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Journal Page - The Manadala

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MANADALA The hindu graphic symbol of the universe

I draw Mandalas when I need a break from all my other art. I take alot of liberty in my interpretation of them. And then when the ball point pen joins in - anything can happen!!


Mandalas in my other art . . .



Red & Purple Vase Sketchbook Journal page

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The Red & Purple Vase To be used in collage paintings, but sitting here alone on this sketchbook page . . .

You know I can't let that happen the WHITE SPACE must not happen Fill it will ball point pen doodles!!
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Blue Background Sketchbook/Journal page

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Another colored background.

Enhanced with ball point pen doodling. Left to my own imagination, my doodles invariably contain strings of beads and weaving patterns.

I love weaving and have used woved pieces
in many of my mixed media paintings and drawings.

Woven fabric . . .
Woven painted paper . . .
Ball point pen drawing . . .

What do your doodles mean? Personally - my string of beads indicate that I am lacking in confidence. But the completed circles mean that a wish will come true. The repetitive shapes - weaving - mean that I keep going and going and going that I have patience, persistence, and the ability to concentrate - Duh!

Geometric Backgrounds Sketchbook Journal page

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Geometric colored pencil background - I created this to use as collage material for the background in my paintings. It worked well, both as one piece and cut up in pieces. Now I need to create more for a variety.


And of course, I couldn't leave well enough alone - I had to add more stuff - a quote I love - sorry I did not note who the author was - my bad!
Backgrounds can be as much fun as the subject matter itself. I got the idea of creating collage material for my back grounds from Annie Williams, mixed media artist. She paints patterns on paper and collages them for her background, then paints a still life on top.
Check out the unique backgrounds here: www.paperandplanes.wordpress.com. Rachel Ann Austin creates unique and interesting backgrounds for her colorful paintings with materials as simple as a map.

Journal page Decoy and Dragon

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The colored pencil DECOY



and the dreaded WHITE SPACE turned into a DRAGON with a ball point pen the Feathers and the Scales the repitition the design they are so similar and yet so different

. . . again, another collage  - unfinished - needing so much. But, not all artwork is meant to be a finished complete painting ready to be framed and hung on a wall. Some paintings are just sketches, just the beginning of an idea.

The Jester Journal Page

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It wouldn't be my sketchbook without the JESTER the Clown and the pin wheels I am quite partial to these colors and the costumes and history of jesters. I used these drawinsg in another collage The pin wheels, a colored pencil drawing  are also a journal page and the background was painted with acrylics more Jesters . . .



Journal page - Still Life VASES

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Still Life Objects I've always wanted to use my own drawings  in my collages rather than something created by someone else. So - the next few journal pages will be still life colored pencil drawings -  the beginning of my own original collage ephemera stash.

Those two lonely vases floating in that empty sea of white out came the ball point pens amd I added a woven flowered background to tie it all together anchored to the page

My first attempt at using my drawings in a collage. It is far from successful far from complete but it is a beginning

Colored Pencil Journal Page - vintage & polka dots

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The next Journal page, I'm still interested in pretty girls. With BIG SKIRTS. Then the White Space screamed at me . . . and out came the ballpoint pens.
I tried drawing pretty things to go with the pretty girls. Beach balls for the polka dot skirt. Poodle dog and cat for the vintage skirt. But - conceptually - my mind is not filled with pretty things. It is more fun to draw creatures and things that are not quite human or natural.

I've been asked if I was angry. I've been told I should draw things that  people likje to look at -  barns and flowers and puppies. I just don't want to do that anymore.  The photographers do a fabulous job at that, they can have it. I'm not angry.  This stuff is more fun and interesting. Make-believe. Fantasy. Whimsical.


Courage Stones - children's book

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