For this city girl, aquatic sports growing up consisted of a run through the sprinkler and getting my bathing suit on to help dad wash the car.
I did a tile with a beachy theme, and even pulled a few out of my archives that are somewhat oceanic (the archives being a couple of repurposed Illy coffee pod cans that hold about 100 tiles each - I don't organize well in notebooks, etc.) Still, I wasn't feeling that personal connection with the theme.
Thinking back on my feelings about water, I found I do have one really emotional connection to water. I remember reading an article years ago in, I believe, Readers' Digest, that definitely had my number. A writer was on a book tour in Wales. The weather was dismal and the surroundings were rather bleak, and she wasn't having any fun at all. She checked into her hotel, which was a rather shabby affair with a small, gray and chilly room She thought she was in for a miserable stay until she opened one more door. There, in the bathroom, was a magnificent oversized copper tub, shining like the Ark of the Covenant in the wilderness! The rest of the article was a rapturous description of steamy, fragrant bubble baths in that tub. I love this woman!
I am a bubble bath aficionado from way back. As a child, I would start the bathing experience by setting my Garfield Goose bath pellets (a Chicago thing) under the tap and watch the colors fizz and swirl into voluminous bubbles. I would "swim" and float in the water, draping the washcloth over my torso to keep every surface of me warm. I would sing and imagine myself as a princess in a beautiful castle with a maidservant to add fragrant bath oils and ready my giant fluffy towel. As an adult, I have been known to stay in the tub for hours, reading by candle light, sipping a glass of wine, refilling with hot water as necessary to prolong the bliss. My poor husband anxiously inquires "Did you die in there?" No, Sweetheart, but I have gotten close to heaven! The bubbles, the fragrance, the soothing warmth and buoyancy of the water, all contribute to daydreaming and a decidedly meditative state. That is my water life.
But, to continue the theme, here are the other tiles I did, one this week, the others in 2012 and 2013. Happy waterways!
|I enjoyed using Agua and thought just a touch of blue fit.|
|Fun octopus and starfish imagery.|
|Not exactly aquatic, but still has the feel.|
|An early tile on Bristol board before I started using Zentangle tiles.|