Wheel of seasons - created by Lelaina


Wheel of seasons
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I started without really knowing, what I wanted to do, untill I found the compass image. So I started searching at Wikipedia, if there is something I could do with the cardinal directions and I found something. What I made is an image based on the Chinese symbols:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Symbols_%28Chinese_constellation%29

The different symbols are:
-Azure Dragon of the East / Spring
-Vermillion Bird of the South / Summer
-White Tiger of the West / Autumn
-Black Tortoise of the North / Winter
I arranged the animals in this order and added the Chinese name on the two stones directly next to each animal. For each animal was furthermore the fitting tree for that season added.
The other directions, such as North-East are a combination of both images from the North and the East, because they belong together.
I didn't use a single colour scheme for every symbol (they all have their own colours) but added these colours in the whole image.
The centre has the colour yellow, that's why all the ropes are yellow, which lead to the yellow dragon.
I know it's not the typical mandala, but I wanted to make something different :)

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Extra sources:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/glenscott/127082936/
Dragon - Thanks to Hey Mr Glen

http://www.flickr.com/photos/janmichaelihl/1545036983/
Stone - Thanks to Jan Michael IhI

http://www.flickr.com/photos/limonada/214375219/
Rope - Thanks to Limonada

http://www.cgtextures.com/texview.php?id=22601
Gold texture - Thanks to CG-Textures

http://www.cgtextures.com/texview.php?id=30042
Brick wall - Thanks to CG-Textures

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sushifactory/3050109122/
Dragon head - Thanks to Sushifactory

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sushifactory/3050109444/in/photostream/
Dragon body - Thanks to Sushifactory (5 years and 2651 days ago)

10 Sources:

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Fantastically created! Excellently thought out!

avatar CMYK46
CMYK46 says:

Good concept. If you make this symmetrical it will be a mandala.

avatar MossyB
MossyB says:

True mandalas (of the Buddhist type) are not symmetrical, per se, although they are balanced...
http://www.exoticindiaart.com/mandala.htm

This is a very thoughtful and creative effort. It shows true consideration of the topic, and is quite lovely.

avatar EmiK
EmiK says:

Looks like you put a lot of thought in to your mandala, well done.

avatar Lamantine
Lamantine says:

Great job ! Very well done

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Nice image, my only nit pick or hmm.... so to speak is why have the white tiger which is known for being in an arctic climate on the fall piece of the pie, and the turtle for winter? Also why not spring for the bird and summer for the dragon? I was just wondering the logic behind the animal placement, on what seems to be a very well thought out piece.

author says:

Thanks a lot for all your nice comments

@Bob: Like MossyB wrote, a lot of the old mandalas are not symmetrical, but balanced and that's what I tried to achieve with the ivy, stones, the ropes, the animals and the spaces between the animals, the trees and the skies between the trees. I tried my best to make it look balanced, because I didn't want the completely symmetrical look.

@VitalExpressions: The placement of the animals wasn't my choice If you read the link to the Wiki page I provided, you can see, that each animal (which are actually mythological creatures in the Chinese constellations) stands for one season.
-Azure Dragon of the East: Spring
-Vermilion Bird of the South: Summer
-White Tiger of the West: Autumn/Fall
-Black Tortoise of the North: Winter

avatar ramsesje
ramsesje says:

Very nice work.

avatar MnMCarta
MnMCarta says:

wow! Amazing! THis has so much to look at.

avatar lchappell
lchappell says:

Extra points for the dragon and frame hardware, nice one

avatar Christy
Christy says:

This one really drew me in!! I had to look at it over and over....Fantastic job and Best of Luck

avatar pearlie
pearlie says:

This is quite beautiful, you did some good research. You achieved 'different' quite well, author. Good find on that compass, too!

avatar erathion
erathion says:

very very cool work author...nice to see u participate in the contest's again...best of luck

author says:

Thanks again for all the lovely comments

avatar Disco
Disco says:

Congrats on second place!

avatar Akassa
Akassa says:

Congrats lelaina!

avatar DigitalPro

congrats

avatar Christy
Christy says:

Congrats

avatar spaceranger

Congrats!!

avatar spaceranger

Congrats!! Lovely, just lovely!

avatar nishagandhi

congrats Elke!!!!

avatar erathion
erathion says:

Congrats Lelaina on great work these week,please keep going...

avatar lolu
lolu says:

Congrats for second place !

avatar langstrum
langstrum says:

Congrats Elke, I missed this contest. You did such a wonderful job, rich in details, and you should get more points for the thought you put in and the research on mandala .

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