did a set of around 30 of ice mandalas. You can check them out at http://www.icemandalas.wordpress.com.
I love doing seasonal art. It helps me feel more connected to the earth’s natural rhythms. It also helps me feel more at peace with the weather.
I am not naturally a big fan of winter weather. I don’t care for the cold. I don’t like icy streets and sidewalks. This year I tried to focus on the positive side of winter. I took pictures of snow and ice and made winter themed art. It really did seem to help. Winter was more pleasant for me. I didn’t mind the cold as much. I looked forward to getting pictures of snow and ice.
Winter was colder than normal this year. I live in the DC area so winter is often pretty mild. A cold winter means more days bellow freezing than normal. We had two snowfalls that were more than flurries. Some years we don’t have any. Other areas had really harsh winters this year so it seemed really petty to grumble about our weather.
I got a lot of nice ice and snow pictures this winter. I also did a series of ice themed mandalas on my computer that were taken from digital abstracts. The digital abstracts made better mandala than the ice photos. My abstracts had vibrant shades of blue, pure white and pretty pale blue whites. The ice photo mandalas turned our rather dull with shades of dingy grays. I feel the vibrant colors of the abstracts are more fitting for a celebration of winter.
A mandala from an ice photo
A mandala from my digital abstracts
P.S. The only problem with doing art seasonally is that sometimes it isn’t finished till after the season.
I have started with something very ordinary, some chopped up peppers. I often admired the simple beauty of the green, red, yellow and orange peppers. This is the inspiration for my first kitchen mandala.
I play around and alter it a little bit.
It is only a minor change, but the whole feel changes. Instead of firey colors the mandala is cool and icy.
The really interesting changes happen when I play with it a lot. It becomes an intuitive process. Bits of my inner self start to appear. This next mandala feels very mystical to me.
The elements turn up often in my heavily altered mandala. It is hard to tell from looking at it, but this is still based on the original kitchen mandala. This next mandala has the feel of water, but also feels a bit mystical.
Altering it even more, it comes back to earth and fire. Earth and fire fit very well with the kitchen theme and chopped peppers theme. Except now the ordinary takes on a bit of the mystical.