Wednesday, December 31, 2008

PRICKLY PEAR COMBO ON BROWN

Here is a combination composition of prickly pear flowers on gray brown. Prints or cards.
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REFERENCE: i38

IRISH BLESSING 1 WITH CARNATION RING

Here is another version on the same theme. Again it is for an 8.5"x11" print.
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REFERENCE: i9, t17

IRISH BLESSING 1 WITH CARNATIONS

This is one way the Irish Blessings can be done. An 8.5"x11" print.
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REFERENCE: i37 t17

IRISH BLESSINGS

My grandparents on my father's side came from Ireland, so I have always felt a connection to Irish music and culture. Included in that is an appreciation of Irish Blessings. I am including 3 of my favorites that can be paired with some of the flower images.
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May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be ever at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face
And the rain fall softly on your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of his hand.
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REFERENCE: t17
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These things I warmly wish for you.
Someone to love,
Some work to do,
A bit o' sun,
A bit o' cheer,
And a guardian angel always near.
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REFERENCE: t18
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May God grant you always......
A sunbeam to warm you,
A moonbeam to charm you,
A sheltering Angel so nothing can harm you.
Laughter to cheer you,
Faithful friends near you,
And whenever you pray,
Heaven to hear you.
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REFERENCE: t19

Sunday, December 28, 2008

LAO TZU 1 WITH NIGHTBLOOM MANDALA

Lao Tzu has long inspired me. I am sure I will be using more of his sayings in future pieces. If you have a favorite of his that you would like to see illustrated, let me know. This can be done as prints, posters or cards.
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REFERENCE: i36 t16

Saturday, December 27, 2008

PRAYER OF ST FRANCIS



This has long been a favorite inspirational prayer of mine. I finally have a border to accompany it that is pleasing enough to enhance the text. If you agree, you can order as prints or posters. Don't forget to look at Zazzle.

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REFERENCE: i35 t15

Friday, December 19, 2008

ALTERNATE PEACE MANDALA

This one is for you, Carolyn.
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My sister-in-law, Carolyn liked my Peace Mandala but asked why it couldn't have more traditional colors like red & green. I told her that it could and said I would create one by next holiday season. I'm ahead of schedule. The idea, in turn, inspired the conception of a digital coloring book.

DIGITAL COLORING BOOK


This is the first installment of what I conceive to be a digital coloring book. For more detail, see the sidebar segment on the topic.

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Be forewarned, that coloring one of these is a project. It would drive most people up the wall, but if you are into this kind of thing, it can be fun. Most of my mandala designs are adaptable to this format. Perhaps you like design, but would rather have a different color scheme. This gives you a chance to create your own.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

POPPIES ON ORANGE AS CARD

This image can be used for small prints or cards, or through Zazzle as a mug, t shirt, button, postage stamp, hat, apron, shoes and more.
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REFEREMCE i34

Friday, December 12, 2008

POPPIES ON ORANGE

This is my latest experiment. I took one of the flowers and blew it way up to serve as a textured background. I then turned the yellow into orange through the magic of Photoshop and voila. If you want a slick, totally professional website, you came to the wrong place. If you want to see the creative process in action and to get an insight into how this is done, then you came to the right place. Your feedback is welcome. Whether or not you like this better than the deep purple or gray background is valuable information for me.
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Prints, posters, cards.
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REFERENCE i33

Thursday, December 11, 2008

DOUBLE BARREL CACTUS ON BLUE

More cactus flowers. There is quite a variety of flowers just amongst barrel cacti. I plan to make a box set of notecards of just barrel cactus photos.
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Think prints, small posters and cards.
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REFERENCE i32

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

BOX CARD SET 3


POPPIES ON GRAY

This completes an alternative set to the first card box set with the same flowers on neutral backgrounds. Also good for prints and small posters.
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REFERENCE i31

HEDGEHOG CACTUS FLOWER ON GRAY

An alternative version of the hedgehog cactus flower on a gray background. Good for prints, small posters or cards.
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REFERENCE i30

NIGHTBLOOMING CACTUS CARD 1 ALTERNATE



Going with the neutral background again, I have redone the first Nightblooming card in the original box set. I use blurred clouds for the background which gives the effect of the flowers floating above. A total accident, but I'll take it.

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REFERENCE i29

Monday, December 8, 2008

NIGHTBLOOMING COMPOSITE 5

OK, I'll stop here; for now.
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REFERENCE i28

NIGHTBLOOMING COMPOSITE 4

There is no end to how many of these I could generate. I may keep going until someone tells me to stop.
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REFERENCE i27

NIGHTBLOOMS COMPOSITE 3


Still working with the Nightblooming Cactus flowers. This is good as a print, small poster or cards. Another neutral background to bring out the delicate color of these blooms.
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REFERENCE i26

PRICKLY PEAR ON TAN

I am starting to experiment more with backgrounds. Good for prints up to 8.5"x11" and as cards.
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REFERENCE i25

Monday, December 1, 2008

CONTACT SHEET FOR TEXT

Use this in conjunction with the image sheet to do your ordering.

