Journey into Art

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When I began this post, I had a completely different direction in mind, but the more I wrote, the more it morphed into what it is.  I want to share with you something encouraging to me. In the Facebook groups centering around the Zentangle® Art form, there is always a pivotal moment when new artists finally start to post their art publicly that requires a courageous first step to overcome the fear of artistic rejection. Art is intensely personal and this type of rejection can hurt the soul. This is a much discussed topic and comes up over and over in these groups. I’ve been in Eni Oken’s Art Club about 5 months. I’ve been posting about Art Club here on thetirelesstangler.com for awhile and this weekend, when I posted my latest lesson art on Facebook in the Art Club dedicated group, it occurred to me to compare my first published tiles and the ones A.E. (After Eni) šŸ˜ The next few images are my art from a year ago right after I started blogging. This was about 3 months after I began drawing in hopes of doing something productive to break depression. 

  

 

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I was a beginner. It’s not awful, but as if I were in middle school! Though the kids could probably outdraw me! Move forward about 7 months March – May, 2017 still just before I added Art Club. At this time, I purchased the Zentangle ® Primer, volume 1. Everything changed for me with that book. I finally understood the point of Zentangle isn’t the art but the meditative state you reach with pattern practice of each unhurried stroke. Beautiful art is simply a wonderful by-product  I started this blog a year ago after being fundamentally changed by The Zentangle ® Method, created and nurtured by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Find the answers you are seeking at Zentangle.com! (I sound like I drank the kool-aid…and perhaps I have!) My point is, I began posting my art in a public blog, not in our caring, safe online groups! This is why my tagline is “Creativity takes Courage” by Henri Matisse. It took so much courage for me to take that step and post my very crude beginning art. It will be a year and a half since I picked up my yellowed sketch book from 1976. Then I did what many of us did, used TanglePatterns.com and Pinterest.com and pattern-collections.com shamelessly for their wonderful free resources and practiced (and practiced and…), finally discovering the peace and mental and physical Zen in the drawing of these “tangles”.

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I LOVE Jody Genovese’s lovely Patience Tangle! Find the step-out in the menu above. I bought Eni’s ebook Shading Fearlessly just before doing the above. Big difference! 

 

 

 

 

 

I see great improvement! I’m pretty happy with my progress. Honestly, I should have done this comparison long ago because I’m really encouraged! Here are some of my better tries since joining Art Club and here’s where I am learning be brave and say “I’m an artist!” The picture captions tell which of Eni’s lessons I was working on while drawing each piece of art (I can’t believe I just called them art!).

Shading Tiny Details/crazy detail aqua fleur

Let me just say Eni Oken has no idea I’m doing this post, I am simply passionate about Art Club and it’s my blog! I’m allowed to gush if I want! I think her lessons have greatly changed my artistic understanding and growth!

Tangled Letters

 

 

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Tangled Words and Shading Fearlessly (this was Adele’s best of show at It’s a String Thing the week her blog hit 1 million views! I was beyond honored! When I look at this though, I am worrying about how the word is scrunched and doesn’t have enough contrast to be clearly read. Self doubt is a sickness! šŸ˜—)

 

Tangled Words, Dream Big (this is my favorite made for my son)

My message to myself and to all who read this is not to worry about being perfect, best or comparing your work! Trust the process! Stop worrying about perfection and the level of others’s art. This is impossible but we are works in progress as well! Adele Bruno says she’s a reformed perfectionist and I love that description! I’m attending perfectionists’ anonymous right now in an attempt to get help! Thanks Adele! I frequently get meaningful bits of personal growth from your blog Tickledtotangle.com! The Zentangle ® Primer volume 1 changed the game for me. It’s described as CZT training in a beautiful book! I agree completely (but my dream is still to be a CZT myself. Physical barriers and financial obligations may not allow that dream but this book is a great substitute!) Honestly, I wish I’d bought the primer first but when the pennies count we do what we must. There are hundreds of amazing books out there, but if I did it again the primer would be my first purchase (after the new sketchpad and Pigma Micron of course!). Look at what practice, a few basic supplies, and some zen can do in a year and a half!  I wonder how relaxed and satisfied I’ll be in another year? To quote little Bijou, “breathe, slow down, gratitude and appreciation!” Smart Snail! (Bijou’s fan-page is found at Zentangle.com!)

