Friday, August 15, 2014

Lupins Background

I have a client who wants me to design rack cards, and she likes lupins; so I made this emerging pattern background using photos of the flowers. To use it as a background, I will fade it, and perhaps blur it; but I want to show you the full color version with high resolution. I like these designs because they combine a jewel like quality with the symmetry and structure, but are organic at the same time.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Zazzle Lamps

Zazzle now offers table and hanging or pendant lamps. I used my expanded arrays to design 31 lamps. I think my designs look especially good with the light shining through.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Daffodil Flower Background

I have moved back to Bangor, Maine after 31 years in Tucson, Arizona. I have started a new collection of designs called Mainely Mandalas. A sub series, I have named Signs of Spring. One of the earliest flowers to come out here, is the daffodil. I have added a twist in making these emerging patterns by using a triangular cutout instead of a rectangular one. I rotate and merge the two triangles to create a rectangle with an extra layer of symmetry. It gives the patterns more depth and interest.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Animated Calendula Star Tutorial


I have a created an animated tutorial showing how to create the digital flower stars. I plan to add another on making the rectangular backgrounds. I have these and other animation projects posted on You Tube. You can subscribe to my channel to receive alerts of new creations. I will add other tutorials in time.

Teddy Bear Cholla Patterns





At the top are two digital flower stars made with photos of teddy bear cholla flowers. The designs emerge from cutouts of the flower petals. Below them is another star made with photos of the thorns. I turned it red to serve as a background behind my flower mandala. I refer to this as a radial background. Below it is a rectangular background made with the thorns. Both types of backgrounds have their uses, and exhibit thier own kind of beauty.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

20101 Christmas Designs








Here are more examples of star patterns that I used in this year's Christmas designs. The two at the bottom are interesting in that both were made with the same triangular cutout of ice plant foliage. In one, I pointed the lighter end of the resulting diamond shape outward; in the other I put it in the center. As you can see two very different designs emerge from this simple variation. At the top, I took one of the foliage stars, darkened and blurred it for use as a background.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Pink Tree Bell Elements




Here are stars, a diamond, and a dodecagon made from triangular cutouts of flower petals. At the top, is another array expanded to wallpaper pattern. Do you begin to see the possibilities here? This is another way that surprising patterns can be allowed to emerge from the natural plant elements. It is nature plus applied symmetry.