Category Archives: ZIA

So Much to Catch Up On!

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So Much to Catch Up On!

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…image

I decided to show what I finished (?) tonight. It is a hummingbird on a 7X10″ watercolor paper.
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Thanks! Comments are so welcome! And hoped for, to be honest. 😄

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Free To Be Me

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Free To Be Me

For my entire life I have had an inner TaskMaster who has kept me from doing the things I love. If I wanted to paint, that voice came loud and clear telling me that I needed to do XYZ before I could paint. Have you ever experienced this?

Recently, I had an epiphany and I am going to fight that cruel TaskMaster. Here is the Mandala I made today. I’m new to drawing figures but at least I’m trying! LOL!

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5-6/30 (5-6/365) Thirty Paintings in 30 Days

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5-6/30 (5-6/365) Thirty Paintings in 30 Days

I got behind! I knew it would happen but it’s okay.

QUILTED ZEN

This Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) is a 4″ tile that I applied watercolor paint to then I drew a quilty grid. I wanted it to look like a quilt with individual patchwork squares of zentangle.

I planned to put color on the grid, and still might. Here are all four views.

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And one more photo:

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Have any of you read these? I am serious about listening to/being inspired by my two muses this year. I am going to CREATE this year! I always put that part of myself last- because i want to do it so badly. like not opening a present right away, or feeling like I have to somehow earn it. Like not ever eating desert because I’m saving it until the dishes/kitchen/floors/everyroom in the house are clean! Anyone elso put off having/watching/going/doing the things you like because of internal task master says “WAIT! Do THIS first…” ? This year I am going to lick this thing or die trying!

What books have helped you?

Art in Progress

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I am committing to doing one Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) per day, and most will have color. I started this earlier when it was still Jan 1. But now it is past midnight so it’s the 2nd.

Every year I have a word for the year. This year it is RELEASE. It is most appropriate in my art because I always want it to be perfect, and I make the art with marketability in mind. That HAS to stop! Especially with the Zentangle style work… ZEN. Not uptight but enjoying the journey, and making art for me, today. Here. Now.

The work below is definitely out of my comfort zone! And since it is a WIP (work in progress), I’ll tell you that more color will be added. Feedback more than welcome!

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How did *you* RELEASE your creativity today??

❤️Kat

Day one 1/30* (1/365) daily Art

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Happy 2015!

This year, I am turning over a new leaf and every day possible (allowing exceptions like illness and such), I am challenging myself to work on art and post it. Some may not be posted immediately but most importantly I want to do art.

The first 30 days I will be participating in Leslie

This is the picture I started some time ago, them put aside. I’m not sure I like the color (brighter in person) but what can ya do?

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If you can enlarge photos, I’d advise it as this is better close up for detail.

I am participating in a 30 day challenge- check this out!

*30 Day challenge!

My Try at a Leaf

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Zentangle Inspired Art

Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) is not “true” Zentangle as it consists of ink/pencil on white square tiles, usually 3″x3″. Zentangle Inspired Art (ZIA) can be any size, and incorporate colors if desired.

I really enjoy drawing ZIAs and find it exciting to come up with new creations. Being Disabled and retired, my income is near the poverty line so I am going to try to sell some through my shop on Etsy. We’ll see! Also hope to sell my photography taken in the heart of Appalachia in Southwestern Virginia, USA. I love the land, the people, the culture and mountains here. Beauty is wherever I gaze.