A while back, I said that I would use this space to display my art work. And of course, have been busy doing it and not showing it to anyone except a friend. I have been fascinated with Mandalas for some time: find them soothing and relaxing to color and create. Recently, that same friend helped me to learn how to use the kaleidoscope function in Photoshop, and of course, I went a bit wild. Got interested in line weaving (repeat pattern drawing), and used it to fill up the Mandalas I was making with the Kaleidoscope app. Then bought some colored pencils to add to the process. In the course of doing all of that, I uncovered a Hybrid: a cross between a Mandala, kaliedoscope image, coloring, and line weaving. My process: This is the template I created in Photoshop, using a combination of other images. Then I added some line weaving and color. Next, I took the image to Paint.Net (a program that can be downloaded free, at this location: http://www.getpaint.net/ ), where I created a background and several color choices. And that is the story of my Hybrid. I call it a Kdala because it’s easier to say than Kaleidoscope/Mandala, or Mandalascope. My friend says that she has created a monster, lol. I say a monster that really loves making beautiful things.
For I Saw Sunday Week 62: Week In Review
Several Individuals have asked how the mandalas, I am using on my poetry site, are made. Being challenged in the digital arena, it would be very difficult to explain. I found a tutorial online for altering photographs to Mandala form and told my digital wise friend about it. The tutorial may be found here: http://www.earthmandalas.com/how/templates.html
I supplied her with the photographs, and she brought them back as Mandalas. This is a close-up image of a plant I saw at the Farmer’s Market.
This was what she created the first time.
Then she tweaked it a bit and altered it to a black and white image, to which I added a background.
That is the part of the process that I understand and she uses Photoshop to make these wonderful creations. I continue to use one a day for my responses to the November PAD Challenge, writing a poem and then going in search of a Mandala that, I feel, enhances it in some manner. You can view those at http://soulsmusic.wordpress.com/
I saw the heart specialist this week for a year end check-up after receiving two stents last year. It was very early in the morning, but before I left, I took the time to check out that day’s prompt for the Poem A Day (PAD) Challenge. The nurse ushered me into an examination room, then asked me all those questions about prescriptions, symptoms, etc. After she left, I looked up at the wall and saw a poster. The image was of a little girl, standing on her Daddy’s toes, in order to dance with him. Across the poster in large letters was this message: P.A.D. can cause very serious problems. It may lead to a STROKE or a HEART ATTACK! P.A.D. is Peripheral Artery Disease. I was laughing out loud when the doctor walked in, and had to explain my lack of decorum. He joined in the laughter, but I sort of agreed with the poster. A poem a day can cause some serious problems.
I continue to create Zendalas. They fascinate me, and are an excellent form for relaxation and the satisfaction of creating something beautiful.
Thanks for visiting.
I Saw Sunday Week 61: Week In Review
Early in the week, my daughter and I went shopping just before sunset. The wind was so strong that it had ripped Autumn’s dress from her being and tossed the remnants in piles like swatches of colored fabic strewn everywhere.
Only two nights later, it was a different story.
And just to make sure that I fully understood, I caught my first winter cold the very next day.
The PAD Chanllenge continues and my responses may be found at my main poetry site:
For I Saw Sunday Week 59: Week In Review
This was a quiet week. Did go to lunch with my sister to a place at the Marina, on the river. They had some unusual full-sized decorations hanging from the ceiling.
Later in the week, a friend who is not as digitally challenged as I, took some of my photos from that drive up North and altered them into Mandalas and Kaleidoscope images.
A pile of rocks became
became a sacred stone.
danced as though in a dream.
For I Saw Sunday Week 58: Week In Review
Have a confession to make. I fell in love with the photos I took of the Autumn colors. There were a large number of them. I spent some time this week, resizing and cropping them. Then my daughter helped me set up a slide show window saver that allows me to get lost in them all over again. And I have done that several times. It’s my favorite time of the year and I have never had such a variety of images to surround myself with. This week was full of wind and rain, blowing away all of that beauty.
I have continued to doodle. However, this week I added colored pens to my assortment. They are a lot of fun.
But also did some in sepia ink, as well.
Thanks for visiting and hope you take a look at all the others who participate in I Saw Sunday. Have a good week.
For I Saw Sunday Week 57: Week In Review
For the past two weeks, I have offered photos of the turning colors of Autumn. Early this week, my sister called and asked if I’d like to take a drive up North. I said yes immediately. She’d be doing the driving and I could sit back comfortably and just snap pictures. Which is exactly what I did. We stopped several times. The first time at The Peshtigo River State Forest Camp Grounds.
Then it was back into the car and on to Dave’s Falls, where we had a picnic lunch, then very slowly and carefully followed the winding path through the woods to a foot bridge that crosses the river and gives a wonderful view of the falls. This is one of my very favorite places and the old woman with cane made it all the way. Wow!
Back in the car and a determined effort to get to a small town called Niagra (not the famous one). The highway had a major detour for construction and we bypassed the place we wanted to get to. With some directions obtained from a Travelers Info Center, we managed to get to Niagra and figured the fuss and hassle was well worth it.
Altogether, a most incredibly satisfying day. It’s echoes have accompanied me through the week as I slowly sorted through the pictures I had taken. There were a lot of them. But, again, those echoes of deep satisfaction when I would come upon an image I thought only to ever see in a magazine.
For I Saw Sunday Week 56: Week In Review
Last week I showed you a first taste of color. This week is seven days later. Most of these photos were taken in my sister’s back yard.
That’s two city blocks of pure color.
And then I turned a corner:
Next week the ground will be littered with color, and that’s always way too soon for me,