My First Published Piece

One of my mandalas was published in the premiere issue of Therapeutic Thymes! It is a new quarterly magazine that promotes a more natural and therapeutic way of life. It focuses on topics like aromatherapy, essential oils, crystals, natural healing, gardening, and one of its feature pieces was art therapy!

mandala pink

Mandala actually means “circle” but they are so much more than just a circle. Mandalas represent wholeness.

I started obsessing about my mandalas after one of my concussions (caused during my ridiculous high school gym classes). The simple pattern of the geometric shapes relaxed me and helped me work through the stress.

I also do commissioned works. If you would like a pen drawn mandala, please contact me.

(c) Zorina Eckman, 2016


Showing at the Solanco Fair

The Solanco Fair begins today and I have three pieces entered / on exhibit. The Solanco Fair is a huge agricultural based fair in the Southern End of Lancaster County (Quarryville). While pieces cannot be sold there, I am excited about the exposure.

wp_20160913_18_13_32_proMy first piece is of course a mandala! I know, right, you were all surprised! I do love my mandalas. This particular one is entered in the “pen and ink” class. I’m always asked by people if I do these by hand. How else, I think, would I do them! Yes, my mandalas are all done by hand (that is, no computer) and take several hours, sometimes days.

The second piece is a watercolor – my sunflower. This piece was done as a commissioned piece as a cover of a program.

Finally, my skulls. This was a school assignment awhile back and I just had fun with it. These get carried around with me often.

The Fair runs today (Wednesday) through Friday so if you are in the Lancaster area, stop on down the Fair and check it out!

(c) Zorina Eckman, 2016

Summer Works

This summer vacation has given me time to work on my portfolio and relax. I have received a couple commissioned requests via Instagram (where I am @pensmudges) and spoke with a gentleman about exhibiting at Rabbit & The Dragonfly! Look for me there in the Spring.


Later this month, I am heading out to Columbus, Ohio to CCAD – Columbus College of Art & Design – for a college visit. In preparation for showing my portfolio there, I have been playing with color.

mandala pink

Another big thing … I am working on making prints from my work and setting up an Etsy shop! Little steps though. First, I need to get through my visit to CCAD!

(c) Zorina Eckman, 2016

MTHS Exhibit

Last Saturday I had several pieces exhibited at the MTHS Art Show. MTHS is Manheim Township High School. I’m a junior there. In addition to my pen designs, I also had two ceramic pieces.

Next year – if the school holds true to tradition – I should have my own studio space at the exhibit since I will finally be a senior. I can also sell my work next year from the show!

(c) Zorina Eckman, 2016

Paschal egg

Yesterday was my Pascha (Easter). Normally my mom places a pysanky in our basket to be blessed by Father after church. This year I designed the egg.

Pascha 2016

The design was done freehand using a Micron pen. The egg was simply hard-boiled.

Christ is Risen!

(c) Zorina Eckman, 2016

Look forward to a long weekend

I need this long weekend coming up! Friday I had a job shadowing opportunity and Saturday I attended a portfolio workshop at PCA&D (Pennsylvania College of Art & Design).

For the job shadow, I spent the day with two of middle school art teachers. It was done through our Women in Business program that I am part of this year. The day itself was nice and I got a new appreciation for them.

The portfolio workshop class Saturday was not what I was expecting. It was useful and I am grateful for having the opportunity to attend. However, the instructor did not go over how to put your portfolio together (as I had expected given the course description) . Instead it was more of a critique of our work by the instructor and other students.

This long weekend can not come soon enough!

(c) Zorina Eckman, 2016

A tip for drawing mandalas

MandalaMandalas are so relaxing. This is the start of a new mandala. A recent conversation on Instagram led me to this art tip:

Sometimes I do actually draw mandalas freehand. However, I often begin them by making guidelines in pencil. Using a compass, ruler, or other such instruments, I map out what I want to do. Then I ink it.

Speaking of Instagram, if you haven’t already, I invite you to follow me. I go by @pensmudges there.

(c) 2016, Zorina Eckman

Upcoming Exhibit

What are your plans Friday, 5 February? Come out to Lancaster’s First Friday, specifically come out to Annex 24 Gallery at 24 W Walnut Street. I will have two pieces on exhibit!

PatienceAnnex 24 is holding its 3rd Annual Artist Closet Auction. It is a silent auction that coincides with First Friday. It runs 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. You can bid in person, via Twitter or even on Facebook! The Artist Closet is a great opportunity to acquire paintings, drawings, jewelry or sculptures for a reasonable price. Bids start as low as $10.

My first piece is called Patience. It is a mandala that I did while recovering from a concussion. I found the geometric design of a mandala to be very relaxing.

SkullsThe second is called Skulls. It shows a skull from both a frontal image and from the left side. It is a graphite drawing.

Both pieces are mounted and are framed.

They will be on exhibit, with the rest of the Artist Closet, in the Wowzer Room! The Annex 24 Gallery is located at 24 West Walnut Street, between North Queen and North Market Streets.

You can follow me here on WordPress or on Twitter (@zorina_eckman) for updates on my artwork.

(c) 2016, Zorina Eckman