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Frost Mandalas

Winter is in full force in my part of the world.  Most days, I feel like I live inside a snow globe.

And it’s cold!  When the temperatures goes  below about 10 °F there is often frost on a few of our windows. The  frost phenomenon happens on windows when there is a some moisture and extreme cold.  Two windows near our bathroom often have frost in the morning when the nighttime temps have been in the single digits or below.  One of my winter delights is to check the windows in the morning for frost and see what sorts of interesting patterns the frost has made.  The patterns are usually back lit with the rising sun so they can be particularly beautiful.

Last week there were some particularly interesting frost patterns, like feathers. I couldn’t wait to see what they might offer in the form of frost mandalas.

I hope you enjoy these feathery frost mandalas.

Stay warm and think warm thoughts!

Happy New Year

New Year Mandala 2015

New Year Mandala 2015 ©Gail Haile

I love to think of possibilities, ideas, and what if’s, not in a worrisome way, but in an “oh, think of all the wonderful possibilities!” way.  I firmly believe that each day is a new start, but the beginning of a new year certainly reminds us to imagine what’s in store.  May this new year lead you to some wonderful new “things that have never been.”

Happy New Year!

“Art is a form of communication”

Art is a form of communication. You might think you make art as a form of self-expression, but you know that your work is incomplete until people see it and respond to it.”  Alyson B. Stanfield, aka the Art Biz Coach

I’ve been preparing for a new exhibit this week.  It’s a collaboration with my Pilates instructor, Melissa Lamendola, of Anatomy in Motion Pilates and Wellness Studio.

Alyson’s words keep coming back to me.  They are what push me to get my work “out there”. For years I had all these images sitting around and the only one who knew about them was me and perhaps a few friends or family.  I used to have this notion that if work was displayed it had to be in a Gallery (if I could put that word on a pedestal, it would better emphasize the notion I had of galleries).  Nothing else was “real”.  However, just by putting my work out for others to see, a conversation is created. My work has grown and expanded by being in conversation with a wider audience, even without being in a Gallery (pedestal here again). Insights and inspiration flow from others taking part in the conversation.

How can you take part in the conversation of art this week?

Below is a sneak peek at some of the images on display during the exhibit at Anatomy in Motion. There is an opening reception this Sunday, 9/28/2014 from 3-5 pm.  The exhibit will run through December.  
Curly Leaf Mandala 3  ©Gail Haile

Curly Leaf Mandala 3 ©Gail Haile

©Gail Haile Cottonwood Mandala 4

Cottonwood Mandala 4, ©Gail Haile

Beach Flow 1  ©GailHaile

Beach Flow 1 ©GailHaile


Sneak Peek at a portion of the exhibit in Anatomy in Motion Pilates and Wellness Studio


We spent some time at the beach a few weeks ago.  I wanted to capture some more long exposure images of water.    When I’m doing long exposures there’s a lot of time waiting around, so I took my handy Canon G16, a great little point and shoot camera, and walked around capturing other things while my “big” camera was working.

One of the things that captured my eye was the debris that was just outside of the sand dune fences.  There was an wide assortment of bits and pieces and the patterns they made were interesting.  I had an inkling that they might create interesting mandalas as well.

Beach Debris ©GSHaile

Beach Debris ©GSHaile

It’s so interesting to think that these lovely patterns came from a bunch of beach debris.  


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Sea Shells by the Sea Shore 2

Last week, I shared some mandalas that I created from an image of an oyster shell.

This is actually the first shell that I found that made me think, “Oh, I need to see what kinds of mandalas this shell will create.”  I just loved all the different shades of brown and the textures. It’s quite small, just and inch or so at it’s longest point.  I can’t even tell what sort of shell it is.

It’s important to pay attention to those small bits of beauty as well as the grand, more obvious,  scenes of beauty. 

©Gail Haile_Brown Shell

©Gail Haile_Brown Shell

I see all sorts of things in these mandalas.  What do you see?

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Sea Shells by the Sea Shore: Mandalas

A beach in Delaware was where I spent most of my time last week.  There was not a lot of beach reading or sun bathing on my part.  When you’re at the beach with a 2 1/2 year old, playing in the sand, collecting shells, flying kites, and getting wet were the main activities.  In truth, those are my favorite beach activities any way.  It was great fun!

