Monthly Archives: January 2014

Zentangling All The Way


I have been learning a way of drawing and doodling called ZenTangling. It is an organized way of doodling/drawing that really appeals to me.

I’m not very experienced at it, so don’t judge 🙂 one of the things I like to do is to have someone close their eyes and draw something without taking their pen off the paper. I then close up the two ends (if needed) and then fill it in with tangles. They start off looking like nothing then they become something cool! I turn them until i see something “appear” – And the “something” that they turn into always relates to the person who drew the line. For example, this one was by someone who loves dogs (I didn’t know!) – the only copy I have is not yet finished one below. When it was done, it looked as if he had a black nose and an adorable hat! She was thrilled.


This is one I have put on a notecard I’ll send to a friend when it is done. I drew it all:


This last one was one I drew entirely, and it was my very first one. I sent it to my friend without taking a photo. She framed it and took a photo for me, so it’s not very clear. I LOVE this pitcher! Every section was symbolic of something pertaining to our friendship.the section without color was filled with letters if the alphabet because we are both book, poetry and word lovers.


Do you doodle?

Learning to Accept the Transitions of My Life Through Creative Expression

Learning to Accept the Transitions of My Life Through Creative Expression

I am a very new artist when it comes to watercolor (I may spell it “watercolour” as my husband is an Englishman and I married into the language. Trust me, it IS different!). I have been a creative and expressive person all my life, but always looked forward to retirement when I’d have time to myself. I have three adult children (all disabled in different ways) and was a full-time psychotherapist in different settings all my adult life.

Now, I have time. I have thrown myself into photography, which I adore, but want to recreate some photo scenes in paint form. My husband has retired early due to disability (me, too… We’re a mess!) but now also suffers from early-onset dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease. This is as demanding on me as raising my children, so retirement doesn’t look like I had imagined. It’s not his fault but instead of stress going down, it is high every day with no days off.

Because of these pressures (my two adult disabled daughters live with us and there is friction at times – A lot, as my husband has unreasonably high expectations of them, and they both like to coast), I am in desperate need of a creative outlet.

So, starting now, January 1, 2014 (ok, it’s after midnight but so what) I am dedicating myself to accepting this transition in my life AND making time for creativity!

Here is a fast little painting I made for a friend. I know it isn’t a masterpiece,  but if I think that way I’ll never create… so I am banishing the horribly mean art critic who demands perfection- she lives in my head- and just DOING it.