Sunday, August 19, 2007


Golden Light MandalaGolden Light Mandala - (Circles of Light series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2007

I stared at this mandala for quite a while after creating it, which means, well, I like it! The source image is a picture of sedum in bloom that was taken at that golden hour before sunset . I'm pleased with the interplay of shadow and light and the antique quality of the mandala. The golden light seems to glow in the image, doesn't it?

Photoshop Tips:
  • First things first. Create a duplicate layer of your image (How? Ctrl/Cmd key+J or Layer>Duplicate layer) and work from that. This way you will have an unaltered version of your beginning point,in case you need it.
  • Name your file and save it before beginning to work on your photoshop image. (Im really bad about this step myself). If your computer freezes for any reason and you haven't saved your work, all that time put into your image will be gone forever.

I also spent time tidying up my blog today, adding a few more links of artists I like and references to digital art that I enjoy. While mandala making is my vision and my passion, I am also a digital artist and like being introduced to different approaches to the medium, which I am delighted to share with you as well.


My mandala prints are $20 plus shipping/handling/tax. If you are interested in purchasing my art, please contact me at the email address linked above.


Rima said...

Dreamy and beautiful. What an amazing shade of light grey/old rose you have created. And I even see little elves poking their noses over the hedge!
Thanks so much for sharing tips and techniques - since digital art is becoming my latest obsession, I am endlessly grateful to you because you are so doggone inspiring!

Unknown said...

Thanks Rima. I am going to ease into the Photoshop stuff so as not to overwhelm anyone, including moi!

Irene said...

That is gorgeous! I wish to make things like that myself some day. It looks like delicately made lace in a painting by an old master. The light shining through is beautiful.

Rima said...

Sue is a definitely a NEW master. She has honed her talent so exquisitely, that she comes up with not only highly intricate designs, but emotionally, spiritually, profoundly affecting ones. Ever since I've discovered mandala art, I've been looking around, and I can tell you, no one does what you do here.

dianeclancy said...

I just wrote a long post and the computer ate it ... the gist being...

I totally agree with how this is ... delicate, light and shadow, antique - just fantastic!

And the tips are great the way you did it ... also can drag the layer onto the new page icon on the layer palette (these tips are so important that I really do them!!)

great length of tip - very readable. on the more complex ones, I hope you will show the before and after (I am still working on getting my Studio Artist Demo into pdf so it is downloadable and readable)

Thank you!
~ Diane Clancy

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Unknown said...

Diane, Yes I know about dragging the layer into the new layer icon in the layers palette, but I was going to talk about the layer palette later.

Artists With Artitude said...

Sue, this is bursting with life! It's like a wedding of colors and sensations..You may have said that earlier but how big are the prints?

Also...I linked us (see the comments section on my blog) lol!

Deb Kirkeeide said...

Sue, each one is more stunning than the previous image. I'm impressed that you make note of your process and can tell us. I tend to create and not pay attention to that and sometimes wonder how I got a specific look when I want to recreate it. Just beautiful.

Irene said...

I tried to make a mandala type image today and found it impossible to do, even with my nifty program. I didn't even come close to anything as wonderful as this. I have much to learn and much to admire in your mandalas.

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