Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mandala Magic

I'm currently taking part in the wonderful, free, online workshop 5 Days of Mandala Magic with Julie Gibbons.

Yesterday Julie demonstrated how to create a lotus mandala. Here is my first ever attempt at a lotus mandala.


I took to this like a duck to water! I've always been fascinated with geometric patterns and although I've been aware of mandalas, something about their traditional form always felt a bit inaccessible to me.  But Julie explains how to create these in clear terms without losing any of the mystery and magic behind them. Thank you Julie!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Something I'm working on...

for my art course.  Illustrating a memory from childhood.

Initial pencil sketch.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Just DO it

I'm doing an art course at the moment.  It's a little bit terrifying.  I'm in the company of some amazing talent.  So amazing that comparing their work to mine is just ridiculous.  At first this made me wobble and wonder whether I was really cut out for such a course.  Maybe I wasn't ready to put my stuff out there for criticism, even constructive criticism, by people of such immense skill.  But it's turned out to be a good thing.  Because the intimidation I felt turned quickly to awe and then to the realisation that I have the privilege and good fortune to learn from them.  It's not a competition, it's a learning experience.  Everybody has to start somewhere, and I AM ready.  Because I'm more excited about learning and improving, even if it means I have to expose myself, my weaknesses, my lack of technical skill, than wanting to stay 'safe' in my own little bubble.  Most of all, I'm excited about DOING, about making, rather than just thinking about it.   The act of making, of creating, really is transformative.  This post says it rather well. 

And here's something I made earlier...




Sunday, April 14, 2013

I finished

Today was the last day of my 365 circles project.  This was the last circle.  

And that's about all the profoundness I have to say about that.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Some of things we've been up to lately...

Meeting Polly Dunbar and the original Penguin!!  At the Discover Story Centre in Stratford

Saving oblivious humans from dots

Building licorice towers
At a certain exhibition somewhere where photography wasn't permitted...ahem...

My finger slipped while I was holding my phone and it accidentally took some photos!

At the fantastic making workshops run by the London Transport Museum


Playing with glow sticks!

Busy busy!