Jubilee Year

This mandala came out looking quite differently than the other ones I’ve drawn.  It’s dedicated in thought to the cycle of life through the illusion of time.

There are 32 symmetries to it.  It’s done with pencil line guides, an ink basic outline layer, and then I fill in each element.

Here it is, the final product, hanging on my wall…

Rose Helianth Is Finished

Okay folks, it’s finally done! Rose Helianth is finished after about 65 hours of drawing and shading.

Rose Helianth

I visited the reproduction company yesterday, and it’ll be available in the gallery shop as a print in a few days. We’ll be printing it on 24″x30″ photographic rag (100% cotton paper).

I used four colors plus black (Copic and Pigma archival quality inks). All the elements are built from black triangles or boxes. I don’t know exactly how many elements there are, but im guessing several thousand.

Here are a couple detail shots…

Here it is on my wall…

Watch This Mandala Develop

Rose Helianth is the behemoth I’ve spent the most time drawing this month. This drawing is larger than any piece I’ve done in ink, and it’s been challenging. My neck and hand hurt a bit from the 20 hour blitz (over three days).

I took a picture once every couple hours.

I’ve still got another ten hours or so, and I’ll be glad to introduce it to the gallery shop  in the coming weeks.

Drawing on Vacation

imageHi there, thanks for dropping by and checking out the latest of my work. As a thanks to the family with whom I stayed on vacation, I drew and gifted a full color 16-axis symmetrical mandala.

imageAfter Full Color Press, I was feeling more confident about using a broader color palette, and as you can see, I started this one with six colors plus black. The outer elements looked awkward to me at first, but as it often happens in process oriented art, as I continued, the drawing came together nicely.


As a result of all my practice, I was able to spend much less time on each element of the drawing. This one took just under 50 hours to finish.



A quick trip to the art store, and I was able to find a standard size mat and frame for under $40.


Rose Helianth (In Progress)

Here’s my latest piece, “Rose Helianth”. It’s the second large format piece I’ve done with no symmetry.  Well, there is some symmetry at the moment.  You can see, the structure underneath is a set of nested diamonds. As I begin filling them in, that symmetry becomes much less apparent.

Here’s the progress at 6 hours.
15 hours in progress on the Rose Helianth.

The Dream of Life

Sometimes I Iisten to the philosopher Alan Watts. I used to watch this video everyday when I was sick. It speaks to how I think the universe works, and the concepts discussed within it are worth meditating over.

Journey to the Dogpatch

Just about to head out the door.

The Dogpatch is a different district these days, a formerly economically depressed area unsure of what to do with the development money pouring into it. The boost comes from a combination of the 3rd Street rail, the new UCSF hospital in neighboring Mission Bay, and the high income renters working there. I live over by the N-line, Judah Street.

N-line rail stop.

The art reproduction company I use is in the Dogpatch, and today I had some prints to pick up!

Luckily, there’s an art store on the way.  I go through one or two pens in a week (sometimes more) and I dislike having to settle for an inferior piece because I happen to be out of a certain color ink.

Powell Street. Here’s where I hop off to go art supply shopping.

I get a dozen pens in rose, red, blue, yellow, and light green, and I transfer over to the T-line for a short ride past the ballpark and to my printer’s shop.  As usual, they’ve done a great job.  I drop off the latest pieces (Full Color Press and Vortex Aperture) for digital scanning and prints as well.

Here’s a peek at the prints…

Here are two of the prints still in their protective plastic covers.
Hope Within mandala.
Pure Insight (available in the gallery/shop as a print)

Full Color Press

I’m pleased to bring to you Full Color Press, my latest Mandala. It took about 30 hours to complete, maybe 35 if you include the pencil outlining process at the beginning.  Here it is step by step after yesterday’s post