Fan And Feather Mandala

My ducks are in a spreadsheet

I may not have mentioned that I was moving to a new office, trading spaces with someone else in the house, but that’s been a definite impact on my production and organization and blogging.  The good news is that I am, indeed, moved into my office!

I’m still working on making more art, but moving my office out of a temporary space it was shoehorned into during the migration and into the new space forced me to do a bit more organization and figuring out what and where and how many arts I have.  I even made a spreadsheet and put numbers after dollar signs!  That’s how serious it was.

The good news is that I am now in a place where I can put some physical things out for sale here in the digital world.  And thus, I present the first physical piece I completed in my new office …

Fan and Feather Mandala

Photograph of a mandala, a 8-fold symmetric pattern painted in mostly blues, purples, and greens with a white background, in a white frame

Fan and Feather mandala

This mandala is an excerpt from the February Coloring Book Page for my Second Circle patrons over on Patreon. I’ll unpack that sentence in a bit, but let me get the important details out of the way first:

Watercolor and pen on 140lb watercolor paper, 5″x5″
Price is: unframed $30, framed $38; includes shipping within the USA

Email me if you are interested in this piece.

Now, to unpack: I have a Patreon, for those who like to support my work directly, and my levels of patronage there are based on circles (it’s a theme, yes).  The special reward for Second Circle patrons is a new coloring book page every month, typically mandalas.  I used the center section of the February one to trace this hand-painted, hand-penned version.

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Monday Mandala Roundup – December

Catching up with the Mandalas, December edition

This is another piece of the catchup Monday Mandala Roundup series, for all the Patreon Monday Mandala posts.  Below, you’ll find the December ones. Click the images to go to the Patreon post with the full image.

circular image, black background, 16-fold symmetric mandala in black and white

2017-12-04 Monday Mandala

transparent background, 18-fold symmetrical mandala with yellow/orange/red center, blue, then brown/green edge

2017-12-11 Monday Mandala

square image, transparent background, black outline mandala with 12-fold symmetry

2017-12-18 Monday Mandala

square image, transparent background, outlines in orange, red, and green, mandala with 8-fold symmetry

2017-12-25 Monday Mandala

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Monday Mandala Roundup – November

Catching up with the Mandalas

Back at the end of October, I opened up a Patreon for people who wanted to support me more directly than ordering things from RedBubble or wherever.  In addition to posting things just for patrons, that’s where I’ve been posting weekly mandalas (mostly a step up from the phone doodles!).  The Monday Mandalas are all public posts, so folks can check them out:

I still wanted to share them here too, without cross posting every single week.  So, I’m going to do some roundup posts here.  Below you’ll find the ones I posted in November – click the images to go the post on Patreon.

The 2017-11-05 Monday Mandala was a photograph of a piece in process, so will just link it:

square image, white background, black outlines of a partial mandala (issuant from lower left)

2017-11-13 Monday Mandala (snippet of November coloring book page)

transparent background, black outlines of a 12-fold symmetrical mandala

2017-11-20 Monday Mandala

square image, transparent background, black outlines of a 12-fold symmetric mandala

2017-11-27 Monday Mandala

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Mini Mandalas

And So It Begins

Here is the first of the promised actual real hand-painted items for sale directly.

These are all done on Artist Trading Cards, specifically Bristol paper, with ink and watercolor.  Most are traced from existing mandalas, but one is 100% original. All of these are 2.5″ x 3.5″. Frames with mats are matted to 2″x3″. Frame without mat is 2.25″x3.25″.

Payment preferred via PayPal and includes shipping to the US only; please email me at info ‘at’ to confirm availability and shipping and all that.

This one is 100% original work – designed directly on the card with compass, ruler, and circle template and a lot of patience. $15 unframed, $20 framed.

This is traced with some modification from a so far unpublished piece – Listening to the Universe Mandala. $10 unframed, $15 framed.

This is from the Simple Swirl Mandala. $10 unframed, $15 framed.

This is from another unpublished piece, so far unnamed. $10 unframed, $15 framed.

Yeah, this one too.  Clearly I realllly need to get a lot of pieces out of my done folder and out into the world. $10 unframed, $15 framed.

Interested in seeing some in-process images of these?  Check out my Patreon – in process photos go out to First Circle and higher patrons.

Want a nice big print? Check out my RedBubble profile – they usually run a sale on Mondays, code readily available on the website.

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Tentacle Mandala In Color

Flashback to a year ago

To put my last post about the art show in context … about a year ago, when I started doing more in physical media, I tried a bunch of different things.  Eventually, I got down to pulling out the watercolor gouache I got fifteen years ago.  So, I printed out a copy  of the Tentacle Mandala on some plain copy paper and went for it.

Just so we’re all clear, regular copy paper isn’t exactly suitable for watercolors, and I hadn’t done any gouache work in a long while (and that was in a substantially different context), and I was doing a lot of flying by the seat of my pants on color choices, but all in all, I really like the way it came out:

a portion of a mandala with purple tentacles at the center reaching into a yellow zone, outside of which is a pink zone with red dots

Tentacle Mandala

There wasn’t much I could do with this, other than privately admire it, since the paper buckled significantly when wet with paint, and yet, I loved the way the whimsically chosen colors played out for a so very very undersea, tentacle-y, shellfishy, with bonus pearls kind of theme.

Thus, when I finally figured out how LivePaint works in Illustrator, it was a pretty obvious choice to replicate this digitally.

The digitally colored version is available on RedBubble. While the glittered effect of the silver and gold paints doesn’t translate, I think it’s still pretty good.

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Artist’s First Art Show

The artist makes a break for the small time

About a year ago or so, I started realizing that my trees were … a bit simplistic. Just floating around in space, and backgrounds might just be a thing I needed.  So, quietly, I started trying out some physical media beyond just sketchbooks for sketching trees.

Then, this spring, I discovered the Residents Association was doing an art and wine show at the library for a fundraiser, and decided to show my work.  Originally, it was just to show, no sales, but then they did get a permit for onsite sales and suddenly I needed to get a business license and set up in the sales tax system for the state.  This was the moment I’d been putting off for years and here it was.

Step one, put your work out there

I spent some time scrambling to get prints of my work from RedBubble and Zazzle, while also scrambling to make originals and do the hardest part – pricing.

Side note: seeing the difference in quality of prints, I can only recommend RedBubble if you want prints of my work.  Maybe it’s just the kind of thing I was getting printed, but the Zazzle prints were fuzzy and I didn’t even put them out.

At the show itself, I got to walk around some and look at everyone else’s work and that was briefly terrifying, but I set up anyway and thus the show was a success!

I mean, that was the definition of success for this: get business license and set up for sales tax, show up to show with art and put it out there.

I did end up selling three pieces and that was extra bonus!

Here’s a photo of my setup:

Artist's First Art Show display

tl;dr I now have originals for sale

If you see something in that photo that you like, contact me for prices.

Note: the small framed mandala has already sold.

p.s. I am now on Patreon

For folks who want to support me and my art but don’t need more stuff, you can now patronify me at:

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