Monday, November 25, 2013

Weekly Challenge #136 (well-ness, praise, & thanks)

It's a lovely week to be thankful, especially for the upcoming holiday! 
This week's challenge is a duotangle:
Today we had to use the tricky tangles "Pea-nuckle" and "Well," neither of which I am particularly familiar or confident in.  I had never tried "pea-nuckle" before and it was a tricky little tangle to incorporate. I admit that I should have let it shine a bit more in this tile but I was cautious while using it.  In order to hide the parts of the "s" that I didn't use, I made them into circles.  As for "well," I had fun with it today.  I tried three different variations and it didn't trip me up like it did when it was first introduced (part of the reason I haven't used it since). Overall, this was a great challenge to test some patterns I am not confident in and I think the effect wasn't too bad overall.
For more news on my art life:
I just finished the design of a new project!
This is a lithograph on an aluminium plate, drawn with ink using a fountain pen.  The fountain pen gave me SO MUCH grief but I pulled through in the end.  Unfortunately the glare off the plate makes it difficult to see all the detail but I will be printing this design on paper very soon and can't wait to see how it turns out!
Thank you to everyone for the kind, well-wishes for my art show!  It was such a success and I received "honorable mention" for my 8 ft. piece.  Here are a few pics:
I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Weekly Challenge #145 (New Tangle, New Opportunities!)

Well isn't it a lovely week?!  Hello all and thanks for taking the time to read this blog.
We have a new challenge and a new tangle!  Introducing QUIB:
I loved this tangle and the number of artsy directions the tangle can go in.  I looked through the examples Rick and Maria posted and really liked the dramatic examples from Rick.  I even thought a fun color pop would really highlight the organic flow of the pattern and the scale-like effect of "flukes" turned my "quib" into an aquatic style artwork.
Also on the topic of artwork, all four of my submitted pieces were accepted into the art show at my university! Hooray!  There are only two art shows a year for students so it is competitive gallery space.  I am very excited to have my etchings, photographs, and drawing featured.  
Below is my 8ft x 4ft piece, "Once upon a midnight dreary:"
This isn't the greatest photo of it, but this is all sharpie on masonite board.  Funny enough, this piece was created pre-Zentangle, but I think it fits right in with all the patterns depicted.  This piece is about dreams and nightmares.
Have a swell week and I wish you all success and happiness!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Weekly Challenge #144 (Creepy Crawlies, Cuddly Critters, and Cupcakes)

HOWDY!  It's a beautiful week in mid-November and I hope you all aren't freezing yet.  This week we explore the land of bugs!
In response to the challenge, I opted not to draw a cute bug, but rather a dangerous bug. Being from Las Vegas, I grew up seeing these scary Black Widow spiders all over the place.  I love pops of red and the emotions that are connected to it.  In this case, red means STAY AWAY.  I also took my tangles back to the basics with "Crescent Moon" and "Hollibaugh," and love their web-like effects.  This was a fun challenge for playing with color, adding images to the tangle, and exploring tangles that I now consider to be "easy" (see, how snooty that sounds?). Let's see what bugs YOU come up with now...
Also, I feel like introducing my snuggly pup, Mojito.  This little man is my pseudo-child and he is exceptionally happy that I have resurfaced the heated blanket (which he has claimed). He is one year old, likes long walks at the dog park, and will do just about anything for a carrot.
And finally, I am SO HAPPY to have finished my 8-week paleo challenge!  This was my second year on this challenge and it was trying to say the least. However, the support and fantastic results/confidence earned by members of my gym helped me through.  I decided to reward everyone by making these fabulous chocolate, gooey "R.I.P. Diet" cupcakes :)
I hope you all enjoy your week and most importantly, make some art!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Weekly Challenge #143 (Cruze'ing, Printing, & Trick-or-Treating)

Hello my fellow Zentangle/art fans!  This was another enjoyable weekly to-do from i am the diva
This week the challenge involved the tangle, "Cruze" created by  This tangle could work as a border, a monotanlge, or a filler pattern, and allowed for versatility and creativity.  I actually have "Cruze" in three different sections of my tile, can you find them? It's also very unlike me to add color, but I appreciated the Celtic look of the knotty tangle so I added a vibrant green for flair.
Moving on to other activities of the week...
Too bad this one was only a test print.  I have some kinks to work out but overall am excited to keep moving forward.  Since I have to hand print each one, it will take me a LONG time.
Also... happy belated Halloween! I channeled Zentangle and Day of the Dead and opted for a little sugar skull pizazz.  I hope all of you dressed up and had a great time. 
Have a wonderful beginning to your November!