Archive for the ‘mandalas’ Category

The lovely pomegranate

July 6, 2008

More fruit patterns….today, the lovely pomegranate. It’s such a gorgeous fruit that I want my depiction to do it justice. So I will begin with some pomegranate studies, in which each fruit sketch is treated slightly differently:

Now I’m going to try an asymmetrical version using one of my favorites from the studies:

And reversed:

And, finally, a symmetrical, mandala-esque pomegranate tea towel pattern:


June 5, 2008

Revised protective mandala. I liked the idea of the previous one, but wasn’t crazy about the way it looked. This one is a little closer to what I was imagining.

protective mandala 2b


March 8, 2008

I’m still stuck on modern mandelas.

carb mandala


March 7, 2008

kitchen mandala blue background

kitchen mandala


March 2, 2008


zinnias 2 color

dropped out zinnias


February 29, 2008

A couple of urban mandalas. A pocket park, for those of you who aren’t married to an urban planner, is a little park (often as small as one residential lot) nestled in the middle of an urban area.

urban mandala

pocket park


February 28, 2008

swirlicon mandala


February 27, 2008

fruit mandala

fruit mandala 2 color


February 26, 2008

zinnia mandala

zinnia mandala reversed


February 25, 2008

The Oliver Sacks article got me thinking about historic patterns, and I started drawing more of my circular designs. Then my spouse walked by and said, “Holy mandala,” which got me thinking about consciously drawing modern mandalas. Here’s an excerpt from the Wikipedia entry for mandala:

“Mandala has become a generic term for any plan, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically or symbolically, a microcosm of the Universe from the human perspective….The psychoanalyst Carl Jung saw the mandala as “a representation of the unconscious self.” …In the West, mandala is also used to refer to the “personal world” in which one lives, the various elements of the mandala or the activities and interests in which one engages, the most important being at the centre of the mandala and the least important at the periphery. Depicting one’s personal mandala in pictorial form can give one a good indication of the state of one’s spiritual life.”

I’ve always drawn circular patterns, ever since I was a little kid. My About page has some examples of circles done for various projects over the years.

Here’s a modern nature-inspired mandala. Is it meaningful that the center is empty, if that’s supposed to be the most important element? I’ll have to try to imbue my next set of mandalas with more conscious meaning.

petal mandala