St. Patrick’s Mandala

SPD Mandala
St. Patrick’s Mandala / 2013 / Terry Long

I created this mandala in celebration of St. Patrick’s day, and also in the acknowledgment of my Irish ancestry. It was not until much later in life that I discovered I had an Irish grandmother, so maybe that accounts for the reason I like Guinness! And maybe it’s also the the reason why I am fascinated by light, and ancient human made structures, such as Newgrange in Ireland.

newgrange Winter solstice sun illuminates the mound at Newgrange, Ireland.

Newgrange was built around 3200BC, making it older than Stonehenge in England,  and also older than the Pyramids in Egypt. The megalithic structure covers an area of over one acre, and it is surrounded by 97 kerbstones. The passage and chamber at Newgrange are illuminated every winter solstice sunrise by a shaft of sunlight which shines through a special opening in the roof. The dramatic event lasts for 17 minutes.


Prismatic Light / 2013 / Terry Long

My St. Patrick’s Mandala was also created with sunlight, by using a prism to direct and paint the light onto a flat white surface (shown above). The process was recorded with a digital camera which was set at the aperture of f22. The shutter speed was about 20 seconds, and the camera was mounted on a secure tripod during the exposure and painting period. Photoshop was used for the post production, which included using 16 sectional layers to complete the whole design.

St. Patrick's Mandala

St. Patrick’s Mandala, No.2 / 2013 / Terry Long

In my second version of St. Patrick’s Mandala, I have tried to capture a sense of the spiritual feeling that I find at many of the ancient  sites. If you would like more information about Newgrange, and some of the other sites in Ireland, please check out these links…

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