Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Carriage Horses

While we were in Williamsburg,  there were carriages traveling up and down the streets.  I happened to catch this one with the horses walking in-step with each other.  The horses are repeating their movements and the Mandala repeats the two-some several times.  The red wheels in the center draw the eye to the star in the center.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Dog hair

Dog hair, a tri-colored dog had interesting patches of color on his back, the orange color at the center was his eyebrow.

Thursday, February 23, 2012


Since I did a series on birds thought I'd do one on animals. took picture of this horse on the way home from Steamboat.  It sort of reminded me of an Indian painting on a skin because of the dun colored grass in the background.  I liked the way the spots came thru and are gathered in the center of the picture. 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Staghorn Fern

There are two kinds of growth that develop on the staghorn fern ones that cover the base of the plant and the aerial fronds.  The bit above is of water droplets on the base growth and a part of the aerial frond creates the stick like division that has 8 points.  I like the symmetry in the middle it's almost quilt like.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

yellow daisy

Back to flowers!  Something bright to brighten up the day! The petal fall in this yellow daisy was like twisting ribbons on the edges.  We have sunshine here today - to hopefully melt some more of the snow.

Monday, February 13, 2012


This is probably the last of the bird/feather mandala works a while.  This is a female Merlin a member of the falcon family.  She came to the bird feeder a couple of years ago to feed herself.  I took her picture thru a window so she was not as clear as I would have liked, but I did get a catch light in her eye.  The feathers make the pattern.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

another blue bird

A blue feathered bird at the zoo.  I loved the patterns the feathers made, the touch of purple and the star pattern at the center.

Friday, February 10, 2012

more feathers

The brilliant blue of the peacock's head forget his tail feathers, if you hadn't noticed I like blue!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012


In this case it is not so much that you can see the feathers as just the color of the bird!  The flash of orange tells you it is an oriole, a Bullock's Oriole in this case. He was high up in a tree in  my back yard a couple years ago.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

More in the bird/feather series

Here's just the blue jay,  in Photoshop there is a filter called poster edges, which I have used a lot lately.  It edges the objects in black and groups colors in the background which sometimes gives it a painterly look.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Blue Jay

This Blue Jay is interesting on a coupe of levels.  If you squint your eyes it has a repetitive shape that is roughly a six sided (the tail being a really short side) within a six part mandala. It just surprised me that an organic shape of a bird could look geometric.  The other surprising element of this piece is the six feather like elements radiating from the center are not feathers at all, just part of a branch.