Thursday, February 22, 2007

Creative playing

crystal portal mandala
CRYSTAL PORTAL MANDALA
© Sue O'Kieffe 2007


Creating this mandala was all about playtime. What inspired me was thinking about messages and language and the history that crystals hold within them about the earth. If crystals have stories to share with us, how would they look visually/graphically? Could we step through this portal to find the answer? I see the markings along the rim as encrypted messages, perhaps an invitation. What does it say to you?

I used an Arkansas crytal point as the source image for this mandala.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

EARTH'S MAGIC MANDALA

earth's magic mandala
In 2007 I shifted my attention to working with gems and minerals for the source images in my work. The results have gone beyond anything I could have imagined. I love how the light of the stones shines through and how the depth and mystery of earth speaks in the mandalas. If you click on this image, you can see the detail more clearly.

The source image for this mandala is amethyst from Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. I am fortunate to have my friend dosmangoes donating photographs of his crystal collection for use in my artwork. There is nothing so wonderful as the energy that arises from collaboration!
© Sue O'Kieffe 2007