Introduction

Welcome to my blog celebrating the beauty of Maine and New England. You may link to my other 13 blogs though my parent blog:
www.nightbloomingcards.com.
Some of them are oriented around designs for Arizona and the American southwest, but others have a more general range. The designs you see here are available as a wide variety of products on my Zazzle gallery at:
www.zazzle.com/robert_coyne.
I enjoy doing custom work, and will gladly take your requests for one-of-a-kind pieces. I have done logos and animated logos for people who have asked for them. I have expanded into animation and have 26 videos on You Tube at: nightbloomingcards7.
See the list of links for easy access to any of these sites. My blogs include two turorial sites as does my You Tube videos.
I am always willing to share how I create these designs. I think I have developed techniques that many people could enjoy using. In fact, I plan to create a studio of artists around these ideas, so if you are interested; let me know. Feedback on this or any of my blogs is welcome.
I have recently started a series of state mandalas which will eventually include all 50 states. I am starting with the state of Maine. To keep up with the collection as it grows, go to Traveling Mandalas at:
www.travelingmandalas.com
You may also follow on facebook at:
www.facebook.com/traveling mandalas

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Good Day Bikes

Tucson is one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country. With all our hills in Maine, bicycling is more of a challenge, but it is a great way to enjoy the beautiful country side. I created a variety of designs for the BICAS bicycle coop in Tucson to help support their efforts, but these creations could apply to any bicycle club, coop or shop. I sell them on Zazzle under the title of Good Day Bikes. Bike your way to a good day. I also have animated this design have it posted as one of my 25 You Tube videos. Here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ln3ntWjZaFY&feature=share&list=UUUGOyJZtSWkpR29Vrm1ofYA

Celtic Knot Mandalas

I originally created these designs while in Tucson; but Maine has a large Irish population, so they belong here. I am half Irish myself, so I have long been fond of celtic knots. These designs are after Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Durer, but I plan to create more of my own in the future. I have a whole collection of Irish designs on my Zazzle site to celebrate St. Patrick's Day.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Dandelion Extract 7

This is the seventh in our collection of dandelion photo extracts, that is extracted from the background. Another reason I decided to use dandelions as a subject is that there are probably not many artists using them as a subject. Especially creating for an online audience, it is a challenge to design unique pieces.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Butterflies

I have created a number of mandalas using butterflies. Again, I created these while in Arizona, but they work just as well in Maine. You can see them on various products on my Zazzle site. I also have some borders made with butterflies and give an example here.

Tree Mandalas

I plan to create tree mandalas as time goes on. The extraction process for bare branched trees is very time consuming, so I chose this small tree for my original experiment. I am not completely satisfied with the results, but offer it here as it suggests some of the possibilities.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Dandelions Continued

Here, I present two more dandelion photo extracts(extracted from the background). I offer this dandelion design partly with a sense of humor, and the challenge of creating a work of art using an annoying weed; but mostly with the purpose of demonstrating and appreciating that there is beauty everywhere, if we are open to looking for it.

Calendulas

I have made 3 mandalas using photos of calendula flowers. This show two versions of one and an example of another. I also grew these in Arizona, but they grow here in Maine as well.

Pink Cosmos

Here are three versions of the one mandala. Again, I grew these in Tucson, but they grow in Maine as well.

Pink Hollyhocks

I grew these in Tucson, but am delighted to see that they grow here in Maine as well. I will be adding to this design.

Pink Daisies

I made this mandala with photos of large pink daises. I plan to do one with the white wild ones which grow in Maine. The color of these ones is rich and cheerful.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Poinsettias

I originally created this design to celebrate Christmas while in Arizona, but poinsettias are as much a part of the holidays in Maine and New England as they art in the southwest.

Sunflowers

I originally created this as part of my Arizona collection, but sunflowers grow well here in Maine as well; so they belong in this series. Their cheerful presence in summer is welcome anywhere.

Easter Lilies

I created this design to celebrate Easter and spring. It is also part of a sub series I am calling Signs of Spring. After a long Maine winter, we welcome all signs of spring and this is a particularly beautiful one. As with all the designs I post on my blogs, you can go to my Zazzle gallery to purchase them on various products ranging from poster, cards,and stamps to mugs, phone cases, plates, and much more. You will find it at www.zazzle.com/robert_coyne.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Dandy Dandelions

I have a number of flower designs from Arizona which will be suitable for my Maine collection as well, and I will be posting those here. I have also created an Easter design using white Easter lilies which will fit my Maine and Signs of Spring series. Currently, I am working on a mandala made with photos of dandelions. Here are four "extracted" photos that I will use.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Introductory Post

I have moved back to Maine after 31 great years in Tucson, Arizona. While there, I created my Cactus Hugger and Desert Rat collections; and will continue to add to them as I have a large store of photos to work with. Now that I am back in Maine, I am starting a new collection I am calling Mainely Mandalas. I plan to add Signs of Spring and other related series as time allows. This mandala is made with photos of sea gulls. It is my first mandala created with Maine in mind.