abstract, art, artist, drawing, psychedelic

examination of a psychedelic drawing

i did a series of psychedelic drawings that were very different from how i have drawn in the past. it was the same because it was line art colored with sharpies, generally fine size sharpies. that’s the difference. i usually do outlines with small fine liners or gel pens. those drawings are very precise and careful, colored perfectly, skinny lines. the line art is always black.

with this new series (not new anymore! they’re from  November 2016. i just say new, meaning different than my work usually is.) i decided to just totally go with the flow and take away the control, take away the formality, take away the slow, tiny lines. this is the uptight, perfect, detailed kind i’m talking about.

2014 sharpies on bristol


2015  prismacolor markers on bristol

they’re pretty impressive and they were challenging, but a lot of the time i think of things that are psychedelic, like acid or marijuana or mescalin or peyote don’t make your feel like being really small and detailed and careful. they don’t do that to me.

they make me feel wild and free, loose and comfortable, open and soft. i let go and let the trip take me where it will. i wanted the different series to reflect that part of psychedelia instead of the optical precise ones i usually do.

i started by using a sharpie that wasn’t black to draw the line art with. the other remarkable thing about that sharpie was the fine point size, the big ones (as compared to the smaller ones, the ultra fine kind). i wanted the outline to blend in with the drawing so i chose dark colors like blue, green, and purple that were dark but not as dark as black. they are not so dark you can’t see the color.  i let myself be sloppy and draw quickly. i didn’t have a particular color scheme. i just jumped in and did it. i think it took me about 3 hours to do it.

i will probably make the detailed, perfect psychedelic drawings more, but now and then, it’s fun to let your mind and hands go free.

this is one in the wild and crazy category!

dance with color
November 2016 sharpies on cardstock 








chronic pain, drawing, photo manipulation, stress relief, Uncategorized, writing

more about one of my mandalas

a little while ago i posted some mandalas that i created by using some original, traditional drawings and photo manipulating them.

i wanted to delve into this idea a little more. actually i just want to show off my coolest mandala.

i think it looks sort of like flash for a traditional american style tattoo. maybe i should get it! actually, because because my fibromyalgia  makes my pain several times worse than it would be for someone with out the disease, so i’m not going to try it again. i’m mostly covered, anyway!

the symmetry of this mandala is just a pleasure for my brain to experience. the softness of the lines make it look kind of dreamy, something from a long time ago. obviously it gives me lots of ideas. that’s so fun!

it’s also fun to try out to different photo editing apps. i did that with  such programs on the pc,  but doing it with  my phone, i had to get apps to do it with. i found several and am checking them out. like anything you do first on the pc and then use on a device, there’s a learning curve, but it’s not like trying to learn to use PhotoShop!

i think this looks like a gate. maybe it’s a gate to a palace, or a crest over a door. i said tattoo already but it looks like i’m saying it again! it would be good painted on the back or a leather jacket (i had a jacket like that, but the painting i’d done on it wasn’t that great. haha!

it’s nice to remember that…and think about how incredibly much i’ve grown, artistically, over the years, especially over the last decade. i can’t believe that i’m still  on the art therapy journey, one that i hope will never end!