More Chaos and Structure

An image I created on Paint.net

Wanted to see how purple and orange do together. Then put through kaleidoscope app.

Thinking I like them a lot.

From Structure To Random Chaos And Back Again

My thirteen year old granddaughter came for a visit last week. She is into Art, so we did some playing here on the computer. I showed her how to do some things (http://1sojournal.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/bella-stones/), and while exploring them, she offered suggestions I had not thought of doing. She is now back safe and sound at home, but our time together had me reflecting on things I used to do. As a result, I found some new avenues of exploration. Thank you Bella.

While she was here, we went for a drive and got some photos at the shore of the Bay.

This is only one of the photos I took. When we got home, I downloaded it and put it through the Kaleidoscope application and ended up with this.

This week, because she had reminded me of some of the things I used to do, but had actually forgotten, I went back to the Kali image and did some smudging and used the liquefy tool.

And, of course, always ready to experiment, I took the present incarnation back to the Kali app and ended up with this:

And this:

It is wonderful to experience the give and take between generations, and all of those varied possibilities.

Recycled Art

Quite some time ago, I posted this digital image I had created.


Then a friend asked if she could play with it and came up with this:

And much more recently, I took this flooded image and put it through the kaliedoscope app and came up with these:

I do so love playing with colors.


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.

I Saw Sunday Week 73

For I Saw Sunday Week 73: Week In Review

It looks like I came back just in time to say farewell. I took a break from all my blogging, but have missed this particular space. I have not been ill, but I have been busy playing with line weaving, repeat pattern drawing, colors, and learning new ways to manipulate my creations digitally. That is what I would like to share with you this week. I have learned how to make my own Mandalas digitally, then fill them with a ton of different patterns, creating backgrounds for them, and then learning how to invert the colors to make whole new images so that this

becomes instead, this. You may click on any image to enlarge them.

These are just a few that I have finished.

These last two are not my designs. They were created by Marc Bove and I colored them, but then tried some of my new tricks on them.

I will miss I Saw Sunday and will probably continue to use this space for my art work. Hope you enjoyed.

And Susannah, a big round of applause to you, my friend, for giving all of us this space to use and enjoy.

I Saw Sunday Week 62


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

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.

We were able to capture the moon sliding between threatening dark clouds.

Only two nights later, it was a different story.

We definitely found the dividing line between the leaving of one season, and the gathering of another.


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:

I Saw Sunday Week 60

I Saw Sunday Week 60: Week In Review

Another quiet, but busy week. Started the 2011 November PAD Challenge at Poetic Asides with Robert Lee Brewer. One poem a day. More of a challenge than normal, as I have been pretty scarce on the poetry circuit of late. But, with the help of my good digital friend, I used both Robert’s prompts and her wonderful photo Mandalas for incentive. You may see the results here:

Have been reading as well. A Robert Crais novel titled The Sentry, Crime School by Carol O’Connell, and am now making my way through a book of short crime fiction stories, Chicago Blues, in which all of the stories take place in the city of Chicago during different times, from the roaring twenties to the present day. Although I have been to Chicago many times, this is a very different city from the one of The Better Business Bureau.

I have told and shown you my doodles in another post. For the past few weeks, I have enlarged that field into more intricate  pieces, all contained in circles. They are sometimes defined as Zendalas. No surprise, as I have been fascinated with Mandalas for a long time. These are a few of the ones I have completed.

Thanks much for stopping in and I hope you join us, to show and tell us about your week.

I Saw Sunday Week 59

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

An ancient altar, while rushing water

became a sacred stone.

And a bright Autumn tree

danced as though in a dream.

The week was quiet but altogether satisfying. Hope you join us and let us know about your week.

I Saw Sunday Week 58

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.