vrijdag 31 oktober 2014

last pink ribbon : day 31

This last day of October
will be the last day I will be making
a Pink Ribbon mandala
(for quite some time  ;-) ...) 

It has been a considerable task I've set myself.
Sometimes it was easy,
sometimes I really struggled
Though I must say that in the end,
even during the times it wasn't so easy,
I was satisfied with the outcome
(otherwise I would definately have made a new drawing !)

Now, with this last drawing, 
you can make your final choice to buy one :
(though it might not be to everyone's taste)
I'm sure that there are still people out there
who would enjoy to have one of my works on their wall !

On top of that :
you will have supported a very good cause.
The number of breast cancer patients is still growing, but ...
the chances to recover from it
are ever increasing when we know more about it.
That's why I started this activity,
to add my share to the fight against  breast cancer.

So, let's celebrate life,
live it to its full extent,
make a party of it

"let's dance"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A4)
the mandala itself is  14 cm  (5.5")  in diameter

sold

If you want this last Pink Ribbon mandala
for yourself or as a present for someone dear
(or one of the older drawings)
please send me an email at
fiberrainbow@gmail.com
This one costs  € 31, - 
(+ postage :  € 1,92 for Holland and  € 3,15 elsewhere)
Of course all the money will go to Pink Ribbon


A very good weekend to you all !

donderdag 30 oktober 2014

day 30

So sorry :
a very late start 
so it took some time before I finished my mandala today.
Then it wasn't simple to make a good picture after dark.
I used my day light lamp in the end
(better then flash light)

I made some fals starts
then there was this mermaid ...
A mermaid I thought ... why ?
Hmmmmm it's not always very nice and clean
to swimm in the oceans nowadays
NO !
We are dumping 
LOTS OF CHEMICALS AND PLASTIC WASTE EVERYWHERE
that finally ends up in our oceans

Right now sea life is duped
.....
in the end 
WE ALL ARE !
(so another awareness)

This is my Pink Ribbon mandala for day number thirty

"plastic soup"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A4)
the mandala itself is  14 cm  (5.5")  in diameter

If you want this (monotory) original artwork
you can send me an email at
fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 30, -  (+ postage)


Psssssst  :
the little one was very busy today
writing on Grandpa's shopping list !


(so good when they are helping out
... and on such a young age !)


(see you tomorrow,
on my last mandala day of this October
breast cancer awareness month)


woensdag 29 oktober 2014

day 29

What a drizzly day it was
just a normal October autumn day
(only we had so few of them that we forgot ...)

I started the day with a LOT of autumn colour :
a friend needed her hair dyed with henna
and I don't mind applying
...

After that I had time to make my drawing.
I dreamed this up yesterday :
two figures sitting back to back
with birds over their heads.

I remember when I was little, what fun it was,
standing back to back, arms hooked into each other
and rocking from one to the other
(till one fell over, most of the time)

My Pink Ribbon mandala for day number twenty-nine

"joy"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A4)
the mandala is  14 cm  (5.5")  in diameter 

sold

If you would like to have this original artwork
you can send me an email at
fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 29, -  (+ postage)

Though it was a dark day
the autumn colours are wonderful

lovely reds and yellow
(the oak it not from our garden)

the leaves didn't rub off  :
that was the henna
;-)

(see you tomorrow)


dinsdag 28 oktober 2014

day 28

Another baby-sitting day
but my mandala for today 
was well underway
yesterday.
So I just needed to finish it
(and with the little one in bed ...)

This time I wanted to portray one of the cats.
In fact they are our daughter's cats
(we had two exactly like them years ago)
But since her appartment is too crowded already
they are our semipermanent house guests now
(daughter and the children miss them though :
always extra hugs when they are here !)

What do we day dream about ?
Things that we want to happen ???
And what might cats day dream about, if they do ?
Hmmmm a lot of wishful thinking 
for all of us probably ...

Here is my Pink Ribbon mandala for day number twenty-eight

"day dreams"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper
the mandala itself is  14 cm  (5.5")  in diameter

If you want to have this original artwork for yourself or someone dear
(don't forget Christmas and "Sinterklaas" are getting closer)
please send me an email at
fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 28, -  
(+ postage : € 1,92 for Holland and  € 3,15 elsewhere )

These are big brother Bagheera and little sister Bella
(enjoying the warm afternoon sunshine !)

