Mandala for Coloring: 9 December

Mandala

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I drew this one on an A3 sheet of paper, so I cannot scan it, as my scanner is A4. I hope it will print well from the photo, if someone is interested to have a go. I started coloring it today. It will be a long process…

It’s Friday and all my unpleasant errands are done or cancelled and I am still alive. YAY! It was one hell of a week, but I handled it all well and I am very happy with myself. Yesterday afternoon we met a friend of mine for dinner. We went to a place called Dallas, an American-style diner with huge burgers and great steaks. I always take the same burger and it’s big and juicy and makes me incredibly satisfied (and just a bit guilty). That’s the thing with me: when I find a meal I like in a restaurant, I always eat that one. Sometimes I even decide to try something else, but when the moment comes to order, I order the same old… Afraid to get disappointed and stay hungry, I guess. LOL!

Mandala: 8 December

Mandala, Ornaments

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Another mandala done. Today I stayed to work from home half a day, as I planned to go to the doctor with my mother. But, the doctor got sick and cancelled, so our errand is moved two weeks from now. I would be more glad if I could have got rid of that one today, but I am not complaining. It was nice to stay home, if only for being able to take some photos of my art in daylight. Not that we got much of it today, but still there is a difference!

One day to Saturday! There is only embassy visit left for tomorrow morning. Each December my mother needs to prove to the embassy that she is still alive in order to receive her pension money for next year. It includes going there, taking deposit slip for the bank, going to the bank, paying the fee, going back to the embassy to take the proof of life document and then going to the post office to post it to the pension authorities back home. We will leave the post office for Saturday, as I also have some happy mail to send and there is a post office close to the market where we buy food on Saturdays.

It looks like I am surviving this week. And I am so glad it’s almost over!

Mandala: 6 December

Mandala

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I am sitting at the car service, waiting for oil change. I was supposed to be here at 8.00 am, but was more than 45 minutes late, due to incredibly dense traffic. I got up at 5.20 am and got around half an hour of mandala coloring and doodling while drinking my coffee. The photo was made under the lamp, so the colors are not right at all. These days it’s impossible to make any decent photos, as I go from home before daylight and I come back at night. But at least they are authentic and you get a pretty good idea of the conditions…

So, four more days to Saturday. After I finish with the service, I am heading to work for a second day of audit. Step by slowly step I am putting the unpleasant things behind me. I can do it…

Mandala: 4 December

doodles, Mandala, Ornaments

This is the mandala I was working on for past several days. I finished it yesterday, but could take a photo only today.

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I am very pleased with it. It was done in my Black Book with white Posca pen, black Edding marker, Luminance6901, Sakura gel pens, and Rotring Isograph with white acrylic ink.

Otherwise, it was a very good day yesterday – I did not go to the gym, but I did something even better – I went out for a run! The weather was great, sunny and not so cold, so around noon it was perfect for going out. In the morning I went to the market to buy food and had breakfast and coffee in my favorite cafe. In the afternoon we cooked dinner and watched Netflix, what else… And I did loads of art. Beautiful day. I hope to repeat it to a great extent today…

Mandala for Coloring: 29 November

doodles, Line Art, Mandala

It’s been ages since I did any line art intended for coloring. This is actually the very first mandala I drew using compass and ruler. Kind of predictably repetitive, but nice anyway. If anyone feels like coloring it, go ahead. I know I will… As a matter of fact, I may decide to draw a weekly mandala or other coloring page and make that a regular post, which was my original intention when I started the blog. Let’s see…

I watched Fantastic Beasts yesterday and it was surprisingly good, as was the popcorn and the whole movie experience, which I always  enjoy, no matter how the movie itself turn out to be…

The weather is still sunny, but really freezing, so no running this morning. My gym pass is valid from 1st December, so that will probably be my next exercise day. I hate winter 😦

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Watercolor-Ink Doodles: 27 November

doodles, Mandala, Mixed Media, Ornaments, Watercolor

Today I am travelling back. My holiday is over and I am not so happy about that, of course. I think I could have stayed here forever and would not miss civilisation at all. No use thinking about what cannot be at this point in time, so back to reality.

Here are several doodles in watercolor and ink I did over the last several days:

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It’s a beautiful sunny day here, and I hope that at least half of the way back will be nice and easy to drive. Back in the continent it will probably rain, but even rain is better than snow, right?

Colored Pencils Ink Doodle: 30 October 

Colored Pencils, doodles, Mandala, Mixed Media

Just a quick Sunday note to let you know that it’s done:

I am not at all thrilled with how it looks, but I tried and have ideas for future and that’s what counts.

We are having a very windy weekend and it currently looks like it’s going to rain. I had my morning run and breakfast and now I am tucked in my bed with the phone and my kindle. The plan is to read and doze off and then do some more art. Let’s see what happens…

Colored Pencil Ink Doodle: WIP update

Art Journal, Colored Pencils, doodles, Mandala

There was not too much time to work on my doodle this morning, but I am posting a small update:

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I have all the houses now, need to finish coloring and then to add more inky doodles. I started doing some doodles around the branches of the tree, simple circles, but they look cute to me. Here’s a close-up:

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It’s a beautiful sunny day outside, but very cold. The morning was really cold (only 2.5 degrees C, which is around 36.5 F) but I went for a run anyway. The lake around which I usually run was covered in fog and the atmosphere was so wintery, but quite nice. I did have a mild headache when I woke up, but it disappeared after the run. So, all is good! Moreover, it’s Friday, at last! YAY!

Colored Pencils Ink Doodle: WIP

Art Journal, Colored Pencils, doodles, Mandala, Mixed Media

Yesterday I started another colored pencil doodle mandala shaped something. I had a sudden urge to draw houses. So houses it is:

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There is also a big tree there and we will see if something else will appear over next sessions.

Here’s the full photo, so you can get a better picture of how it is supposed to look:

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I truly enjoy my colored pencils and cannot wait for the morning play every day.

Otherwise, I feel rather shaky. I think it may be the weather or the hormones of both. So I will go easy on coffee today, will try to keep the stress low and will hope for the better for tomorrow. I missed my running this morning, because I did not feel up to it. I thought to do some yoga instead, but kept drawing until I was late for work, so that did not work either. Maybe I will manage a late afternoon walk when I get back home. I learned not to force myself to do things, because resistance is there for a reason. So, I am taking it easy.

On the positive side, it’s Thursday, which means that tomorrow is Friday and one more working week is almost over. And then there is a long weekend to look forward to, because we do not work Monday and Tuesday. A whole lot of reasons to feel better, right? 🙂

Colored Pencil Ink Doodle: 25 October

Art Journal, Colored Pencils, doodles, Mandala

I brought some smooth cartridge paper with me, so I could try my Luminance 6901 pencils on it. It’s A3 size, which is a bit too large for me, but if I fold it in half, it seems to be perfect. I could do a bit larger drawing than usual, and it feels good:

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Also, it’s very smooth and pencils do well and quickly and evenly cover what needs covering. I was again inspired by autumnal colors and leaf shapes. I find it hard to make good photos lately, because it’s so dark outside, but I guess that’s it. Nothing to do to help it, and as you can see one side of the drawing is darker and one is lighter, even though I put it under a roof window to photograph.

It’s a warm cloudy day today, probably it will rain later on. I used the opportunity to go for a run this morning and not get frozen. It was very enjoyable. It’s only Tuesday, so we are still far from the weekend. I have to concentrate on school because I need to do a follow-up on two case studies and have only four weeks left for that. Of course, I do not feel like writing and researching, but that will be one step closer to my degree, so it has to be done. No use thinking too much.