Last year I started created my MAD Doodles and they were exclusively created on 11"x14"Bristol Paper with Sharpie pens. Most of them were black and white, with a few colors mixed in every now and then. A few weeks ago, it struck me, why not try and do my doodles as paintings?! Duh, haha! So, I created the first two doodles on 19"x24" recycled bristol paper and LOVED the way they turned out. But, then I got to thinking how it would be even cooler to create them on 16"x20" stretched canvas with the sides painted the same as the underlay background, and so my new MAD Doodles have evolved into what I am creating now.
I usually paint them in the morning to get the creative juices flowing. They are fun, graffiti style PoP Art paintings that just allow me to go with the flow. They are also a practice in color combinations and design elements that I use in all of my other artwork.
Here are some samples of the initial MAD Doodles created with Sharpie Pens
Both black and white sketches, and the paintings, are available for purchase HERE.
15% of the sale of these paintings will be donated to Global Wildlife Conservation, an organization I have collaborated with, and contribute to, to help “conserve the diversity of life on Earth".
Check out my YouTube video painting one of my MAD Doodles!
Follow along as I teach you how to create your own original, abstract landscape Painting on YOUTUBE! This is my first painting tutorial video, so bear with me, haha! I plan on doing more, so the process should hopefully get better, but I think this was a good, fun start. I've never taught art before, but I did teach high school Geography and World History for a short stint, so I have a slight understanding of teaching. I hope you enjoy learning how to create your very own art with my tutorials and would love to see your creations! Tag me on Instagram @madartstudios and/or Facebook @MadartStudios
My first painting I chose to create is one of my color study abstract landscape paintings. They are easy to follow along with, but are also fun to create and go perfect with any decor. "Lush Orange Forest" was created on a 12"x16" canvas panel, but I plan on creating new ones on 16"x20" gallery wrapped canvases in the future.
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The original painting is also available for sale HERE
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I am notorious for killing all plants, even bamboo and cacti But THIS one, this beautiful orchid, I somehow have managed to keep alive for over four years, so maybe there is hope for my black thumb after all! My daughter gifted it to me on Mothers Day four years ago, so I wanted to do my best to keep it alive. When I got divorced 3 and a half years ago, it was one of the few things I took with me, for some reason it just felt important, and even more so to not give up on it when it didn't bloom for the past 3 years.
And finally I have blooms! I repotted it and started giving it more plant food frequently and it has transformed and is thriving. Moral of this story, don't give up on anything, or anyone (including yourself) that you see potential in, that has meaning and value to you, it's worth the wait to see the potential realized.
For years I would create a new calendar comprised from my Circle of Life collection of bright, colorful landscape paintings. But, I've been slacking, I will admit it, and haven't created one for a few years, but I'm back at it and just released the 2021 calendar with all new designs!
The great thing about these calendars is you don't have to dispose of them once the year is over, you can continue to display the calendar as art, or even remove the art pages from the calendar and frame them to enjoy for years to come. Knowing this I'm going to make a point of creating each new calendar with never before used art so you have the option to use the art in different ways for displaying in your home or office.
For those who may not know, my Circle of Life collection is one of my post popular series I have ever created. The paintings are always super colorful, using rich, vibrant shades of every color imaginable, and always feature the black silhouette of a tree, surrounded by floating circles in various sizes and colors. My inspiration for this colorful and whimsical series comes from living life to it’s fullest and repeatedly seeing how the good and bad in life always come full circle. Gustav Klimt is another inspiring force behind my use of circles and other shapes in my paintings. His ability to take unrelated shapes and interpose them to create a painting of beauty and mastery is enthralling and inspirational.
“The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.” ~ Empedocles
UPDATE: I've received a lot of requests to use the symbols for your own personal tattoos, and this is my authorization for your personal use to have any of the symbols listed below used as a tattoo. If you are a tattoo artist, please contact me for licensing information.
I always love to see the finished tattoo, so be sure to send me some photos to firstname.lastname@example.org thank you!
I've had lots of different versions of my art tattooed onto fans and collectors alike, and it is always such a great honor to me. For someone to want to permanently place a piece of my art on their body is the best compliment as an artist I can ever receive, nothing can top that! So, when I found out that my daughter and a group of her friends all decided to tattoo my symbol "Embrace the Chaos" all at the same time I was completely blown away! And to know that a celebrity of Marc Anthonys level of fame also received the tattoo at this "tattoo party" was such a thrill! Unknowingly hundreds of thousands of his fans have seen the tattoo, but I know, and am so amazed that he wanted to add this symbol to his collection of tattoos. And incidentally his tattoo artist friend, Rafael Valdez, was there creating the tattoos, and got one as well :)
The "Embrace the Chaos" symbol is part of my enlightenment series where I have created a new set of symbols that empower us to find inspiration in everything around us. MAD symbols are each designed with the intention to inspire and empower. Enso, the familiar circle of enlightenment, was the main source of inspiration for all of the circle symbols, and of course I added in my own special MAD touch. The "Embrace the Chaos" symbol is about accepting what we cannot control, and instead controlling how we react. Things are going to happen in all of our lives that create chaos and uncertainty, but we cannot let it control us, or let it bring us down. We have to rise above and embrace it and know that it will be short lived; the chaos does not define us, we do.
Here are some other sources of inspiration and what they mean and how they are applied to my custom symbol designs below:
ZIBU | Means "listen within" from the zibu angelic language of symbols. Zibu angelic symbols were created by Debbie Zylstra Almstedt during a Reiki session in 2002. She claimed to have experienced a communication from a group of Angelic Guides. Each Zibu Angelic Symbol is an interpretation of a message from Angelic Guides. A seemingly sub category of Celtic symbolism.
CELTIC | For centuries, Celtic symbols and signs held incredible power for the ancient Celts in every way of life. The word "Celtic" refers to people who lived in Britain and Western Europe from 500 BC and 400 AD. Celts were of the Iron Age and lived in small villages which were led by warrior chiefs.
The written records remaining from the Celts of Europe are scant, therefore signs and symbols can be hard to determine and trace. Many facts come by way of the Romans, who conquered the Celtic lands during the rise of the Roman Empire.
REIKI | Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and is based on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.
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