January 18, 2013
Children seldom attempt to hide their displeasure when things don’t work out the way they want them to. Some will resort to pouting, an expression that reveals itself in an upturned bottom lip as well as tension in the areas of the chin, nose and brow. Children who find success at changing outcomes in their favor whenever they practice this expression will inevitably resort to using it more frequently.
But whether you’re a child or an adult, it’s best not to pout. And if you must, do it quickly, then forgive, forget and move on. Pouting may look cute on a child, but it’s never so on an adult.
~ Text and image copyright Amy-Lynn Bell 2013
March 10, 2012
Some dogs have an energy that seems boundless. Such a dog is Trey, a Staffordshire cross. Although he lives to chase the ball, Trey also loves playing frisbee and exercising on an indoor treadmill when it’s too wet to go for walks outdoors.
This drawing of Trey was created with a combination of charcoal pencils (black, Venetian Red and Terracotta) and colored pencils on paper.
March 9, 2012
February 14, 2012
Zentangling is a meditative type of doodling that’s easily accomplished by anyone regardless of skill level. The most basic of materials, paper and a dark felt marker, provide an excellent starting point for this relaxing and creative activity.
Here are two examples, one done with a fine tip black marker and the other done with a brown calligraphy marker.
Thanks to Gerry at Torch Lake Views for introducing me to this art form.
July 9, 2011
Lotus flowers hold a special place in Eastern religion. Found growing in the mud, these beautiful lilies represent both our groundedness here on earth and our longing for the divine.
This 30″x40″ painting was created with acrylics on canvas for a friend who loves yoga. The colors were chosen to coordinate with the decor of her new home.
January 24, 2010
The colored pencil drawing of a Bobcat begun earlier this week is finally complete. Earlier stages of the image can be found at https://drawingconclusions.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/bobcat/
Nova Scotia supposedly has the largest population of bobcats in North America. They are Canada’s most common wildcat and keep the populations of small rodents and mammals such as Snowshoe Hares in check. For photos of bobcat tracks, see my nature journal post Bobcats in the Backyard.
January 22, 2010
The final drawing, completed January 24th, can be viewed at Nova Scotia Bobcat.
December 12, 2009
Throughout the ages, various cultures have created labyrinths to provide users with the opportunity to reflect while in motion along a given path. Their design integrates the circle with the spiral, two of the earth’s oldest symbols.
Forms are numerous, with applications in a variety of sizes and materials (stones, sticks, plants, fabric) created for either indoor or outdoor use.
Scandinavian in origin, the Baltic Wheel labyrinth provides two paths to the centre: a long and a short.
The above drawings are preliminary sketches for a labyrinth that is presently in the planning stage for the MacDonald Park in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia. The scarlet circles show possible placement of mosaic tiles.
The hedge border will be Autumn Joy Sedum.
November 11, 2009
October 16, 2009
Hand-drawn with coloured pencils, each of the mandalas shown above incorporates a Maltese cross. Maltese crosses traditionally have eight points, each representing a Christian virtue held sacred by the Knights of Saint John.
The mandala at left was drawn with oil pastels on heavily textured paper. It has more of an organic appearance due to the absence of straight lines and hard edges.
For more information about mandalas and how they are being used to promote world peace, see The Mandala Project.
To see some mandalas created with natural materials, see Autumn Mandalas at Flandrum Hill, my online nature journal.