On this cold, windy Sunday I would like to share two art projects that are bound to make this day a little more colourful. Every now and then I yearn for an art project where colour is the key. As most of my portraits are in black and white, I sometimes miss colour. A couple of months ago I therefore started a mandala in water colours. I like mandalas not only for the opportunity to experiment with colour, I also like them because they are ‘easy’. They don’t require a good likeness.
The previous mandala I drew was in 2009, and I drew that one with my fantastic Derwent coloured pencils, which I got from my parents as a gift for graduating from my BA (which I did summa cum laude). Whenever I draw mandalas I try to keep them kind of ‘calm’ but instead I always end up with the same organised myriad of coloured, shapes and lines that occupies my head. Nonetheless, I think it turned out quite nicely. It is about 35 cm in diameter, I believe. Here it is:
As mentioned, my latest mandala is a water colour. As I explained in a previous blog post, I am a perfectionist and many people consider water colours to be one of the most volatile painting mediums there is. In a way, I agree. But I do manage to make it do exactly what I want most of the time. Even when I’m working wet-in-wet as I did in several areas of this mandala (I think you can probably identify them easily), I usually manage. I also found, and you probably notice this straight away, that in water colours I have a very strong tendency to go for gradient colours. From light to dark red, from yellow to red, from light to dark blue. It gives this mandala a very different vibe than the previous one and possibly makes it even ‘wilder’. This one is slightly bigger, with a diameter of appr. 40 cm. Here it is:
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