One of the questions artists frequently get asked is ‘where do you get your ideas?’ Inspiration can come from many, many sources. Things that we see, experiences that we go through, thoughts we remember at odd moments. Everything that has happened to us in our lives influence what we create and put back into the world.
The painting I am sharing today has some pretty straight forward origins. In my Zentangle practice, I will switch back and forth between working on Zentangle tiles and working in my sketchbooks and journals. Some of the drawings are just for the meditative practice, and some call out to me to be turned into something else. This quick drawing in my sketchbook was one of the later.
My mornings in the summer normally start with a quick trip out to the garden to say good morning to the bees and check for any new vegies that are ready to be harvested. The blooms always draw me in, this pumpkin blossom being no exception.
I had a few new boards prepped for new paintings with some background colors blocked in. I had already been influenced by these trips to the garden and had a background in progress with shades of green and orange. With the 2 images above in mind “Abundance”, the final painting, started to emerge.
The mandala of ‘Abundance’ captures the energy and potential of new growth, while the colors fading into the background reflect the peacefulness and serenity I feel sitting in the garden each morning, listening to the bees as they make their rounds.
So a little backstory on this one. I write (I need to post more of my writing on this site, but that is another topic). Or, I tell stories. I often spend trips in the car telling stories to my daughter based on her requests. This has developed some favorites (like the one about the horses and the dragons), and has led to more requests. Typically in the vein of “Mommy, tell me a story that has X and Y.” (Fill in the X and Y variables with any random topic in the mind of a 5 year old – things can get pretty interesting and challenging)
So, one of these requests was for a story with Fairies and Zombies. After writing this story, I went looking for pictures of cute zombies online, which is when I found this one, and fell in love with Charles Santoso’s work.
The cute zombie boy I found by Charles Santoso
His aesthetic is very endearing, cute, fun, and fantastical all at once. This is another one of my favorites, from a series he did after the Japan tsunami.
Hope – Charles Santoso
You can check out more of his work at his website or his tumblr.
I hope you enjoy his work as much as I do!
This week’s artist is one with a rather unusual back story, with simply amazing results. (Also perfect for sharing this week as my part of the country is completely covered in snow)
Simon Beck creates beautiful images in the snow by just walking the patterns. He began this as exercise as he is no longer able to go running, and the designs just starting flowing from there.
Simon Beck image from MyModernMet
His work reminds me a lot of zentangle, but on a much larger scale!
There was a great entry on him over at My Modern Met or you can check him out over on his facebook page.
Here’s my take for the Bright Owl’s weekly Zendala challenge. I couldn’t resist using the new aquafleur tangle from the January Zentangle newsletter. I’m still not 100% happy with my shading, but will keep practicing.
Be sure to check out all the other zendalas at the Bright Owl!
This week I have to share an artist with you.
Alex Konahin does these amazing ornately drawn pieces. Here are links to his insect drawings and to his anatomy drawings. Seriously, go check him out!