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Diva-Zenith

Zenith Yew DeeI really thought I was going to hate this tangle, not being a big fan of border-type tangles, but it was fun. So many different ways to vary it…tho it is still at it’s best as a border, I think. Anyway, aside from a slight miscalculation as to where the center of the tile was, here’s my marriage of Zenith and Yew Dee.

It’s been a quiet week here in the middle of nowwhere except, of course, that the cat had an unpleasant encounter with Pepe LePew. *sigh* When the house filled up with that lovely aroma of uncorked skunk, we went to look for the cat since the smell came primarily from her favorite sitting spot but she must have been cowering under a bush wondering what in the world had just happened to her since she was nowhere to be found. At about midnight there was a plaintive “meow” and there stood the cat, looking miserable and smelling worse…oh, so much worse.

I let her in, trapped her in the bathroom, checked with my daughter (3rd year vet student and my go to gal for animal mishaps), got the recipe for deskunking stuff (and, amazingly, I actually had the ingredients…1 quart of hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and a teaspoon of Dawn dishwashing liquid – should you ever need it). What I didn’t have was another pair of hands since hubby had gone to bed. I debated doing this alone but there was no way I could hold a very unhappy cat and rub her with liquid at the same time…so up got hubby. He held the screeching, squirming wild thing while I rubbed deskunking stuff all over her less than helpful body – both of us trying to avoid the flailing claws. Now, this wonder stuff is supposed to sit on the cat for 15 minutes before being rinsed off. Cat did not think she was going to wait that long before she tore our hearts out and ate them, so we rinsed, dried and let her slink away. She’s still a bit whiffy, but a whole lot better.

Now, see what you miss when you live near good restaurants, cultural activities, museums, well, somewhere in civilization? We don’t have that sort of thing, but most days, the stars, the mountains and the sound of the wind in the trees and the birds singing make up for it…sometimes.

Have a great week everyone. Happy Tangling!

DSCF1878Sometimes when you find yourself in a ditch on the side of life’s road, it sure is nice to have a friend come along and give you a push…Thanks Antonine, you’re the best!

Moving on…Unlike, it seems, a lot of people, I really like the “Zen” part of zentangle. OK, not fondling the paper, breathing deeply with my eyes closed, and gasping in awe at the gorgeous archival black ink…not that zen part, but the idea of paying attention to each stroke and being immersed in the act of laying down lines, curves, and dots that eventually form something that’s never been before. Yeah, I like that part…which may be why it takes me forever to draw a tile, but I come away refreshed…like I’d just done a meditation, so that’s the zen part for me.

Anyway, I did all three Diva meditations, tho I’m not posting the results since, well, they look just like they ought to (and if you’re seeing this on Bright Owl, check out the Diva challenge for these audio meditations). I enjoyed doing them, but I would have loved an “Advanced” meditation that used some obscure tangle so that I was still wondering what the heck the final tangle was going to look like up until I finished drawing it. Since I’ve done a few tiles before, after the first few instructions, I was thinking “Oh, this is …”. I would love to have been able to do one of these meditations with a “Beginner’s Mind” and be amazed at the end…just a thought, Holly. You do these so well…and what a lovely voice!

What I AM posting, since this is a Diva duo tangle week anyway, is a “twofer”…Betweed for the Diva inside the Bright Owl Zendala. I did do a solo Betweed tile with gentle rolling curves and falling rain and what was meant to be a Betweed leaf peeking in from the side. Since, in reality, it looked like someone had put their thumb over the lens while taking a moderately dull photo, it will remain in my “perfect by ugly” file (Don’t tell me you don’t have one…).

Have a wonderful week, everyone – and Happy Tangling!

Zendala…Take One

DSCF1872So, this is my first Bright Owl Zendala Challenege tile…and my second zendala ever. I always wanted to try this, but my weary brain couldn’t figure out how to get the lovely template copied onto my tile and came to a full stop (My brain does that…causes a lot of difficulties). Then I was told of the wonders of the age old “graphite on the back and trace” method and, voila! Worked like a charm and I had so much fun doing this

Consider me a new convert…can’t wait to see next week’s. Happy Tangling everyone!

All boxed upI love the first of the month UMT. It’s almost always something I’ve never used before which expands my repetoire of tangles and forces me out of my confort zone since I haven’t the vaguest idea what it will “go” with. how to shade it, or how to use it. I think we all have our little mental tangle boxes of those tangles we use often enough to feel comfortable with and can then gleefully haul out to fill in whatever odd space needs filling. With the UMT, we get pushed out of that comfort zone ever so slightly and sometimes something magical happens…OK, sometimes something far less than magical happens too, but life’s like that.

