One of the questions artists frequently get asked is ‘where do you get your ideas?’ Inspiration can come from many, many sources. Things that we see, experiences that we go through, thoughts we remember at odd moments. Everything that has happened to us in our lives influence what we create and put back into the world.
The painting I am sharing today has some pretty straight forward origins. In my Zentangle practice, I will switch back and forth between working on Zentangle tiles and working in my sketchbooks and journals. Some of the drawings are just for the meditative practice, and some call out to me to be turned into something else. This quick drawing in my sketchbook was one of the later.
My mornings in the summer normally start with a quick trip out to the garden to say good morning to the bees and check for any new vegies that are ready to be harvested. The blooms always draw me in, this pumpkin blossom being no exception.
I had a few new boards prepped for new paintings with some background colors blocked in. I had already been influenced by these trips to the garden and had a background in progress with shades of green and orange. With the 2 images above in mind “Abundance”, the final painting, started to emerge.
The mandala of ‘Abundance’ captures the energy and potential of new growth, while the colors fading into the background reflect the peacefulness and serenity I feel sitting in the garden each morning, listening to the bees as they make their rounds.
Make sure you save some time on your schedule to come visit the studio on November 19th or 20th. With 12 artists onsite and welcoming you into their studios, you are sure to find something that intrigues you.
The Diva’s challenge for this week is to create some valentine inspired tiles, just in time for Valentine’s Day! I didn’t create these just for the challenge, but they are full of hearts, so they fit the bill.
First up is a zendala full of heart shaped tangles.
This is a piece that is a sample for a kids art/zentangle party. So much fun!
Don’t forget to head back over to the Diva’s site to check out all the great work everyone has submitted!
Happy new year everyone!
Always a time for stating intentions and declarations, and reflecting back on the past year. While I have a number of goals, one of my main focuses for the year is to nurture my creative side and produce more work. Hoping to post a lot along the way to share with all of you.
For now, here’s a peek into my new Tangle a Day calendar for 2016 (made by Carole Ohl).
Tangle a Day Calendar
The new Zentangle® class schedule is also up on the site for January and February. I’d love to have you join me for a class!
Hope your new year is off to a great start!
The holidays have been keeping me pretty busy. This week offers a break from the day job, but still plenty going on in the studio and with the family.
I did some tangling for the holidays, and played around a bit with metallic inks on black.
I’ve also been doing a lot of playing around with Renaissance tiles to help prepare for some upcoming classes. Here are a few that I pulled various elements from for the final class. I do love the tan tiles!
Renaissance exploration tiles
I hope you holiday season is going well so far, and that the New Year brings joy and well being!