Saturday, September 08, 2007


star lightStar Light Mandala - (Circles of Light series) - © Sue O'Kieffe 2007

I decided to continue exploring the theme of dark and light that I have been investigating in my recent mandalas. I love the richness of the dark and moody colors found in this penstemon wilcoxii I photographed and transformed into a Circle of Light. I wasn't quite satisfied with my usual plain dark background, though, but also knew I didn't want to clutter the image with a lot of extraneous detail. So I created another mandala from an image of amethyst that my friend dosmangoes photographed and has been letting me use. I like the very subtle revelation of light coming through from the dark plum-hued background.

Yesterday Rima Koleilat of Maraya Galleries asked me if I ever get tired of hearing superlatives about my work. I can't imagine anyone who doesn't like some kind of recognition. My biggest desire is that my art will calm, soothe, and inspire. It is what keeps me going on those days that are dark for me too.


dianeclancy said...

Oh Sue, I LOVE this one!! It knocks me over. All your mandalas are great but this is super special!!

The 3D effect is something else too!

It means a lot to me when people say good stuff about my work too ... I assume they are sincere and it makes quite a bit of difference to me.

I do really like what you have done with the background too.

~ Diane Clancy

Unknown said...

i knew you would especially like this diane..i know your colors :-D

Bobbie said...

You have captured the colors of the penstemon wilcoxii and put it's soul into this mandala. Beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Your mandalas are awesome, and I hope you never get tired of hearing it because I'm quite sure you're going to hear it a lot!