Here is the class I’ve scheduled for March, Introduction to Mandala Art, presented at two locations so you can choose which one works best for you! To reserve your seat in one (or both) of these classes please go to THIS PAGE of my website.
Sign ups are already underway so get your spot before they are gone! Can’t wait to share this fun art form with you!
Getting back to sharing the process images of the artwork I created for last November’s show at ArtSplash Gallery in Carmel, Indiana.
All the pieces had materials and inspiration drawn from nature, this particular piece started as a fallen branch that my grandson found for me while he was playing back in our woods. I was given instructions to “make some art” with it, so that’s what I did.
Most of the bark had fallen off, whatever hadn’t I striped and then smoothed off any rough spots. The very bottom of the branch was split so I ended up cutting that portion off. I still ended up being four foot in length! After it was cleaned up I began adding designs to it in black.
Once the entire piece was covered then it was time to fill in the designs. Much of it was done using Pitt Artist markers, which lay a nice layer of India ink into tiny places. The black & white areas were painted with F&W artist acrylic inks with designs added on top of the white sections with Gelli glaze pens.
After the painting was done it was looking pretty good but I just felt like it was too tall & skinny and needed a little variety to it, width wise. Out came the drill and I (carefully!!) drilled holes in it, gradually using larger bits until I could fit this aluminum wire through, bending and curling it in different directions until I was happy with it.
Ta-da! This is one of several “branch” pieces in the body of work. I’ll be posting more down the line.
This piece was created last winter/spring and never made it to the blog. So, belatedly, may I present “Monocromatic”! Creating using a mixture of markers, charcoal and ink here are images of the piece in progress:
Original outline drawing
As you can tell I was busy creating instead of taking photos of my process. It happens sometimes!
Next post will be another tree from winter/spring, this one with a tropical feel. Look for it soon.
I’m so excited about this show!
I’ve been busy selecting and creating works to bring. Here’s a peek at some of the “tiny” pieces I’ll have available that evening:
Little canvas pieces, with art created on old dictionary pages – only $20 each, including the tiny easels to display them on! Of course I’ll bring some medium and large size pieces as well. I hope you will be able to come and support the public library in Avon, Indiana while viewing/purchasing a wonderful variety of artwork.
I finished this piece a few weeks ago, now it’s time to share some of the images during the process.
I’ve been working on these 12×12″ wood panels that are first covered with old book pages. I like the text as a background! For this particular piece I decided to draw directly on the surface. Here are the progress images:
The title came from a saying that I included in the image….can you find it?
Another new piece of art today…or at least MY version of it. If you recall I had posted the line drawing of this image on the blog and Facebook page giving people permission to download it and create their own art. It’s been so much fun seeing and hearing what people wanted to do with it! I’ll post some of the images in the future. It’s still available to download if you get inspired!
Here are some of the progress images of my version of the piece:
Finished detail drawings
Close-up image to show the shading that was added
Entire piece with shading added
After the drawing process I painted the piece with watercolors and added highlights with ink. This shows the details, shine & surface of the finished piece, you really need to see it in person to appreciate it!
And, finally, here is the completed piece:
I continue to lean toward trees, branches and organic shapes as I create, I am really enjoying them!
I guess I was so busy creating this piece I didn’t take time to snap many images of it along the way! That happens sometimes…it’s hard to remember that I have a blog when I’m in art mode. 🙂
So, for this piece it’ll be a line drawing followed by the finished piece. Short & sweet! Somewhere along the way there was also pastel, watercolor and ink added to the piece.
I’ve not created many mandala-inspired pieces lately so it’s always fun to go back to it and see what I’m inspired to do. I’ve got a few other ideas using mandala shapes too, we’ll see how they turn out! Hopefully I’ll at least a few more images of them than this!