CONTACT SHEET 1

Use this contact sheet and the accompanying one for text to order prints, cards and more.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

BOX CARD SET 2


NIGHTBLOOMS COMPOSITE


This combines all 5 Nightblooming images we have so far.
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Think prints, cards or t shirts.
REFERENCE i24

NIGHTBLOOMING CACTUS WITH GIFT

While we are on the subject of Nightblooming Cactus flowers, let's add this print.
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REFERENCE i23 & t14

NIGHTBLOOMING CACTUS 7

This card completes the set.
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REFERENCE i22 & t9

NIGHTBLOOMING CACTUS 6

Here is the third card in the set.
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REFERENCE i21 & t14

NIGHTBLOOMING CACTUS 5


The image below is the second card for box set 2.

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The inside matched with this is SIMPLE TRUTH AND ABSOLUTE REALITY.

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This is an affirmation given to me by Jon Farle. It is sort of his motto. At his suggestion, I use it in my work with chronically mentaly ill as a reality check for myself and our clients. In this complex, rapidly chnging world, it is important to know whether or not we are dealing with Simple Truth &Absolute Reality.

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I have paired this statement with a mandala design. Check it out on my Brightlights blog.
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The image above was one of my first digital flower creations.
May be done as prints, cards, and bookmarks.

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REFERENCE i20 & t13

Saturday, November 29, 2008

NIGHTBLOOMING CACTUS 3

This is the first of 4 Nightblooming Cactus flowers that will make up a second box set of notedards. The picture is paired with another inspirational statement.
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REFERENCE i19 & t12

PRICKLY PEAR CACTUS

This is the flower of a spineless prickly pear we have in our front yard. Since coming to Arizona, I have been amazed at the beauty of cactus flowers. They all have a waxiness to them that helps to hold in the moisture. The poem expresses my appreciation for these natural wonders.
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This can be done as prints although I wouldn't go larger than 11"x17". It can be done with or without the poem. It can also be purchased as a standard size card or notecard. It can have a blank inside, the poem given here, or some other saying of your choice.
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Special orders don't upset us.
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REFERENCE i18 &t11

Friday, November 28, 2008

BOX CARD SET 1 INSIDES

I will be happy to add "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" "THANK YOU" or most anything else you want to the inside of the cards at no extra charge.

BOX CARD SET 1

This is box card set 1. Option one is to have blank insides. Option two is to have the insides as listed in next post. Option three is to customize the insides according to your specifications.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

CALIFORNIA POPPIES MANDALA


Here is an example of a more complex arrangement of the flowers. There is no limit to the number of compositions which can be done on this theme.
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Again, I am showing two versions of this one. The second features a quote by Beatrix Farrand:
"No life is well rounded without the subtle inspiration of beauty."
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Good for poster size prints.
REFERENCE i17 & t10

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

CHOLLA FLOWERS

Here is another version of the chollas.
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Small prints, cards, bookmarks.
REFERENCE i16 & t9

Friday, November 7, 2008

POPPIES

If we get enough winter rain, large parts of our Sonoran Desert in Arizona will be covered with a blanket of Mexican or California Poppies, also called golden poppies.
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Small prints, cards, bookmarks.
REFERENCE i15

Saturday, November 1, 2008

ORANGE CHOLLA CACTUS


This flower is from a cholla cactus. It won't reproduce well at large sizes. Prints 8.5"x11" or smaller, cards and bookmarks.
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REFERENCE i14 & t9

Friday, October 24, 2008

MUMS







This posting can give you some idea of the ways that the images can be varied. The two images directly above stand alones as seperate prints but they could be hung side by side. Above that is a picture in which the two are combined with text added. Above that is a different combination of the same images with a different colored background.
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The saying in the one picture is this:
When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only about solving the problem. But when I am finished, if the solution is not beautiful then I know it is wrong.
Buckminster Fuller
inventor, engineer, scientist
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Large or small prints, cards or bookmarks. I will also be using Zazzle which will mean that all images I offer will be available through them as designs for such varied products as coffe mugs, t shirts, key chains and postage stamps.
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Prints up to 11"x17", cards and bookmarks.
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REFERENCE i10, 11, 12 & 13 t8
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There you will find some unique mandala designs that should be of interest.