 

If anyone is interested in sharing your art progressions please email me  at Thetirelesstangler@gmail.com. I’d love to post them here. I’m proof you can be an artist, even when you don’t believe it yourself! Thank you for your visit and check back soon for the new Artist Focus!

Diva Challenge #334

The Diva was back in action this week using one my favorite tangles, N’Zeppel. Diva, Laura Harms at Iamthedivaczt.blogspot.com, was back live on Twitch Monday morning and I was lucky enough to finally catch her broadcast. Laura is great and relaxed on the feed, adding coffee and her playlist as she tangles. I enjoyed it and she inspired me to try something I never wanted to do, namely, color black the small areas between the stones (in my case). I like the way the webbed area looks, so I’ve never filled it before. For the colored stones, done with Prismacolor Premier pencils, i liked the black to emphasize the depth between. Check out the link to the Diva’s site and find links to the pattern step-out as well as a great video by Molly Hollibaugh, CZT and daughter of Maria Thomas. Molly’s a great artist and I love the video. (I highly recommend everyone try out one of the many videos out there done by Rick Roberts, Maria Thomas, founders of the Zentangle ® Method, or one with Molly. They have a way of teaching that is second to none, If you want to truly experience a Zentangle experience, check out their videos. A few can be found on YouTube. Look for Kitchen Table Tangles. These are great videos.)

 

Sorry, I digress! Here’s my diva challenge tile for #334. There’s an extra at the bottom because I’d already done one from Molly’s video the day before the Diva’s challenge and I LOVE N’Zeppel!

 

This includes the patterns Pixioze, and Eni Oken’s twisted ropes.

 Thank you for stopping by! See you all next week.

Embedded Letters and Eni Oken’s Art Club

It’s been quiet….too quiet. I haven’t posted for a couple of months. Last year, between July 4th and August 14th, I lost 3 dear people to suicide. All I’ve done since is to keep getting out of bed every day and to hold my little boy close. I’d like to say it’s gotten easier but really the pain is as fresh as a year ago. I’ve taken a couple of months to get my emotional health sorted out and taken a break to spend time with my grandson who is struggling with the same losses. The good news is that I feel I’m fighting through it and I hope to blog some without stressing myself with a lot of work. Thanks for your support and understanding.

I’m particularly grateful for Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, founders of the ZentangleĀ® Method, and their video series called “Kitchen Table Tangles” (KTT) on the Zentangle Ā® Mosaic App via YouTube. They took a new look at several classic tangles and I found mine took on a new life! The most recent video was about embedded letters. Basically to camouflage the drawn letters with simple tangles and embellishments making them blend into the art piece. I incorporated Eni Oken’s 3D Mooka into many of mine (I will talk about Eni in a moment) and I’m addicted to drawing them! Here are some of my attempts.

And last I used a simple S curve embellished with Eni Oken’s 3D Mooka.

I recently joined Eni Oken’s Art Club. Eni is a CZT (Certified Zentangle Teacher) and artist with 30 years of experience. She has many ebooks and videos for purchase that incorporate the Zentangle Ā® Method with her art techniques. If you are searching for Zentangle art on Pinterest, you have certainly seen her art. I started with her book 3D Tangles, Shading Fearlessly, added 2 more and then she added Art Club! Art Club allows you access to her newest book or video, plus every new lesson that she releases from that point on, for a reasonable monthly fee. I love it! I’m addicted to her lessons! I’ve spent many happy hours practicing these techniques and I’ll be focusing on my journey with art club as we move forward. If you’re interested in Eni Oken’s Art Club, start here on Eni’s website.

It is good to finally be back to writing! Now that school has started I have more time for art exploration! Come back soon for the step out to my new pattern: Marito!

My Story Hits the Internet

I could never have imagined that my story would interest anyone but me and perhaps my family. Ā About a month ago I submitted 2 patterns for assessment by Linda Farmer at tanglepatterns.com Ā (you’ll find the link in my menu). When submitting a pattern, Linda asks for you to write a blurb about yourself in case they decide to publish your patterns. I’d like to say they published my patterns but it can take time for that to happen. Linda emailed me back and asked to use my story on her site and yesterday I saw a mail from her saying they’d published my story. Ā The wonderful responses and heartfelt messages have really been a balm today as I prepare for my Sean’s funeral tomorrow. Ā I’ve been deeply moved by the outpouring of support for me and my family and I’m more grateful than I can express. Here’s the story link if anyone is interested.

Cyndee’s Zentangle Story