Sunday, August 05, 2007


gratitudeGratitude Mandala - (Healing in Circles series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2007

Everything is made of light; everything is alive. The Great Mystery of life has little to do with intelligence. The universe is not an intellectual process. The intellect is helpful; but our hearts are the wiser part of ourselves.

~ Mellen-Thomas Benedict

I chased this mandala around Photoshop yesterday afternoon and this morning. Usually when I put more than a couple of hours into an image and it just isn't coming together for me, I hit the delete key and move on. But I wanted to get to a place with this mandala where I could at least feel satisfaction. I do like how the peachy tan ties all the different colors in this image together.

I have been experimenting using different colored backgrounds with my mandalas. This is all for the time, of course, when the struggle I have been experiencing with printing practices comes together and I am able to live with an answer that satisfies me. Currently I am researching different inkjet printer possibilities; I suppose I will also contact local printers for price quotes, just so I know.

Mostly what I wanted to talk about in this post, though, was to express my gratitude to Neda Doany and Diane Clancy for bestowing upon me the Thoughful and Inspirational Blogger awards. I have chosen to wait until later to bestow these awards to other bloggers out there, so you just never know when the fairy blogmother might shower you with her goodies.


Artists With Artitude said...

The intellect pales in comparison to the wonder of this universe. I wish I could touch this eternal beauty. It is through your creations that we preserve it. I am sooo lucky to know you. I am in awe of BOTH your intellect and art. Thank you for having such a big heart too. ..Now, I have to go back and stare into your new image.

dianeclancy said...

Oh Sue,

This is breathtaking! Really wonderful ... It is vibrating and soft and so so deep ... it is I who thank you for your friendship!

~ Diane Clancy

Deb Kirkeeide said...

There is something very comforting in this image, Sue.
I dreamt of animating mandalas this morning how I would approach them, the layers etc. I certainly am intrigued by the idea.