Some more mandalas

Today, I’ve been making some abstracts of Iceland, and extending the Photoshop repetition idea a little further. Here are a couple of original images, and some of my variations. The first is River at Jökulsárlón, with the original first (obviously).

I then tried something a little different, using a YouTube video on making Kalaidoscopes in Photoshop. This included how to make a repeatable action set for the process, so that I don’t have to start from scratch every time.

It is interesting that in the straightforward mandala has picked out a small feature from the original (a rope hanging in the drying hut) and emphasised that, while the kaleidoscope version is much truer to the original colours and proportion.

With this in mind, I produced a kaleidoscope of the first image and this was the result.P1180281-1v2

Not nearly as successful as the other one. Clearly the layout of the original is critical to how it turns out, depending on the treatment. Some work much better than others.

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6 thoughts on “Some more mandalas

  1. Catherine

    I’m enjoying this. I think the kaleidoscope ones seem to have extra variety of tone in them whereas the mandalas are more peaceful somehow. I keep imagining a patchwork quilt..

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    1. Holly Woodward Post author

      I agree, Catherine. On both the patchwork quilt feeling, and the variety of tone. The mandalas are lovely, but static, while the kalaidoscopes are a bit more edgy. Not sure which I prefer at present.

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  2. lynda512863

    I’m agreeing with Catherine here. I love the patchwork ones, but I also like the kaleidosope of the first image – I find the star in the left corner quite intriguing and have the urge to take the print and turning it around to see all the angles (been trying that with the computer here). You’ve definitely hit on something here Holly!

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    1. Holly Woodward Post author

      Thanks, Lynda. I’m really enjoying doing this. There’s a plan niggling away in my mind about turning pictures of some of the most iconic places I have visited into abstracts, where one only sees the colours and some of the shapes. For instance, the Jokulsarlon one really captures the colours of the place and I love all the little bridges and floating icebergs.

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  3. Anne Bryson

    I like it a lot too Holly and your Photoshop skills are coming along nicely. Wish I had the patience to sit and work through YouTube videos! I too like the kaleidoscope but for me, that has a patchwork quilt feel to it too.

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    1. Holly Woodward Post author

      Thanks, Anne. I need to spend bit of time thinking through the idea o patchwork quilts from the mandalas. I have software that could make the patterns. But I’m supposed to be doing assignment 3…..

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