All the best in 2012

As 2012 comes into being I’d like to send a thank you to all  Jumbie Works supporters. Your comments and enthusiasm have all been integral to the growth of my work.

May your new year be full of inspiration, friendship and great adventures.

All the best,

Lisa

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Today’s Playlist

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In the Waiting Line by Zero 7

Fightin’ Away the Tears by Feist

That’s not my Name by The Ting Things

The Fear by Lily Allen

Heads will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Save Tonight by Eagle Eye Cherry

Friction by Mocheeba

Raw Suar by Metric

Euphoria by Delerium

Pass the Dutch by Missy Elliot

My Love is like Whoa by Mya

Your Ex Lover is Dead by Stars

Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall

Zero by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Zodiac Mandala

This mandala is done on larger paper (18 x 24″).

I finished this piece earlier today. Apologies for the poor image quality, it was too large to scan so I had to rely on the camera on my phone.

It rained all day yesterday, when I started drawing. Sitting on the living room floor, I spent the day listening to audio books and drawing. These mandalas might just get me through this period of unemployment without being bowled over with anxiety.

When I sit and make them, all of my fear and mind chatter recedes and I can just focus. Working at this scale was more challenging in terms of focus and remaining peaceful. Maybe it will come with practice, like yoga.

One of my favorite things in architecture school was manual drafting. I loved the feeling of the pen sliding over paper. I used to do a lot of abstract pen and inks when I was a teenager as well. Really the main thing that made me consider architecture school was that I loved to draw and I was pretty good at drawing buildings. I suppose I couldn’t have known then that the actual practice of architecture could be so art-less. In any case, I love drawing and my Mandala meditations have reminded me of that part of my imagination.

Hope you enjoy.