Autumnal August Mandala 8

Yup, it’s the eighth one in the series this month.  I really have become hooked on mandalas this past week or two.  The repetition that’s necessary to complete them (well it is  the way I do them) is calming and meditative; that’s not just for drawing the outline, or for the colouring, but for all the texturing as well.

This one uses a rather unusual, for me any way, colour palette.  The background has been left white as I really don’t know what colour (or texture) to do it in.  Do I do earthy greys and black, rich earthy greens, blues the hues of autumnal day, twilight and night skies, or some other colour(s) that I’ve not considered yet?

It will come to me, and any suggestions are always welcome!

August Mandala 8 © Angela Porter 2013

And here it is with a background.  I’m ambivalent about the background; part of me likes it, part of methinks the colours are too similar to the mandala design, part of me wonders if I should have played around with colours more, and part of me thinks that the texture on the background should have been done in a copper metallic ink with dark inner shadows.

August Mandala 8 with background © Angela Porter 2013

Synchronicity

Synchronicity 1

Synchronicity 1 © Angela Porter 2012

Approx. 16cm x 12cm

Rotring pen, Sakura Glaze pen, Derwent Inktense pencils with water wash on heavy watercolour paper.

Small, intricate, full of spirals and swirls.  Typically me when in a fussy, detailed mood.

Many of the patterns and shapes are inspired by ammonites, nature, cells, Romanesque architecture, Prehistoric pottery and rock art.

Synchronicity because there have been a lot of  ‘coincidences’ noted in my life recently.

Back at work

Oh the joys of teaching!  There is an element of sarcasm there.  The lack of respect, manners and cooperation seems to have increased over the summer – either that or I’m getting old, having passed the 49 year mark during the long holidays.

I find myself emotionally drained at the end of each day after the constant hard work to get pupils to stop making assorted weird noises, disrupting the lesson in a myriad of ways, and just trying to bet them to be polite.  I feel ‘battle weary’.  Yet, teaching should not be such a battle.

The worst thing for me, however, is the effect this has on my creativity and the time to create.  I miss the hours I could spend creating art during the break.  If only I could earn enough from art reliably and sustainably to become a full-time artist…or writer…or or or…

Hypnotherapy

Well, yesterday, the Autumnal Equinox, saw the end of the hypnotherapy course.  I have an extension to complete the case studies, so the work isn’t quite over for me.  I managed, finally, to get a merit in one essay – hurrah!

Not sure if I’ll be able to start a hypnotherapy practice up for a few years for various reasons, but I’d like to keep my hand in and practice the skills I have learned until I’m ready to take that plunge.

Endings

Yesterday, in fact the past week or so, have been rather weird.  I’ve found myself very emotional, on the point of tears or past the point of holding them back on a number of occasions, including today.  I have no idea exactly what is the problem.  I thought it was hormonal, but I’m not too sure about that now.

Anyway, the hypnotherapy wasn’t the only ending this week.

I resigned from a committee that I perhaps have stayed on for a few months too long.

I’ve had various bits of a jigsaw puzzle about a friendship that ended a few months ago.  I’ve spent most of this time blaming myself as I was made to feel it was my fault.  However, the jigsaw pieces show that it isn’t my fault at all!

All this is quite apt for the equinox I think.

Geometric arty goings on …

 

Both worked in the last 24 hours or so.  Same media for both – Sakura Glaze pens, watercolours and Cosmic Shimmer iridescent/metallic watercolour paints.

Each ‘dot’ on the mandala has a metallic centre or ring around it.

Fun to do! Engaging to create and colour … very meditative.

 

Arty goings on…

Non-dotty Flowers 15Aug12 © Angela Porter 2012

Non-dotty flowers – a reworking of the dotty flowers below.  3″ x 5″ approx.

Busy, busy, busy…

I’ve been kind of busy, but not busy-busy, since my last entry, busy with art.  Being engrossed in arty pursuits has kept me up until the wee-small hours as the dark outside has given me no idea about the passage of time.  Good thing I’m still on the long summer break from teaching.

I must admit that I’m not looking forward to going back to work.  I think I’ve said before I need a different environment to flourish in.  My only problems in changing career are that I need a certain income and I have no particular idea what I’d like to do instead of.  I’d love to do more things that are creative – arty/crafty would be good.  I’d also like to work in an environment where people actually get along, without the constant rumble of poor attitudes, disrespect for self and others and an unwillingness by the majority to want to learn or to see the point of having a good education and doing their best.

