Saturday, July 28, 2007


Deb Kirkeeide of Painting du Jour wondered what a mandala from one of her paintings would look like. So did I. I asked her to send me a file. So she did. Deb lives in Minneapolis. I grew up in Minneapolis. This is her painting of Minnehaha Creek. I think it's really lovely the way it captures light and motion. It looks like late springtime to me.

© 2007 Deb Kirkeeide

There is so much information and detail in this painting it was difficult to decide what to capture. First, a little playtime and experimentation

I didn't create these two mandalas as finished products, but with the hopes of blending and merging them together. I love synergy!

So.It has a sort of southwestern feel to the design and color that was created by the blending modes I used. Photoshop CS3 has some nice new options to it. One of them is being able to apply filters so you can keep editing and altering them non destructively.


I wasn't entirely satisfied with the outcome of these images, so I kept playing. I like this synergistic approach I have been experimenting with. I wondered what using a mandala that I had created from nature images would look like combined with a mandala created from Deb's painting.

This was created from a photo of a succulent.....

.....and this from the painting... I am satisfied with this image, but still, ever onward...

These two images transformed into a third and were edited with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer

Creating a triptych seemed like the next step to me ...

© 2007 Sue O'Kieffe (all images except where noted)

Unfortunately Blogger won't let me post the triptych any larger than this; if you want to see it in greater detail, click on the image. The texture from the canvas seems to blend well with the succulent mandala, where it didn't work as well for me with the first three images up top. What do you think?

What a fun exercise. Thanks for sharing your art work with me, Deb!


dianeclancy said...

WOW SUE!!! You have totally outdone yourself!! This is an incredible set of mandalas.

My favs are # ... actually too many to mention. Thank you for showing us the process ... the stages ... it is very informative!!

~ Diane Clancy

Deb Kirkeeide said...

Love it!! The combination of my painting and your photo remind me of Earthy snowflakes. Which seems appropriate since Minnesota is associated with it's winters. This combines all the aspects of the nature of Minnesota.
Thanks! This has been fun to see and participate in. I'll keep you posted if I make any progress on my own.

Rima said...

Oh, man, Sue - you are INSANELY talented. Your work truly leaves me speechless. There is such a spirituality - I feel a true inner light shines through. Such complexity, and yet... Your work is like a delicate filigree