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Zentangles…Or, Why Didn’t I Think of That?

A while ago, I talked about coloring as a type of meditation.  Then I remembered, there’s another art based one..zentangles.  While we were browsing at Michael’s, there were books on it featured.  In case you never heard of it, this is the website:  Zentangle

In short, it’s a type of doodling that incorporates mindfulness.  Sort of like my hooky-doos.  You don’t know what I mean by hooky-doo?  Here’s a couple of examples.

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Those are abstracts..again from the Namaste series.  Here’s an example of Hooky-doos in my representational work.

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Anyway, Zentangles became a thing…so, why didn’t I think of that.  Not too late, maybe I’ll start marketing my hooky-doos as Koan-Go-Rounds.  Let’s not forget the mindfulness aspect.

Speaking of Zentangles, this is an excellent segway into a work-in-progress detail of my current project.  Foliage again …so much foliage.  This shows, much like zentangles, the mindful doodling I do, when I’m drawing.  So, a sneak peek:

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Danbury Rocks! Or, A Trip to Michael’s

It’s been a day when all I’ve done in the real, concrete world of art, is to cut a piece of paper to size, since I finally got my paper delivery.  But, in the world of imagination…

I was with my friend today, who lamented the lack of something crafty to do, for fun, and maybe to give as gifts.  Always an instigator, I suggested a trip to the craft store, to just see what’s out there…

Come to a book on Rock Art…no, I’m not talking about posters for Led Zeppelin or anything like that.  I’m talking painting on rocks.

Which led me to telling my friend about a group, here, called “Danbury Rocks”, The idea is to decorate rocks, and place them around the city for people to find, just to give those people a bit of happiness in this dull, drab world.

So, the idea took hold with my friend, and I decided to join in, too…and then

IT HIT ME!  No, not a rock.

My old Namaste series.  I had so much fun doing it, but the size and bulk of it, meant that they weren’t really feasible as artwork, unless I was someone already famous, like Damian Hirst (perish the thought). So, I was looking for a way to put it on something smaller, three dimensional…I was thinking of boxes, or something like that…

Flash forward to today, and rocks! Yes, it would work!

So, soon I will be painting rocks a la the Namaste series and spreading them around the area.  In the meantime, I’ll still be doing my colored pencil work…the rocks are for pure fun.

For those who don’t remember the Namaste series, here are a few examples:

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Calamity Roxy and the Color of My Dreams

Still plugging away at Floral Overload, but I tellya it’s slow.  I’m working a lighter week at my day job now, so I do have more time…but remember how messy I am?  Well, it’s gotten to the point where I have to interrupt my (ahem) great art career, and shovel some of the clutter and dirt in this apartment.  So, slowly, Floral Overload will continue to go.

But I had a delightful experience (well, almost) at a networking meeting in Brooklyn.  I agreed to do live painting, and had a great time.

I thought at first I would just get up and push paint around as the feeling suited me, but then I realized….I could waste a lot of time, paint,and come up with a disaster.  So, I had a thunderous insight, I better the hell have some kind of plan.  But what…went through color combinations in my mind came up with green and gold, which caused the song, Karma Chameleon to go through my head…..

So, the color of my dreams, they’re green and gold, it is.

The finished picture….

 

 

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10460503_10153114872566038_959837534325030375_nThis is one of the Namaste series pictures. The person who invited me to do the painting is a particular fan of those. So, here’s an action shot…..I promise a video soon.

 

So, Shane Kulman is the woman who invited me.  I gave the painting to her, and she’s going to make a contribution to charity for it.

 

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Now the calamity part….the car died. I mean really died, kaput, dead RIP. Gone to automotive heaven. We rented a van to go to the event, which was an event in itself. Not a good one, though.

So, I guess I’m out of the art show biz for a while.