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.
Here’s my entry for the Earth Day challenge from the I Am The Diva blog.
For this one I was kind of playing with the concept of those earth cross section diagrams from my childhood text books.
Tangles this week include: Ennies, Paushalov, Cockles N Mussels, Poke Leaf, Fern, and Pop-cloud.
I hope you enjoy, and be sure to check out all the other great submissions over on the Diva’s page.
This week The Diva challenged us to create a Zentangle tile using our initials as the starting string. (The string is the starting pencil line(s) that guides the space for the tangles). So for me, that meant ‘AM’ as my starting string.
I chose to take 2 approaches for this one. The first is a monotangle of Paradox where I started with big block letters as my string. I spent most of this one looking at it sideways as I was drawing, and by the end, these started reminding me of bizarre bird faces. Do you ever start seeing things in your tangles that you didn’t intend?
On the second tile I used cursive letters for my string and used more organic tangles. This is my favored of the two. It is much more like the work I normally do, plus – no creepy birds staring out at me.
Be sure to check out all the other great tiles posted over on The Diva’s blog.
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This week’s artist is one with a rather unusual back story, with simply amazing results. (Also perfect for sharing this week as my part of the country is completely covered in snow)
Simon Beck creates beautiful images in the snow by just walking the patterns. He began this as exercise as he is no longer able to go running, and the designs just starting flowing from there.
Simon Beck image from MyModernMet
His work reminds me a lot of zentangle, but on a much larger scale!
There was a great entry on him over at My Modern Met or you can check him out over on his facebook page.
Here’s my take for the Bright Owl’s weekly Zendala challenge. I couldn’t resist using the new aquafleur tangle from the January Zentangle newsletter. I’m still not 100% happy with my shading, but will keep practicing.
Be sure to check out all the other zendalas at the Bright Owl!