(see you tomorrow)

maandag 27 oktober 2014

day 27

I don't know why ...
It is a perfect sunny autumn day
and yet
there was a fierce wind blowing in my mandala today !
Might be why there's not too much colour in it.
(are we getting storm soon ?
don't think so
but ... you never know)

My Pink Ribbon mandala for day number twenty-seven

"autumn wind"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A4)
the mandala is  14 cm  (5.5")  in diameter

If you love the fierce wind, you can have this original artwork,
 you just have to send me an email at 
fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 27, -  (+ postage)

To show you that it really is a nice sunny day
look at this picture of our garden this morning :

quiet sunny weather.
Though Autumn is really there !

(see you tomorrow)

zondag 26 oktober 2014

day 26

October 26 
is a special day in this house
hmmmmm
forty-seven years ago
.....
and still going strong !
;-)

Today there's a lovely creature in my mandala :
hasty, swift, careful
and with a LOT of fine reddish hair ...
yes, I love 
squirrels

The Pink Ribbon mandala for day number twenty-six 

"gatherer"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A4)
the mandala itself is  14 cm  (5.5")  in diameter

If you want to hang this lovely agile fellow (girl) on your wall,
or you want it as a present for someone who loves the woods
then please send me an email at fiberrainbow@gmail.com
This original artwork costs  € 26, -  (+ postage
€ 1,92 in Holland and  € 3,15 elsewhere)

Some people might ask why I don't have the artworks framed ?
That would be rather difficult and expensive in the mail.
And you might have a different taste for a frame than I have.
IKEA (HEMA in Holland) or any Art supplies store
have simple and good quality frames
for anyone's taste.
(it's not difficult at all to put a drawing in a frame !)

(see you tomorrow)

zaterdag 25 oktober 2014

day 25

On some days I have a clear plan
about what to draw,
on others I just 
let it grow
out of the first few lines.
I then usually don't know what I end up with,
like today.

The Pink Ribbon mandala for day number twent-five

"moon beams"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A4)
the mandala is 14 cm  (5.5")  in diameter
.....
dark and light
light and heavy
life is full of contrasts
one isn't there without the other
they balance each other
.....

sold

If you like to have this original artwork 
for yourself or a dear friend
you can email me at fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 25, -  (+ postage)
The money will all go to Pink Ribbon

Have a nice weekend

(see you later)

vrijdag 24 oktober 2014

day 24

Autumn
.........
A day with clouds, a drizzle,
so not very bright outside and rather dark inside.

That should not be a problem :
when there IS no sun
you can imagine one  !

That's why there is a lot of sunshine in my mandala today.
The flowers are inspired by a warm Indonesian batik.
(ha ... also put on yellow clothes)

The Pink Ribbon mandala for day number twenty-four

"my favourite star"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A4)
the mandala itself is  14 cm  (5.5")  in diameter

If you need a bit of long-lasting sunshine
you can buy this original artwork.
Just email me at fiberrainbow@gmail.com
and we'll arrange the rest of it.
It costs  € 24, -  (+ postage)
All the money will go to Pink Ribbon.

I liked the quote I saw today :

Logic brings you from A to B
imagination brings you everywhere

(Einstein)

(see you tomorrow)

donderdag 23 oktober 2014

day 23

Because of the autumn break 
our daily routine looks a bit different from the last few weeks :
no baby sitting today.

I first made a start on today's mandala
and then went to our local yarn shop
to do some chatting and knitting :
the mandala and the yarn shop were connected today.

This is the Pink Ribbon mandala for day number twenty-three

"yarn story"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A4)
the mandala itself is 14 cm  (5.5")  in diameter

(the colour of the photo is a bit off : no sun at the moment,
the yellow is much brighter)

If you would like to buy this original artwork for yourself
(or a knitting friend)
you just have to send me an email at fiberrainbow@gmail.com
(or you can leave a comment here)
It costs  € 23, -  
(+ postage  : Holland  € 1,92 or € 3,15  elsewhere)
The money will go to Pink Ribbon


(see you tomorrow) 
In the meantime : keep knitting ...
;-)

woensdag 22 oktober 2014

day 22

For the last ten mandalas 
I will take a bigger piece of paper.
No particular reason really
but to make it somewhat different for me.
(besides ... the A5  size paper
can easily be put into a bigger frame
with some passe partout around it)

It took a long time today,
made some simple sketches,
than decided on this one.

