Totem Animal Mandala DrawingsJuly 23, 2015

After my collaboration the David Freeman, the mathematician, I began using this geometric spirograph pattern as a backdrop for different totem animals. The first one was a white owl swooping down on prey. You may recall my posting of a barn owl sketch for my niece Kat on January 1, 2015. You can see it by searching back to January in this blog. I liked this sketch and wanted to reproduce it on a black field to give it a more ominous feel. I liked the spirograph in the background as a subtle web or trap. By melding these two images together – I started on this new series of choosing certain totem animals and placing them in some kind of mandala pattern. In this way, these animals become more symbols or totems rather than illustrations. I have posted a photo of it below.