The bottom picture shows a pair of jumping cholla cactus flowers. The blue square is the area I cut out to create the pattern of the top image. This could done with any flower to create an infinite number of interesting designs.
For a couple of years, I have been working with a variety of background patterns to accompany my mandalas. In the process, I have discovered a technique for creating patterns that has a lot of potential. I have come to call them Emerging Patterns because they are there in nature, just waiting to be brought forth.
The ability of the new digital graphics to bring symmetry into design allows for some amazing images to be created quite simply.
My intention with this blog is to create a space in which I can display my pattern creations independtly of the mandalas and florals, but also to share the process by way of encouraging others to do the same.
If you are interested in creating some of these patterns, you can go to my Nightblooms Process Tutorial. In it, I show how to create the flower mandalas, but also have demonstrations of the pattern making. The link for that tutorial and other sites of mine are listed on the side bar.
There is a lot more potential here than I could ever hope to realize myself. Hundreds and even thousands of artists could use this technique and not exhaust the possibilities that are in this process.
I even have the idea that we could host a site in which we all share out patterns and make them available as backgrounds for all sorts of images. If any of you have the interest and expertise, for that kind of endeavor; let me know.
In the meantime, lets have fun!
Blue Barrel Cactus Pattern
My parent blog is Nightblooming Cards. From it, my other blogs and sites can be linked. I also have a lot of information on its side bar which applies to all my blogs, including contact and ordering information.
For 28 years, I ran a board and care home for chronically mentally ill in Tucson, and really enjoyed the work; but creating art has always been a part of my life.
I have worked in various media including oils and acrylics, stained glass, cloth and wood; but I have been concentrating on digital art for the past few years.
I have never made my living with art, but I do take it seriously. I don't want to give up my care giving work, but some supplemental income will be helpful.
I specialize in designs using flowers of the Arizona desert and think my creations reflect my appreciation for cacti and nature in general. Many of my designs feature mandalas, and I pray that all portray beauty and harmony.
In 2012, I moved back to Maine after 31 years in Arizona. I grew up in Maine, and am happy to be back. I will continue to add to my Cactus Hugger designs reflecting the beauty of Arizona, but will be adding designs that come from an appreciation of the beauty of Maine and New England. I am continuing work in care giving, and always like to do gardening wherever I am. I now live in the country and have chickens. I plan to add milking goats and more.