All Tangled Up

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A zentangle of mine. Lattice with peak-a-boo flowers.

I’ve literally been a doodler all my life.  I doodle when I’m on the phone.  At faculty meetings when I was still teaching.  Just about anywhere I had a pen and paper.  So just imagine how happy I was to discover Zentangles a few years ago!  It validated what I’ve been doing for years.   If you haven’t heard of it before, I encourage you to follow the link to learn more.  It’s fun, relaxing, therapeutic, calming, creative, and a whole host of other adjectives too.  Anyone can do it.  Anyone.  Even if you don’t think you’re artistically inclined.  And as the name implies, it is very meditative process.  Some days I finish what “tanglers” call a tile.  Other days, I just add a little bit to one in progress.  There’s a group on Flickr to check out if you want to see some truly amazing work.  Or check out Pinterest for other beautiful Zentangles and lots of tutorials to get you started.  There are also several books about the technique.  If you haven’t tried it, you should.  Tangle on, peeps!

Old Hobbies Die Hard

Years ago I took a watercolor class at the local art gallery.  The instructor* was an art professor from one our local colleges.  I loved it.  But then I had a baby (and a demanding job) and all things artistic -other than knitting and quilting- sort of fell by the wayside.  That baby is now 22 years old and I don’t work anymore so I have lots of time to tinker with old hobbies.

A couple of weeks ago I went to one of those “paint and pour nights”. . . the kind where everyone attempts to recreate the same painting under the influence of a little wine.  I had a great time playing with paint, drinking wine, and hanging with the girls.  We used inexpensive acrylic paints on canvas.  I’m still thinking about whether I liked acrylics.  Time will tell.  But I did pick up some new watercolors since my old tubes – well they were pitched several years ago when they were already quite old.  So yesterday, I sat down and played a bit.  It’s a still work in progress, but I had a blast- even if I’ve forgotten much of what I learned.  I just keep telling myself that nothing in art is technically wrong.  Right?   One thing I remember reading (after the fact) was that if it looks right when you put it down, it’s wrong.  The colors will be more dilute as it dries.  There’s a lot of truth in that, since this morning I was making adjustments.  So here’s a sneak peek:



(*Note- I did a quick “Google” of the professor, Dr. Larry Calhoun,  only to find that, sadly,  he passed away this past March.)