Mandala No.18: Satisfied

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Mandala No.18: Satisfied by Judy Backhouse (copyright)

There is nothing quite so satisfying as glorious, rampant symmetry. The repetition and pattern are just so good. Here is a pure indulgence in pretty symmetry.

The pattern consists of 16 segments of circles, all meeting in the middle. It creates a large yellow flower with 16 petals at the outer level, but the intersections reveal a series of similar flowers, getting smaller and smaller towards the centre.

Following the pattern from the outside in, the colours shift from the lightest yellow through orange and red to the deepest almost-black violet in the centre. The petals are emphasised with gold, adding to the exuberant excess.

Satisfied is painted in acrylic on a 50cm x 50cm gallery-wrapped canvas and finished in gloss acrylic varnish. The image continues over the edge as shown below. It is signed on the back and can be hung in any direction.

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Mandala No. 11: Interference

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Mandala No.11: Interference (copyright Judy Backhouse)

It has been a while, but I have a number of new mandala’s nearing completion. Here is the first of the new batch: Interference.

In this mandala, the traditional circle is no longer whole, instead we see a number of parts of circles, intersecting and creating interference patterns, like ripples on water. The result is a busy canvas, with a lot going on. Life often feels like this. It’s not entirely a bad thing. The interference sets up interesting patterns, like the dramatic star in the centre of the picture, and the busyness is stimulating, fun even.

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But it takes effort and concentration to see the patterns, to find the parts of the circles. Each of the corners has a series of quarter circles spreading out from it. I extracted this image to try and focus my own attention on what was going on in just one corner of the canvas.

I’ve used high-energy yellow, orange and red in this mandala to reflect the energy that I feel when life is complex, full of projects and I’m enjoying all the activity. The cool blue edges are an attempt to bring some balance, to remind myself of the need to rest.

This mandala has some great shapes and textures in the detail. When life is busy it is filled with moments of beauty, but I am often not able to appreciate them. So Interference is also a bit frustrating, and tiring. There comes a point when I want more peace.

Mandala No.11: Interference is painted in acrylic paints on a 50cm x 50cm stretched canvas and finished with gloss acrylic varnish. It is not gallery wrapped and would look best framed in a floating frame.

Mandala No.3: Impact

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Mandala No.3: Impact by Judy Backhouse (copyright)

Mandala No.3: Impact is a departure from the more formal structure and detailed rendering of Peace and Happy. This mandala emerged without any planning. I had this canvas sitting around that I had painted in this rich red and then left for a few months. I started out playing with the green and gold diamonds that seemed to complement the red so well. Then it just grew from there.

The idea of Impact emerged with the picture. The angularity of the shapes and the outward movement that continues into splashes of colour around the central star suggested to me the aftermath of a meteor hitting the earth. The rich and bright colours, create an exciting visual impact.

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Impact was painted entirely with a palette knife, layering the paint on fairly thickly as can be seen in these detailed images. I worked quickly and enjoyed the freedom of the looser style. Painting this was fun! ImpactDetail2Small

Impact is painted on a 50cm x 50cm gallery wrapped canvas and the red background continues around the edge of the canvas. It is finished with a high gloss acrylic varnish.

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