Monday, June 15, 2015

On The Same Wavelength; Diva Challenge #222- COLOR!, and That's New To Me #24

It's interesting to me how thoughts seem to be shared by many people unknowingly.  How the universe connects us together even though we may be unaware of the connection.  (Part of the reason I  like Common Prayer where people all around the world say the same prayers, often at the same time. Maybe they are somehow stronger.)  This week I have been seeing lots of posts online about tangling on a photograph.  Margaret Bremner posted a beautiful piece she tangled on a black and white photo of some architectural columns.  Another blogger is a photographer and has published a collection of photographs specifically for people to tangle on. 

And then...The Diva posts a challenge to use color.  I know there will be tons of gorgeous, glorious, riotous, crazy good colored works to admire this week!  But you know how I am...

The strange part is, I have been hanging on to a selfie photo that my granddaughter posted on Facebook.  She, of the formerly glorious, glowing light brown natural hair color, has seen fit to bleach her locks and color them shades of pink. 

Well, I'm all for self expression, and her mother and aunts all hit the hair color aisle in their early teens, too.  My oldest daughter died hers a Strawberry Shortcake doll hot pink at about this age.  None of us actually remember what this child's mother's natural hair color is, as it has been colored any and every hue since she was 13 or so... hehe! The youngest has taken her brown hair back to her childhood blonde shade (She was so cute - like Cindy Brady!..I digress...)   I, of the color phobia, resisted coloring my hair until I was well into my 50s.  Now, my reddish curls are what everyone notices about me!

My first thought on seeing this photo with the hair going every which way was that it would be fun to tangle.  So, here is my Tangled Pemba Kai... Gosh, that was FUN!  


(DISCLAIMER: actually, I posted this on one of the Square One boards a couple of days ago, but  I really like this so figured double duty was not in infraction of the rules, right? I should do something more, but...you know me and color...)
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That's New To Me #24 was to use tangles beginning with "R" and include one or more patterns by the artist Lila Popcheff.  Wow, she has about a billion of them on her blog site!  (http://poppiespenpics.blogspot.com/p/poppies-patterns.html)
Hard to choose!  I loved a number of them, but you can only put so many tangles on one little tile...  I chose the R tangles Reye by Penny Raille, Radi8 by Lizzie Mayne and Lila's tangle Zoose.  Interestingly, my first instinct was to strip away some of the details and just use the basic shape.  But once I got the design put together, I found they were just the right thing!  See - TRUST!  Thanks, Bijou!


 
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For Square One: Purely Zentangle, the focus this week was Flux.  I was still enamored with Genevieve Crabe's tangle Demi, and started playing around in my sketchbook.  Flux is usually so flowing and flowery and organic looking, but that doesn't seem to be my style.  So, here is my response to that focus.

Then I did another tile just because... Everyone seems to be loving Narwal lately - and why not!  With Sand Swirl and Waax.



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In other news, I finished tangling that wooden box - finally!  So, I am moving past the little square tile now.  Yay!  But original Zentangle tiles, I still love you best...
 
 
I guess the upshot of this whole post is that we as a Zentangle community encourage us to move forward, expand our creativity, try new things and embrace the imperfect.  Like everyone else out there, I have self-imposed limitations that I am working to be free of.   Each of us tends to stay within our own little garden and never venture out into the world.  I'm so grateful to have found Zentangle (yes, through a woman who is NOT a CZT, but passed along the beginning seed of Zentangle to our creative arts community).  I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to become a CZT and to have an expressive art form that I can work at every day - no big studio or messy table required! 
 
Thank you for stopping by and for your comments.  I cherish them all!
 
Namaste,
Antonine



32 comments:

  1. You have been busy, so many Zentangles :-) Your box looks fabulous, it must have taken ages.

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    1. Thank you! No, the box didn't take too long, but I'll tell you a secret...don't put acrylic varnish on with the top shut...Duh! I had to cut it open - very carefully - with an exacto knife.

