Sunday, April 19, 2015

Mandala Sunday: A Trip to Santa Fe

I got a great package in the Mail from the fabulous Sandy Steen Bartholomew last week. Inside I found two lovely little books loaded with her inspirations from the the animated movie "The Secret of Kells", and her art journal from a retreat she taught at in Santa Fe.

Sandy also has a great blog. She blogged so glowingly about The Secret of Kells I dashed out to find a copy. It was indeed a movie jam packed with wonderful visuals. Lucky us, Sandy has put all her inspirations from the movie in one handy book.

My Package included a caricature of herself, a cool post card with Kokopelli and the Insect Kiss, and a couple of her illustrated Santa Fe  stickers (that I already stuck!). Above is my sketch book page inspired by Sandy's.

The books are an adorable 8 1/2 x5 1/2 portable size packed with Sandy's deconstructed patterns that are so easy to follow.

Sandy is a master at showing people how to take complicated designs and break them down into doable works.

You can find her many wonderful books in her shop at

After all my sketching Thursday night, I thought I was done. But  Friday night I found Mandala ideas floating around in my head (I like to sketch at night while I half watch TV).

So back to my sketch book, "The Tangles of Santa Fe" and my IPAD with the Internet connection.

Sandy suggests in her book, if you would like to know more about Southwestern designs, the Internet and local library has tons of info and pictures to look at. So I looked and I sketched and this is what I ended up with!

I am in the process of planning two new Mandala coloring books. I think this may be the start of one of my pages.

Visit Sandy's website here!

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  1. This is fascinating!And such beautiful results!

  2. What a wonderful friend to mail you an envelope of instant inspiration!!
    I believe the animated movie "The Secret of Kells" is on Netflix streaming! I will have to go check it out!! Wasn't it nominated for an Oscar? Won?

  3. Great post - thanks! And your Santa Fe-inspired mandala is so cool - I'm going to borrow it... ;-) Now you REALLY have to come and teach a mandala class. And that fish in the middle is quite a character.

  4. I love the look of mandalas, but have not attempted any yet. The first time I looked into setting up a mandala, I watched a confusing video using a compass to measure around the circle to make wedges...then using rulers.... Help me get started please. I want my creative juices to flow, and enjoy the process.

  5. Monica a video of making a Mandalas in the works. Stay tuned!

  6. Sandy I would LOVE to come teach a Mandala class in NH! Monica are you in New England? Join us.