Sunday, April 22, 2012

Zendala Dare #2

      As I mentioned, I love zendalas.  They are so relaxing to do and can be as simple or as intricate as you are in the mood to produce.  For the challenge, I found both simple and intricate to be a place I wanted to be.  I do tiles and zendalas I like, but every now and then, there is one I just really fall in love with.  One that I could sit and look at for a long time.  More often, I have that feeling when looking art work from someone else.  This first zendala has that sort of feeling for me.  I just wish I had taken the time to do it on the large size.  This summer I may have to redo it larger.
     I sat and stared at the template (so wonderfully provided by the Bright Owl) and felt a "wave" of ideas come over me.  The center had to have golven (waves) - a tangle I have fallen in love with since a previous Diva's challenge.  So sticking with the water theme, I added another new love (again thanks to a Diva challenge) - sanibelle.  I went tangle-shopping through one of my favorite resources, Yoga for the Brain by Sandy Steen Bartholomew and found ammon.  Add a few pearls, some betweed fish, and a starfish - my mental ocean voyage is complete.
La Mer

     I wasn't ready to stop playing with this template, but I did decide to simplify.  I love paradox and find myself playing with it a lot.  Some drupe for the center, tiny bits of crescent moon and now . . . what on earth to use for the outside?  I sat and sat with no inspiration.  I just couldn't think of what might look "right".  Back to flipping through my zentangle library and again to Yoga for the Brain.  Can you tell I love this book?  The tangle "cootie"  caught my eye.  Simple, but elegant.  So at last it was complete.  I like this tile, but it doesn't speak to my brain the way the first one does. 
    I love the thinking process The Bright Owl and Diva's Challenge provide me.  If you haven't checked out either of these, please do.  Even if you are not interested in trying your hand at tangle art (and why not?), you will love the wonderful art you can view of others. 
     Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will take the time to leave me a comment - they are so much fun to read!!  Have a great day!!


  1. What great zendalas! I love the color, texture, and theme of the first. Lovely. And all the lines and graphic quality of the second is also very cool.

  2. These are both beautiful! I agree with you and I could look at La Mer forever! I appreciate your thought process as you created this. I am working on my entry and I have hit a wall. I love the string and will keep at it, but with a different process this time.

  3. Your zendalas are so beautiful. The first a true fairytale and the second so steady and calm to look at. Just perfect.

  4. wow! absolutely gorgeous! i love the ocean so i really, really enjoy the first one!
    i need to work on paradox. i've not been able to do it right yet. it looks wonderful in your second zendala!

  5. Cathy, I think both pieces are beautiful but I really love how you put several tangles in one space on the first one. That piece really does have an ocean feel. Awesome work!

  6. Both very beautiful - The first one is so "seaside" - I'd love to see it on a wall at a seaside resort! And the second one is very calm - neat selection of tangles.

  7. Two great pieces, I love the fish in the first one, and the second one makes me think of eyes for the tangle around the outside.

  8. I love them both. I also used paradox in the center of mine. I'm kind of in love with that tangle right now.

  9. I could look at La Mer for a long time - in fact, I just did - it is so lovely. yes, do it larger - it deserves to be larger :). Your second one is also cool - it seems to grow out from the center. Very cool tangling.


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