Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Summer of Colour Week five

Look how beautiful the colour combination chosen for the Summer of Colour is this week. 
So my personal challenge this week was to be less fussy and not to have a circular edge to my mandala.   Boy, it took every bit of restraint not to join those up those outside points! 
 
If joining in this project has taught me one thing, it's the calming effect of drawing one of these!  Time just goes and you're so totally absorbed in following your design around the sections of the circle.  It is so relaxing.  Of course, the first thing I see when I look at the photo I took is the fact that I seem to be unable to actually centre the circle into the middle of the paper!
 
There are some crazily clever people taking part in this challenge and my drawings are so simplistic in comparison - please do pop over there and click on some links and prepare to be amazed at some of the work that people are doing.  The word 'inspirational' doesn't even come close. 
 
I'm in the process of poem writing today.  My work colleague is leaving to be a full time author and historically, she will always write a poem for people who leave the office.  So I volunteered to write one for her.  'How hard can it be?'  I wondered.  Hard.  Really hard!  So I finished my first draft of it and asked my husband to listen while I read it out to him to see how it sounded and whether I had got the rhythm of the lines right.  It was hard to tell at the end as I found I had a lump in my throat and a tear in my eye and I could barely read the lines out.  That's good in a farewell poem - right?!  Back to the drawing board ...
 


29 comments:

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful mandala, well done with the edge! Valerie

Halle said...

Beautiful!

Laila said...

Beautiful, and I love making mandalas as well.

Wanda said...

Soft and romantic......would be a lovely card. You are a master at mandalas it would seem. I'm new to the group and enjoying the variety of lovely art.

Deborah Weber said...

Your mandalas are lovely - I think they're the perfect SOC project.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

I'm always so happy to read that you are enjoying the process of drawing mandalas, Deb. This one is awesome and I love that you held off on joining the points around the edge. However, there's nothing wrong with a round mandala, you know? ;o) So sweet of you to write a poem for your coworker. If all goes well with it I think you might take over her poem writing role when she's gone.

Susan Carol said...

Well I certainly don't call a mandala simplistic! Gorgeous drawing and lovely colours.

Virginia said...

I keep meaning to have a go at a mandala - yours is beautiful!

sue :) said...

Lovely work.x

TwinkleToes2day said...

Well I wouldn't say your mandala is simplistic, there is a lot of careful, detailed work involved. Now if you want to talk simplistic - what about my index card entries! Now that's what you call simplistic! Lol. But what fun! I love that I can work the two challenges together I will miss SOC when it's over. It just shows how quickly 6 weeks pass by :o))

Sharon Fritchman said...

Awwww. I am so sorry to hear that your coworker is leaving. I actually got a lump in my throat reading the end of your post! I will keep you in my thoughts! And I love your BEAUTIFUL mandala! I have made one in my life and they are not easy to make! So I know how much work goes into them! Your art is lovely!!!!!

Tammie Lee said...

i love how art can be calming
such a lovely piece

Dorlene Durham said...

so pretty. I of course love the colors but the piece is very nice

Alison said...

Loving your mandalas Deb...good luck with the poem! Xx

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

A very pretty Mandala.

Love and hugs
Maarit

BJ said...

Great mandala and I love your photos too, BJ

Deb said...

This looks wonderful and very creative.

Linda Kunsman said...

that is another beautiful mandala, and it sounds like your poem will be perfect!

Valerie said...

Both your pictures and your mandala are very nice :-)

Electra said...

This is so pretty!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

I'm enjoying seeing how your mandalas are evolving each week. Lovely colour combination. I have all the SOC prompts saved to make a set of cards, once things calm down a bit next week.

johanna said...

Looks so awesome. i haven´t made a Mandala in a very Long time, maybe i should...

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I don't think this mandala looks simple, but stunning. I do NOT find drawing like this to be relaxing, but I know lots of people would disagree with me. My hand seizes up and I can't move my fingers for several hours afterward, even though I rub the hand with my non-dominant one. So, I think this is simply incredible. I like your photos, too.

BTW, I agree that's what a farewell poem should convey.

Diane said...

Beautiful. Not simple at all. Best of luck with your poem.

Robyn Oliver said...

Love your mandala

Maria Ontiveros said...

Great job. I'm still back in week three.
I want a square sketchbook for mandalas

Kristin said...

xo

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

Good job :) I wouldn't call your mandalas simple, dont look simple to me :) and there is nothing wrong with simple :)

Caz said...

I think you did a great job :-)