It has been another busy week, and not a whole lot of art done either, except for these two mandalas for the 100 mandala challenge. They are smaller ones with the paper measuring no more than 4 x 5 inches so quick to do when time is short. I love the owl one and although the circles were done with my trusty compass, the rest of it is free hand so quite uneven in places. The other one started out as something entirely different which I did not like at all, so progressed to what it is now, which is a little more acceptable. I have to be honest and say that back in the day if a drawing was not going the way I wanted it to, it went into the bin, but nowadays I look again leave it along for a day or so and then make it into something else, much more fun and lest wasteful too. Having said all that it works for art that I am doing for myself but for a commissioned piece most definitely not, perfection then takes over, but as I am taking time out of that market for a while, it is just nice to enjoy what I am doing now.
It has been a fun week and the sun still shining, which was great because on Thursday it was my friend’s birthday. I have always said that the one day you should celebrate more than anything is your birthday, the day that you were born and came into the world. For some of us, we reflect back over the years, some party like there is no tomorrow, and others may celebrate it quietly with partners and family, as long as it is something no matter how great or small.
This was the card that I made for her, using my Micron Pens, Sharpies and Coloured Pencils. A Zendala style card using circles that I cut out and stuck on the card to give it a little 3D effect, suffice to say that I was very happy how it turned out. She is also a pen addict like myself and wanted some Micron Pens, which she loved and a few other bits and pieces. Doing this card has inspired me to try my hand at making some more in a similar style, so watch this space.
It has been a busy week, with me sorting through my sketchbooks, art books and trying to create a tidy sort of work place for my art ! No matter how hard I try to keep things neat, I fail miserably as I like to leave things exactly as they are so I can pick up where I left off the day before. I have also woken up at times to find that my dear hubby has taken it upon himself to tidy my desk, (he is the very tidy one in the home) which drives me nutty. Begs the question are all artists like me, or are there some out there who do like a neat workspace ?
As you can see from my previous post that I have finished the Zendala well more or less, it did not go to plan as after cutting it out I was going to do a background of some kind in my collage book, but that did not happen, so I just glued it down and added the fan tangle to it, and I am more or less happy with it.
A quick note on the weather, it is improving so we still might get a late Indian summer, which would be super as we approach September and the start of my Countryside Diary Project.
The sun is shining and it is a beautiful day, with nice warm balmy temperatures. As I look out my window I am seeing lots of inspiration, in the colour of leaves and some that have already fallen and curled into interesting shapes. This picture was one that was created on my art day, using a Brusho background in green, and tea that was applied when I accidentally dipped my brush into it, so thought why not and daubed a bit around the page, I did not however drink the rest ! I quite like the idea of staining paper with tea or coffee so will try that again another time. Done in my A5 sketchbook on heavy paper.
This Summer so far has been lovely, which means not much art done as I have been spending my time outside, walking, doing a bit of gardening and generally messing around. Apart from that, mid June I broke my ankle for the the third time, which was very painful and put me in a cast for six weeks. It was then I started doing some sketchbook work, to while the hours away and my frustration at not being able to go off when I pleased…crutches do tend to wear you out after a while. I also ordered a pack of Micron Pigma Pens made by Sakura, heard lots of good things about these and thought it was time to give them a go. Here are a few of my recent pieces, using a few Sharpies, Brusho Paint and Collage, last but not least drawing pens.I find myself being drawn to experiment with the idea of using collage and pens together, which is interesting, more of that to come.