More on turning the wheel

Happy After-Solstice Saturday!
My birthday doodle has turned into a painting idea.

I like to plan my paintings, doing lots of composition sketches, and then making thumbnail color sketches. (which color combination do you like best?).

Then I spend time perfecting the drawing.

Still some work to do on the woman’s arms and torso, and some cleaning up of the face.

The little girl finally has a face.

Tomorrow I’m hoping to begin painting.

My artist friend Cynthia says that I like the planning part best; that’s the big part of my process of making art. Yes, she’s right.

I do like to plan, and not just because I’m a tad bit compulsive. I like to plan because that allows me to be more spontaneous when I get to the big painting (on the expensive paper). I like to experiment before I start, trying out many different things. In fact, I wish I had time to do more of it.

Who knows how this painting will turn out? Sometimes it’s all a crap shoot, really. Sometimes all the pre-planning in the world doesn’t make for a good painting.

My blogging friend Chris (who brilliantly identified this drawing as a mandala, before I even made that connection), at Groundswell, likes to play Mahjong at the computer. She wrote last week:

“We think we are at the end. . . that no other possibilities for movement exist. . . and then, we see one more tile, turn it over, and everything opens up, everything changes.

We can never see everything or be fully “prepared” for what’s to come. And in this Mystery is much of the joy that is life, and, of course, some of the suffering.”

4 thoughts on “More on turning the wheel

  1. Thanks for the link, Maggie! In the holotropic breathwork sessions I’ve been in, we drew mandalas afterward to help clarify and integrate the experiences.

    I like all of the thumbnail colors, and then came to settle on the top one as my favorite; Jon prefers the third one.

    1. Chris, that first was my original idea. But I had to try other color combinations too. I think I’ll stay with the original idea, but will neutralize some of the brightness of the colors. All those candy colors make me want to lick the paper!

  2. Maggie, I love the way you shared with us these great preparatory drawings. They are really good work. And then the color studies! Though our styles of painting are different, looks like our working methods have a lot in common. Enjoyed reading the posts.

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