When you drive the roads of Northern New Mexico this time of year you will see sunflowers lining many of the roadsides. Sometimes you’ll even see fields of sunflowers. These are the great big ones that produce sunflower seeds you feed the birds with, but a smaller variety with lots of 3″ to 4″ diameter blossoms.
The sunflowers along the roads were inspired this mandala. I took pictures in steps with this one. I think it’s fun to see how different it looks at each stage.
The initial drawing.
I took some artist’s license by adding red and orange, since there isn’t any in the roadside sunflowers. I almost always try to include some red in my mandalas. Not sure what Jung would say about that.
Turquoise for New Mexico.
Black to make the eye travel.
I decided it was a little flat, so I added some shading.
Finally, I put the lines back in with permanent black ink to punch up the whole picture.
Taos Sunflower Mandala – 6″ Diameter — Watercolor and Ink on Paper
Deborah Baldwin Fair 2009