Another mandala that’s also a sun face. He’s a colorful dude and look closely and you will see there are a few birds hanging around his face. It could be a she of course. This is a big painting starting out with layers of intensely splashed colors of yellow and red. There are lots of watercolor layers, one on top of another building up tonal values. I seem to never get tired of painting sun faces.
Here is lots of color combining my hand drawn images into a big pattern. They look like stencil shapes but abstracted and the shapes have been skewed for effect. I’m really liking the colors because to me they are happy. Just for fun, I’m including the sketchpad of the original pen and ink artwork. Follow the yellow brick road to see it applied.
When I was a ceramic artist a long time ago, my top selling work was always about animals in one way or another. I did a series for quite a few years on mimbres found in the southwest deserts. They were fantastic animals that fluxed between reality, imagination and a connection of the heart that inspired cultural ties. I sold most of them to the Palm Springs Desert Museum in Palm Springs, CA which had just opened at the time. So here I am much later in life going back thousands of years to seek animal inspirations again. This time, the Celts peaked my interest as I have been studying their art for a while now. They mastered the field of design in jewelry, stitching, carving, metal work of any kind. so playing in PS I am trying my hand at exploring new colors for me and the influence of living in Mexico has given me hootspa (sp?) to go vivid. I think this is a step up from the little pen and ink sketch done with magic marker on watercolor paper, from where it started out. Here she is on Fine Art America.
Everybody has more than one side to their personality. I am no exception. I love to paint serious subjects and work with all the natural elements of fine art. But guess what? I also love to doodle and goof around. Here is a goofy gal that stole my heart. I have known a few gems like her in my life….hmmm. I wonder if I’m one of them.