People often ask if I take photos specifically as material for mandalas. The answer was “yes” in the case of the photo of a red mum with compartmentalized center that I used to create Red Neon Pop. As I wandered around the glasshouses with my camera at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA, during the 2016 Fall Flower Show, I was hoping to find flowers with interesting line and texture. I quickly zeroed in on the many mums displayed. The stout, red petals and honeycombed yellow center of this particular mum just begged to be crafted into a mandala, so I photographed it from many angles.
The finished piece is crackling with electricity, evoking the bright, saturated colors of a neon sign. It’s part of the Flower Pop collection that I began last year. All my Flower Pop mandalas are identifiable as flowers; what I refer to as reconstructed blooms. The pop of this particular piece is unexpected and energizing, perfect for a fun, common room in your home.
Enjoy this mandala as a high-quality 12″ x 12″ giclee print on heavily textured watercolor paper, beautifully prepared in a black wood frame with round-cut, Baltic green mat and UV acrylic glazing. The finished size is 18 1/2″ x 18 1/2″, including the frame; big enough to allow you to dive in and really enjoy all the fine detail of the mandala. If you plan to use or gift this mandala as a mediation piece, this is the perfect size. A copy of the original photo and the story of the piece are included on the back.