76 – Celtic Mandala

Celtic Mandala by Ruth Tait
Celtic Mandala by Ruth Tait

Seemed only fitting on St. Patrick’s Day to showcase one of the many Celtic Mandalas I found while searching for today’s MotD.

I really like this one by artist Ruth Tait. I love how she created two different styles of celtic designs: one for the outer circle and one for the center. Plus her use of muted tones, and the black background of the outer band gives it a dramatic punch.

Here’s what she states on her web site about her celtic designs:

For many years, while living in Britain … I took time out to study the very prominent and expansive collection of Celtic Art that exists in the British Museum. These researches included making drawing studies of the ancient artifacts right through to copying elements from the early Christian illuminated manuscripts and eventually to develop a method whereby I could create my own designs. The breadth of styles and sophistication of this work compelled me beyond anything that I had previously encountered. I have not worked with these forms for many years, but I understand that it was an important period of my development as an artist.

You can view more of her celtic mandalas on her Illustrations page on her web site as well as her plein air oil and watercolor paintings.

Happy Coloring!

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