I can’t tell you how surprised – and Pleased- I am to have so many followers! I thought only 5-6 were following and then the stats say that over 280 are following! Could’ve knocked me over with a feather, and that’s saying something!
I used to live and work professionally in the city of Houston, Texas. It was the 4th largest city in the United States of America and 4 million strong. I led a fast-paced life as I worked as a psychotherapist with several agencies, had a private practice (but was non-profit) and had four dependant on me at home. I now live the complete opposite life in Appalachia, in a county of 4 THOUSAND, and have no dependants, and live with my wonderful, retired (and disabled, like me) English husband. Our lives have little stress compared to before, and the town is much like Mayberry. In fact, the real Mayberry is not too far away!
I wish so much that I had discovered Zentangle when it first came out! I would have loved to have experienced the reduced stress, the increased focus and concentration, and flow of creativity back years ago when I worked in a state prison!
But back to now… I love the time I spend with my photography and art. When my husband had open heart surgery this year (bypasss), I sat alone in a distant city in a waiting room, just waiting to hear if he made it through the surgery that we didn’t know he was having the day before! The ONLY THING that got me through besides my faith was working on a ZIA heart (Zentangle Inspired Art). I was thankful I’d brought paper and pen with me!
(I started this on Monday morning 2/16/15 and finished in the very early morning on Tuesday)
It is snowing like crazy! We are in a major winter storm. We are supposed to get 12-14″ of snow! It’s just a little after 10:30 in the morning and is already so horribly unsafe that my Personal Care Aide (PCA) couldn’t even stay– she came and brought some provisions and left. Our biggest concern is power. We just can’t without power since I’m on oxygen, but power outages are very common in bad weather. And snow isn’t the only problem! There are sub zero wind chills and single-digit or teen temperatures – and that’s in the daytime.
I did finish some more tangling last night: it is a kitty. I also started a new one of a snowflake shaped Mandala.
I totally messed up the snowflake, so I’m going to start another. It was impossible to fix because I was doing a mandala and well… Just trust me. But, it was great practice.
Here’s my work I drew the outlines and made sections…
Then I filled it in the way that felt right.
This Tangled Kitten is 5×7″. If you notice, her collar has hearts ✨💖💛💚💙💜✨ on it. All my work will have a heart (at least one) on it somewhere.
It is still snowing- at 11:30 PM the news said we had 11″ so far and would snow all night. The poor ladies (2 small dogs- Bella and Meesie (Mimi first but evolved) are having a terrible time doing what they need to do outside- the snow is taller than their backs!
I was approved by Etsy to change my store name so now it is HeART ️Tangles Studios. Now I need to post items. Oh, by the way, I called the framing place (Jan is the owner) and my bee pictures never got displayed, so obviously they haven’t sold. They are framed though. She will display them for sale until I sell them on Etsy, here, or in her shop.
These are the drawings, except the single lone bee wasn’t finished.
I have been drawing so much, and getting ready for the Honeybee Festival. Not only that, but I’ve registered to be a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)! The founders, Rick Roberts & Maria Thomas, personally train each CZT. This is a big deal, as it is the ONLY place people can gain this certification. It has attracted perspective teachers from all over the globe. It is held in Providence RI so I will finally get to see the ocean, and go up the East Coast. As a result of being a CZT, I can teach classes anywhere in the world, and build a business doing what I love to do!
I have started a business called HeART Tangles Studios(R), which not only covers my art but my photography and fabric arts…anything I want to do. I have an Etsy store but I am asking to change the name to HeART Tangles.
Okay, let’s get caught up on my projects (most for sale).
Keeping with the butterfly theme, I did one that has a butterfly on top and moth on the bottom.
Bottom of duo.
We got both the first large butterfly and this one framed by a great business near our town. Beautiful work on the matting and framing.
butterfly on top, moth on bottom
I will post more in the next few posts, but I want to share the two framed works.
Love how good the yellow mat looks on it- It looks better than I even hoped!
I hope you will let me know you were here, even if only to say hello and tell me what country or state you are from … comments are so lovely, like my readers!
I’m one happy artist because my butterfly is finished and looks good to me….a rare thing!. I plan to have this framed and put up for sale in Etsy if I don’t sell it beforehand. I don’t think I repeated any patterns within the whole piece. It was drawn on 98 lb mixed media 7″x10″ paper.
Now, I have to decide what’s next! I think I’m going to work on some mandalas, but you never know until you put pen to paper, really. By the way, I’, so frustrated because I ordered a bunch of art supplies on Jan3, and they have never shown up. I called the company but it seems the package has gotten lost in transit. The company (small) tells me they will make sure I get another one sent, but I’m still waiting. Grrrrr.
I’m not done but wanted to share the WIP so far- not much longer now. Each section is intricate and I’d guess 95% of the patterns were drawn using a .005 Micron pen- tiny, tiny tip. This is approximately 9″x7″
Here are some photos:
I really was unsure about adding color- adding just one color seems to be my style. I have a style! Who knew?
Right now I’m writing this (how’s that for a now inappropriately used word… We aren’t writing as that involves using a pencil, pen or marker, etc o paper, chalkboard, even skin. Hmmm. I’ll come back to that!) on my phone and it hinders me from writing (sigh) fluidly.
And for those who wondered- I did not use color in the hummingbird but plan to copy it so I can color that one.
I’m now working on a large butterfly. I just have the outline so far, but I’m chomping at the bit to start the doodle patterns (ZIA), so I should have good progress tomorrow. Today I spent a lot of time sorting through things from my desk in my studio. I’m moving my art center to my desk in the bedroom, where my computer was. The desk is in the corner, and two windows surround the desk. Much better light! I am moving one room to the other, basically, though all the furniture stays put. My sewing area remains.
Are you like me in that your passions are fickle? By that I mean this: I will be intensely quilting for months then POOF! I start thinking of another craft (new or an older one) go full speed on the new one and it’s awhile before I get back to quilting. I hope you can follow my crazy explanation :-)
Time for some photos. Please let me know you were here- just say “Hi! if you don’t have time or more words. Thanks.
I created this Mandala from a paper snowflake I made and traced. During a chat with family members in England and in the USA. We talk every week, and I have started drawing while everyone talks.
On this one I used a stencil for the Celtic knot outline. We had this printed onto canvas and it turned out beautifully!
I’ve been so busy making art that I haven’t been able to write about my art in my blog!
First of all, my fascination and appreciation of mandalas has increased exponentially. I have been attempting to make a mandala every day, but some are so complex/busy I haven’t been able to get one done in a day. I am very much enjoying the book <U>Creating Mandalas</u> By Susanne Fincher, which teaches the reader so much, including how to interpret mandalas.
More on this subject soon! I plan to interpret for you my first mandala here in a future post. Until then, here are some photos…
I decided to show what I finished (?) tonight. It is a hummingbird on a 7X10″ watercolor paper.
Thanks! Comments are so welcome! And hoped for, to be honest. 😄