Saturday, February 28, 2009

BOUGANVILLIA MANDALA 1 WITH EDISON

Yet another flower mandala; this one is made with bouganvillias. I like this quote by Edison. That's the spirit!

Good for posters and large prints, but can be done as a card.
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REFERENCE: i61, t38

Friday, February 27, 2009

BOUGANVILLIAS AS BORDER WITH HORSE SENSE POEM

These are bouganvillia blossoms. They are a common vining plant here in Tucson and come in various shades. The red are very popular, but my favorite is this magenta shade that makes my heart sing. These grow in the backyard of a friend from Iowa who jokes about his fat farmer philosophy. I think this fits that.
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Other poems, prayers or Irish Blessings could be fit in this design for prints or cards.
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REFERENCE: i60, t37

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

GOLDEN POPPIES NOTECARD WITH POEM

Here, I have put the poppies on blue and superimposed a poem about how they cover our desert hills in the spring. Pacacho Peak, north of Tucson is one popular place many go to see these flowers each year. The poem reads:
In the spring, our desert hills
are covered with a blanket of gold
which a sense of awe instills;
as we watch new season unfold.
Coyne
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Can be done as a note or greeting card and small prints.
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REFERENCE: i59, t36

Sunday, February 22, 2009

CALENDULA MANDALA 2

I posted this one on the mandala site first, but I am adding it here because it can be used as a card. The text can be omitted if you wish. REFERENCE: i58, t35

Saturday, February 21, 2009

CALENDULA COMPOSITE 5

What a beautiful saying! This picture can be done without the quote, but the text could be inserted on the inside of a card. This composition wraps up our variations on the calendula flowers. Now we are ready to do a mandala with these blooms.

Think cards and prints.
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REFERENCE: i57, t34

CALENDULA COMPOSITE 4

This arrangement of the calendula flowers can be done without the text superimposed, but I wanted to insert this quote here. I am an admirer of Gandhi and this particular saying speaks to one of my big life lessons. I had to learn as a rebellious youth, that we need to learn to change ourselves before we can change the world; and that it is more by becoming a living example of what we aspire to that we influence the world at large, as opposed to any external activism we can promote.
Good for cards and prints.
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REFERENCE: i56, t33

Friday, February 20, 2009

CALENDULA COMPOSITE 3

The black background shows the colors in the flowers nicely and allows the text to be read easily, but if you want a brighter background for a card or print; that can be done. I will be working with a foliage background as well.
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REFERENCE: i55, t32

CALENDULA COMPOSITE 2

I have extracted 10 calendula bloosom images. In studying my photos, I was struck by the variety amongst the flowers. Calendulas have relatively simple structures and uniform color, but as you can see there is a good bit of variation between individual blossoms. As I was working with these images, the phrase you see about endless variations on a theme came to me; so I decided to pair it with this image.
Now that we have all these extracted images, we can generate multiple composites like this and cap it off with another mandala design. So let's get started.
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Suitable for medium & small prints as well as cards.
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REFERENCE: i54, t31

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

CALENDULA MANDALA 1 AS CARD

I think I have hit on something here. The superimposed text works nicely for this one because it doesn't cover up too much of the mandala, but it shows up well. It could even be placed lower on the page. I have let part of the outer circle overlap to the back of the card just to demonstrate that all the image is there.

Monday, February 16, 2009

CALENDULA MANDALA 1

This is a mandala made with the same 4 photos. I have added some new twists to this piece. I have added more variation in size between rings so as to create an expanding and contracting rythmn. This is the first time I have combined what I call line elements with the simple concentric rings. It is also the first time that I have allowed the outer ring to go off the page. Photoshop has filed all the information for what is off the page. I could shrink this down and all of the outer ring would show. Isn't this amazing technology?
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I also allowed some overlapping of flowers in a couple of rings which I had avoided before. I'm looking at this creative process as an evolving adventure. I never know where it is going next. I like the blog format as opposed to a static website because it allows a sharing of the ride for anyone interested. I have added another quote of Kahlil Gibran. It doesn't show up well at this size and resolution for it is designed to look good at poster size. As is, this is not suitable for small prints or cards; although it could be adapted for such.
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The quote is:
Love one another, but make not a bond of your love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
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REFERENCE: i 53, t30

Sunday, February 15, 2009

CALENDULA COMPOSITE 1

Let's try something new. These are candula flowers, as in the fragrance. They grow like weeds in my vegetable garden. I didn't plant them, they just came up on their own, so I allowed a few to grow. This picture is made from different photographic angles of a single bloom.
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In digital graphics, the image can be "extracted" from its background. Once that is done, it can be resized, rotated, layered on top or behind other images, moved from one page to another or within a page frame, blended and so on. It allows the assembly of a composite like this to create interesting pictures form a single blossom.
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I have few dozen photos of other calendula flowers, so we will be expanding from here. Finally, we can combine the image with text to fill in space on the page and to add further interest to the image. You can't beat Kahlil Gibran as a source of beautifully phrased wisdom.
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REFERENCE: i52, t29

NIGHTBLOOM MANDALA WITH POEM AS CARD

I have been trying to come up with a way to put the poem and the image together on the front of the card. I have tried several versions of superimposing the text with various colors and font sizes. This is the best I have been able to come with. It prints quite well. Thinner print would be nice for showing more of the picture in the back, but the print needs to be at least this size for easy reading.
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Note to KR: I can bring a printed sample of this if you want to consider it.
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REFERENCE: i36, t1, v7

Saturday, February 14, 2009

HEDGEHOG CACTUS ON BLUE AS NOTECARD

This completes this series of cards. This is one of the first images I created, but I never tire of looking at it. Nature give us amazing beauty. I hope others can enjoy it as much as I have.
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REFERENCE: i30 on cyan

