Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Diva Challenge-Leafy Goodness

This week's Diva Challenge was to add a leaf in some way, shape or form to your tangle to celebrate autumn.  I couldn't find any good leaves to trace-most of them were wizzled up, so I just free-handed the maple leaf-hence it's wonkiness. But in completing this exercise, I have taught you two new words: wizzled and wonkiness, so my work here is done. 

I also get to use this for my October 18th Inktober entry so it's all good! Thanks for another great challenge Diva!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Inktober-Week 2

October 11-This was a Diva Challenge piece that I'm not thrilled with. White on black is not my forte, note is the Gourd-geous tangle pattern. 

October 12- Decided to try a bit more color this week so used a pan-pastelled  and used blue pens. I like it more than the one above! :-)

October 13-Decided to have a go at color AND using only patterns that I had created: Crystal, Obad and Cherryfield.

October 14-And this is why I don't use color much. I don't know when to stop. Again using only my patterns though: Lyfe, Whittier and Katahdin

October 15-A quicky bookmark done at my WiTAC meeting. I like it when I can manage to not cram so much in every available space. It's something I can't do very often. The siren's pull to put something in those little 'Bale' squares was strong, but I resisted!

October 16-The sun in this one based on an ancient pictograph found on a rock in Australia. The one by the Maori looked much less like an octopus. 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Diva Challenge: 'Gourd'

Rick and Maria have introduced a new, official Zentangle pattern called 'Gourd' and the Diva Challenge this week is to us it in a tangle. This is really quick and crude, but I worked all day yesterday and then volunteered at the barn after so I didn't have a lot of time and needed to get the challenge and Inktober 11 done, so be kind:

Moose has been doing so well. It's like he's always lived at the house. The only thing is, he gets chilly, being from down South and all, so I had to knit him a sweater. This is just the prototype out of some yarn I had kicking around. The one I'm knitting now is Packer colors and has more of a turtleneck.

He loves to wear it and prances when he has it on. To really test it though, we hopped in the car and went to the lake last weekend. The sun in his eyes makes it dicey, but for better or worse, Dog Is My CoPilot

The sweater worked really well when we walked across the causeway but it was a little warm for basking in the sun watching Canada Geese and squirrels.

And of course, going 'nekked' is the best way to get all of the all important belly rubs in. Belly rubs in the sun are the best, but really there is no bad belly rub. 

It's been amusing watching Cooper and Moose play together. One will chase the other up the stairs and then the other one is doing the chasing coming back down. Moose has more stamina than Cooper so when he gets tired, Cooper just jumps up on the nearest coffee table or his cat tree. Moose has ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA where he went. He will hunt the house over for the next 10 minutes looking for him.  The only place he doesn't look is UP! But they are getting to be pretty good friends...neither of which likes to have his picture taken!

This weekend is our last Wisconsin Zentangle Coalition of the year! It's supposed to be gorgeous weather on Saturday and I'm making a bday cake as my treat to bring. Who could ask for anything more!

Monday, October 10, 2016

Inktober 2016

I'm participating in Inktober 2016. I did in 2014 but missed last year because I was traveling. Inktober is a global phenomenon where artists draw an ink drawing every day in October and post it to the Inktober site. The reason is two fold; to get yourself in the habit of practicing  art daily and to see how if the work has evolved over a month's time. Here are my pieces for the first 8 days.

October 1, 2016
Based on a design by Chris Letourneau

October 2, 2016
Using Punkin vine tangle which will be our challenge pattern at WitAC next Saturday

October 3, 2016
More Punkin' vine

October 5, 2016
Diva Challenge tile using Daniel LeMothe's 'Dream Catcher' pattern

October 6, 2016
Daisy Gemz

October 7, 2016
Steampunk piece done on a background I stenciled with pan pastels.

October 8, 2016
Just using new tangles I'd never used before. 

October 9, 2016
Wonky because I was watching the debate!

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Diva Challenge: Dreamcatcher by Daniel Lamothe

This week's Diva challenge was fun! It was to use Daniel Lamothe's tangle pattern called Dream Catcher. Click on the name then scroll to the bottom of Daniel's blog page and you'll see the pattern step out.

The pattern reminded me of a doily which inspired my drawing. 
A while ago, I got hooked on Daniel's Knight Star pattern and did the piece below. 

I'd like to see many, many more patterns from this young guy in the future! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Summer Recap

This has been a hectic summer, but a fun one. Took a lot of trips, Northern Sky Theater, Jefferson Sheep and Wool,  and a trip back home to Maine visit family. Mum and I voluntarily stopped into the Bangor Police Station to see the Duck of Justice. He was taller than he looks on the interwebs. We feel fortunate to be among the last to see him before he went off for his big surgery. Apparently his tail is damaged. Who fixes that, a proctologist? Just hope he's not a quack! Best Wishes on a speedy recovery, DOJ!

On the home front, I turned my black thumb towards a little gardening with Jurassic results. Here you see cucks, summer squash and chard.  

I ate cukes until they were coming out of my ears for a while but alas, this is the last of the summer bounty

I owe my unusual success to Fluffy, the Cat Faced Spider who set up shop in the corner of my patio over the veggies. She did an excellent job keeping the pests away. She was very friendly and non-threatening (towards ME anyway). I have a lot of evidence stacked up that says she ate her much smaller husband, Bob, but Bob was kind of a tool, so I don't hold that against her. I guess she decided he was a pest too!

Unlike when this picture was taken, the cat is out of the bag now...

We have a new furbaby at Chez Bee! This ten pound, 4 year old Chug (Chihuahua/Pug mix) is Sweet Moose Wigglebottom. I got him from a rescue, who got him from a southeastern state where he was on death row. Don't know much about his early life, but he arrived with cigarette burn scars on the inside of both soft and floppy ears so I don't think I really want to know. What I DO know is that he is super snuggly, is a good boy, and will never be hurt again if I can help it. Look at that face! How could you do ANYTHING mean to him?

He and Mr, Cooper have had several Inter Species Peace Summits and are doing really well considering he has only been with is since Sept 11th.  The Personal Space Negotiation Talks between he and I have broken down completely and he now sits on me whenever he wants and sleeps at the end of his burrowed tunnel under the covers at the foot of my bed. It's a small price to pay for all the joy and life he brings

How was YOUR summer?

Monday, September 19, 2016

Popping In

This is just a quick drive-by entry to put my Diva Challenge up for the week. I haven't done one in I don't know how long. Although many blog-worthy things have happened this summer, I been living it rather than blogging it. Hopefully now that autumn is here, I can get back in the swing.

The Diva Challenge this week is to post a piece you've done while you were using Zentangle as a meditation tool. Luckily I have a whole notebook of these as I try to do one each night before bed. Here is the one I did last night.

I've taken a lot of Zentangle classes that teach it as an art form. The meditation and mindfulness aspect is touched on by way of description but the classes are not taught in relation to that. They are basically how to draw certain tangles and ways you can use them to decorate things or make art. I took Connie S.'s class on 'Going With The Flow' at Expo and that was the closest I've seen; quiet class, calming background music, and the teacher's voice was low and calm.  I'll keep looking. There has to be a class like that out there somewhere. In the meantime, I'll just make it up as I go along. It really does help my insomnia some. Zen on!