Sunday, July 20, 2014

Zentangle Calendar

The new tangle "Maryhill" is very nice…quite simple and lots of interesting variations!  The other two are old tangles but again, not ones I've tried before.  With well over 1000 named tangles out there now…there are going to be many that I have never tried and may never get to!!

Company is coming to the north woods cabin now.  
We are about as ready as is possible.  Weather has moderated into a fairly warm spell but with some rain in the forecast during the week (boo hoo).  But we hoping it will hold for Nate's 18th birthday party tomorrow.  Lots of grilling out to do!!!  The chicken is defrosting and will be marinating tomorrow.  Lots of watermelon and Cheesy Potatoes.  And an eclair dessert with candles.  Summer!  

Maybe a campfire if the mosquitoes are not too bad.
Would be my first one of the season! 

I picked up my art from the Manito Show this morning and will be delivering art to the Howard Young Show tomorrow morning.  That summer show runs to Oct.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Zentangle Calendar July 18

Tortuca and Nekton are both tangles presented by Rick and Marie on their Apprentice video.  They surely have been around awhile but I've never tried them before.  I liked them both.  Pepper (probably named for peppermint?) on the other hand did not make my day.  It's a "poor man's Aquafleur" and not early as dramatic in my book. But after one says something like that then you see what someone else does with it and you change your mind!  Always the way.  

I need to get a little ahead now on my calendar because it's "high" summer in the north woods and time for grandchildren to come and play.  The younger ones like to get up early!  The older ones like to sleep late!  I remember how that is!!!  

I am cooking up a storm to stock fridge and freezer for the older ones (boys 16 and 18 eat like you cannot imagine!) Double recipes of everything!  Hahaha.  Today is a huge batch of chocolate chip/oatmeal cookies for the freezer!

I have 9 people signed up for my September 3rd Zentangle class already! (see side bar for classes)  I think this is going to be a pretty good sized class all because of that Zentangle cow painting that is getting a lot of chatter at the art show!  Who could have guessed?  And I have 11 at the July 31st class and I think 9 at a private class on August 1.  So I am going to be "getting back" on the teaching circuit real quick!!!   

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Painting Sold!

The reception for the Manitowish Waters Art League show opening was last night…called "Patron's Night" for those who donate to scholarships and the artists.  I should have taken a photo of the appetizers!  WOW.  Yummy.  A harp played and there was champagne punch.  This art league knows how to throw a party!

My little Zentangle Cow portrait sold!  (see red tag on the ID tag).  Everyone loved the little art work and it made people smile.  And I think it cooked up some interest in my September 3rd Zentangle class to be held for the league!  (see side bar).  I have 7 already signed up for that!  Contact me by email or sign up at the LAL or MAL meetings in August.  

The show will be open now (Thursday) through Sat 9-5 and then Sunday to noon.  So if you are in the northern Wisconsin area (Minocqua/Woodruff/Boulder Junction/Hazelhurst/etc) please come on over.  The Manitowish Community Center is on Hwy 51 next door to the library.  If you go over this morning they also have their Farmer's Market all morning right next door to the show!  We have live art demonstrations going on all 3 full days of the show as well.

I am a greeter there on Saturday morning so if you drop by that day I'll be happy to show you around!  We have a people's choice vote going on.  The show is judged and it's fun to see who the judges decide on too!  Christine Alfery won best of show…delightful painting.  Congrats to Christine!!!  

We see some sunshine up here in the north woods and the weather man is promising a little warm up for the weekend.  Am crossing my fingers BIG time because I have a TON of company coming starting on Saturday.  Much more fun in the warm sun!!!  And I'll be cooking for FOUR grandsons!  Whew.  Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Diva Challenge: natural stains for your tiles

Venetian, Chi, Morse

Okay first off, my natural stain is wild blueberries, picked here at the north woods cabin.  BUT big disclosure…the blue of this tile is manipulated in iPhoto.  The tile is NOT REALLY blue.  Ugh.  I think I will show you how it REALLY looks….

Okay here is how it really looks.  Better, huh?  Or not.
The blueberries did not really stain very blue..they came out on the Zentangle tile sort of bluish-gray.  And they look like I smudged the tile.  ARRGH.  That's why I tried coloring the tile fake blue to cover that up but I am not sure fake blue looks so good.  

I decided to use my purple .01 Sakura pen for this and shade with a blue colored pencil.  I put a little "blueberry pearl" on the top left.  Hahaha.  All the rainy cool weather has brought on a big batch of wild blueberries up here if you can stand picking in the midst of swarms of mosquitoes!  

My hubby sprayed up and gave it a shot so HE got most of them in his blueberry pancakes yesterday!

