Since I have started drawing, I have been thinking a lot about my youngest brother who was an artist and passed away in January 2004. He would have been 64 this March and I still miss him. I have to say that although he has been gone for a long time now, he is always with me, especially when I am drawing.
This Mandala is done in colours which bring back one of my favourite memories of him. He was about 7 years old and discovered our mother knitting sweaters for our other 2 brothers for Christmas. Tim asked if she would make one for him and she said. They talked for a few minutes and she asked him what colours he wanted in his sweater. Remember, he was only 7 years old. He wanted a sweater with grey and pinks. She was very surprised as you can imagine. I think what makes this my favourite memory of my brother is the fact that it was the last time I ever saw him that happy.
Christmas morning and Tim is waiting to see what his sweater looks like. It was the last present he was given to open and oh my. When he saw his eyes lit up and there was that beautiful that I didn’t see very often. He loved new sweater and wore that day and every day of the school holiday. Mom washed it so he could wear it for the first day of school. He wore it that day and never again. You see, in the 60s if a boy wore anything that was girlie he was beaten up by some bigger boys in the school.. The sweater, which he loved so much was ripped and could not be fixed. Yes my brother was gay but it never stopped me from loving him for the kind sweet person he was and I miss him so much. I wish he could see what his big sister is doing now.
This Mandala is for you Tim
My process for drawing this one is shown in the pictures below. This one makes me very happy. I have no idea how anyone else starts their drawings but I seem to have found a way to make it easy for me. My favourite size paper is 11 inches by 15 inches. Lately I have been trying different types of paper. If you use watercolour pens or sharpies you need a paper that will not bleed, meaning that what you draw stays where you draw it and doesn’t spread out into the paper.
The way I start is to find the center of my paper and mark it. I then draw 2 lines, one vertical and one horizontal. Most who draw Mandalas use different ways to make the circles but I prefer to use a compass. I am the first to admit that my lines are not straight and I do make mistakes, but as in a lot of things that we do, there are really no mistakes. I do these drawings because they make me feel good. I am happiest when I am drawing and know that someone out there will like some of them.
I have now uploaded pictures of my Mandalas from when I started in July, to now. I hope that you get some enjoyment out of looking at these drawings. They are all one of a kind and will not duplicated. They are all based on my feelings at the time of drawing. Some I have given as gifts to very important people in my life, without whom I would not be doing this. To Onix, I thank you for the encouragement, in knowing that I could do this and for pushing me. To Melita Sampson, I thank you for the your love and friendship. You both are very important to me and give me the encouragement that I need.
The following pictures will give you an idea of how I do this from start to finish.