Nature Mandalas Wonders of the Garden: Life Circles of Biodiversity and Conservancy

Tim Phelps

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From buckeye butterflies to ladybugs, milkweed, and dandelions, Tim Phelps’s mandalas cast an artistic eye on the real and imagined micro-architecture of plants and insects. Vibrant illustrations and an engaging narrative invite the reader to wonder at nature’s seemingly endless variety of forms, from the simple to the complex. Usingthe graphic and symbolic patterns of mandalas, the artist combinescolor, texture, and fluidity to tell the story of each organism and the role it plays in a healthy ecosystem. These elegant artworks have been shaped by the artist’s interest in art nouveau and art deco, the works of Charley Harper and Ernst Haeckel, and Victorian ornamental art, Asian art, batik, hot rod flame painting, swirling tie dye, and iconography. By exploring the how, what, and why of garden flora and insects, the book encourages us to look closely at the rich biodiversity in our own backyards.

Size: 11" x 11" | 79 color images | 160 pp
ISBN13: 9780764350443

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Tim Phelps, MS, FAMI, is an associate professor and medical illustrator who has been teaching and illustrating for 30 years in the graduate program of art as applied to medicine at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. His artwork has garnered over 40 regional and national awards. Projects have included books on otolaryngology, orthopedic, and cardiac surgery, and co-authorship of Surgical Pathology Dissection. He is also the author of Up in Flames: The Art of Flame Painting. The full-color, hard-bound book covers the history of flame painting and its influences on popular culture. Tim was the artist and designer for Greenlight Toys “Up in Flames” series of diecast cars in 2008 and 2009. He is a past president and past chair of the board of the Association of Medical Illustrators (AMI).