Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Weekly Challenge #250 (Long Lost Tangler)

Hello beautiful people! Apparently I have been MIA from my blog for an entire YEAR. Sheesh. 

As some of you know, on January 14 last year I became a commissioned police officer. And its been A M A Z I N G. I love it. 
However.... many of the things I liked to do before this job fell by the wayside. And its time I take some time to revisit my creative side.

I took a crack at the Diva Challenge this week and I'm so glad I did. This week's challenge was all about returning to the roots of Zentangle. When I first started Zentangle it was all about the EXPERIENCE of it. How you felt while tangling. But I got lost in the final product of the tangles, especially while exploring them for my art degree. 

So it's fitting that the week I return to tangling is the week I go back to basics for the Diva Challenge.
Here's what I came up with:

I used some of the tangles I instinctively turn to. But as my first tile of 2016 I thought it would be good to feature a positive word for the beginning of the year...THANKFUL. Because I am thankful for what life has handed me so far. 

In other news, I am working on a tattoo arm sleeve! It features a quote by Edgar Allan Poe (one of my favorite authors) and a tangle! Pics will come soon....
But in the spirit of Edgar Allan Poe...


Have a great week everyone! :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Weekly Challenge #201 (Support and Successes)

Whew. I can hardly believe I have returned! I am so glad to return for this challenge:
This is my 2015 version, and below is my 2014:
Last year I omitted the purple, which is actually the color for Moebius Syndrome Awareness Day, so I decided to add it this year by tangling on a purple post-it note. I felt a little rusty when tangling, but it feels good to be drawing again. To find out more about Moebius Syndrome, visit www.moebiussyndrome.com.
As some of you know, I've been in the police academy in Washington state....and I graduated!
My brother, Chase, pinned my badge on me and I was so proud and honored to become Officer McEvilly of the Seattle Police Department. 
Here are a few highlights- academy and not-academy related- that have happened over the last 4 months:
 Checkout that lovely red face after get OC sprayed (pepper sprayed)
 I still managed to find time for the pups- the weekly dogpark trips were heaven
I loved working out with my bro when I visited him over Thanksgiving
My first Christmas was in WA this year- different but fun!
And, it's always fun hanging with my beautiful momma, CZT Shelly McEvilly, when I visit Vegas!
That's all for now! I will be back on a more regular basis now and can't wait to be more involved with you lovely people :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Weekly Challenge #190 (Art, Music, & Pink)

Hey again! I'm back for another week of Laura Harm's diva challenge! Here's what I came up with:
I must have had a premonition about this week's challenge because last week I incorporated pink too!:
I am happy to support the Breast Cancer awareness and am lucky to have met several survivors. I thought of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn and their quotes that advocate femininity and strength in women and thought it should feature on my tile this week. May all the amazing women who have fought the battle of Breast Cancer continue to stay strong and keep winning. If you're interested in supporting this cause, check out www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-support .❤️
I don't have much to update this week in terms of my life, other than giving you my I'm-stressed-out-and-unamused-face:
#academylife
...therefore I thought I'd include a music video for zenspiration!
This is an oldie-but-goodie and always inspires me to go a little bit harder or work a little bit longer.
I hope all of you are doing well and have a wonderful week! Thanks for reading ✌️

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekly Challenge #189 (Hello Again, Friends!)

Well! It's been ages! I haven't been posting recently because 7 weeks ago I began training at the Washington state police academy. While this has been a totally amazing, exhausting, exhilarating, overwhelming, enlightening, challenging, and engrossing experience, it has left little time for art-making (yes, I'm making excuses).
So I've unearthed my dusty, cobweb-covered art tools and returned to the diva challenge:
I really enjoyed trying out this new tangle from Tina-Akua Hunziker. The tangle, "Yuma," is fun and whimsical, so I added a color pop with a highlighter for a retro flare! This tangle has so many potential variations and is a great pattern to practice shading.
I hope all of you are doing well and I thank you for taking the time to get updated on my life. In the last 7 weeks I've:
Learned how to shoot a firearm
 Said goodbye to some of my artwork for a year- will be showing at the PLU gallery until 2015
 Spent some quality time with my boys Lucas, Mojito, and Finnegan
 More pics of my little family- we're cute and we know it ;)
Rocked this sweet uniform day in and day out! Reppin' it
Tangled in my academy journal- because if they didn't think I was eccentric before, I had to prove it ha!
I hope all of you have a splendid week! Peace

Monday, August 25, 2014

Weekly Challenge #182 (Be You)

Oh hey everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful week :)
This week's challenge, brought to us by the talented Laura Harms, is about stripes:
This week I used the tangles: Emingle, Knightsbridge, Indy-rella, Betweed, Swarm, Festune, & Punzel.
I thought this week's challenge would be a perfect occasion to use some of the tangles I rarely practice, as well as learn names of tangles (I admittedly have a hard time remembering).  I enjoyed adding the Bijou tile to my regular tile, and the petite canvas inspired me to give a positive message! So with that, remember to always BE YOU! :)
As for my daily life, I have had a lot of BIG things happening lately:
I passed my final Physical Ability Test before starting the police academy!
I started to get my awesome new swag- it's feeling real....
And my darling Mojito turned two on Satruday! I'm getting old! tee hee
I hope all of you have a wonderful week and take time for yourself.  Build up your self-confidence and treasure yourself!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekly Challenge #181 (Happiness & H2O)

It's been another lovely week in the Pacific Northwest, and there's much to be happy about! This week's diva challenge declared water as the inspiration:
Sometimes it's nice to break down life into its essentials- water, food, human interactions- and this week reminded me of how wonderful water can be. Thus, my tile was inspired by a quote from Loren Eiseley about magic and water. My tile focused primarily on the quote and I chose simple patterns/borders to accent, rather than bold and detailed like I normally prefer. It was pleasant to use a blue highlighter this week for color pops! A little color goes a long way :)
As for other life essentials, like human interaction and companionship, I've had a very fulfilling week:
I got pedicures with some lovely ladies that I rarely get to see
And I went on a date with my main stud to a cute little restaurant by the waterfront.
Have a wonderful week and enjoy the little things!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weekly Challenge #180 (Summer+Plaid=Awesome)

Hello and how-do-you-do? This week's diva challenge is a UMT (use my tangle) called "MacDee":
We all experience plaid on a regular basis, ESPECIALLY if you live in the Pacific Northwest, so it was especially fun to play around with this plaid-looking tangle! It had several variations to it, so I decided to play with sepia pens, white pens, and sharpies. I don't know if I LOVE the overall look of my first attempt, but I would certainly use this tangle in the future! MacDee would be SO fun with gel pens or black tiles :)
Last time I posted, I was on my final leg of vacation so here's a little look at some of my end-of-summer activities:
I visited painted cows in Wyoming
I visited 8 new CrossFit gyms in different states
I supported some of my STUD MUFFIN friends at a CrossFit competition in WA
I am accepting the fact that my hair is now too curly to straighten *tragic sigh* ;)
And I have been enjoying the sunny days of Washington at the dog park with my boys
That sums up my summer fun! Now we prepare for fall! Have a nice week everyone ✌️