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  2. All of them are beautiful :)

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  3. How Beautiful! I love that box~I may have to steal that idea:-)

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  4. Gorgeous pieces. I just adore the photo of your granddaughter. I have one with purple hair, at the moment LOL!

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    1. You know, Maria had a big streak of purple in her hair when I was at CZT training. Self expression on a temporary canvas. It grows out!

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  5. Terrific pieces and I love the story of your daughters and granddaughter's coloring adventure. And it is wonderful to see how you tangled her hair so beautifully.

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  6. All your work it so beautiful! I really love how you used Zoose - who would have thought! fabulous and thanks so much for trying out one of my patterns :)

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    1. Thank you, Lila! I can't wait to try some of the others. I really love the pine tree one!

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    2. Please do! I would love that and Pines is one of my faves, and quite easy to draw too :)

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  7. Gorgeous tiles. Love the tangles on her hair. Great job !

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  9. Oh, you are cretive as always and all your pieces are beautiful. You're always trying new tangles...which gives the rest of us something to try as well. Great work!

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    1. Thanks Suzanne! That 's why I like Suzy Mosh's weekly challenge! It makes me try new tangles but the parameters are pretty wide open!

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  10. You make very beautiful work!

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  11. Cute kiddo! Tangling the photo looks like fun...but...I'm loving the box! Nicely done... ;-)

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  12. First I was just looking for your Diva challenge tile, but I kept going because all your tiles are wonderful. I really like what you did with your granddaughter's hair.
    PS: I'm 61, but my hair is still mostly brown so I've never colored it. The thing is, everyone thinks I must color it---maybe I should go for some green streaks to prove them right. ;-)

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    1. Green streaks sound good to me! I just do green manicures! My hair is still brown underneath the hair color, but not a very lively brown. Bottom of the ashtray shade, so red is much more fun!

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  13. I like the tangled hair, does the girl herself like it too????
    I also like the box you tangled on, fun doing so isn't it?

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  14. What a funny and creative idea to tangle on the hair of your granddaughter ;-) I like the result! The other tiles are wonderful too :-)

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  16. Very nice work and great job on your granddaughter's picture!

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  17. wow! You did on that photograph, what I have been wanting to do for a long time. There's so much potential in tangling on photos, and you've done an amazing thing here. How delightful it must have been, to have your granddaughter's sweet face right there while you worked!
    Also, the beach scene, starring Narwhal! wow! love it,

    But my favorite of all is the flux and demi piece. I absolutely am smitten by the dark perls you've nestled in amongst the leaves of flux, and the balance between the flowy, organic flux with the grid work bold contrast of the demi...it is VERY pleasing to the eye.

    You've made some wonderful, interesting comments about synergy and I agree: Common Prayer has a real rootedness to it. We are all connected in those prayer services, with each other today, and with generations past. Beautiful thoughts, and beautiful work! Well done.

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  18. You did a fantastic job on the TNTM tile! Thanks for being part of the challenge this week!

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  19. So many to see this week! Wonderful portrait of your granddaughter with the tangled hair ... fine idea! Also I like your wooden box ... it´s gorgeous!

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  20. Beautiful girl, lovely idea! And oh that box....it's just so gorgeous! Axxx

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  21. Antonine--I think I may have solved the problem you emailed me about. You can now subscribe to my site. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and you'll see a box to subscribe by email. That will let you know whenever I post to the site and it may let you know when entries are submitted to the challenge too I think. Hopefully, that'll solve your problem of knowing when things are added.

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  22. Wow. What wonderful work. I love especially the way you made Narwal (a tangle I've been trying to use lately).

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  23. Very cool hair job!! Love it!! And the way you used Zoose is so cool!! And lovely Flux!! :)

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/06/my-diva-colors-of-the-rainbow-challenge-entry
    www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/06/new-to-me-r-artist-focus-lily-popcheff-suzymosh

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  24. Love the tangles on the wooden box! How did you prime the box? What pens do you use? I really want to try that.
    Mabel (CZT 17)

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