 I like the new tangle Chi but I used Linda Farmer's hint to start with step out #4 instead of the way the step out is shown.  THAT is much easier.  Put the triangles on the tile first.  Venetian has become a "mac and cheese" tangle for me.  Just love it.  

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Zentangle Calendar

I had forgotten how much fun "Squid" was…although the name is so deceiving.  It looks far more "flower like" than animal like!  

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Crux: The Diva's Challenge

Crux, Maelstrom, Peg's Stars

I am totally in love with Renaissance tiles.  I just can't get enough of them!  For the uninitiated they are these beautiful "tannish" tiles usually done with brown, black, gray and white.  Colors used by the old masters.  

Anyway in my "variation" of Crux for the challenge this week it got SO varied I am not sure you can find it anymore!!!  :-)  I did practice the tangle as it was given at first and loved ALL the variations that were given.  But some days I just don't seem to be able to do a gridded pattern.  Other days it is just fine.  Some days I feel more "organic" and that is just the way it is.  So poor Crux got all mushed around.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A Fun Day Painting Outdoors at Hawk's Nest Canoe and Kayak Rental

Watercolor/ink on canvas  8 x 10

I got there a little late.  Most of the other painters chose to be down at the river but gosh…I just couldn't paint any more GREEN.  It was a pretty spot but FULL of mosquitoes. Nothing but trees and water.  I was not inspired.  

So I moved up to the rental building just up from the river side and found these lovely colors and shapes.

This was about an hour sketch (quite small) and fun.
Now I have to decide if I should put the dark background in behind them.  Or put in a light background behind them just inferring something growing behind them. It seems like some more verticals behind them might work?   Or some sky behind them and a horizon?  Or just leave them as is.  What do you think?  

We had a WONDERFUL weather day and lunch at the Pea Patch in Manitowish Waters afterwards.  What a nice morning.  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

July Zentangles

Zentangles are not meant to look like anything, of course, but all 3 of these bring images to mind for me.  7 looks like spider webs, 8 looks like a quilt pattern and 9 looks like a finger print. 

Weather continues to be unreliable in the north woods…one or two days we get some sunshine and nice enough to be out on the lake then 3 days of dismal cold and rain and the mosquitoes are back again.  We just cannot seem to get a streak of nice weather.  Monday night we had HAIL…pretty significant hail and well, enough weather whining.

We are completing our cabin remodeling this week…or at least up to a "point" of being able to stop for awhile.  There are several significant things still left to do but hubby has been "at it" now since early June and it's time for him to have some "time off" to play.  
Or at least to work at some other things that are outdoors and probably a bit more enjoyable!  

I am hanging curtains now and cleaning some cupboards and we have to put away all the tools which is a job in itself.  

In between I am preparing for the Manitowish Waters Art Show AND the Howard Young show which are back to back…the first 3 paintings need to be ready to show by Sunday morning.  I still have a bit of framing to finish up on those.  

I am also preparing materials now for two back to back Zentangle classes I am giving, July 31 and Aug 1. (see side bar).  Today is the Lakeland Art League meeting in Woodruff, WI.  Tomorrow (if weather cooperates) is my outdoor painting group.  

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Heading into July for high summer

I see I spelled one of these wrong…it is "Umble".  Well close!  And that one takes a long time because of all the fill!  Facade is red, white and blue of course.

Hope you all had a good 4th.
We saw the parade in Minocqua, WI, most of the local band concert in the park and the fireworks at the Lac du Flambeau.  Very nice day!  Nice weather for  too!!!

The traffic going south out of Minocqua on Saturday was staggering!  Wow…folks heading home.  What a shame they had to go on such a beautiful day!  But Greg says folks rent from Sat to Sat most places and so they had to check out at noon.  

We are busy with our cabin remodeling…beginning to come to some sort of closure now.  A little more wall painting in the guest room this week and I can then hang the pictures and the curtains back up.  The finishing touches may have to wait to later as we have company arriving around the 18th for a week. 

This has been the summer of the remodel.  We don't even have our pier in yet!!!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Diva's Challenge: laying one string on top of another string

Marasu and Twing
The tangle Marasu was taught by Maria at Session 15 at CZT training last month. I think we all pretty much fell in love with it so I thought I'd use it for the Diva's challenge this week.  I've not worked on the lovely tan tiles much before this and I admits that I think a love affair is beginning!  I've always said that the black/white/gray is THE most elegant tile. And I still do believe that.  But the tan tiles with brown, black and white come very close.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Farewell to June

6 months of Calendar-A-Day.  Whew.  
Farewell to June, 2014.  Did that go fast or WHAT?

