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Friday, 15 March 2019

Better Late Than Really Late




I’m posting a bit later than usual today. I had a couple of appointments this morning which held me back, but better late than really late. As a result, I’m going to keep it short.

I’ve been drawing steadily. My new glasses have really helped – no more headaches – and I’m thoroughly enjoying designing my mandalas. The challenge for me is trying to come up with different patterns, but I feel my method of working makes this easier than it might be. After I draw my grid, I don’t do any further pencil sketching. I go straight in with the ink, and let my mind take the pen where it wants to go. This might not suit everyone, but it works for me.

Hope you like this week’s drawing.

Have a great weekend.

Oh, by the way, this is as close as I’m ever likely to get to a ‘selfie.’ I hate being in front of the lens. 



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This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.

22 comments:

  1. Wow, incredible detail, glad the new glasses help, you need it for work like this!

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    1. Thank you, Christine, for your kind comment. Yep, the new specs are a real improvement.

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  2. This is simply amazing! I feel like I could just stare at it all day!

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    1. Hi, Jean. Thank you for commenting. Glad you like it.

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  3. I really love the painting, it's gorgeous! Sure, it's best to use the drawing method which you feel good.
    Happy PPF and weekend 🙂

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    1. Thank you, sirkkis. Yes, that's what I think, too. No point in doing something you don't like or which doesn't work for you.

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  4. Glad your headaches are now less. Love your mandala. Is half a selfie a partie? Happy PPF, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Hi, Valerie. Thank you. Never thought of of that, but I like the term 'partie'. Maybe that's what I'll call them form now on.

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  5. Another winner! I think a full wall of these would be fascinating. Glad the new glasses have helped because that means we will continue to enjoy them Happy PPF

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    1. Thank you, Susan. A wall full of them sounds interesting. Only thing is my cats would rip them to shreds, unless they were framed.

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  6. Hi John, really pleased your new glasses are doing their job.
    Another superb mandala. That's a pretty cool way of creating... a pure leap of faith with your pen. Happy PPF :D)

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    1. Thank you, Sue. It's a way of working that suits me. I have tried using pencil lines, but I find going straight in with the ink more exciting. I never know how it's going to turn out.

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  7. love the beach scene... so soothing.
    Great photo of well, a bit of you, and that gorgeous mandala! Glad the new glasses are working for you. Happy PPF!

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    1. Hi, Linda. Thank you. We are fortunate to have so many splendid beaches here, just a pity we don't always get the weather to appreciate them.

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  8. That's a magnificent mandala John, i'd be interested to know how long it takes you (on average) to create a piece of that size. That's my kind of selfie, i'm not one to get in front of the camera i'm usually the one the other side but sometimes we have to bite the bullet especially where DT stuff is concerned as it can appear much more friendlier. Oh well it's out there now haa haa!!
    Glad the glasses are doing the job... I so need to make an appointment myself but vets fee's seem to be eating away at the *New Glasses* fund atm!
    Happy PPF, have a smashing weekend Tracey

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    1. Hi, Tracy, and thank you. My guess is it takes me about eight hours to draw a mandala this size. This is only a guess though, because I usually have a few smaller pieces on the go at the same time. As for the selfie, well...generally speaking people know I'm not going to bite them. When I was writing regularly (more often than I do now), I had to have a small pic of myself that magazines could use. I hated getting it done. I've never been one for getting my picture taken, but I might have to reconsider that...someday.

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  9. So happy to hear that your headaches have subsided some with the new glasses. I love your mandalas, your touch with the pen is excellent.

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  10. Beautiful! Your mandalas inspire me. I just found an online mandala designing tool for designing the outlines. I really enjoy coloring mandalas, but not constructing them. So the tool works for me. Happy PPF!

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  11. As soon an I saw this the word LOTUS came to mind :)

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  12. So pleased that your new glasses have really helped, and that you are no longer getting headaches.

    LOL! Love the selfie!
    Your mandala is brilliant

    All the best Jan

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