Balnacra Arts & Pottery by Vicky Stonebridge

30 day Mandala challenge

I’ve Been suffering from artists block for a good while now, it started when I got an injured arm and couldn’t hold a brush or pen any more, while writing with a biro is still paintful, I can wield a nice flowing brush or pen okay now, But the break had been too long, I have been struggling to get going again. A lot of my creative energy is going into the pottery, but that’s not the same as the decorative images and bright colours I used to enjoy playing with. There was a definite problem with stress and other commitments eating away at my time and brain, so after a few weeks extra concerted effort and extra work I managed to relinquish those pressing responsibilities,- resigning always feels SO GOOD!  and now the excuses were all just in my own head, after two days away from all the administration work I could feel the creative brain kicking back in, but it needed some discipline to get me going, so I’ve set myself a 30 day ‘Mandala’ challenge. By Mandala i don’t been highly symmetrical patterned, traditional Tibetan designs, i simply mean doing a painting or drawing, in colours in a circle. For me working in a circle is very freeing from the normal constraints of ” what’s it for ? ” , ” what’s it going to be? ” ” What’s the point ? ” ” who will like it ? ” ” is it any good ? “, ” will it sell ? “. It helps me move beyond all that, beyond planning, self sabotaging thought patterns, anger, resentment and a host of other negative brain stuff. A circle just invites colour, invites art, invites one to fill it in. I have no idea when i start what i’m doing, often half way through I have no idea what I’m doing or where it’s going. I prefer to work this way. My last paintings became laboured as they took so long to execute, my love of pattern and decoration got me in knots ( celtic knots ) , so i’m looking for a fresher, more fluid way to express myself, without wrecking my arm or burdening myself with all the angst and self doubt. I’m having great fun so far !

These are done in mixed media, on A4 paper. just playing.

*Update* It was a great challenge to do and got things flowing again. I may have to set myself more challenges to keep things going. In the meantime these originals are all available to buy now. from £10 to £40, £1.80 postage. contact me for info;













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