- I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go. I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures. I cannot believe it's been six years now! Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:1. Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic2. About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea3. I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while4. It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at onceWith all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!
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 www.zentangle.com 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.