The Pink Ribbon mandala for day number twenty-two

"the wind blows ..."

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A4)
the mandala itself is  14 cm  ( 5.5")  in diameter

Zephyros (west wind) or Oya ... ?
in Holland we rarely have a day without wind.

If you want to have this original artwork for yourself
or for someone as a present
(don't forget that Chrimas and "Sinterklaas" are near)
you can send me an email at fiberrainbow@gmail.com.
It costs  € 22,-  
(+ postage : in this case € 1,92 for Holland
and € 3,15 elsewhere)
The money will go, as you all know, to Pink Ribbon
for breast cancer research.


(see you tomorrow)

dinsdag 21 oktober 2014

day 21

This morning the friend I thought about 
when I made yesterday's mandala,
came and took it with her to her sister in the hospital.
The operation took more than seven hours
but all looks very promising.
X fingers it stays that way.
(I'm só glad it went there !!!)


This week is autumn break so we had
three grandchildren today "to look after"
When the little one was taking his nap
it was soooo quiet :
everyone drawing
;-)

When I din't exactly know what to draw
I discovered in the very wet garden
some very brave Nasturtium
fighting the wind and heavy showers ! 

This is Pink Ribbon mandala number twenty-one

"the last bits of summer"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A5)
the mandala itself is  12 cm  (5")  in diameter.

If you want to have this original artwork 
(or if you want to make it a present for a garden friend)
please send me an email to fiberrainbow@gmail.com
The price is  € 21, -  (+ postage : €1,28 in Holland
and € 2,10 elsewhere)
The money will all go to Pink Ribbon
for breast cancer research

My brave inspiration !

Everyone  drawing :
Man his new colouring book for grown-ups,
grandson making his own comic strip
and granddaughter discovered "zentangle"
(and couldn't stop anymore !)

(see you tomorrow)

maandag 20 oktober 2014

day 20

What a lovely party we had :
with lots of family and dear friends,
Though I must say, it was like always, when you give a party yourself :
you're running around with coffee, tea, cake
with beverages, chips, olives, cheese and crackers,
and in the end with soup, rolls and salads,
and you don't have time to make good conversation
with any of your guests ...
but, they're having a good time !
Ahhh ... I'm really not complaining :
I had a good time too
:-)

So I slept in a bit this morning
and had some quiet time
drawing my mandala
(thinking of a friend who's sister is having major surgery;
I hope all has gone well !)

This is the Pink Ribbon mandala for day twenty

"I'm holding you tight"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A5)
the mandala itself is  12 cm  (5")  in diameter

sold

(and on it's way to the hospital)

If you want this original artwork
you can send me an email at fiberrainbow@gmail.com
it costs  € 20, -  (+ postage)
and the money goes to Pink Ribbon

Take care of each other

(see you tomorrow)

zondag 19 oktober 2014

day 19

Just before the guests will be arriving
I have the time to post this day's mandala
(made early this morning)

Pink Ribbon mandala for day nineteen

"tree of life"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A5)
the mandala is  12 cm  (5")  in diameter

If you want this original artwork for yourself
or to give away as a lovely present
please send me an email to fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 19, -  (+ postage)
And all the money will go to Pink Ribbon
for breast cancer research

Having a party,
see you tomorrow !

zaterdag 18 oktober 2014

day 18

I started drawing my daily mandala early this morning
but I could not finish it, 
I had to go to Rotterdam.
I took with me mandala number seven
for a friend of the Stitch'nBitch group.
That was easy : special delivery by hand  ;-)
(sorry I can't do that to all of you)
And another one was sold too !

