At a fall art show in Portland, Or I saw an artist who created art using stones with metal around the edges. His pieces moved me, with their simplistic beauty.
I created this mandala with the idea of stones wrapped in gold. I started with the largest stone and added 8 rays/petals. It looked like an abstract sunflower to me. Then in a fractal way, I repeated that pattern in the upper and lower sections on the left side of each subsequent sunflower. 99% of the painting was painted with markers. I used a white color pencil to highlight each stone/flower center