Wednesday, October 22, 2008

OTHER VERSIONS OF THE SERENITY PRAYER


This is an amazing thing to me. I started with the yellow carnations, and decided that I wanted pink ones as well. I didn't have to go out and find pink carnations. In Photoshop, I can turn the yellow flowers pink or whatever other color I choose. It is so easy to create several versions of the same design. That is why I can offer you customized products.
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Small prints(8.5"x11") or cards.
REFERENCE i8 & 9, t6

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

MORNING PRAYER

I have several versions of this prayer as well. The original was composed by Jon Farle. When I first came to the board & care home 24 years ago, he suggested that I use the Serenity Prayer and added this one. The daily use of the two has helped me develope a more accepting attitude.
Another variation on this is to say: "All that I think, say and do."
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The opening can be of your choice. It can be started with "O Lord", "O Great Spirit", "Dear Buddha" and so on.
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Again you may specify font, colors and type of flower. I will be presenting other versions as we build this site.
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Good as a print or card.
REFERENCE i7 & t7

SERENITY PRAYER

I offer several versions of the Serenity Prayer, and would be happy to do a custom version to your specifications. This is my original design.
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I took the photo at about 8000' in the White Mountains of Arizona. It is a little below Hannigan Meadow along the New Mexico border. It is wild, beautiful country close to the continental divide. For me, it defines peace and serenity.
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You can specify a different font, text color and so on.
Available as small prints or cards.
REFERENCE i6 & t6

Saturday, October 18, 2008

FIREBIRD


I completed this poem and illustration in 1991. I am a Scorpio and this is about living under that sign. The familiar symbol of the scorpion crawling around in the dirt is replaced by the more positive eagle soaring in the sky. I like to create images we can aspire to. I have spent enough time crawling around in the dirt, but strive now to spend more time in the air.
This may not seem to fit in with the mandala designs, but I intend for it to be one of twelve elements in a mandala that completes the zodiac. It is an idea I have had brewing for thirty years. I can't say when it will be finished. Don't hold your breath.
This can make a nice, bright print with the poem inclduded or you can think in terms of a birthday card for a Scorpio. I can take requests for other signs and it may spur me on to finish the sketches and poem fragments I have so far. No garauntee on a completion date.
FIREBIRD
From mystic lore of many lands,
Come tales about a golden bird
Which rises up from ashes gray.
A symbol true, forever heard.
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Let us be reminded
Of the firebird within,
Promise of renewal
Growing out of what has been.
We soar to new heights now
On sure wings of victory.
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Let us be inspired
To fly with confidence
Upon the shifting winds of
Life's beclouded turbulence.
Wide open skies of blue
Yield full possibility.
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Climb high, reach far
O great bird aflame.
With passion purified,
Your need you overcame.
Heart and spirit unified,
You are free at last to serve.
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Let us be encouraged
To view failure from above.
Turn ashes into gold
Through the alchemy of love.
Defeat is the first step to completed destiny.
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Let us be delivered
Through the fire of the sun,
Reborn in truth ablaze.
Harmonize the two in one.
Stronger through the testing,
We fullfill the prophecy.
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Climb high,reach far
O great bird aflame.
With courage purified,
Yourself you overcame.
Heart and spirit unified,
You are free atlast to serve.
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Prints or cards.
REFERENCE i5 & t5

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

PINK TREE BELLS

Here is a change of pace from the cactus flowers. This spring, I was riding my bicycle through the University of Arizona campus near my home. I ran across a tree with these beautiful, large blooms. The flowers are so perfectly shaped and puffy that they almost look artificial. It took me a couple of months to identify the tree as a pink bottle tree from Australia. Still, I like the name I gave them pending identification.
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The statement is a paraphrazing of one of Jon Farle's sayings.
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Prints large & small, cards and bookmarks.

REFERENCE i4 & t4

Barrel Cactus




We have a large barrel cactus in the yard. It ususlly produces a ring of blooms around the crown, but this year it only put out one flower. Ah, but what a flower it was.

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As a demonstration, I show this picture with two background colors and two sayings. The saying I am officially pairing with this image is: Flowers are God's love offering.

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This is good as a print up to 11"x17", cards or bookmarks. Box sets of notecards include 4 different designs. Each has at least one image of a Nightblooming flower. A box of 8 will have 2 of each design and a box of twelve will have three of each kind. Look for panels of 4 showing the contents of different box sets.

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You may specify a custom set. Use the numbered order panels to reference the images and accompanying text. All cards are available with blank insides or text as shown.


REFERENCE i3 & t3

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Hedgehog Cactus




I am calling the image of the nightblooming cactus flower shown in the first posting "image one" or i1 for short. The accompanying poem is "text one" or t1. Today's posting will be i2 & t2 respectively. I will continue this system through out so that you can specify how you want to match image and text.
I am happy to fill custom orders. If you want a different colored background, I can do that. I can add texture or pattern as well. I like to combine the bright colors, but if you prefer a darker background to bring out the color of the blossom, that can be done.




"Flowers inspire us to our own growth


And urge us to our own blossoming."


Coyne 2008
The larger image on the left which I will call i2a is suited to a print or bookmark. The smaller images on the right which are designated as i2b are arranged for notecards.
I found these flowers near city hall here in Tucson. I had no idea what they were, but was struck by their vibrant colors.
Cactus flowers are some of the most beautiful blossoms to be found anywhere. Being from the East, I would not have expected it to be so.
Please enjoy!