I have been coloring mandalas from Michelle Normand. Her mandala coloring site is http://www.30minutemandalas.com/
There are four free mandalas to color and 2 coloring books for sale.
I first got my start in mandalas from coloring mandalas. Later I moved on to digital mandalas. If you are interested in making mandalas coloring mandalas is a good place to start.
The first mandalas I colored were with marker, but this time I wanted to try digital coloring. These mandalas work good with digital coloring because the large spaces leave room to show off special effects.
This first one is where I started. I am very drawn to the combination of black and dark greens with lighter green as an accent. I replaced the thick black outlines with dark brown to give it a dark forest feel.
I reversed one of my dark gothic crosses, played around for a little bit and got these two icy crosses.
I reversed icy blue cross, tweaked it a bit and came up with two fire theme crosses. Two themes seem to come up often for me. One is the dark forest, which I intentionally started with. The other is fire, where the series ended up.
I often use my mandalas as an intuitive device. They are a way to express what is in my inner self. I was surprised to discover that coloring in mandalas someone else has made works just as well.
Welcome to another episode of Pick up Trash! Make Art!
I love the bright colors of the Coca Cola bottle, especially in contrast to the dark brown cola color. In this case the bottle was empty and crushed, but I added the dark brown color in digital for one of my mandalas.
This was a fun set of mandalas to make. I love the idea of starting with such a common iconic image and potraying it in a new light.
A little more digital fun and the cola bottle becomes an abstract flower. I gave it two more flavors as well, grape and orange.
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.
Instead of putting all my pictures in one very large mandala gallery, I am making medium sized themed mandala galleries. I was going to make them all 30 pictures or less, but there were 32 pictures in my first theme gallery, so now I am saying 35 or less for my theme galleries.
My original mandala gallery
will stay up, but I am not adding any more to it.
I just finished my first one: Beauty from trash.
Here is a preview. Please click on the link for the full collection.
I am doing away with the “no duplicates” plan. The announcements of new galleries will have some pictures that are in my galleries. The blog will still contain some new mandalas that are not going into them galleries.