Last week when I finally cleared the decks and got out all the pens again, I realized how critical it seemed for me to start drawing every day. In the meantime I came across this little book while I was shelving at the library:
It describes Resistance and how to combat it. Those of you who are doing creative work already know what I’m talking about. But knowing the characteristics of Resistance and having a plan to fight it helps. I’m going to have to own this book just in case I ever see myself getting away from drawing again.
So here are a few photos for you showing what I’ve been working on.These aren’t scans, so the photo angles will be a bit off.
Although I find the asymmetrical ones very fun to work on, I also demand that I retain my ability to do the symmetrical ones free-hand. All those curlicues in the middle area compensate somewhat for where it got off track. I hope.
I rarely get out a ruler, but on this one I did for the next stage. I just used it to mark dots where I wanted to start those outside edge designs. Once I had one that I thought was round, and when I got a circular mat cut for it, it turned out it wasn’t round at all. So now I’m more careful about that, either making sure it’s round or not getting round mats!
Here’s one more from the end of last night:
I don’t think it’s finished, but at this point it’s definitely time to walk away and not look at it for a few days.
However, I couldn’t help bringing it over to Paint Shop Pro to see what I could come up with:
Here’s a close-up of an old one that I had already matted about 6 years ago. I had pens that weren’t as good as the ones I use now, so I’m brightening it up with better colors:
I guess that center motif has always been a favorite of mine. I need to break away from that.
Just for fun, here’s a photo of the above taken under a black light:
A photo of the work table. My son took a card table and cut off the legs so it’s only about a foot high. I sit on a cushion on the floor. I have a clamp-on light and a clamp-on magnifier. It works great since I can move it around easily and can use it for anything up to a couple of feet square.
Oh, I also worked on that long strip one lying across the pens. But I’ll show you that one again when it’s finished.
I hope everyone has a good creative day!
Posted in 2012, Admin., Art, Books, Mandala Dreams, Mandalas
Tagged art, Books, creativity, gel pens, Jeanne Kasten, Life, mandala, Mandala Dreams, miscellaneous, other, personal, Reflections, The War of Art
Hi everyone, I thought I’d sneak a post in here when Old Jules isn’t looking.
Since I got back from New Mexico last weekend, I’ve been clearing space to draw again so I thought I’d tell you a little more about what I do with these gel pens.
When a drawing is finished, it’s never really finished because I can take original drawings and make hundreds of variations on the computer using Paint Shop Pro 7. The first picture is a really old drawing I did when I was just starting to get serious about it. Soon after it was finished, I was unhappy with it for several reasons. I hadn’t developed the ability to plan for margins and also lacked the skill for keeping it symmetrical. (Although it did sell, I never got a good scan of it because of the size. I’ve since learned that Kinko’s has a huge scanner so now I use their services for large drawings. This one is about 12×12 inches.)
But the second version is a favorite that I always enjoy looking at, and I frequently use it for greeting cards. It’s also in the running as a possible variation for fabric. Same drawing, just tweaked with PS Pro 7.
The originals are always the best for viewing in person because I use a lot of metallic and fluorescent inks which don’t show in a reproduction, but playing with changing colors and shapes gives me more variety for printed copies and fabric. I’ve even used the manipulations as starting places for entirely new drawings.
Here’s a mandala that really is special just because of the capability of the particular gel pen I was using. There is a line of Sakura gel pens that actually makes an outline on the edge of the color as it’s drawn across the surface. If you enlarge this piece, you’ll see how much more intricate this becomes. Although I’m pretty good at fine line drawings, these pens add even more detail. The finished size of this drawing (not the paper) is about 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches.
This is also an old one, but it shows off this added line feature really well.
Since I’m only working one part-time job right now, I have time to draw again, and I’m working on several half-finished pieces. I also have an order for some greeting cards that just need to be assembled since I already have the photo reproductions. I also intend to get back to those soldered glass pendants since I have a stack of those that I set aside when the soldering started to drive me nuts. I listed three on Etsy last night and will probably put up several more soon: http://www.etsy.co/shop/Mandaladreamer).
Here’s what I was working on this evening:
This one will be fun when it’s finished because all those fluorescent inks glow under a black light.
I also sorted through my entire collection of pens and threw out at least a couple of dozen that didn’t survive not being used frequently last winter, as gel pens to dry out easily. Here’s what’s left:
Old Jules suggested that I write a post about my recent trip to New Mexico, but since the main thing I came back with was a determination to keep drawing and work harder at sharing it, I figured I’d post this instead.
Posted in 2012, Admin., Adventure, Art, Mandalas
Tagged art, Drawing, fluorescent ink, gel pens, Jeanne Kasten, Mandala Dreams, Mandaladreamer, Mandalas, miscellaneous, other, Paint Shop Pro 7, personal, psychedelic art
Hello everyone, Jeanne here. Jules has some ideas for posts that aren’t written yet, and I told him I had a couple already scheduled, including this one about my art work. So he’ll post again before too long.
Here’s a project I’ve been working on for over a year… learning to make soldered glass jewelry pendants using my drawings. I first had to learn to cut glass and solder, neither of which is my favorite thing to do. I’d rather just draw.
Here are some that are finished. There is a drawing on each side, so they are each reversible. I’ve had fun wearing these myself and have sold a few.
Next step will be perfecting cutting circles and other shapes, and getting those jump rings on correctly the first time. Probably will get back to it over the summer when I only work one job instead of two.
Today on Ask Old Jules: Old Jules, how can I make a girl like me more?
Thanks for being here, I appreciate your reading our blog and the comments. Tomorrow’s post will feature some thoughts about dependency relationships.