I missed the boat I wanted to return on,
so I payed a short visit to a friend
who lives downtown
(and nearly missed the next departure !) 
There were still some preparations for tomorrow's party
so I only just finished the mandala.
I made the picture with the daylight lamp
I use for stitching on dark rainy days
.....
but here it is
the Pink Ribbon mandala for day eighteen

"starry starry night ..."

Karisma colourpencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A5)
the mandala itself is  12 cm  (5")  in diameter

If you love this original artwork you can buy it for yourself 
or somebody else. Please let me know by leaving a message at
fiberrainbow@gmail.com (or here in the comment space)
It costs  € 18, -  (+ postage)
The money goes to Pink Ribbon breast cancer research


(see you tomorrow)

vrijdag 17 oktober 2014

day 17

Ahhhh, a lot of cleaning-up to do today
so I'm early with my mandala drawing.

There was a piece in this drawing
that came into my mind 
when I was lying in bed and almost asleep :
the two blue wave kind of things.
So that's what I started with
and ended like this.

Pink Ribbon mandala for day seventeen

"going with the wind"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A5)
the mandala is  12 cm  (5")  in diameter

If you want this original artwork for yourself or someone else, 
please let me know at fiberrainbow@gmail.com
it costs  € 17, -  (+ postage)
All the money will go to Pink Ribbon

Ha, a lot of water again, like yesterday's drawing ...

(see you tomorrow)

donderdag 16 oktober 2014

day 16

It's not easy to draw a mandala
when there's a small boy
who tells you to help him with building 
a big tower of the LEGO blocks,
or wants to make a drawing together
or sit on my lap when I am drawing ...

But I managed,
he was playing and building next to me !

The Pink Ribbon mandala for day sixteen

"I'll show you the way"

Karisma colour pencils on heavy weight drawing paper  (A5)
the mandala itself is 12 cm  (5")  in diameter

sold

If you would like to have this original artwork or you think 
it would make a nice present for someone dear,
please let me know at fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 16, -  (+ postage)
The money all goes to Pink Ribbon
for research on breast cancer.

I LOVE circles (that might be obvious by now ...)
and I LOVE stones

(in my kitchen)



So much fun being together
(he will be waking up from his afternoon nap soon)





woensdag 15 oktober 2014

day 15

Time goes by, and a lot of times
we hardly seem to notice.

Birthdays,
(the official count - up)
your (grand) children growing,
the mirror in the morning,
all tells you that time goes by
or 
time flies.

This is the Pink Ribbon mandala for day fifteen

"time flies"

Karisma colour pencils on fine watercolour paper  (A5)
the mandala itself is 12 cm (5")  in diameter.

sold

If you want to make someone happy with this original artwork
(or you want it for yourself ... :-) ...)
please send an email to fiberrainbow@gmail.com  (or leave a comment here)
it costs  €15, -  (+ postage)

Let's find something funny to laugh about every day,
life's worth living


(see you tomorrow)


dinsdag 14 oktober 2014

day 14 ... and a birthday ! (14 - 10 - 14)

Yes,
there is a birthday boy !
Ahhhh nice age : 37
(or .... was it the other way round ???)
Anyway we had a rather quiet day,
with all the grandchildren
and pancakes in the end.
But the real party is this Sunday.

Because Jude, in her small journeys, is talking
about the "her" nine patch
it apparently rubs off !

Here is my Pink Ribbon mandala for day number fourteen

"for the love of nine"

Karisma colour pencils on fine watercolour paper  (A5)
The mandala is  12 cm  (5")  in diameter

If you love stitching you might want to have this original artwork.
Please send me an email to fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 14, - (+ postage €1,28 in Holland and
€ 2,10 anywhere else)
The money all goes to Pink Ribbon

(see you tomorrow)


and :


(daughter's present : homemade carrot cake : mmmmmm !)



maandag 13 oktober 2014

day 13 (and a trip to town)

Drawing my mandala,
and then a quick tour to Rotterdam
for some shopping.

First of all 
the most important thing this month :
Pink Ribbon mandala number thirteen

"the quick brown ..."

Karisma colour pencils on fine watercolour paper  (A5)
The mandala is  12 cm  (5")  in diameter


I you like this fox, or have it as a present for someone dear
(Christmas or "Sinterklaas" isn't that far away)
you can send an email to fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 13, -  (+ postage)
And all the money goes to Pink Ribbon

*

So ... I made my trip to Rotterdam by boat,
as usual, and bike.

