Sunrise Mandalas

I sat on the beach, waiting for the sunrise, and got restless.  There was only so much experimenting I could do with the camera settings – if I got one decent photo of the sunrise, then good.

So I started drawing in the sand.  IMG_4300

I had always wanted to draw something in the sand as a souvenir or memory of our stay on the sand.  I thought about the footprints in the sand, when the boys were still young, but they couldn’t-wouldn’t stand still.  They didn’t sit long enough for the date-and-place scribbles either.  I figured I would know from the photos where we were, anyway.

I didn’t think about just drawing anything, and certainly not about mandalas, even though I had been doodling and drawing those since I was young.  So now, I try to remember to draw simple mandalas on whatever beach we are on.

Which reminds me – when going through old, old photos from an old chocolate tin can, I knew that if I flipped the photo over I would see my father’s or mother’s writing on the back, identifying the date and place of the photo taken.  Good to see my father’s writing once in a while – big, bold strokes.  My boys’ writing is small and cramped, no matter how many times I tell them to write bigger.  Anyways … I digress again.

I continued to draw in the sand as the sun came up over the horizon, stopping now and then to take pictures.   Unconsciously, I had also drawn a sunrise on the sand.

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How cool is that! Actually, I didn’t know what else to do, and the squiggly lines started out with another design in mind, that just went on its own.

Inspired, I drew another mandala.  But then the sun got hotter, and it was time to go in for breakfast.

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Yes, it was a good sunrise. 🙂

 

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4:02 pm

4:02 pm … The exact minute when fall arrives this year … Already ??

Each year, it seems that fall arrives earlier and earlier.  Or maybe it’s because I feel like I haven’t had enough of summer and hot sun yet.  But the days march on, and then it’s fall.

Ok … so maybe this year we get an extra week of summer.  The weather forecast says that it’s going to be in the high 80’s F this weekend.  I’ll take it.

But for now, I’m a little stressed … So I’ve picked up pen and paper to set my mind in order.

And of course, I get another idea while in the middle of something …

But that’s good stress, right?  That your brain is buzzing with indecisions while being creative, right?  I don’t know … I’m going back to doodling.

Have a good weekend, all !

Never Ending Ink

I could feel the ink running dry … the ink was not as dark, and lines were starting to skip across the page, as I drew.

So I decided to just make quick doodles until the ink ran out …

I started with this, a couple of weeks ago …

And would you believe that the ink has still not run out ?!?


So I start a little shading and going over the lines …

And I start another one … and the ink is still going …

Wow … I better look for this same pen and get some more!

‪World Environment week … Save Our Oceans .. I Live By the Sea

More on the #SaveOurOceans exhibition.

A youth photography contest to show where they live, by the sea.   And they have some great photos there, better than what I could have taken.

Like this – my favourite … ‘Perpetual Pleading’ … and the Baltic Sea one …

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LoL … yes, Hubby did always say that crabs were aliens.  I should show this to him …

 

Sad to see the effects of pollution on the waters and oceans …

I shall be more mindful of cleaning up after myself when at the beach.

 

‘Late Nights’ Done

I’m done with the late night doodles …

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I wanted to do a bit more with the middle part, but no ideas were coming to mind.  So apart from a little more shading here and there,  I’ll call this done !

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I’m getting closer to what I think of as a mandala.  Maybe the next one …

Oh, and Happy May 1st!

Too Much Time in the Office

I was stuck late in the office a couple of nights ago, waiting for Hubby to finish working on reports to meet a deadline.  I didn’t have any deadlines to meet, and I didn’t want to work any more.  My brain had already shut off at 5 pm, so it wasn’t accepting reading any work emails, anyway.

But my fingers wanted to be doing something.  I did have a crochet project with me, but I didn’t want to work on it.  I wasn’t feeling it – it’s probably going to be frogged and I will be looking for another pattern to work on.


So I started doodling.  Well, I guess you could call this ‘structured’ doodling, because I was using a ruler, and trying to measure out equal spaces free hand (no protractor on hand).   I thought maybe I could come up with a decent mandala this time, I had all the time to work on it now.

I had something in mind, but I forgot what I wanted to do by the time I started drawing.  I wasn’t planning on any shading until I had finished drawing it out, but then there was a little mistake here and there, so I started to draw over the lines, and now there’s shading.

 

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This is how far I’ve gotten.  I’ve cleaned it up a bit, and will start shading and blacking, until I decide whether to cover up the whole sheet, or stop here.  It’s not perfectly round with symmetrical designs – so much for drawing lines and measuring out spaces, lol –  but I’m getting there.

Have a good weekend, everybody!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost There

It’s coming along …

 
I’ve always wanted to just fill a canvas with doodles and drawings, of flowers or anything that might resemble a drawing, but none has turned out the way what I had in mind. Advice from the forums – and which I had also suspected was my problem – was to slow down, take your time.

 

 

So, after hours of sitting in meetings, or just to relax my mind a little during mini-breaks in the office, I’ve managed to fill two half-pages of doodling.  I stuck with flowers, or flower-like doodles … that’s where my sub-conscious took my brain and hand, so I just let it draw what it felt like drawing.

I’ve started on the shading, feeling the need to fill in all white spaces again.  There’s times when I’ve stared at it trying to decide what or where the next pattern should be, only to come up with the same thing.  So okay, continue with it.  If my brain wants to draw the same patterns over and over, so be it.

I was surprised when I unfolded the sheet of paper and this came out … oh!  Two completely different designs, and yet it looks like one!  I’m liking this …

 

 

It actually looks like a different drawing to me now. And now that I see what it looks like overall, my brain is spinning on how to tie it all together.

But I probably shouldn’t even think about it … my brain will tell my hand to draw the same things, anyway!  😉