Spookyween Tree

It’s Spookytober, everybody!

As part of Spookyween preparations, I have finally finished the design I made around the whole concept of a Halloween/Christmas mashup.

Originally, this was because of the programmer nerd joke about 31 Octal (aka 31 Oct, aka Halloween) being the same as 25 Decimal (aka 25 Dec, aka Christmas), but I’ve finally also given up on making that joke work visually.

Here it is in black on orange:

orange background, black silhouette of a sparse pine tree with spooky elements for ornament, topped with a witchy hat, circular watermark in greys

Spookyween Tree in Black on Orange

And also in orange on black:

black background, orange silhouette of a sparse pine tree with spooky elements for ornament, topped with a witchy hat, circular watermark in greys

Spookyween Tree in Orange on Black

Due to hopefully broad appeal, I’ve listed both versions of this on Redbubble (black, orange) and on Zazzle (search results for ninthcircle spookyween).

I’m sorry to not have a better link for Zazzle, but their product creation and maintenance and store maintenance tools and slowness to make products visible in the stores are so appallingly bad that this is literally the best option I’ve got.  For what it’s worth, almost all my products on Zazzle are tagged with ninthcircle, so you can find my stuff there most easily by searching for that. Thank you for your understanding.

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Monday Mandala Roundup – September

Happy fall, everybeing!

Welcome to October and the Monday Mandala Roundup post for September!  As with previous MMR posts, this covers a month of the Monday Mandalas posted publicly on my Patreon page.

As usual, clicking on a image will take you to the public Patreon page for that day, which have the full images (not just snippets).

square image, light blue background, black outline mandala centered in lower left

Monday Mandala 2018-09-03 snippet

square image, green background, white outline mandala centered on the lower left corner

Monday Mandala 2018-09-10 snippet

square image, green background, white outline mandala centered near lower left

Monday Mandala 2018-09-17 snippet

square image, purple background white outline mandala centered in lower left

Monday Mandala 2018-09-24 snippet

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Mandala Roundup – August

Hooray, cooler days are coming!

Welcome to September and the Monday Mandala Roundup post for August!  As with previous MMR posts, this covers a month of the Monday Mandalas posted publicly on my Patreon page.

As usual, clicking on a image will take you to the public Patreon page for that day, which have the full images (not just snippets).

square image, purple background, yellow outline mandala centered on the lower left of the image

2018-08-06 Monday Mandala snippet

square image, maroon background, white outlines of a mandala centered on the upper left

2018-08-13 Monday Mandala snippet

square image, blue background, red outlines of a mandala centered near lower left

2018-08-20 Monday Mandala snippet

square image, dark blue background, light blue outlines of a mandala centered in lower left

2018-08-27 Monday Mandala snippet

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Love Is Love Is Love

Jam is a fruit and pectin mashup

Because mashups are my jam and because there’s something deeply appealing about the geometry of Circular Gallifreyan, I’ve been looking for things to write in it. Most especially words of hope and power.

I’ve tried a few single words, but then I thought of Lin-Manuel Miranda, who reminds us that love is love is love is love is love. That totally lends itself well to a circular format as the love goes around and around, right?  So, perfect for Circular Gallifreyan.

I should probably admit here that modern Doctor Who isn’t really my fandom – my experience largely predates the reboot and ends pretty sharply at the end of Nine – so I am still feeling my way into the style.  I suspect I tend more towards a formal, geometrically balanced style than most folks.  But a looping phrase should work out with that, right?

I was so optimistic.

Balancing readability and symmetry and the requirement that each word start at the bottom of its circle was a bit … challenging.

That said, I think the resulting trines are pretty pleasing. And yes, the “sentence” intentionally ends with “is” again so that it can loop back into the cycle.

I’m specifically using the Sherman alphabet, and welcome useful feedback on style and grammar.

square image, blue background, white circle containing circular design in black lines on white, saying 'love is love is love is' in circular Gallifreyan

Love Is Love Is Love Is

This is now available via RedBubble: https://www.redbubble.com/people/ninthcircle/works/33245307-love-is-love-is-love

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Monday Mandala Roundup – July

My, isn’t this weather large?

Welcome to August and the Monday Mandala Roundup post for July, which was one of those lucky months with five Mondays!  As with previous MMR posts, this covers a month of the Monday Mandalas posted publicly on my Patreon page.

As usual, clicking on a image will take you to the public Patreon page for that day, which have the full images (not just snippets).

square image, purple background, portion of a radially symmetric geometric design (aka mandala) in black outline

Snippet of the 2018-07-02 Monday Mandalaeo

square image with dark red background, white outlines of a portion of a mandala (radially symmetric geometric design) centered near lower left

Snippet of the 2018-07-09 Monday Mandala

square image, blue background, portion of a mandala issuing from center bottom in green, orange, and yellow leaves and petals

Snippet of the 2018-07-16 Monday Mandala

square image, dark blue background, white outlines of a mandala centered on lower right

Snippet of the 2018-07-23 Monday Mandala

square image, deep red background, pale blue outlines of a mandala issuing from upper left

Snippet of the 2018-07-30 Monday Mandala

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Listening to the Universe

This is it, folks. This is the last of the physical backlog pieces. It’s one of my favorites, and I call it Listening to the Universe.

It’s also one of the first in-process pieces that I posted here on Patreon for First Circle and closer folks.

Here it is framed:

photograph of a framed mandala on a wooden floor near a white wall

Listening to the Universe, framed

And here’s a closeup detail shot:

a closeup of a mandala with a grey background

Listening to the Universe, a closeup

It’s 9″x9″ and currently in a 14″x14″ frame, watercolor and pen on 140lb cold press watercolor paper. $45 unframed, $60 framed (discounted price for Patreon folks available).

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