Color Wheel Mandalas
I haven’t always had the opportunity to watch the Olympics. This year I have stayed up late far too many nights, enthralled by the snowboarding, skiing and skating. The training involved is almost beyond comprehension. Of course, I can’t just sit and stare at a television. I started off with color temperature studies and moved on to full color Mandalas. Since the beginning of the Olympic coverage I’ve created and painted seven more Color Wheel Mandalas.
The upside of being a couch potato is that I am seven more mandalas closer to my goal of one hundred. I am having the time of my life creating gorgeous patterns with a compass and straightedge, integrating geometry and art. I am discovering new color mixes by sticking to either a three pigment palette or a six pigment palette. I am using up old tubes of paint.
The downside of being a couch potato is that I stay up too late and don’t get enough sleep or exercise. I’m crunched over when painting causing odd body aches, though nothing like the body aches caused by terrifying falls on the ice and snow. I’m forgetting to make note of the pigments I’m using and dipping my brush into the wrong pigments. It’s difficult to paint and watch skating simultaneously.
I’m grateful that the Olympics aren’t a yearly event. Though I have enjoyed being a couch potato spectator, I’m looking forward to getting back to my normal routine of rising early and starting my day with a workout at the gym …. after my morning sketch, of course.
Color Wheel Mandalas: Drawn first in pencil using a compass and straightedge, followed by a limited palette of watercolor.