This challenge was a . . . . challenge. Really. I love paradox - it is one of my absolute favorites. Many years ago, I drew this design for a high school drafting contest. It had to be measured - each line measured and spaced. It was a large piece several rows by several rows large. The pencil smeared and I restarted a few times. And the entire time, my drafting teacher was "lurking" over my shoulder. Not a zen experience! But I still loved the design. I had never thought about it in a spiral though. That was hard for me to wrap my brain around. I made the "mistake" of viewing all the wonderful entries first and nearly gave up! Then I went to Margaret Bremner's great tutorial on how to do paradox. (Sorry I don't know how to put in the link). I knew I had to give it a try. So I drew this big spiral, and went about putting in the paradox. I thought it needed some color, so I added a tiny bit to separate the areas. It reminded me of a large rock or snail shell so I put some sanibelle in to make it look like a forest floor. When I finished, I just wasn't happy with it. It didn't capture what I wanted.
Time for try #2. I drew another spiral, filled it up with paradox again. This time, I tried to not represent anything. I stared at it for awhile. Decided I really wasn't happy with this one. It needed something. I drew some other tangles around the outside in hopes to help. It didn't.
My brother is sitting at the computer playing baseball. So I decided three strikes and I was out of ideas! So here goes strike #3. I kept the spiral part all loose - probably not a true spiral at all. Then I tried to make my paradox less confining - the ghost of my drafting teacher disappeared. When I finished, I added just a few small beads and stopped. I did not want to overwork it. I really like this one. It is not spectacular, but I felt satisfied and little more zen!
This has been an adventure! I still love paradox! But I have a healthy respect for trying to put it into unusual spaces. I also have a whole new admiration for all the other awesome entries - everyone is so talented. I learn so much from these challenges and looking at other people's interpretations.
Hope you have a wonderful week! Thank you for any suggestions you can give me for making these look a bit better.