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Some recent Art and News

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Some recent Art and News
This is a tile and tangle we did at seminar CZT-20

This is a tile and tangle we did at seminar CZT-20

Well, once again I am playing catch up! Since I was last here, I’ve been keeping quite busy drawing tangles daily! I am also scheduled to teach Basic Zentangle Art 101 at our local art center on July 25th! Very nervous but it will be ok after the first 15 minutes, I’m sure.

I have taught a private class to my adult daughter and husband, and here is a mosaic of their work (mine is on the left). I must’ve done something right because their tiles are Beautiful!
My first class ever!

I have also been dabbling at larger non-stenciled works – just free-flow tangling.

Here are two examples:
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A few more pieces I’ve completed…A Stacked Tile

This was a lot of fun!

What do you see?

I would love to read what these look like to you, or what they remind you of… Which is your favorite?

Comments make my day!

Keep being creative- the world needs YOUR creativity!

Kat

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I’ve been very busy!

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I’ve been very busy!

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.

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Bottom  of duo.

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

butterfly on top, moth on bottom 

I will post more in the next few posts, but I want to share the two framed works.

Yellow Butterfly

Love how good the yellow mat looks on it- It looks better than I even hoped!

Duet, framed

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!

Be good to yourself and let your creativity flow!

Kat

This Butterfly is Ready to Flit

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This Butterfly is Ready to Flit

Hi Everyone!

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.

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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.

More soon,

Kat

Working on a new project

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Working on a new project

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.

1/27/15 Family Mandala

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.

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On this one I used a stencil for the Celtic knot outline. We had this printed onto canvas and it turned out beautifully!

Keep expressing yourself!,

Kat

Learning to Accept the Transitions of My Life Through Creative Expression

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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.

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