Month: September 2016

The Architecture of Mandala

“In short, no pattern is an isolated entity. Each pattern can exist in the world only to the extent that it is supported by other patterns: the larger patterns in which it is embedded, the patterns of the same size that surround it, and the smaller patterns which are embedded in it.”

Christopher Alexander 

Design theorist, Emeritus Professor-Berkely

I create mandala designs when I seek time for quiet and meditation.

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The Importance of Having your Own Space

“Art isn’t everything, it’s just about everything.”  Gertrude Stein

I am really excited about our studio open house being held next weekend. I am in a “cottage” that is subdivided into three studio spaces. As a collective group we decided to open our studios to the public for an open house. I am looking forward to showing off my compact studio and having my watercolors  for sale.

I am going into my second year of having a studio space and it has been the best decision I have ever made.

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Watercolor is Labor

It is Labor Day weekend so the labor of art is an appropriate topic.

I have spent the last couple of weeks (on and off ) working on a watercolor of a stack of rocks that someone had made in a ditch near our home. The painting idea began in my sketchbook with studies of positive/negative space, a focus on shapes, and then value drawings. I thought I would be able to go back to my studio with all sorts of reference drawings and begin the painting with confidence.

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