A second tutorial blog as a subdivision of Brightlight Mandalas. This one shows how to create a flower mandala.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Green Chile Background
I have started on my Christmas card designs for 2012. I am using red & green chiles for a Southwestern theme. This 4x6 background pattern was made with photos of green chiles. I have started using a triangular cutout instead of a square to create the pattern. That simple change adds a whole new dimension to the final image. I cutout an equalateral triangle or distort another triangle into an equalateral and place it in a square on my grid. I then flip it horizontally and rotate 90° to create my first square. As always, if you need help, I am happy to walk you through it via Skype or answer any email questions.
This is the second of two blogs I have created to demonstrate the process of creating digital mandalas. The impulse to share is a strong one for me. As soon as I learn how to do something, I want to share it with others. I have been having so much fun with digital art, that I would like to help others experience the satisfaction that comes from this creative medium. ******* If you are new to blogs, scroll down to the original (oldest) post to start at step one. ******* Information about my designs and links to my other blogs can be found on my "parent blog", Nightblooming Cards. It is found at: http://nightbloomingcards.blogspot.com/
For 28 years, I ran a board and care home for chronically mentally ill in Tucson, and really enjoyed the work; but creating art has always been a part of my life.
I have worked in various media including oils and acrylics, stained glass, cloth and wood; but I have been concentrating on digital art for the past few years.
I have never made my living with art, but I do take it seriously. I don't want to give up my care giving work, but some supplemental income will be helpful.
I specialize in designs using flowers of the Arizona desert and think my creations reflect my appreciation for cacti and nature in general. Many of my designs feature mandalas, and I pray that all portray beauty and harmony.
In 2012, I moved back to Maine after 31 years in Arizona. I grew up in Maine, and am happy to be back. I will continue to add to my Cactus Hugger designs reflecting the beauty of Arizona, but will be adding designs that come from an appreciation of the beauty of Maine and New England. I am continuing work in care giving, and always like to do gardening wherever I am. I now live in the country and have chickens. I plan to add milking goats and more.