…I must of been one of those Tibetan Buddhist monks that did sand mandalas. That is the only reasonable explanation I can conjure up for how I can sit for hours, hunched over, tapping little dots of ink on to a piece of paper to form images. It may be a little far fetched but it sounds much more interesting than my usual response of “I’m insane.” whenever friends and family asks me “How can you sit there and do that?” Truth be told, it’s a mystery even to me but a past life as a Buddhist sand mandala making monk works, so that’s my story and I’m sticking with it. 😋
Anyhoo, I’ve got another layer of ink to lay down on this adorable puppy face. Luckily the body is mostly white or I might end up having to buy another pack of pens.
(Tibetan Buddhists creating sand mandala.)
While I’m spending a little time doing some figurative work, here’s a brief post on a few nature themed pieces I still have available in store for the homes of some lovely collectors. More works of adorable creatures and botanicals are soon to come. In the meantime be sure to visit the Art of Q. Rumbley.
“Bison” by Q. Rumbley
A week ago I was doing a bit of research on North American animals when I came across an image of a bison. Upon looking at this iconic creature I immediately thought of my father which prompted me to look into any symbolic meaning that may be attached to them. Come to find out bisons are a symbol of strength and stubbornness, which definitely reminds me of my dad. So for the past couple of days I’ve been busy inking away on this drawing to give to my dear father for Father’s Day, who has been a pillar of consistency and dependability in my life…and from whom I probably get my stubbornness, according to my husband. 😊
Tackling another feline. This one is much bigger with more fur. As usual I have no plan of attack. I’ll probably stare at this base drawing for a couple of days just visualizing how I would like for it to look before I get brave enough to lay a drop of ink on it. I’ve been doing pointillism for years yet I still and will probably always get nervous whenever I start inking a new drawing.
“See You” (wip)
It’s been a while since the last time I tackled a drawing of this majestic creature. I think elephants translate well into pen and ink drawings as far as subject matter goes. I particularly like the challenge of trying to get that realistic look with all the wrinkles and folds presented in this beautiful creature’s skin. But even at the size of a baseball card, an unimaginable amount of dots have already gone into this. It has taken 12 hours spread over three days just to fill in the background. Still though, I always enjoy the outcome of a good pen and ink piece of elephants. Hoping this turns out the way I imagine it.