Monday, May 17, 2010

Another new endeavor


A zentangle is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns.

"Zentangle is an artistic meditation that supports relaxation, focus and inspiration and can be a wonderful daily ritual.  Zentangles philosophy, symbolism and metaphor is elegant and profound.  There is so much to discover about life and one's self through this simple act".  Taken from  And if you want to read more about this art please visit this website, it is wonderful!

I have always doodled but now someone has actually come up with a name for it... what do you know I've been creating zentangles or zendoodles!  (I wish I could find the one I did in high school, 24 years ago).  The one I did in high school was drawn with a #2 pencil.  Now-a-days people use micron pens, sharpies, etc. and the result is simply stunning. 

I was inspired to try this a few days ago when I was cleaning up my Flickr profile (and deciding if I want to continue with Flickr for another year).  I decided to look up zentangle to see what exactly other people's artwork looked like.  It was then that I rummaged through all of my papers and found an old sketch book.  I sat down and designs started flowing. 
This was my first attempt ever and I LOVE how it turned out.

I actually started a second one before I finished my first one because I was inspired again.  I have been listening to The Shack by William P. Young on CD and if you haven't read it or heard of it I encourage everyone to pick up a copy.  Anyway, I was truly in a meditative state while drawing this zentangle and reflecting on the words from this book...
What a beautiful expression of art and myself.
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