I have created an updated gallery on my Jeanette Clawson Art blog. I hope you stop by and see what I’ve been up to.
I hope you will check out my latest mandala. I’m having problems with my WordPress account across platforms and apologize for what appears to be a failure to participate.
I hope you find some beauty in your day.
WordPress has kindly reminded me that I have now been blogging on Lunanista for 4 years. It started as an easy communication with a geographically distant friend and has become so much more.
This was the beginning of my altered art gratitude journal. I was telling my friend about my art journal and she wanted to see pictures and here they all are after so many posts. The first year I had 269 visitors and at first I was mystified about how they found me. Since then I have found some wonderful groups that have helped me connect with people who have similar interests and concerns.
An early photography influence and the flower of the day Diva is Cee’s Photography.
My new friend Claudia McGill turned me on to making Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) and inspired me with her painting and poetry.
And most recently I have discovered others who are as crazy about photographs of doors as I am! Thanks Norm 2.0!
Want to hear something else that’s kind of crazy? I have had 1,679 visitors so far this year! I have been so grateful for this blog that started as a record of my gratitude and a way to deal with pain and disability. It became the practice ground for my life as an artist! Thank you for all your likes and comments. I appreciate every one. Please check out my professional art blog at Jeanette Clawson Art! Let’s make something beautiful!
The quote from the 18th isn’t super legible but it says,
“I saw that everything, all paths I had been following, all steps I had taken, were leading back to a single point – namely, to the mid-point. It became increasingly plain to me that the mandala is the center. It is the exponent of all paths. It is the path to the center, to individuation…” C.G. Jung
I have lots of pink on these pages because I’m knitting 2 chemo caps for good friends who are currently fighting breast cancer. Neither one of them is into pink at all, but I have it here for them where it won’t bother them.
I hope you have a beautiful day.
I’m coordinating a community mandala project at my new church this Sunday and I’m a little nervous. The mandala will be 36″ x 36″ and I have never made one this big. Here is the prototype.
You can see my boys and my cats peeking out of it. My husband is implied with so many of the meaningful papers. A lot more people and ideas that are important to me are incorporated into this mandala of me. It includes fabric and lots of ephemera. This is my first one on Ampersand Gessobord and I love it! The Gessobord is covered with pages from my Pilgrim’s Progress from 1877. My mother-in-law gave it to me and I’m not sure she believed me when I said it is one of my favorite gifts of all time! This is mandala #32 of 100.
Last week I didn’t make a gratitude journal post so this week you get 3 pages and some mandalas that I’m selling on Etsy! There is a lot of good in this scary world, even now.
I got some Caran d’Ache Neocolor II artist crayons and played with mixing them and adding water for these flowers on a black gesso background. I didn’t paint the flowers on the gesso, I left white flower shaped spaces on the page. Then I played with different white tools for drawing lines on the black. The little mandala/lotus flower was practice for a mandala that is now for sale on Etsy.
The torus mandala on the right hand page is a mock up for a community mandala I hope to do at my church. I’m really excited about it. The left hand page is an experiment that didn’t go very well. I’m still sorting through lots of boxes of stuff from the move and I came across a really old silk scarf and I thought it would be cool/interesting to put it in my art journal. It made it really difficult to write on the page and it disintegrated more when I put it on with acrylic matte medium. So I added some more acrylic paint and used paint to write on it – still a little messy. I have noticed that I’m using more black in my journal. I do like the contrast it provides, but it also reflects the darkness I’m feeling these days.
I posted this mandala on Etsy for $60.
I’m going to post this mandala on Esty for $20.
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