Mandala time!

I love to create, and right now I love to create illustrations. I use autodesk sketchbook to draw with a stylus and I find so much enjoyment in the activity.

I created a mini colouring book for adults called “Mad About Mandalas” that features blank mandala designs that can be printed and coloured in. I think that colouring for adults can be a great way to practice mindfulness and meditation. I will upload the book soon, but for now, here is a free mandala designs that you can print out and have fun with.

Mandala blank for adult colouring
Mandala blank for adult colouring

If you want something more than a geometric design, here are two blank portrait sketches I completed last week for clients.

Bobby newberry sketch
Bobby newberry sketch
Dominican Joey sketch for adult colouring
Dominican Joey sketch for adult colouring

Feel free to print the designs and colour them for a mindful break and to bring relaxation to your day.

Thanks for stopping by,

S

Gold acrylic triangle with black

My latest 10 x 10 inch// 25 x 25 cm acrylic on canvas continues my study of singular-focused images against black negative space. This piece features a heavily textured triangle shape that is entirely golden.

Gold triangle against black acrylic
Gold angles by Stephanie Konu

Gold light

I took photos of in the light, and so the shine of the black acrylic paint allows the viewer to also see raised texture floating in the blackness. Here (below) is a shot with the brightness turned down, and the contrast brought up to maximum. The painting has a much sexier look with the adjustments- and I think I will (one day) invest in the services of a professional photographer to capture my work.

What a haunting image

The intent behind this piece was to depict the fading light of a distant dying star. The glow is homogeneous and the texture is as even as I could apply it. It reminds me of a ghostly apparition. Something emerging from the darkness that has an unknown origin.

If I could change something about this piece, it would be the lack of clean and sharp lines. I will work on honing my sculpture skills in the next piece. This style needs to be explored, and I have quite a few ideas I’m very excited to implement.

Thanks for stopping by, and please check in again soon to see what I have been working on.

S

The GTA Home and Reno Show-Things I loved and hated

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Pink and cream Room Design at the GTA Home and Reno Show

I really enjoyed this room set up at the show this weekend. Although a scene like this would not survive for more than 10 minutes at my house; I love the idea of it!

The pink walls have a cream coloured cloud effect (possibly a wallpaper appliqué- otherwise this would be a painstaking paint effect).  The colours on the walls allow a calming effect on the eye. Gold and beige accents also help with this calming effect. I think for a small space (a reading room, or small condo) this room would definitely become a favourite.

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Feminine waves taken too far- Hated it

On the other hand- this pink and feminine scene was terrible for me. I hate everything about it: the faux pink fur chair covers; the use of blue in a swirl pattern for the walls with pastel pink; and of course the over use of chrome as an accent colour. The execution is all wrong: perhaps instead of a tall chrome lamp, it would have been better to have a sconce, or geometric light pendant with a matte silver finish? Just my thoughts…

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From behind a glass: an abstract landscape in oil on canvas. Browns, greens, and greys.

I liked this large abstract piece: the colours used are unexpected, but still work well to create a lovely landscape scene. I like the use of grey at the foreground as I imagine it to be fog rolling in over farmland during an early morning.

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My favourite piece from the show: a blue and green charger with gold flecks and an earthy brown border.

If I could choose the colour of the eyes I stare into for the rest of my life it would be the colours shown here (above). Ah, well maybe that is an overstatement, however I could truly stare at this for hours. Absolutely one of the most memorable things I found at the show.

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Embroidered duvet from India in Green and Yellow
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Tall abstract art with beautiful blue lines
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White and blue art- Leaf and vine pattern art

 

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Clash of art: various pieces for sale @ RENWIL