Friday, February 13, 2009

CALIFORNIA POPPIES WITH INSPIRE SAYING

Another addition to this series. The print looks small online, but looks good in print.
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Note to KR: The cards you showed me in your shop have inspired me to greater delicacy in use of text. I'm wondering about the color of the frame against the deep purple. I think it is good, but other options are possible.
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REFERENCE: i31, t2 on deep purple background with frame

NIGHTBLOOMING CACTUS 1 WITH MASTERPIECE SAYING

This is the next installment in our series.
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REFERENCE: i22, t12 on navy blue background as note card

NIGHTBLOOM MANDALA WITH POEM AS CARD

This is the gray background for notecards.
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REFERENCE: i36A, t1, v6

NIGHTBLOOM MANDALA WITH POEM AS CARD

Here is a notecard version of the same mandala. I am trying out a navy blue background first, then I will do the gray. The blue backgrounds use more color ink, so that printing is more costly; but the color is nice for cards.
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REFERENCE: i36A, t1, v5

Thursday, February 12, 2009

NIGHTBLOOM MANDALA WITH POEM AS CARD

This is with a lighter frame. I think this is better. In resizing the image, I momentarily came up with this version in which the flowers overflow the frame a little. I shrunk them down to fit into the frame in the last version, but I think this is a nice effect. Sometimes it grabs the attention when you break the rules in little ways like this.
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REFERENCE: i36A, t1, v3 &4
Let's add one more refinement with this post. v3 will be with the row flowers within the lighter colored frame, v4 will be with the flowers spilling over the edge of the frame.

NIGHTBLOOM MANDALA WITH POEM AS CARD

The same thing with the frame. Perhaps a lighter colored frame would be better. We'll try that next.
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Note to KR: This is the first one you asked for. This is enough for tonight, but it gives you an idea of the possibilities and how easy it is to make these changes and offer versions to your specifications.
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REFERENCE: i36A, t1, v2

NIGHTBLOOM MANDALA WITH POEM AS CARD

Putting the poem on the back is something I hadn't thought of, but I think it works well.
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Note to KR: You have opened up a whole new line of thinking about these card designs. This is the first one you asked for. I didn't use a frame with this one. Without the frame, it maximizes the size of the mandala. One with the frame is coming next.
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REFERENCE: i36A, t1, v1
Labeling these gets more complicated as I generate more versions of the images, so I am initiating two new refinements with this post. I am calling this version of the nightblooming mandala with the rows of flowers on top and bottom "A". Also this version with the text on the back without frame will be "v" for version 1.

PINK TREE BELLS WITH GIBRAN QUOTE

This card is made with the first pink tree bell mandala and the first Kahlil Gibran quote.
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Note to KR: This was not on your list, but you asked about the possibility; so I took it as a test. I printed one of these and it worked fine. I could set up a fourth blog to use just for posting things to you. If that would make things easier, let me know.
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REFERENCE: i43, t23

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

CONTACT SHEET 2 FOR TEXT

Here is the accompanying contact sheet for text. Remember, you can specify fonts. The one's on this page are presented for variety. They may differ from the original posting which is what I will use unless you specify otherwise.
Again, you will find this along with the other contact sheets at the bottom of the sidebar for easy reference.

HEDGEHOG COMPOSITE 2 WITH GIBRAN 2

We need one more text before we can complete the second contact sheet for text. Putting this image on black, brings out the colors in the flowers dramatically. I haven't done this up to now because I like working with bright colors, but this is about what you want; so if you like this, you can specify a black background for almost every image.
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This text is called papyrus. If you like it as much as I do, then I you can specify this for most texts. In fact, you can go to your fonts list on your computer and specify your favorite texts for most any piece.
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I use mostly Olde Style Bookman, Book Antigua, Arial, Times New Roman and Cambria with an occassional other for variety.
REFERENC: i51, t28

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

CONTACT SHEET 2 FOR IMAGES

This is a second contact sheet for images. An accompanying one for texts is next. Every time, I accumulate 24 new images, it will be time for a new contact sheet. I have added the contact sheets to the bottom of the sidebar for easy access.

HEDGEHOG CACTUS COMPOSITE WITH POEM

I did extractions for 6 hedgehog photos to make up the mandala. That gives me those 6 extracts to use in any combination I can imagine. This is one example. The text is an expansion of an earlier thought.
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Suitable for small to medium prints and cards.
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REFERENCE: i50, t27

Thursday, February 5, 2009

TREE BELL MANDALA AS GREETING CARD

One last use of the pink tree bells before we move on to other things. This shows the mandala design as a greeting card.
REFERENCE: i49

PINK TREE BELLS 5 ON GRAY WITH TEXT

I came up with a saying to accompany the image, so you get one more in the set.
REFERENCE: i48, t26

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

PINK TREE BELLS 5

This is the last in this series. I ran out of new sayings to fill in the space at the bottom of the page, so I filled in with smaller images of other flowers. I'm not completely happy with the results, but it is a hint of the possibilities. Excuse me for taking you along on my journey of discovery.REFERENCE: i47

PINK TREE BELLS 4

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PINK TREE BELLS 3

Don't worry, I'm not really going to post a few dozen of these. A couple more won't hurt.
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REFERENCE: i45, t24

PINK TREE BELLS 2

These flowers are so beautiful that I could make a few dozen of these pictures and still be enthralled with wonder.
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Small prints up to 11"x17", cards.
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Reference: i44

PINK TREE BELLS WITH GIBRAN QUOTE

I already posted this on my mandala site, but I am adding it here; because it can be used as a greeting card with the mandala on the front and the quote on the inside.
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Suitable for prints, posters or cards.
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REFERENCE: i43, t23