Three months with no mandalas?

"bubbletoes" marker, paint, inks on watercolor paper, 11x15", matted tp 16x20" $175 © lynne medsker

How did THAT ever happen!? Well, that’s gonna get fixed right now. 🙂 The last couple of weeks I’ve been playing with some new ideas and materials for the mandalas, as well as a larger size. Two were finished last week, the other two should be finished yet today, so look for them soon!  All the new mandalas are on nice thick watercolor paper. Several of them were created purposefully off-center just to add a little interest to the compositions. After the original designs/details were drawn with a permanent marker the paper was painted with watercolors and/or acrylic ink (or both!) and then left to dry. When they were almost dried they were pressed under some books to keep them flat as they finished drying. The next day I added more details and colors in either another layer of paint or with a variety of different pens/markers. Here’s images of the progression of “bubbletoes” pictured at the top of the post:

work in progress, bubbletoes, marker design © lynne medsker
work in progress, "bubbletoes" watercolor added © lynne medsker
work in progress, "bubbletoes" more paint added © lynne medsker
work in progress, "bubbletoes" more details/color added © lynne medsker

The other piece that is finished only has a couple of photos of it, I must have just been having too much fun with it. 🙂

work in progress, "energy" marker on watercolor paper © lynne medsker
work in progress, "energy" paint added (still wet!) © lynne medsker
"energy" finished piece, marker, paint, ink on watercolor paper, 10x14" © lynne medsker

I’ve added text to each of the new images too, I love words & quotes so it’s fun to incorporate them into my art!

One reason I am back to making mandalas is that I am in “thinking mode” on my other art. I am trying to choose one media to really concentrate on, produce & promote for the rest of the year. If you’ve read my blog at all you know that me + one pursuit do not add up! But I understand the logic in it and am going to give it a try. I’ve narrowed it down to two medium/series of work from the original four I was thinking of…still getting some feedback and input from a couple sources before I make my final decision. In the meantime I am enjoying playing with mandalas and just kind of letting my mind & creativity wander for a little bit. 🙂

Thoughtfully meandering,


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