Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas greetings

This year I hand stitched the star for the front of our Christmas cards. I used two layers of blue paper to give it strength. Funny, I already have the idea for next year's card. Love and joy to all.


The mandala for December is finished. If you've looked at earlier posts, you will see that I been intrigued by the work of Rebecca Blair. I am pleased with this "Flower of Life" creation.


So, I did a mandala a month. Do I continue. I think so. Actually, I have more than 12 in my collection.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sketchbook

Sketchbook drawing seems to be keeping my interest. I continue to be fascinated at how the pieces can be so varied with a limited amount of stroke designs.














Thursday, December 1, 2016

Nov Mandala and sketchbook

November can be so beautiful. I delight in the fall colors. I used watercolors and pens on watercolor paper for this month's mandala.


I have been doing a fair amount of drawing, but decided to post this piece done in the style of Rebecca Blair at rebeccablairart.tumblr.com. There is so much to learn by using pens only. The balance between light and dark is helpful in many of my art pursuits.


Saturday, October 29, 2016

October Mandala

October is now also called Inktober. The idea is to sketch everyday using ink. This mandala is mostly ink with a watercolor background and a little bit of colored pencil. It seems to have taken a long time as I would do one part and leave it for a few days before I would add the next element. But, I am satisfied and the amount of time is really isn't the point.


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Improved?

OK, I added outline to the September mandala. I like to think that it makes the piece stronger. Well, I can't go back:), so I love it!



Saturday, September 24, 2016

Catching up

The August mandala was completed and my dear friend, Sunshine, suggested that I try it in different colors. So the September mandala is also shown. I had decided not to add the outline, but seeing the piece on the computer is making me second guess that decision. Sometimes it's scary to make the final addition!



Figure drawing has begun again and I am encouraged that this piece actually looks somewhat like the model.






Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ballpoint pens

As a birthday treat to myself, I ordered The Art of Ball Point by Matt Rota which can be found at Amazon for under $20. What a gift! The work is amazing. Who knew that should works of art could be created with the lowly ballpoint pen? Obviously I recommend it to all.


So, taking inspiration from that book, I decided to use ballpoint pens for my July mandala. I did add some colored pencil as background. I continue to learn.