I first go to a location and photograph a particular setting extensively. Mostly this is near home (beautiful British Columbia) but, once or twice a year I'll get away to other places like Louisiana swamps or Jousua Tree National Park. I shoot not only standard landscapes but do macro textures as well; trying to captures both big, medium and small scale images of the landscape. I'm hoping to capture some of the spirit of the location. After this process, if I feel I have enough good material, I start to create a mandala.
I do a drawing, like shown here but much larger, that provides the basic shapes that will contain photographic imagery. I then begin the exciting creative process of cutting photo images to fit the shapes looking for a compelling composition. This part, done in PhotoShop, is defintely a labour of love.
You can see these mandalas in the mandala gallery.