The Way I See It

Leaf Mandala

Leaf Mandala–the 5-color reduction print was finally completed a couple of weeks ago at Santo Press. Master printer Brent Bond did a truly phenomenal job on this print and though it took longer than I anticipated, it was worth waiting for. Leaf Mandala is comprised of a laser-engraved key block (the black lines) with 2 hand-cut linoleum blocks for the 4 colors printed in reduction. The resulting image appears to be 6 colors because of overlapping color areas. It is exactly as I envisioned it would be, so I couldn’t be happier.

Leaf Mandala (color); 2019; 5-color laser-engraved and hand cut multi-block linocut; 16 inch diameter on 23 x 22 inch paper; edition of 10; $650.00.

Leaf Mandala (color) detail; 2019; 5-color laser-engraved and hand cut multi-block linocut; 16 inch diameter on 23 x 22 inch paper; edition of 10.

In case you are interested, here is what the colors looked like prior to printing the key block. This is a working registration sample, and was not one of the finished prints. 

 

There is also an edition (of 5) in black ink:Leaf Mandala; 2019; laser engraved linocut; edition of 5; 16 inch diameter on 23 x 22 inch paper; $400.00

And don’t forget, there are many iterations of this print that are hand-painted with watercolors. You can see 5 of them all right here but this one is my favorite–so far, that is. I’ve got 5 more to paint!

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 5; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018; $750.00

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The Mandala Series

I have completed 7 mandala drawings (2 of them this past month of January 2019) and wanted to feature them all in a blog post. Each one is drawn with a mechanical pencil on Stonehenge paper, 22.5 x 22 inches. Five of the Mandala drawings (numbers 1 through 5) are currently on exhibit in my solo show “Patterns of Obsession” at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum through April 14th.

Here they are in order–Mandalas 1 through 7:

Mandala 1 (Ribbonesque)

 

Mandala 2 (Leaf)

 

Mandala 3 (Nest)

 

Mandala 4 (Brilliant)

 

Mandala 5 (Tulip)

 

Mandala 6 (WolFish)

 

Mandala 7 (FlowerWing)

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Mandala 2 (Leaf)–A Variable Edition

Presenting a variable edition of a hand-painted laser-cut relief print. The image is based upon a mandala drawing of the same title. It is currently on view with 24 other drawings and paintings at Mesa Contemporary Art Museum in my solo exhibit, Patterns of Obsession

Mandala 2 (Leaf); graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

There are currently 5 hand-painted prints in this variable edition (as shown below) and they are available to purchase for $750 each.

I plan to paint 5 more…in the meantime, I am also working on a 5-color reduction print with Brent Bond at Santo Press. I will post images of that soon. 2019 is off to a good start!

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 1; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

 

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 2; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

 

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 3; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

 

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 4; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

 

Mandala 2 (Leaf) VE 5; Hand-painted laser-cut relief print; 22.5 x 22 inches; 2018

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The Mandala Series: A Peaceful Center in a World Gone Mad

Mandalas have fascinated me for a very long time. It coincided with dreamwork and my study of Jungian symbols (of which mandalas play a primary role) and the vast richness that transpersonal psychology holds. According to Jung in Memories, Dreams and Reflections:

“The mandala is an archetypal image whose occurrence is attested throughout the ages. It signifies the wholeness of the Self. This circular image represents the wholeness of the psychic ground or, to put it in mythic terms, the divinity incarnate in man.”

In the late 80’s I made a few colorful mandalas using watercolors but have no idea where they are now–probably hidden away in a drawer of my flat files where they shall forever remain.

Then in 1992 I was fortunate to watch Tibetan monks create a beautiful sand mandala for close to a week at The Frick Pittsburgh. The monks created a Chenrezig Mandala which is a manifestation of compassion and was meant to be viewed as an architectural plan or structure. I brought my sketchbook and made a few quick studies of the designs but (sadly) I don’t think I took photos. It was pre-digital cameras–and cell phones were just phones.

Study of Tibetan sand painting mandala; sketchbook page; 1992

I went almost every day they were there. One day they permitted me to try using their tools and colored sand. As can be expected, it was much harder than I thought to get the sand to fall evenly in the designated area. Have a look at these beautiful photos of a Chenrezig Mandala–this mandala was created in Salisbury, England in 2013 is very similar to the mandala I saw being created.

Jumping to the present day, I wanted to create circular patterns based on my own version of repeating patterns within a circular (mandala) form. I sought to make a mandala based on quadrants but bisecting those 4 quadrants into 8 separate spokes to form a more complicated pattern. Are these mandalas representations of my inner self? I really don’t know, but I do think they are my attempt to create a sense of wholeness and a place where I can feel a peaceful center in a world gone totally mad.

Here are the first 2 mandalas (with detail shots) in this new series. Hopefully the third mandala will be finished today–there are at least a dozen more ideas ready and waiting in the wings.

Mandala 1 (Ribbonesque); Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

Mandala 1 (Ribbonesque) detail; Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

Mandala 2 (leaf); Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

Mandala 2 (leaf) detail; Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

Now completed–the third one!

Mandala 3 (Nest); Graphite on paper; 22 x 22 inches; 2018

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