Saturday, March 28, 2009

Drawing at the Park on a Beautiful Day

Park Mandala 1

Some time last week, on an absolutely beautiful day, I grabbed my art supplies and some tunes and a box of Goober's (my snack) and drove out to the park to make a little art while watching the ducks swimming in the creek.

Sitting in my car, I first did this piece top in my Exacompta Sketch Book with paints from my Windsor & Newton Bijou Box and a Niji Waterbrush pen. As it was drying, I moved on and painted this next piece -

Park Mandala 2

Another watercolor painting, this time in my Clairefontaine sketchbook. As this one was drying, I went back and added the ink to the first piece with a Pitt Artist Pen- and when that one was finished, I came back and did the design on this second one.

Park Mandala 3

This last piece, also in the Exacompta Sketch Book, was first drawn with a single Faber Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pen. When the design was complete, I added the watercolors.

The sunshine was certainly an inspiration to me on that particular day!

7 comments:

Marsha said...

I love looking at the mandalas you post here. They're mesmerizing! Makes me want to try my hand at it...

Cheers.

Biffybeans said...

Thank you Marsha! You should absolutely give them a try!

Marsha said...

I believe I may do just that, as soon as I work up the courage!

Have added you to my Blogroll.

M.

Biffybeans said...

Marsha - Making a mandala is all about the meditative process of doing it - any art that results is a bonus. Just take a pen, and draw a dot, or a small circle in the middle of a sheet of paper. Then continue to work around that center in concentric designs. You don't have to worry about perfect lines or shapes, if you get stuck for ideas just use basic geometric shapes or letters of the alphabet.

It's about giving yourself time. It's about letting go. I liken the process to blowing one's nose. It's simply something to "get out" of yourself, for reflection or introspection. Resist the urge to judge yourself and just work one to it's completion. It doesn't have to be for anyone but yourself and you can destroy it once it's complete. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the process, or if you need any guidance. It's something I encourage everyone to try...

JD at I Do Things said...

These are beautiful. I bet you had the best time on that gorgeous day, making gorgeous art.

Gentian said...

They all turned out well! I love the colours of the last one especially.

Sue O'Kieffe said...

i think the top is my favorite...i have a fondness for that palette and the birds in the center are sweet (do they tweet?)

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