Winner of Extreme Composition Online Class
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This is the first, wildest, wisest thing I know: the soul exists...it is built entirely out of attentiveness.
This is the challenge for the Square One Facebook Zentangle group. Black, white, gray and 3.5" only. I decided on a mono-tangle this week.
I am back from the hospital and working on my tangles on a lap desk in a big old lazy boy chair with a big ice bag on my knee.
I am on pain pills so am wondering if my tangles will reflect my sort of dippy view of life right now. :-)
The surgery went well and was successful but like all surgery requires now some healing time. This apparently requires "patience". Something that does not come easily to me. It is going slowly but I think it's going to be a good deal at the end!
Tangling with your non-dominant hand.
Now THAT is a humbling experience. The guest challenger on the Diva's blog this week asked us to just buck up and try it. I think this challenge has come around before and I have passed. I KNOW that my left hand is really weak and the idea that I'd be brave enough to actually POST what happened was just not a very comfortable thought.
But this time I got brave.
This was REALLY hard. I couldn't even get the DOTS in the corners with a pencil! ARRRGH.
First off it took 2-3 times as long.
I thought maybe I'd get better as I went along but what happened was my hand got tired and started cramping up and actually got worse! I tried a little shading but basically had to give that up and picked Rain because it didn't need shading.
My husband has ET (Essential Tremor) and has had for almost his life. In 2011 he had DBS surgery to help with his right hand. But he still struggles with small muscle tasks. I am suddenly VERY aware of what he must go through just to sign his name on his credit card bill. Also someone who has broken an arm or has had a stroke or a tremor.
Well, I challenge you all to try this. You don't have to post it. Just try it. Very enlightening. I picked tinted paper so you maybe would notice it as much. (hahahaha).
|Hurry and Mak-Rah-Mee|
I liked this tile…it was the "challenge" for the Square One Facebook group this week. Well, just the tangle "Hurry". You could add anything else you wanted to.
The top tile was my submission to them because they only accept "black, white, and gray". No color. But to me the tile begged a little color. Unusual for me as I am a classic tangler. But what do you think…isn't just a little more interesting with a touch of blue? So after submission I added the blue.
The string for this tile was a "Z". So if you stand the tile on it's left side you will see the Z line appear. But as in all Zentangle, when you start saying "what would happen if", then things go awry. What would happen if I turned it on it's side? What would happen if the border disappeared on one side? And so on. Then at the very end…What would happen if I added some blue (ultramarine blue from Qor).
Qor is the new watercolor from Golden Paints.
Gorgeous sunny day here in central FL…the cold front devastating the midwest has not pushed down here (yet).
We will have a big drop on Tuesday when it gets here but still…not that bad. Our 80s will suddenly drop to 60 for a high on that day. (We will have a VERY cold night that night and might even see 35!) But start right back up again on Wednesday. But it will start back slowly with a few days of highs around 71. That's pretty cool for us for Nov.
But I can hardly complain. We watched the snow conditions in Madison, WI at the their football game yesterday! And at our little cabin in Lac du Flambeau, WI it will be 6 degrees tonight!!! Pretty nippy for pre-Thanksgiving weather!!!
|Trio, Huggins, XYP|
This the Diva Challenge for this week and it's a "trio" of tangles. The more you put in the harder it gets for me! And none of these tangles is easy for me. All are concentration tangles.
Nice day today. I did spend part of it in a routine doctor visit which was all good, thank heavens. So my prep is all finished now for the surgery on the 20th on my knee.
So now I will just work on getting my new glasses and getting things ready here at the house…stocking up the fridge and getting things ready for Thanksgiving (at a friend's home). And trying to finish up some art work.
I am sitting the fall art show at the public library on the 18th. That's always fun. Details on the side bar.
Out to lunch with friends tomorrow..we are trying a Cuban restaurant. A first for Greg and me.
Here's to a good week everyone.
|Acrylic painting: 16 x20|
Sometimes you just get such a delightful gift. So surprising.
My friend, Marlene Russ, is an accomplished painter…she specializes in acrylics. For my birthday she painted a lovely lovely painting that includes ME. The two couples visited a beautiful park in Winter Garden, FL in early spring. Here I am strolling across the lovely shaded park with my little backpack on that I always wear! How fun is THAT!!!
|Ford Presidential Museum, Grand Rapids, May 2012|
It's always interesting to know with what or whom you share a birthday. One thing Google will tell you is that today is the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down. Note the little video they have posted online today.
Pieces of the wall went everywhere in the world. Here I am standing by a piece back in 2012 in Grand Rapids, MI!
I think it is sobering to think of this in light of the tension that is again building between Russia and the rest of the world!
I also share a birthday with Carl Sagan. (see below)
It's the birthday of astronomer Carl Sagan, born in Brooklyn (1934). His father was a hard-working Ukrainian immigrant garment worker, and his mother was an intellectual housewife who doted on her son. He said: "My parents were not scientists. They knew almost nothing about science. But in introducing me simultaneously to skepticism and to wonder, they taught me the two uneasily cohabiting modes of thought that are central to the scientific method."
|Swarm, Warbler, Striping, Footlites, Purk, Bridgen, Zander|
This week on the challenge for the Facebook group called Square One we were challenged to use the tangle "Swarm" in anyway we wish as long as it is black, white, and gray, on a 3.5 tile and not meant to look like anything. In other words…like going back to square one, the way we all learned to do Zentangle. No color allowed. No ZIAs.
So this week I used Margaret Bremner's fun string idea called a "double pencil" string. She rubberbands two pencils together and draws the string with the two at the same time.
I do a "version" of that where I hold two pencils at slightly different angles in one hand (no rubber band) and then let the string unfold as it may. I then sometimes tangle over some strings if they don't quite fit with what I am looking for. It always makes for an unexpected string!!!
And it fits with the "randomness" that Square One is aiming for here. Although I belong to several Zentangle groups, I must admit that some of the classiest tangles appear in this group. Keeping to the "elegance of limits" seems to enhance beautiful work.
Weather lovely in central FL this week…we are cooler (low 70s for the weekend) and then back to low 80s by mid week.
Beautiful cloudless cerulean skies this morning with gorgeous sunshine brightly shining on my pink hibiscus in bloom in the back yard. Not much to complain about here!
We are hosting a big craft fair in the park today so after breakfast I'll take the golf cart down to see it. I always find gorgeous hand made aprons, Christmas decorations, jewelry and all kinds of amazing stuff. People are so creative. Otherwise it is a "white" day on my calendar. My friend, Peg, says she loves these…white, because nothing is written on it!!! Yeah!