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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Zendala Challenge #43 (Angel Wings & Almost Cyme)

Zendala Challenge #43 Feeling like an Artist

Angel Wings for Kharis
Part of the catch and release program I am doing.
A year of Zendala drawings that are released to the person they are drawn for, with love.

First the photos:
And unshaded

Then the words:
Initially this challenge shut me down. "What do you mean by that?" you may ask. Erin wrote a great piece about creating art and that moment when the Zentangle tile we are working on turns into art. Or as she wrote:

  • Fill the template below with your favorite tangles but I want you to feature one (or a few) that make you feel like the amazing artist that you are.  You know the one's I mean, the one's that make you go "Wow, I'm getting pretty good at this!  I'm creating beautful art!"
Whoa. Pressure's on. I need to create something I think looks good? That other people will "judge"? I need to have a plan. What are my favorite tangles? I must plan this out. Look at all those little spaces with edges I must fill...

I brought up all those insecurities of defining art. I work more with soft arts on a daily basis. Those items that have traditionally been defined as "women's work": basket making, needlework, fiber work. Functional yet design opportunities. Can I apply that to drawing? My foray into Proper Art.

Wait a minute. The only person I need to please is myself.

Zentangling is about the pen, the paper, the space and the line.

After a couple of days of sitting with this, and a tile that was actually trashed (generally doesn't happen for me) as I filled areas and looked at each space individually, I woke with a thought. Actually, I woke with the connection that all the edges created the whole. Release the plan. And what if I...

And then I started with little s. And got lost in the creation of those littles s's. Then those long lines. Then some shading. And how about some dots?

I think I'll go take a shot at this template again and see what comes out.

Almost Cyme for Peggy

Part of the catch and release program I am doing.
A year of Zendala drawings that are released to the person they are drawn for, with love.


  1. Isn't it too bad that we put so much pressure on ourselves. I really like both of the zendalas that you did. The first reminded me of Phicops but your explanation explained how it was different. I like your second as well. They both have a simplicity but the shading really makes them both.

    1. And isn't it great when we can let the pressure go and enjoy the flow? Thanks.

  2. As we know, but often forget: Less is more! Two great zendala's.

  3. I agree 2 beautiful zendalas simple but so powerful that one wants to look at it again and again..... Well done!

  4. Very simply drawn, but elegant. Love both your Zendalas.


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