Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Largest Half Mandala I've Ever Done :)

This was a half mandala that I had finished about 2 months ago but didn't get the chance to post the process pics until now. It is one of my favourite paintings as well so I had to share ;) I have lots of pics to show you too! ;)

Below is the beginning of the background and it's various stages...

Adding some alcohol and some texture

Aaaaand some more alcohol and texture and a bit of sepia ink... :)


Below is a detail of the surface of the canvas, still wet

Then, the beginnings of the mandala...painted on my lap for the most part while watching movies ;)


Below, a few detail shots of the progress....

Almost finished! ;) yayy!


The finished piece... :)

 2ft x4ft
Mixed Media on Canvas

Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Newest Mandala

Just wanted to share with you a few process pics of the latest mandala, it's being sent off to a new home tomorrow but I've managed to get a few quality photos finally :)

Here are some pics from the very beginning!

Just some wet masking fluid on some dry layers of acrylic ink
Another layer of ink over top of the dried masking fluid...this time using some dark blues...
The fun part! Beginning to peel off the masking fluid to reveal the colours from the previous layers :) I love using masking fluid to create a more interesting background ;) 
Below: Halfway there....

Here it is ready to start painting the mandala design, all of which are done freehand by the way. I find it gives it a more natural/organic energy, less mechanical, which I love :) For this one I used acrylic ink and brush pens to create the mandala. The wood grain is especially hard on brush pens (went through about 3-4) so real brushes and inks are a must...

Here, the first circle and the start of the pattern...

 Below are a few more images of the process...

Thickening of some lines to create more visual interest....

Below: a detail of the mandala - almost half finished at this point :)

And viola...the finished piece...I was going to continue the mandala around the sides of this piece as I did with this previous commission but found the ink to be too dark to make it worth while and decided to paint them black. The main point of visual interest is in the center anyway, I love how this one turned out, especially the colours :)
 Below is a picture of it hanging on the wall in my hallway, the colours matched quite nicely I thought ;) I may have to create something similar for my own place! :D

 Here is a picture I took outside on my back deck. I love taking photos of my art in natural light, makes the colours "pop" that much more :)

 Very happy to be sending this one off to a good home!

 "Brad's Mandala"
2ft x 2ft x 2in
Mixed Media on Wood

I hope you enjoyed seeing some of the process and love this mandala as much as I do! Can't wait to start on another! <3 nbsp="" p="">
Happy Creating! ;)


Saturday, February 16, 2013

A New Website And A New Look!

It's official! I finally have a little website up and running... :) Yayy! :) Feel free to check it out here! A few more pics will be added in the next few days but overall, it's finished. I've also changed the look of the blog to go along with the design of the website a bit, it was about time for something new! A special thanks to my friend Kenneth Locke for the photos ;) A great photographer, check out his amazing portraits!

My apologies for the lack of posts, it's been a busy month! Getting back on track though and I have a new painting to show you in tomorrow's post ;) Here's a little sneak peek detail for those of you who haven't seen it yet...

:) Happy Friday and have a great weekend! :)

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