Thursday, December 14, 2017

December mandala

Suddenly I realized that I needed to finish this year of mandalas  that was done with specific parameters. I pulled out several pens, but started rummaging through my draws that are stocked with lots of delightful papers. One idea after the next tumbled out of my hands and this is the resulting piece.

The colorful but light sections are done with with a plastic that is embossed. When the light hits the piece, the colors vary. I love that. The yellow is a textured paper and the green is paper that has been painted. This mandala brings a smile to my face. Seems like a perfect winter display!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Oct and Nov mandalas

Mandalas for October and November using the same general format.

Oh oops, the sizes are different, but you get the idea! October was only ballpoint pen and November was watercolor as the background and ink pens for the black.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Continuing design

Here are a couple of more pages from THE journal inspired by Rebecca Blair.  First, black and white and then I went for more color. Always learning!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Playing with pens

The first pictures are from the journal, that is almost filled, which follows the inspiration from Rebecca Blair's journal pages. The bottom pages have very old (but not valuable) postage stamps.

 Then, I continue to practice drawing. And to practice with a ballpoint pen.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

August and September

Two mandalas to share.
This top one is really about my favorite for the year. The background is paste paper.
Ink and colored pencils for the design.

I'm trying to learn how to handle colored pencils. I have mixed feelings about this piece.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

No Surprise

Don't be stunned, but here are some more pages from my journal that is inspired
 by Rebecca Blair!

Simple lines that I guess I like because of the control side of my personality. 
That can be good or bad!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

July is gone!

We went to Ohio to see the grand kids. We left 100 degree dry heat to fine ourselves in humid 80 degree weather. Ohio is very green and California is not😎 Beauty in both worlds.  I had finished this mandala and wasn't sure about the outcome. When I came home I liked it better! It's done with ink and colored pencil. Always learning.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Staying cool

The temperatures are in the 100's this week, so I am staying inside and doing quiet projects!

Here are some more sketchbook pieces influence by Rebecca Blair. There is so much much to learn in these exercises, balance, design, techniques and color.

The mandala for this month was done with markers and colored pencil.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lots of ideas

Yes, I continue to follow work by Rebecca Blair. Here are a few pages from my workbook.

But, I do continue doing figure drawing. Always trying to improve.
 It is so great to be in the room with some really talented artist!

The journey continues!!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

New mandala challenge

Yes, I've decided to continue doing a mandala each month for the year 2017. However, I have decided to use the same basic layout for each of the 12 months. January was done in watercolor and set the tone for the this idea.

For February I decided to use colored pencils. Actually, this is the second one for this month as I was not pleased with the first one.

 Since I am constantly learning, this project continues to push me. So, I am going to take a colored pencil class to improve my understanding and technique. Now it is officially March which means that the next piece will soon be in the making.