I went to youtube to learn about meditative sketches. The first video I watched was on drawing mandalas...
I started drawing, badly to my eyes, right in the center of the sketchbook paper. Not liking it much, I moved to another set of videos by... Cher
I watched how she approached straight and curved lines. So I took an orange pen and drew and drew and drew over the page. I turned off the videos and
Then the fun started with watercolors in some segments
which ones to color, and which colors? paint or pen? After I painted, I took a bold black pen to go over some intersections, including putting in some dots. White and black. How thick did I want the lines? where did I want them. I approached it with my heart... and liked each addition! Whee!
I liked drawing a white strip along an edge and blurring it with my fingers... I think it made the colors lift and sing.
I left the orange marker to blur a bit, and even enjoyed the mandala after I painted it.
When I was done, I propped up the pad, and looked at the whole thing. I'd spent about 20 minutes looking at it very closely in detail. I said, oh! A face!
Hey... I have kind of a round/square face!
when dh came out of the office, he said, wow! When I turned it over he said he saw a horse, then another creature, then... nothing but colors. He is an engineer, a scientist at heart so his willingness to look for something in this was fun for me.
How much does intent matter when you're making art? Sometimes I know what I want to happen but many times I like making it from my heart, then looking for meaning in it... how about you?