These symmetrical designs are named Mandalas, which is the Sanskrit word for healing circle. This style of art has been used in countless cultures in both a secular and sacred contexts. I paint mandalas because I simply like the rhythmic symmetrical flow of them. Clare Goodwin's Mandala website offers a wealth of resources about this art form as well as a large link list of other contemporary mandala artists.
Here is my most recent mandala painting, which uses gouache rather than transparent watercolors.
Clicking on a thumbnail will bring up a larger picture of that painting. For more information on materials used in general, see the "about" page. For availiability, pricing, larger image,or specific information on technique please email me.