Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Sketchbook on the GO"

"Weeping Willow's"

So far this summer has so much busier than previous summers. I think it's the age my girls are at where they want to try to do so many different things. I find myself up late at night working on my art because I feel the need for that dose of creativity to stay true to myself. It seems these late nights are catching up with me. Since I won't be spending the usual time I like in my studio this summer (due to my motherly duties to my enthusiastic children) I have decided to photograph my sketchbook  this summer. If there is one thing I never leave home without it's my sketchbook. So no matter where I am this summer as my girls experience their activities such as riding horses, Tae Kwon Do, soccer or swimming, I will continue to create art daily as I do in my "Sketchbook on the GO".

I hope to catch up with my blog friends soon, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day to do everything I want to do. I want to thank everyone for all their amazing comments. It really means so much to me!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

"Mandala Woman"

She's finished but I really need to wait until the weather clears  to photograph her outside. I was eager to share(O:

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I started a new painting / ink drawing today!

I'm excited! I went to Home Depot today to get some wood for this new project. After priming the wood and adding some paint and then sanding it down, it's now ready for my ink doodles! I'm thinking to do a series of these Mandala Ladies. First, I'll have to see how this one comes out....I've got a long way to go because it's HUGE 3 feet tall X 1 1/2 feet wide(O:

Saturday, June 11, 2011

"Summer Mandala"

I created this Mandala on the first day of our Summer Vacation. This Mandala symbolizes the freedom of summer and having fun in the sun. Don't forget your flip flops and sun glasses(O:

"Summer Mandala" (Click on image to see details)

Friday, June 10, 2011

"Green Mandala" finished

First I would just like to say that I have been having so much trouble with Blogger. I am unable to comment more often than not. Please know my friends that I have been visiting you all and have seen all the things you've been up to. One minute I am able to comment and then the next I'm not, it's a little frustrating! This has been going on for several weeks now. Has anyone else been having this problem?

Second I would like to show you the "Green Mandala" I finished.

"Purple Mandala"

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ah Ha moment!

This week I have focused on Mandala's and what it means to create such patterns. I have to say I am literally in awe of how much this style of art fits into my life. I have always felt that drawing was a form of meditation for me and this form has proven to be true. The idea of starting something from the center and letting things come together gradually from there is naturally the way I like to work anyway.  I never go into a piece knowing what it will be like, it's alway spontaneous and evolves as I work. Mandala's are a form of creating that is so stress free and I literally feel like they just appear from my fingertips. I find myself starting one and the next thing I know it's 4 hours later and I have a new one. Where does the time go when something so free and relaxing engages you? It's amazing what goes through my mind too especially when I'm working in black and white. I'm not even thinking about color combinations just the lines as I draw them one at a time.  The last image is one I've started that has some green tones in it. I'm thinking green today because everything outside is so lush at the moment!! Needless to say after chattering excitedly about these, I will most likely be posting many more of these Mandala's as I drift off into many more meditative moments.
This is a poster I created for my pen and ink class. 

This is the one with some green tones..............hmmmm I think I prefer the black and white ones better!

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


What is a Mandala?
A mandala is a sacred space, often a circle, which reveals some inner truth about you or the world around you. In Sanskrit mandala means both circle and center, implying that it represents both the visible world outside of us (the circle- whole world) and the invisible one deep inside our minds and bodies (the center- healing circle)
`From Native American and Tibetan sandpaintings to Gothic rose windows and Hindu yantras, mandalas are used as symbols for meditation, protection and healing`
Clare Goodwin 1996

Here is a Mandala that I am currently working on.
(This is a definition I obtained from here. I like it(O:)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

"Creative Hair"

This is "Creative Hair" using "Beads on a String" pattern. Thanks to Eden's amazing doodle directory I have been having fun with some of her patterns. This one that I named "beads on a string" works very well for hair!

"Creative Hair"
"Beads on a String" pattern