Monday, August 11, 2008


Somewhere in my travels in the blogosphere I found this really cool website: this is sand

While I understand the lesson in Tibetan sand mandalas is about the impermanence of nature, I am equally fascinated by the possibility of creating sand mandalas from digital sand. You can read more about the website here

If you go to the website and play, (be is hugely addictive play), click on the grey square in the upper left hand corner.

The following mandalas were created from my sand drawings (how to? save on a pc using the alt+prtscn buttons, then ctrl+v on a new file in your favorite digital imaging program). Im not sure how to save a screen image on a mac.

Have fun!

lotus sunriseLotus Sunrise - (Sand Mandala series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2008
source image: digital sand

mandala abstractionMandala Abstraction - (Sand Mandala Series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2008
source image: digital sand

joyous colors
Joyous Colors Mandala (Sand Mandala Series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2008
source image: digital sand

Synchronously, I just found an interview on ColourLovers (an amazing blog all on its own) with the creators of the This is Sand website

Sue O'Kieffe
Sacred Circle Mandalas


The Artful Eye said...

I love your digital sand mandalas. My absolute favorite is Mandala Abstraction with the scratches throughout. It reminds me of oil pastels on black paper.

I clicked on the 'thisisand' site and found myself dribbling sand instead of reading your post. :) it seemed like an hour that I was dribbling and when I checked the gallery to see all the wonderful works of art I hadn't even scratched the sandy surface. This was great fun. Must go back, build more sand castles.

My best to you!!

Connie Rose said...

The abstraction mandala is really terrific, Sue. I can see doing that on fabric! Very inspiring!

John said...

the middle one gets my vote too....

Ann Christine Dennison said...

Thanks for the link, I played around for an hour and yes it is addictive :-)
I enjoyed your music too!
I love these mandala's especially the middle one, it is so spontaneous and playful!