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at the recent changes in our Events and Classses page on the Hearts UNtangled Studios…
Hearts Untangled Studios . It lists THREE new classes that I’m teaching: Two for beginners and one for those having taken the beginners class.
Tile Parade Part One
I have a quite few tiles to share with you. If you’ve dropped by, please leave a message to let me know. Comments are golden!
I’ve been going through my tangle book (more on that soon) and tangling some early patterns I learned before becoming a CZT. You’ll see a lot of similar tiles yet different all together. One of the many joys of Zentangle is that you can do the same tangles with no or only slight variations (“tanglations”) and never have the same work of art twice. That is never so evident as when I teach a class and the students’ tiles are placed into a mosaic!
Here are the start of the Tile Parade (click to enlarge):
First off, I participated in an ATC (Artist Trading Card) exchange with some people mostly located in The Netherlands. Here are some of my contributions…
The next entry will be my newfound love — ZenGems!
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Wishing you roses in winter,
The Mind is Astounding
This is a different kind of post… As a retired psychotherapist, I know the advantage of drawing and allowing the subconscious to express itself. The same can and does happen with Zentangle-type art if it is not planned out or forced in any way. I often pull out a tile if I’m feeling strong emotion (including anxiety) and lose myself into this wonderful meditative activity.
Yesterday was my son’s 24th birthday… The infant son who only lived thirty days and never got to come home from the hospital. I was amazed how my body reacted to the date in spite of not feeling great sorrow. My body remembered what my mind tried to forget.
I sat down with my trusty pen and pulled out a tile. This was the result. I didn’t realize it was heart-shaped with an empty section until I was through. I have two other biological children who are reflected as sections of the heart. There are even more remarkable revelations that I’ll not share here, but how amazing was this tile?! I felt so much better when I was finished… The feelings were expressed without words.
So busy doing…
…That I’ve not been blogging! Very sorry as now I’m woefully behind. But one must make a start…
I am preparing for a festival called Celebration of the Arts held this coming Saturday. I only found out about it a couple of weeks ago so I’ve been madly creating. One of my students from my first class has graciously invited me to share her space free of charge. So kind of her! I didn’t even know it was happening if not for her!
Here are some of my wares (click to enlarge):
I have more work I’ve completed but I’ll add that later. I have brochures to print and fold as well as more bookmarks and stones to tangle. I have artwork that is framed already and some matted and sealed. Whew!
I will take photos to share here, and a full report!
And a reminder that I started an Instagram community of tanglers called @heart.tangles, open to anyone who does any kind of tangley art. Come check us out! We are 300 strong now!
Most importantly, Keep Creating!
A Spookiness of Stones
Oh Ann, this is fabulous and I want to read your novel NOW! I’ve been a stone collector from way back and is love this… And the photos.
Poetic Mapping: Walking Into Art
Further toEclipses and Cuckoos, a further nine stones, unearthed on our lottie over the past month or so. Where they had lain, are now sweetcorn and globe artichokes (and one cardoon, misidentified by the garden centre and masquerading as an artichoke).
They are very similar, cardoons and artichokes. You can eat cardoons – the stems – whereas it is the bud (the large globe) of the globe artichoke that is eaten.
What’s spooky about these nine stones?
Read this: “She was already inspired by the endless variety of flint and the flint surrounding Le Pigeonnier was unique to the locality. Broken down for use in buildings and walls, the stones fell open onto moody landscapes of smoky greys and browns through which, in varying degrees of red and pink, flecks of precious chalcedony darted and danced, like sprites who had tumbled…
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The Whistle Pig
Here in central Appalachia – “The Heart of the Appalachian Mountains” – there is a vocabulary like no other. I used to be very articulate and grammatically correct- a language snob. Then I moved to Appalachia.
Now I have an accent and have adopted the culture and vocabulary. One of my favorites is the whistle pig. You may know him as the groundhog. He even has his own day on February 2nd.
When they sense danger is afoot, they sit up on their haunches and whistle!
They live in colonies and travel in a network of underground tunnels. They go six feet deep and forty-nine feet long- each tunnel!
Well, we have two tunnel doors 🙂 in our yard (on the back bank) and we get to see the chubby critters occasionally. However, when Bella and I went for a run (me in my chair) we saw a whistle pig near us. I grabbed by camera and here is what I got. In a couple of pics, I can see myself in his eyes!
Click on the photos to see them a bit bigger….
Have a great day and look out for the whistle pigs along the road!
More Art and a Fawn, too!
i have more art to share with you. I’ve been busy preparing for my Basic Zentangle 101 class on Saturday. Glad I have a few more days to prepare. So far as I know, it will be a small group which I find more intimate and better for the student. They get more attention and that’s nice.
It’s been raining here at least once a day for a couple of weeks, as well as being in the mid- to upper 80s, which makes for a very humid (miserable) day. I like it best when I get to go outdoors and go for a drive in my chair with Bella. I always find some wildlife to photograph and Bella can use the exercise.
Yesterday, I came upon-almost literally!- a very young fawn just sitting in the grass inches from the road. I could have touched her, she was completely u afraid of me even when I spoke to her. She startled, however, when Bella barked! So did I! All I had with me was my phone- last time I go out without my “real” camera!
And now for the art!
Take care and be creative- you’ll feel better!