Anyway, before I drag myself down into a gloom, I still have two and a half weeks or so away (apart from a need to go in for a few days towards the end of the break to mark work, prepare work, and sort out displays for the walls) and so will be making the most of the time to be creative and explore my artsy-craftsy nature.

Torc – statement necklace – bib necklace – collar necklace.

I managed to complete this torc.  It took over 30 hours of work.  It is available for purchase at Etsy at the time of this blog entry.

Torc © Angela Porter 2012

As always, spirals, circles and curves feathre in my work, along with some of my ‘custom made’ sequins.  I enjoyed the work in this, and realised how many of the ‘tricks’ I had forgotten from previous endeavours like this.  My earlier torcs can still be seen on Artwyrd at deviantART.

Experimental landscape number two.

I’ve also managed to complete another experimental landscape – this one from a photograph of a ‘real’ landscape in North Wales.

Landscape Experiment 2 © Angela Porter 2012

A dear friend of mine has made some interesting suggestions about how I can approach the ‘patterns’ for different land-uses. When I’m ready to do another landscape I will take his suggestions to heart.

There are glimmering, metallic, glittery highlights on the drawing/painting that don’t come out well when photographed/scanned.  I do think I’m beginning to find my ‘style’ when it comes to landscapes – and that style involves simplifying the shapes/lines of the land, trees and so on, and then working out how to fill those shapes in.  Spirals are, as always, a favourite motif of mine, along with circles and curves, influenced as I am by prehistoric rock art, early Celtic art, and anything with curves and curls in!  If I try to work with perfectly straight lines and sharp corners in my work, well it just doesn’t seem to work or scream out ‘Angela’ at me.

Abstract Floral.

This was an experiment in something a little different for me – pastel colours on a grey paper, with an open kind of design.  The usual spirals and swirls are there, but there’s a lot of ’empty space’ which also works.  The pastel colours are a definite change from me!

AbstractFloral1 10Aug12 © Angela Porter 2012

Flowers…

This started as a good idea and ended up a right ‘mare of an experience.  A dear friend of mine reckons it is lovely and very William Morris…

Flowers 14Aug12 © Angela Porter 2012

I realised the rising flowers were on the wrong side if I wanted to add words to it as I was inking it all in.

Then, as I blended the coloured pencils, the ink rubbed off to mix with the coloured pencils, so it all had to be inked in again, which is often the case with my kind of work, but the ink subdued the colours somewhat.

I then started to fill in the blank space to the left with tendrils, without putting pencil lines down first as a guide, and ended up making a right hash of it.  So, the shading under the leaves and so on was meant to disguise some of that, and cutting it all out and sticking it on blue paper … well it was a good idea, but not the blue!  I also rediscovered how useless I am with a pair of scissors or craft knife too.

However, some of the most important lessons we learn are when things go wrong…

Geometricity 1

So, after the pastel colours and the disaster, a return to bright colours, and flashes of metallic gold.

Geometricity1 14Aug2012 © Angela Porter 2012

A small piece of work – 7cm x 10.5cm, but jewel-bright watercolours used to fill in the pattern.  I’m pleased with the work (though not with the scanned image – photographing/scanning my work is a major problem with the shiny Sakura Glaze pens that I use and the highlights of metallic/iridescent/glitter paints/inks that I so love.  However, you get the idea.

I think that I’m going to play with geometric patterns and colour for a while, on a small scale, to see where it leads me.  Of course, I may just change my mind as time goes along!

More flowers…

I completed this one with Geometricity1, and there are too many ‘dots’ on the flowers – another lesson to learn!  I’ll be reworking this one in a little while.  It will keep me occupied during the torrential rain that is falling here in waves.  I love the sound of the rain…

Bright flowers 14 August 2012 © Angela Porter 2012

Landscape experiment

Landscape Experiment 2©Angela Porter July 2012

I have spent the day working on this.  I have used Rotring pens, watercolour paints and metallic watercolours on watercolour paper to create this imaginary landscape.

I thought I’d use colours that represent the different seasons, as well as autumnal and spring/summer trees.  Spirals and curls are a feature of my artworks, as well as the highly detailed pen lines/textures.

I find it easy to do this kind of work, yet if I was to try to express a real landscape, I would end up bogged down in trying to make it real, to get it perfect, to use realistic colours …

I’ve had a ponder about such things in my journal today…but I’ve enjoyed working on this and am pleased, mostly, with it.  It’s certainly something to continue experimenting with.

Oh, it’s 4″ x 6″ in size, if you were wondering!