I’m not a big fan of winter. It’s now the beginning of February and I feel like I haven’t been warm in months. The sun is shining as I write this but that is a rarity in this land of eternal cloud cover. BUT, it is 3 degrees! Fahrenheit! Of course that is an improvement of 15 or 20 degrees over last week. To survive the winters, I have to create my own version of sunshine and warmth. That’s what I thought I would do with today’s mandalas.
This is no flower more capable of making me and most people smile than a sunflower. The original image used here is a sunflower from our garden that I photographed in the studio last summer. I always think that sunflowers are, already, mandalas. That beautiful and amazing Fibonacci spiral in the center never fails to intrigue me. As I played with this image and made a few mandalas, discarded a few, and then realized that I could create new types of sunflowers with different patterns in the center. In no way do I think these are an improvement over that fascinating pattern that is present in all sunflowers, they are just different. Re-imagining is a fun and useful exercise in art and life. How have you re-imagined something lately?