Monday, October 17, 2011

A Party, and a little Hope.

I was away from home this past weekend. I dutifully printed out the sunflower template and took it with me.
But my pen wanted to do something else:

It was a terrific gathering: all 4 children, 2 of their spouses, 5 of 8 grandchildren, plus my son's fiancee & daughter, and 3 of 3 great-grandchildren!

Dad appeared quite happy with the whole thing, and it was great to have time to visit with family: we're so scattered that we never get enough!

I also had the opportunity to share some Zentangle !


I did actually complete a tile for the Hope Challenge last week. And I found loads of awesome, inspiring quotations on Hope. I'm not going to include them all here today, but I'll probably use them again sometime.
Of course I worked two 12-hour shifts last weekend, so never got this posted.

Of course, my thoughts began with Emily Dickinson's lovely verse:
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune-- without the words,
And never stops at all,

So my tile was very "feathery,"  and of course full of growing things, as well. I used Carole Ohl's "Featherfall,"  Sandra Strait's "Jay" and "Heron,"
and Zentangle's Pendrils, as well my usual Flux variation, and a heart-shaped tangleation of "Pepper"

I want to add a quotation from Robert Kennedy which I thought was quite meaningful for us as artists, bloggers  and Zentangle enthusiasts. 

Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.

We need to remember the power we have, and send it out into the world respectfully and responsibly. Hope, Love, Beauty, Peace. . .  so many ideals that we can influence and give our energy to, quietly but powerfully!

Blessed Be and Joyous Tangling!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Late Again!!

. . . for the Diva's 41st Weekly Challenge! I actually completed 2 tiles while at my son's house last night, but by the time we got home I was too tired to post them.

I just spent a couple of lovely hours looking through this week's entries. It's always fun to see all the different interpretations of the theme. This week the Challenge is a "DuoTangle:" create a tile (or ZIA) using only 2 tangles: thee official Zentangle tangles Jonqal & Opus.

Laura once again managed to come up with two tangles that I generally don't use, so there was a "learning curve." I still want to play around some more with Opus. It does have that luscious curviness, and plenty of ways to vary it.

At any rate: here are my attempts at "Duotangle v II"

"Opus 1"

I feel of like I don't quite have the necessary "looseness" and  flow of Opus yet.

But it's about the PROCESS, right? and my process will involve further practice with this one!!

Blessed Be and Joyous Tangling!
"Opus 2"