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New artwork

May 8th, 2013 No comments
My friend Cindy loves dragonflies!  5x7"

My friend Cindy loves dragonflies! 5×7″ ink, watercolor, gel

Courage and Strength - our wish to Jeff and his wife Diana, diagnosed with breast cancer.

Courage and Strength – our wish to Jeff and his wife Diana, diagnosed with breast cancer. 5×7″ ink, watercolor, gel

Holly's oldest, aka "the girl" :)  6x6"

Holly’s oldest, aka “the girl” 🙂 6×6″ ink, watercolor, gel

For my friend Jessica of her two children, Kaylei and Koah

For my friend Jessica of her two children, Kaylei and Koah 6×6″ ink, watercolor, gel

Inspire!!  5x7"

Inspire!! 5×7″ ink, watercolor, gel

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The ZIA immersion

April 26th, 2013 No comments

I don’t think there is any turning back to simple tangles for me, now.  I envision more and more complex works to come.  I must, however, remember that white space can work well too.  lol

I have opened a second store on Etsy for my artwork at www.TheTangledLotus.etsy.com – this piece is my first sale from the shop!

My friend Holly the Doula’s business:

Beautiful Beginnings is the name of my friend's business - she is a Doula (google is your friend...).  :)

Beautiful Beginnings is the name of my friend’s business – she is a Doula (google is your friend…). 🙂

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The ZIA transition, continued, and accelerated

April 26th, 2013 No comments

My work is slowly becoming more complex and deliberate in design as opposed to the more random areas filled with random patterns.  More and more of my design and execution time is spent deciding which pattern works best in a given area.  I’m doing a lot more pre-planning of image composition as well.

Custom NameTangles for children:

For my grandsons, James and Gary.  These were framed in backgrounds of dark blue and medium blue.

For my grandsons, James and Gary. These were framed in backgrounds of dark blue and medium blue.

 

Kristina's twin boys are next - Pierre (aka Little Pierre) and Maslin (aka Mazzy).

Kristina’s twin boys are next – Pierre (aka Little Pierre) and Maslin (aka Mazzy).

 

 

Kristina's oldest, Gabby is one of my best, I think.

Kristina’s oldest, Gabby is one of my best, I think.

 

And Gabby's best friend, Ashley, gets a coordinating one too.

And Gabby’s best friend, Ashley, gets a coordinating one too.

 

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Zentangles to ZIA transition

April 26th, 2013 No comments

I’ve discovered that I have unintentionally but whole-heartedly moved from simple Zentangles to ZIA, “Zentangle-Inspired Art” in a short period of time.   What can I say, it was calling me.  😉

Here are some updates I’ve completed during the span of time that I was having trouble with WordPress (and a million thanks to the support staff at LunarPages.com for digging me out of THAT mess – I am sooooo grateful!):

For a dear friend who was recently diagnosed with stage IV metastatic cancer... in her early 40s.  Keep fighting, Alma, I love you. <3

For a dear friend who was recently diagnosed with stage IV metastatic cancer… in her early 40s. Keep fighting, Alma, I love you. <3

Namaste #1.  This went to live with Amanda and Salvatore.

Namaste #1. This went to live with Amanda and Salvatore.

Namaste #2   This went to live with Kristina and her beautiful family in Aptos.  <3  I miss you all!!

Namaste #2 This went to live with Kristina and her beautiful family in Aptos.

 

 

 

 

Peace.  This went to live with Carol, who has become one of my prime collectors - with much love and gratitude, Carol !!!

Peace. This went to live with Carol, who has become one of my primary collectors – with much love and gratitude, Carol !!!

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New tangles

February 16th, 2013 No comments
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I framed 2 of these (the right 2) and gave it to my yoga studio, cuz they’re awesome people there! They have it displayed on the counter where people check in. 🙂

My Etsy shop's lotus logo, with a little decoration.

My Etsy shop’s lotus logo, with a little decoration.

valentine

This is the Valentine’s Day card I drew for my S.O. It came out pretty nice!

An "Aum" symbol, elaborated. :)

An “Aum” symbol, elaborated. 🙂

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Zentangle: A Special Piece

January 23rd, 2013 No comments
A Landmark Date

A Landmark Date

This is a special tangle for my S.O. on his five years from cancer surgery date yesterday.  I didn’t intend the patterns to represent anything in particular when I was drawing them, but looking at them now, they seem to tell a story in a way – of the complexity, confusion, imperfections, and struggle of this battle he (and we) has/have fought with this demon.

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Zentangled: Day Four

January 20th, 2013 No comments
Mooka practice

Mooka practice

Day four – venturing a little farther into new patterns, practicing Mooka (those darn curves again) and trying to slow down.

Beach Day

Beach Day

 

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Zentangling: Day Three

January 19th, 2013 No comments
Day 3

Day 3

My third day of “official” tile Zentangles was trying out new patterns and working on drawing consistent and pleasing spirals and curves.  So far, I’m finding French Curve templates handy. 😉

A "golden spiral" nautilus

A “golden spiral” nautilus

 

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Zentangling: Day Two

January 13th, 2013 No comments
My second group of Zentangles

My second group of Zentangles

My second day saw a little more complex patterns.  Still having a blast.  🙂  Top left features the main section of Betweed on a base of Bales.  Top right is Betweed surrounded by Stipple.  And bottom center features a center of Shattuck (L) and Brayd (R).

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Venturing into the world of Zentangle

January 12th, 2013 No comments
My first four attempts.

My first four Zentangles.

Larry found a video of Maria Thomas doing an AuraKnot and I was hooked.  Here are my first four ‘official’ Zentangles (on proper tiles).

Zentangles are basically simple patterns drawn in a given area.   You first define your overall image in pencil, then make a “string” which divides that image area into random or deliberate shapes.  Then draw to your heart’s content.  There are hundreds and hundreds of Zentangle patterns to choose from or you can make up your own.  Simplicity is key.

Using the finest drawing pens available – Sakura Pigma Micron – with an ultra fine point, these designs take on a life of their own.  Work in B&W or add splashes of color (or more than a splash!).  The only rules are that there are no rules except make every stroke slowly, precisely and deliberately and this becomes a remarkably relaxing, therapeutic and addictive pastime.

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