Showing posts from February, 2013

New Tangle Pattern: Whittier

I've been meaning to post this since I came back from Maine at Christmastime.  I love to go to my church, Whittier Congregational in Island Falls, Maine, whenever I'm home. I grew up in the church; was baptised, sang in choir, went to Sunday School, taught Sunday School etc. It's a lovely building with beautiful stained glass in rememberence of some of the founding families of the town.  I love the peaceful feeling I get when I'm nestled in the scrolled wood pews, worn smooth by years of worshipers. Christmas Eve service is my very favorite and I was fortunate enough to attend at this Christmas past.  At the end of the service, we all light wee candles, one from another around the church and sing Silent Night with the lights dimmed. It is so beautiful and really brings home the reason for the season.
This pattern is actually taken from the ceiling tiles there.


Signs of Spring

Gosh I needed today. It has been a heckuva time in Bee-Land. Trying times and winter blahs are a crummy combination.  The weather has been gloomy for weeks. My attitude has been gloomy for weeks. My health has been gloomy for weeks. Circumstances have been gloomy for weeks. It's been pretty hard to keep a chipper-pip-pip attitude around these parts. But made all the difference.

I went to the barn this morning. It was only 10 degrees when I got there, but the sun was shining and the wind wasn't blowing.  The animals were chipper and seemed to sense an inking of spring in the air. Gracie the goose, Tippy the Duck and Isis the chicken all gifted me with eggs:
Gracie's been laying off and on for about a month now. The chickens have been VERY sporadic all winter and I've never seen a Tippy egg.  It reminded me of Easter, finding all of those treasures. They must know spring is coming right?
There was lots of work to do around the barn as always. It was a bus…


Today was...well....trying.  I have been anticipating a bad day tomorrow but today's suckage was an ambush.  So this evening I just doodled. First, to remind myself to 'just keep swimming...keep swimming' , a la Dorie in Finding Nemo, I did a regulation sized tile with a non-regulation turtle on it. Zentangles aren't supposed to be representational of anything so the turtle is bucking the rules.  Then I went ahead and fiddled with some new watercolor pencils and colored him in....Mwahahahahah. Rules? We don' need no stinkin' rules!  I felt marginally better after 'sticking it to the man'...even if the man is only in my head.

Thus settled, I started shading a larger piece I've been working on. I can't decide if it reminds me more of seed pods or some dreaded virus coursing though the bloodstream. At any rate, it was repetitive enough to calm me down to the point where I am over today and can face tomorrow with a little bit more perspective. Tha…

Diva Challenge 107: Quandry

This week's challenge over on Laura's Blog is to use the new official Zentangle pattern-Quandry.  Here are the steps from over on the Zentangle blog.
This one was really difficult for me. My spacing was so off, I didn't have many 'flower' shapes in there. Then I saw a video of someone drawing it and it just clicked..  Not much time tonight, so I pulled another 15 minute job. It's quick and dirty but here it is.
Looking forward to when I have more time to prefect Quandry.  It's a tangle pattern that's a great filler for places where you don't want anything dark or a grid.  Kudos for another great challenge Laura! Thanks for the coffee break!

Diva Challenge #106: "The Year of the Snake"

I'm working tonight but took a much needed 15 minute break to doodle this week's Diva tangles something representative of 2013: Year of the Snake, in honor of Chinese New Year. I wish I had more time to spend on this one. I can think of all kinds of ways to use snakey lines, but alas this will have to do for now.

Speaking of her Diva-ness, Laura Harms, I entered a contest on her blog last week and won a Tangle A Day Calendar! First Neil Burley and now this?!?!? The Tangle Gods are surely shining on me this last couple of weeks. Thanks again Laura for the special treat!
Back to the salt mines! 

SQUEE!!! Neil Burley! Neil Burley! Neil Burley

The mail just came and I am now the proud owner of a Neil Burley print, sent to me by none other than... Neil Burley himself!   Squeeee! Neil is one of my favorite artists and tangle pattern designers. Historic building elements, from the UK where he lives, inspire him to create a lot of intricate patterns that he posts on his site for us all to use in our own work. You really owe it to yourself to hop on over to his site and take a look at his brilliant work! I'll wait......Yay! You're back!  Did you see all of the patterny goodness over there!?  I KNOW right?!?! Here is a bad scan of the patterny goodness that is mine, all mine!
This is one of 6 prints that Neil hand printed of 'Rockpool', one of his original designs.
And here is the back side with the information.
I entered a contest on Neil's blog a few weeks ago and was one of the 6 lucky winners of his work. In honor of this wonderful stroke of luck and my love of Neil's work, I think I'll make my ne…

Diva Challenge 105: UMT v. XIII-Dansk

I really needed this week's Diva Challenge. It's been a bit of a rough patch the last few days and I needed my doodle time. The challenge this week was to use Margaret Bremner's tangle, 'Dansk'. Margaret does amazing work up there in Saskatchewan. I imagine there is A LOT of  Zentangle time up there in the winter-Brrrr. She has a special sump'in-sump'in in her tangles. I can always pick her tiles out of a lineup!  Anyway, here's my entry into the challenge.  That's Dansk down there in the bottom right.

I know it doesn't look like it but I took my time and went slowly, more as a meditative exercise, and it really helped calm my monkey brain.  Well, that and watching Nathan Fillion on Castle.  Actually that causes heart palpitations so...never mind. But anyway...yet another example of how the repetitive nature this art form can really be a tool for better mental health and relaxation! Thanks again for a wonderful challenge, Diva and such a great …