|This one has the new tangle "Eclipse" on the top of the "J". I really like this tangle!|
Had fun creating two birthday cards for friends for this weekend. Done on 4 x 6 Strathmore Greeting card stock.
|Hawthorne Park Fine Arts Show (Leesburg, FL) Feb 24, 2013|
I am finally getting to the end of my two-year term as chairman of the Fine Arts group here in my retirement park. It's really a great park and has so much to offer! The arts is really valued here and that is one of the reasons I was drawn here!
The show mainly features original art in all mediums... but there are always 3 special tables. This year one of them was dedicated to Zentangles. I am standing in front of the tables.
The "reception" is from 1-4 in the great hall and we had I think well over 300 people...maybe more. People came and went all afternoon. Violins/pianos played in the background, punch and cookies were served, and people chatted and enjoyed and discussed the art. It is not a judged show...just a display of great talent. One section is set aside for photography as well.
A delightful and successful tribute to art here in Central Florida among the seniors. (But it is nice to have it finished with too.)
These are all various versions of Knightsbridge.
The one in the center is a new one called Knightspeek. Very fun to draw. The one that looks like balloon flowers on a vine is called Knightsbranch. The other variations are one's that Margaret Bremner posted on her her blog on the 23rd. It's a veritable "workshop" on using that one tangle pattern! Fun. (Note directions for drawing Knightspeek is on Margaret's blog.)
|Don demonstrates his "position" for the first ink sketches that he does on location. Tilted up on his knee in order to get the perspective correct.|
|He then drops his sketchbook down to a flat position on his knees to add watercolor washes. Light washes of color and not too watery. He carries a bag (similar to Brenda Swenson's) with his supplies.|
|Don is traveling around the US doing demos and sponsored by Cheap Joe's Art Supplies.|
He did a demo for the Leesburg, FLorida Art League today. Just marvelous! So enjoyable. You can read more about his trip around the US here. He squeezed us in after Winter Haven, FL.
He also has a website and a blog. You will see a lot more examples of his fabulous travel journals on these sites.
A few notes from the demo...he says he used to use an identi-pen for sketching. But now he uses Sakura Micron Pigma pens (just like all the Zentangler's use). Same pens. He also likes to do some sketching with a china pen (which I found interesting). He does not usually add color to those.
He shows his palette which is a converted Russian Yarka watercolor palette with the paint removed and his own American Journey paint squeezed in. I seriously doubt that the palette is all that important...it should be one that is fairly small..has about 12-18 places for your tube paint to be squeezed in. Brenda Swenson uses a Heritage folding palette with a lid that seals. I have used that too for quite a few years. Reasonable priced and sturdy and has a lift out mixing tray too.
Hint: He suggested using only distilled water. I have heard that before too. You will never get mold on your paints if you do. He mixes his colors on his paper. (He likes Cheap Joe's journals...I wonder why?) I find them pricey but they are very nice.
He always draws with his pen first (no sketches in pencil) who, like Brenda, believes this helps to make you draw better and keeps your sketches fresh. He does sometimes add a little ink line here or there after the paint is dry.
One of Cheap Joe's gray paints is named Getz Gray (I have some) and it is a lovely pre-mixed gray that can be added to any color to achieve a new tint. He also like an American Journey colors called "Tangerine" and "Sky Blue".
|"Add Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Cloves"|
Watercolor/pen and ink/graphite
11 x 15
This was inspired by a spice cabinet I saw at a garage sale recently...but obviously MY interpretation. I am not sure if the background reads "wallpaper" or spice cabinet. But either way I sort of liked it. I think I ready to sign it.
Time now to get ready for the Hawthorne Fine Art and Photography show that starts at 1 pm tomorrow here at our park in Leesburg, FL. This piece is for another show. I still have some wires to put on paintings for that. I am showing 4 pieces AND in charge of the Zentangle special exhibits table! Set up for that starts at 9 am Sunday!
Today is going to be one of those wonderful but too wild days for me today...Leesburg Art Association has a demo being offered at 1 pm (Don Getz). I would hate to miss him. I have some of his videos. And to top it off it will 87 degrees and I would die to be at the pool!
So my goal is to get all my errands done before lunch, hit Don's demo, and then go to the pool. HA. I'll let you know how THAT goes. But our forecast has rain for Sun-Tuesday so this my chance.
|Neuron, IX, Jalousie, Jilli, Jester|
Following a theme of finding unusual strings...this Zentangle tile is made up of the numbers one, two and three.
|Quandary, Paushalov,Paradox, Bubble Bobble Blup, Germie, Palrevo|
From time to time I like to add a tad bit of color. Black and white is still the most elegant of tangles to my mind. This one has a bit of watercolor added AFTER the tangle. The tangle at the end has the watercolor FIRST.