I got so wrapped up in drawing this weeks tile that the poor goats had to wait a whole hour past their usual feeding time and at least three of them tried to convince me that they were near enough to starvation as to be almost dead…and it was MY FAULT. Fortunately, although I have a highly developed sense of guilt, I doubted their vercity, especially as most of them – should they happen to trip on a hill – would simply roll down unscathed, being a bit on the chubby side. However, you will be glad to know that, despite my zentangle immersion, not one goat starved today – no matter what THEY say 🙂

Today is a lovely “Cat Day”…you know, chilly, drizzly and grey when the cats curl up on the window seat for the duration, the dog settles into his bed and I can pour a nice cup of hot tea, pick up my pens and draw with no guilt at all about all those other things I should be doing (like feeding the goats on time…) Glorious! It’s also much needed rain, as it was in the upper ninety’s all last week and so humid you could drink the air. I think, if I listen really closely, I can hear the plants sighing with sheer pleasure. A good day for all…except the goats, but they’ll get over it.

Happy Tangling, everyone…Have a good week!

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PARADOX BOX

 

 

I played with a few “line only” designs, but found that every time, despite my best efforts, a curve would sneak in so I went for the tried and true. Paradox, if drawn in the right configuration (Thank you, Margaret), makes curves and, although it may be trite, it’s still lovely and mesmerizing to draw.

Now, I admit to having had some previous problems with paradox. It’s not hard to draw, but it does require a certain amount of concentration and when one’s attention is…Was that a squirrel?…apt to wander, it’s easy to get lost and forget what line comes next.  This time, though, I buckled down and, yea, it worked!

The other pic is of a small “Maryhill” kite that I made during the Winter (when Spring seemed so far off). If it was square and not a mandala shape, it would be all straight lines, so I’m sharing it as well. It’s a bit bigger than a zentangle tile and it really does fly!

 

 

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One of the advantages of living in a rural area is that the people here have a rather laissez-faire, “live and let live”, attitude – which is a good thing since most of us are crazy as bedbugs in our own adorable ways so we tend to overlook each other’s eccentricities. In my previous life in suburban Boston, where one’s neighbors would deliver the “cut direct” if one were so disrespectful of their sensibilities as to have a dandelion disgracing your lawn, they would probably have called the police upon seeing a woman of a certain age racing across the field, goofy dog snapping at her ankles, trying to launch the world’s smallest kite. I did manage to get it aloft – seconds before succumbing to heat exhaustion- and it was a wonder to see…well, briefly wonderful, until it had a sort of Charlie Brown encounter with a lilac tree. Since my beloved had sneered, during it’s creation, that “That little thing is never going to fly”, it’s short flight was doubly sweet. The dog though throughly enjoying the race, kept looking at me as though I had let loose my few remaining marbles – but he delights in eating frozen cat turds, so what does he know?

Anyway, I have a tile with straight lines that make curves and a tiny kite that flies. I am a happy woman.
Have a great week everyone!

 

I’m a bit late to the party this week. Creature of habit that I am, starting on Tuesday threw me off and, well, not being a fan of black tiles, I procrastinated but, for what it’s worth, here is this weeks effort. I tried to shade it, which was, in hindsight, perhaps not such a good idea, and the overall piece is, to me, rather uniformly uninteresting, but we learn from our less than stellar efforts as well as from our successes – or so I keep telling my kids 🙂

Needless to say, I have no black tiles so this is on “found” material. It’s from my “What was I thinking?” collection of dubious bargains. (It’s a rather large collection). The local art store had a box of black Strathmore cards on sale at 75% off. Wow – what a deal…so I bought them and toted them home. It didn’t occur to me until later that there really is no occassion to which the sending of a black card is actually appropriate – even as a condolence card it’s a bit somber. I mean, when I sends cards, it’s usually for some joyful occassion like a birthday or anniversary and my thoughts are on fluttering bluebirds, champagne bubbles and sparkly colors, not black on black. Even if I could make such things work on a black card it’s still going to come off something like “Happy Birthday, dearest – and many more, unlike the background of this card which seems to indicate my wish for your
imminent demise”…Anyway, I have now found a use for one of them…only 19 more to go 🙂

Thank you, everyone, for your delightful comments and for sharing your wonderful work. Enjoy what’s left of the week!

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DSCF1742Welcome to Dexville 🙂

Not being a big fan of grid tangles, I’d never used Dex before so I thought I’d try out a few variations on the basic theme and then try to use bunzo in some rather non bunzo like ways. Odd, but interesting.

Happy 35th Laura! I wish I could remember being 35…I’d also like to remember where I put my glasses, though neither wish is likely to be fulfilled any time soon. Perhaps when I sit on the glasses I may yet find them 🙂

Our huge crabapple tree is a sea of white blossoms, the lilacs are filling the air with scent, and I was dive bombed in the barn this morning by a pair of returning swallows so Spring is officially here. Yeah! Have a good week everyone.