Holland has a lot of water
so a lot of bridges too !

On my way to the city, with all the bikes ...

and at the end of my trip in the center of the city

where the former office building (now a hotel) of the old
Holland - America - Line
is dwarfed by the new Port of Rotterdam building
and the Montevideo appartment building

I also visited the new Market Hal
a spectacular design
(and far from finished)
It is an arch-like building
with appartments on the outside
and a huge hall with little shops inside.

People in Rotterdam have already come up with a nickname for it :
the "Rotterdam Sistine Chapel"


The outside

Just looking through
you can see the "Pencil" (another nickname) an appartment building.

To the left, including a portret of the "Sint-Laurenskerk"  
whereof only the tower and the outside walls
were about the only bits that were still standing downtown,
after the big bombing of Rotterdam in May 1940

and to the right, more fruits and flowers.
Perhaps you can understand the nickname now ?


Little shops and stalls : just like a market
(though not as cheap as on the real market ...)


(see you tomorrow,
a special day for Man)

zondag 12 oktober 2014

day 12

From time to time we get 
small flying visitors in the garden.
 Robins
are such perky little birds.
Though they are not very fond of each other
most of the time !
When a second one arrives in the garden
he or she is chased out of the premises
the minute the intruder is spotted.

I love them,
their colour, their sound, their movements.
But it's hard to capture them with my camera
because they fly away the moment
any movement is noticed !

But here is one, on my Pink Ribbon mandala number twelve

"autumn match"

Karisma colour pencils on fine watercolour paper  (A5)
the mandala is  12cm  (5")  in diameter

sold

If you would like to have this original artwork
(or perhaps give it to a friend by that name)
please contact me at fiberrainbow@gmail.com
The price is  € 12, - (+ postage) 
and the money goes to Pink Ribbon.

Mmmmm ... hope to see another Robin
in the garden soon.

(see you tomorrow)

zaterdag 11 oktober 2014

day 11

As I explained yesterday :
some days it's hard to get started on a mandala
and it really takes time,
on another day 
it just flows on the paper smooth as water !

Today was a "water" day  ;-)

This is the Pink Ribbon mandala for day number eleven

 "splash"

Karisma colour pencils on fine watercolour paper  (A5)
the mandala is  12 cm  (5")  in diameter

If you like to have this original artwork
you can send an email to fiberrainbow@gmail.com
it costs  € 11, -  (+ postage)

Though it's a bit cold here to go swimming in the sea,
I wish you a lovely weekend

(see you tomorrow)

vrijdag 10 oktober 2014

day 10

It was just too bad we had heavy overcast 
on Wednesday evening,
so there was NO full moon for me to see that night
(and I just as well missed it the night before)

Probably that's why,
when I was struggling a bit
with a theme for my today's mandala,
that the full moon "came up"
(and stayed there)

Here's Pink Ribbon mandala number ten

"moon dance"

Karisma colour pencil on fine watercolour paper  (A5)
mandala  12cm  (5")  in diameter

sold

If you would want this original artwork 
for yourself or as a birthday present for someone dear
you can contact me at fiberrainbow@gmail.com
It costs  € 10, -  (+ postage)



Let's dance a bit this weekend
and
I'll see you tomorrow

donderdag 9 oktober 2014

day 9

Yesterday's mandala group day was very special
:-)  that happens sometimes
(though it's always fun !)
On some days everything just comes together
just as it should be
and then the most wonderful drawings appear
with some striking coincidences
with different people 
...

But here is my Pink Ribbon mandala for day number nine 

"sisters"

Karisma colour pencils on fine watercolour paper (A5)
mandala  12cm  (5")  in diameter

sold

If you would like to have this original artwork of make a friend happy,
you can send a message to fiberrainbow@gmail.com to let me know,
it costs  € 9, -  (+ postage)
The money all goes to Pink Ribbon

Mmmmm daughter said to me when she saw it :
it's just like the northern and southern hemisphere,
autumn and spring 


(see you tomorrow)