The making of a mandala
Each mandala is a result, on average, of at least ten hours of digital transformation starting with an original photograph taken by Maureen (or supplied by you) of a landscape, person, pet or other living creature. This process creates several images called subset images, which in turn are creatively manipulated until the underlying essence of the subject is revealed.
The goal of this digital manipulation is the creation of an abstract image that represents, through repeating patterns, geometries and colors, one or more aspects of the subject that are subtle or surprising. The overall pattern is shaped until it contains or is bordered by a circle, allowing the eye to absorb the subtle colors, shapes and textures revealed from the outside in. The result is a design that lends itself well to meditation, relaxation or rejuvenation, depending upon the colors and subject selected. As a finishing touch, a portion of the original source image is worked into the design as an accent or hidden as a puzzle for you or your fellow art appreciators to discover.