"Ing" (on day 30) is the new Session 15 tangle pattern.  I really enjoy it.  Easy peasy.  
The step outs will be coming out shortly for that.

I love Margaret Bremner's new tangle called "Morse" which is of course a variation on Hollibough.  You know…dots and dashes.  Clever.  And so dramatic.  It does take quite a bit of "fill" and so you need TIME for that one.  But it is worth it.  You will find step outs for that on her blog (see it listed under blogs I follow.)

I see an orthopedic surgeon today to see if I can possible FIT my knee surgery into my summer schedule.  Pretty nuts when you can't find time to have surgery, huh?  But with elective surgery you do tend to mess around with your calendar!!!  That meniscus tear is beginning to get "old" and I want to feel better and get to walking normally again!!! I am aiming for early August for the surgery.  Cross your fingers on that!!!   

I am finally easing up my schedule a little in July…Greg and I are finishing up our remodeling project IN the cabin so we can hopefully spend more time OUTside the cabin.  The mosquitoes in the north woods have abated but NOW the black flies have hatched and we hear on TV that predictions are for a BUMPER crop of those biting pesky and ugly creatures!!!  They are SO bad that the loons are abandoning their nests rather than stay on them and be bitten and attacked!!!  OH NO!  We have a lot of rain in the forecast this week up here.  Sigh.  

We are really looking forward to some visitors in July and more time at the lake front.  I need some sun.  

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Getting Up To Date again….

Lucky for me…with all the excitement of CZT training that I was a bit ahead and now am as of Sunday right up to date.  Gosh…I've come this far with this challenge, I am NOT letting it go now!!!

Have a GREAT week everyone.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Zentangle Reflections

Left to right, top to bottom
Rick and Marie sign my Zentangle book, DVD of ideas on teaching "apprentice" materials for youth, a recording of Rick Roberts playing his hand made flute, my pre-strung Zendala
Bottom: our "anything is possible" bag for keeping things, my name tag hand letter by Maria, my notebook and a "renaissance tile".

Reflecting on the CZT training will take days, weeks and months, of course.  But as I unpacked my materials this morning and laid them out on my studio table, the memories of the week came flooding back.  

I can see why people fly from all over the country and the world for these seminars (which it should be called rather than a "training").  As a professionally trained educator myself, I've been to a LOT of classes, trainings, workshops, etc.  This was one top class event.

I think we had about 12 countries represented at this particular seminar but there are many more if you look at the sum total, of course.  These seminars are not really officially advertised.  These are word of mouth and social media advertised by the participants themselves.  Amazing, huh?  

I really felt at a huge advantage since I have been tangling since June of 2012 and because I have been involved in "passing the fun along" for over a year.  I have some sense of what I need to know at this point.  But there was something for everyone no matter where you are on the journey.  If you ever have a thought of taking one of these seminars I would highly recommend it!  They book up a year in advance and are only given 4 times a year.  (All the details at of course.)  

I know as the weeks go along, various things I've learned or have been exposed to will pop up and I will share and of course, if you sign up to take a class with me…you'll get information FIRST hand!
You can see at the right that I have several "gigs" already in the works for this summer and at least one "private" workshop set up in August.  Possible one in Florida in November.  

So I am excited to take some time now in the months ahead to sort through my thoughts and all the reference materials Zentangle has given me to study. Lucky me.  That's pretty much what we all thought as we progressed through the week.  Lucky us!   

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Diva gets a Master's Degree

Here is Laura Harms ( the Diva) re- graduating with my Session 15.
(Her original CZT graduation was in Session 3). So this must be a Master's Degree!

Laura was a featured speaker in the second night.
She did a fantastic job and got a standing ovation!
Maybe she will blog about it.
If not I will later.

It was a thrilled to meet her.

Lot's of exciting thing announced at Sessions 14 and 15.
You will all be hearing about it in the next few weeks and once all the official announcements have gone out to the CZT community, then I will share too and everything goes "public" at that point.

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

It's Official..I am a CZT!!!

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Working white on black

Theses are all my tiles.

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Learning to work on tinted tiles

This is actually someone else's tile.
But I loved it.

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Rick and Marie are the Founders of Zentangle

It's the dream of most serious tangle lovers to meet these two people.
Lucky me!

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

110 participants in the 15th session

Here we are coming into the class this morning. Every seat will be full.

Zentangle CZT class in Providence.

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Monday, June 23, 2014

Famous CZT photo spot

Everyone has their photo at the Zentangle frame. Sometimes you can catch Marie for a photo but we have not caught her yet.
So Julie and I posed by ourselves today.

Very busy day. Lovely weather in Providence. We eat all our meals out on the terrace under red umbrellas. Lucky us!

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