May 15, 2009

I mentioned that the turkey vultures had returned a couple of weeks ago. In these parts they’re usually pretty timid and take off if you approach them either in a car or in person. One day last week I got a close-up view of one and was surprised, once again, at just how freakin’ ugly they are up close. Their mama’s can’t even love them much – they so ugly. Anyway, that is what was on my mind when I drew this little doodle below. Once it was down on paper it reminded me of the sort of images that are included in west coast aboriginal totems. (…and yes, I ought to crop this and might yet.)



This image below is referred to as ‘The Flower of Life’; each circular segment is known as ‘The Seed of Life’. I’d bought a set of 24 oil pastels and here I worked my way through them (all except black) with no plan or intended design element. Next I intend to apply a colour scheme and do another two or three of them. (warm, cool, bright) **I’d like everyone to note how well I managed to stay within the lines while colouring.**

Flower of Life

Flower of Life


  1. i love that totem
    very powerful image

    re your flower mandala, your ability to stay within the lines is very impressive ๐Ÿ˜‰

    isn’t it fun just playing?

  2. I think I’ll be having tons of fun before I produce anything ‘serious’.
    That vulture will have to be revisited to see if I can’t get a semi accurate representation of him. The vivid colour of the skin on his neck and head, his wrinkles, big eyes….. his inherent ugliness in all it’s beauty.

  3. I have to agree with you about the ugliness of the turkey vulture. I tried to get a photo of a few out in the field, but worried they’d break my camera with their ugliness. (Groan here.)

    I’m kidding, sort of. They fascinate me, maybe because they are so ugly. I love what you did in your doodle.

    So, you’re the type to stay within the lines, eh? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. So, youโ€™re the type to stay within the lines, eh?

    I’ll have to loosen up and break that bad habit one day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hopefully I’ll get another close-up view soon cuz that last encounter lasted just seconds as I passed it while driving.

  5. […] May of this year, Norm at Unmerited Gifts posted a similar version of this mandala and that reminded me that I had the same one sitting around here somewhere, waiting for me to be […]

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