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I am challenging myself to draw/doodle a mandala. Mandalas help to decrease anxiety and stress. I want to try to draw 30 mandalas. I know I will not do them daily and that’s not the point.
This is done with a black pen. Sometimes I like to keep more open spaces in my doodles.
I have been stressed with deciding if I leave my job. I decided to stay as I really want to work remotely. I don’t think at this time with the world events I should work from home. I feel more people will want office visits to keep human contact.
I also was stressed about life. I realized that I’m trying to be happy through a job, but it’s a job I’m no longer feeling fulfilled at.
This challenge is to doodle 30 mandalas. Why, you ask? Just for fun, and to get myself focused on art and creativity again.
I am working out of a hardback sketch book, 8″ x 11″ using a black pen and crayons, color pencils or gel pens. This is something I can do before I go to sleep. Resting my legs under my weighted blanket after a long day. With my work schedule, taking care of my pets and resting my body, I won’t be able to finish these in 30 days. The outcome will be having 30 doodle mandalas.
I started drawing this evening. Here is my rheumatoid arthritis hand. Swollen, puffy and joints are in pain from all the drawing.
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I really need to complete this painting…maybe that’s my goal to meet by spring.
Self-portrait Acrylic Painting
This is a painting about me and my dog taking a walk in the metro parks. We used to walk there every weekend during the summer and into the autumn season. She is now 13 years old. Our walks are shorter but she still loves them.
These are my paws. My studio and this blog is named after my them. I always call them 4paws when I’m looking for them, especially the cats!
I have a white cat who is mischievous, knocks things off the counter. Broke about 3 items. He’s been living here for 6 months. I love him and don’t get overly mad at him breaking things. My sentimental items are locked in a cabinet, so he can’t easily get to those.
My dog is about 13 years old. It makes me sad she older. Definitely seeing old age in her. She was my aunt’s dog, I took her in after she died.
Then there’s the revolutionist. Always up to something but is too afraid to do it. She’s a sweetheart. She’s all about me. She will cuddle by me, but she’s a large cat and it can become uncomfortable.
And finally my blind cat. She’s my nighttime buddy. She gets excited to jump on my bed and lay on her pillow by me. She loves to be held, well I think she does. Lol. She walks up and down the stairs, will run the white cat downstairs. And she loves playing. Blind yes, but really she has the same behaviors as a cat with eyes.
And I want to share I had 4 other cats prior. I terribly miss them. One was a shy little Maine coon. The other was a stray I took in. Tabby cat. Boy, she didn’t put up with anyone’s BS. Except mine. Loved her dearly. And a black cat, who was my sister’s but he preferred me. He was in love with me. And then the calico. Loved her. She was Miss house manager. She kept me on my toes. My heart breaks without them.
I am a tea drinker. I have tons of tea pots and loose tea and tea in tea bags. I drink tea daily, definitely first thing in the morning. Sometimes before bed I’ll have a relaxing tea, like lavender. Or I’ll drink a detox to help with my edema and fluid retention.
Eye certainly express emotions. As a counselor, there are times, clients will not look at me or anyone for that matter. Fear, shame, guilt, uncomfortable, timid, anger etc.
We are in a society where a lack of eye contact is “normal.” It does not have to be normal. We can change that, but getting social and being more friendly and open to other people. We seem to focus on the differences of others and needing to prove our individual point instead of learning about others’ viewpoints. Social media has contributed to the lack of eye contact and the need to post how “wonderful life really is.” But it’s just that a post, it is a second of some ones’ life captured. But look into their eyes, look into their soul and find out more about a person. That is how we can change.
Hot air balloons, birds and butterflies and growing up in the country. These are some of my drawings on card stock of the memories. This challenge was a photography challenge, but I am including my art as a voice to the challenge.
Growing up in the country I was around the beauty of nature, the birds singing and seeing plenty of butterflies. There were times in August there would be hot air balloons going over our home. I still dream of riding in a hot air balloon.