Mandala Artists

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Pick up Trash! Make Art!

I have started a new series of mandalas called Pick up Trash! Make Art!

The mandalas gently urge others to pick up their trash and recycle. It spreads the message in a fun way without being preachy.

I talk walks around outside taking pictures of the trash, then picking it up. Some of the trash pictures are then made into mandalas. I also like to play around with the mandalas and transform them into something new and different.

Plastic World is one of my base… Continue

Added by Ilah Barnes on June 5, 2009 at 9:28am — No Comments

Coloring Mandalas

I am not sure how many people here are interested in coloring mandalas, but I have made some mandalas for coloring to share. They are little mandalas, only about 2 inches around. I find they are nice to do on a busy day when I don't have much time to relax.

I have blogged about them here:

And have them available as a free download at Lulu.

I tried to upload the files to… Continue

Added by Ilah Barnes on February 26, 2009 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Old themes and new directions

I am expanding in a new direction on my digital mandalas. I enjoy making abstract digital art and I have made some of this into mandalas. I also enjoy playing around with colors and filters after I have made the mandala to get a lots new mandalas.

I have just posted two of my mandalas made from my abstract art, two exclusives I am only posting here.

The third mandala is a preview for my new gallery:

All the… Continue

Added by Ilah Barnes on February 19, 2009 at 3:58pm — No Comments

Just a weed

This latest series comes from a photo of a lone weed growing out of a small crack in the sidewalk. That's it - just sidewalk and weed. If you look very close, some of them also have a ladybug.

I like the interaction of nature with traditonal urban elments. Many of my mandalas have a plant or part of a plant along with urban materials like sidewalk or brick.

You might have noticed that the photos start with 2. Weed mandala #1 is on one of my other blogs.

I would… Continue

Added by Ilah Barnes on November 17, 2008 at 11:25am — No Comments

Urban Mandalas and Everyday Mandalas

I like to create mandalas from photos of urban images and everyday objects. Many people associate inner peace with "peaceful settings" - forest, beaches, mountains, fields of flowers. Peaceful places are generally envisioned as areas of nature far removed from major urban areas. I feel that peace is where you find it and where you create it.

Peace can be found in city side walks, in bridges, railroad tracks, buildings, railings, statures, monuments and a thousand other bits and… Continue

Added by Ilah Barnes on November 13, 2008 at 11:31am — No Comments

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