This tangle has no string. I've always had issues with Mooka...it never comes out just the way I hope it will. I figure I need practice. So I keep trying.
|Tripoli (v), Float Fest (v) (black and white)|
I kind of had an out of body experience with this one! Hahaha. I had not done Tripoli in a long time and I decided to enlarge it...when you enlarge some tangle patterns they become a different animal altogether. I didn't actually do a string on this one either. I like working over watercolor randomly placed. Rather than "painting inside the lines". Seems fresher to me.
|Quandary, Heartstrings, Bandola|
I always like to try out new tangles right away to see if I like them.
|The Party's Over|
Watercolor on Canvas
11 x 15
I think being at the Mt. Dora, FL Art fair a few weeks ago put me back into a watercolor mood. This is "in progress" but I decided to show it as it moves along.
Looks like a chilly Saturday and Sunday here in central Florida but it won't last long. Down in the 30s tonight and Sunday night! Yikes. I thought we were past all that! 80 for a high by Tuesday. It's really a roller coaster this winter!
|Quandary (v), Auraknot, Hollibaugh (v), Perfs|
Whenever Maria puts out a new tangle, everyone on the Zentangle "circuit" gets wild and crazy like immediately! Hahaha. So here is Maria's Quandary tangle (my version). Well, it's actually HER versions...my interpretation! She says they remind her of little pieces of rice. She does her "randomly" without gridding. HA. I noticed Linda Farmer and I both had the same reaction to that. Huh? I had to grid mine (with triangle grids) to get the spacing right. If anyone wants me to show how I drew the grids I can add that later. Anyway, I kind of like this tangle!
I am also creatively plagiarizing Maria's version of Hollibaugh with the ribbons. I wanted to see if I could practice the illusion of roundness that she does so well. It's not nearly as good as her's but I am getting better. Some one online also combined Auraknot with Betweed and I LOVED that.
Rainy and cool in central Florida through the weekend. But we SURE needed the rain so badly that it's hard to get cranky about it. Temps on Sunday will be downright CHILLY for this time of year. But right back to 80 by Tuesday. Not to worry. I keep forgetting to post the photo of Lian Quan Zhen's demo. I'll try to get on that this week.
He was amazing!
|Dansk, Voga (v), Flez, Tearce, Itch|
The Diva Challenge for this week is to include a "snake" in your Zentangle. This is a 3.5" tile (I prefer Canson Montval 140# wc paper for my tiles, by the way.)
As you can tell, snakes, not being my favorite sort of thing, have to have a sense of humor in my art! :-)
Flex has always always looked like a snake skin to me and so I don't use it much. It sure seemed perfect here! And Itch looked scale-y too. Anyway, it is obvious this snake means you no harm!
A fun challenge.
|Vortex, W2, Wobbles and Warts, Knightsbridge|
Card sized (4 x 6) again. A little Rose watercolor. Voila. The last of the 12 grandchildren's Valentines. Now off to bake the cookies.
I got the idea for intertwining the hearts from Open Seeds. click here. She does a great job of explaing it. For my hubby I will also bake his favorite pie (pecan).
Tomorrow Lian Zhen (the famous watercolorist) is coming to do a demo at our park here in Florida. We are SO excited. I took a class from him about a year ago and when we discovered he was in central Florida I contacted him about coming. He was so nice to say yes!!! We do not have a huge amount to pay demo artists! Especially of his caliber. So very very special to have him.
I hope to post a few photos from his demo tomorrow or in a few days!
|Hypnotic, Kathy's Dilemma,Voga (v), Corn Row, Striping, Keenees, Zedbra, Diva Dance, Auraknot, Hollebaugh, Scallops (v), Chainging, Vortex, Zinger Feschu, Poke Leaf, Poke Root, Sedgling, Nekton. |
I could not believe it when I counted them up...20 tangles in this ZIA. Maybe the Diva will one day have a challenge to see how many tangles we can get on a tile? Of course, this is NOT on a tile...it is a 4 x 6 greeting card.
You could play "Where's Waldo?" and see if you can find them all?
Looks to me like I am getting ready to celebrate Dr. Seuss' Reading Challenge (March 1). Is this not a Seuss-like drawing?
We are in the 80s in Central Florida right now and watching the New England blizzard is almost painful! What a huge travel mess and so much snow and wind! Be safe out there. Stay home if you can!!!
|Laces, Chard, Y-Full Power, Dansk (v), Muzic, Cubine (v), Jester, Paradox, Golven (v)|
Sometimes you just enjoy a Zentangle more than another one. I found this one VERY satisfying to do. I did it in several sittings.
It is on a 4 x 7 greeting card. When I listed the tangles I was amazed how many there were! This is a Valentine for my grandson, Ben.
I also tried scanning this one in instead of a photo. I have to get these Valentines into the mail pretty soon!
Did you hear that come August there will be no more Saturday mail delivery? Just heard it on Public Radio this morning. Times they are a-changing.