This beach didn’t have many stones, like this one in Block Island that I visited last year, or whole shells, like Sanibel Island, in Florida, where I was in March.  South Bethany Beach is mostly very fine sand with a few bits and pieces of shells and small pebbles.  It was wonderful for walking.  The one exception was a whole oyster shell that we found.  Below is a close-up image of that shell.

At first an oyster shell doesn’t seem to be the most beautiful shell but  I knew when I saw the colors and patterns that I wanted to see what kinds of mandala patterns it might hold.

©Gail Haile_Oyster shell

©Gail Haile_Oyster shell

I love the variety of patterns that emerged and the soft colors.  Such a humble shell held all this beauty!  

Check back next week for more shell mandalas from a rust colored shard of a shell.  

What’s your favorite beach activity?

What have you encountered that seemed mundane at first but held much more when you looked closer?

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Magenta Mandalas

It’s been a while since I created any mandalas. The process of creating mandalas is very calming and meditative for me.  It feels like life has been all over the place lately so it seemed like a good idea to spend a few minutes making some mandalas.

The flower, Cranesbill Geranium, is one that I inherited in my garden from the previous homeowners so It has been a constant in my garden for quite some time.  The location of the plants has changed over the years many times, and it pops out seeds that send up new plants in unexpected places the next year.  It’s name comes from the shape of the seed pods after they’ve popped, very much like a crane’s bill.

The Cranesbill Geranium  flower itself is very mandala-like.  And there’s something very uplifting to me about the magenta color especially when it’s concentrated so in these mandalas.  A paradox…making the mandalas was both calming and uplifting.  I hope they have that effect for you as well.

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My Favorite Tree: Mandalas

I photograph a lot of trees , and many of my mandalas are derived from images of trees. But I’ve never photographed my favorite tree, until now.  My favorite tree stands in our front yard, a towering pin oak that was planted by the man who, in 1973, built our house, after the first tree he planted, a spruce, died.  When we moved into the house in 1984, it was still a relatively young tree.  I come across pictures from that time and barely recognize the slender trunk.  The oak now towers over our house and is at least 3 feet in diameter.

Why do I love that oak tree?   

It’s beautiful, yes, It is a grand oak, towering  4o feet above our roof with broad branches that reach out to shade our home.  But more than that, this oak has been a witness to our family. Even as a young tree, it provided a shady spot for the kiddie pool in the summer when our kids were small.  It was a nice place to put the porch swing we brought from our previous home and sit the 5 little kids from play group while we took their picture.  It provided a roof for the “house” where the neighborhood girls played dress-up.  Under the tree was a mechanic’s workshop for 5 days when a friend brought our 6 year old son an engine to take apart.  Our 10 year old daughter practiced her math skills with her Dad while they designed and built a tree bench that encircled the oak’s trunk for many years until the tree finally grew to lift the bench off the ground.  As it grew, the low hanging branches provided a cozy, private place to put a cedar swing that encouraged many long conversations during the teen years.  That oak tree has been a constant in the life of our family.  When we had the branches trimmed last year, we saved the wood from one of the larger branches to have made into something (not sure what yet) .

So, it was appropriate that on Mother’s Day, as we were sitting on our back deck, I was watching the evening light playing off the branches, and the cardinals and chickadees, and goldfinches dancing around and among the branches and thinking again how much I love that tree.  I ran into the house and grabbed my camera to capture those branches, knowing that they would become mandalas of my favorite tree.

Thoughtful question: Is there something in your life, like our oak, that has been a constant?

Silly question: Can you find the goldfinch in one of the mandalas?

Cottonwood Tree Mandalas

In the past 5 weeks, I’ve been at home for only 2 of them. It’s a little hard to keep up with myself but it’s given me some wonderful opportunities.

One of those trips was to Colorado where spring was just beginning to think about showing up.  Just prior to spring arriving is when I appreciate the interesting shapes and lines of trees not yet filled out with leaves.  It’s even more interesting when you encounter trees that you are not familiar with, like I did when in Colorado.  On my drive away from the airport I began noticing all these tall, arching  trees with interestingly crooked branches.  I knew I’d want to find some to photograph during my visit.

I learned that these trees are cottonwoods, which apparently are a kind of poplar.  We do have poplars here on the east coast but I think they may be slightly different…something to investigate.

I was hoping for a colorful sky to backlight the branches but on the one day I had time to photograph, the sun merely set without any colorful fanfare.  The crooked branches still created some lovely patterns in this mandalas, though.

If spring has not yet brought leaves to the trees where you are, take time to notice the beautiful shapes and patterns that the trees make against the colors in the sky.



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