Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Tangled Up in California

Just after Christmas, I went to visit my sister, niece, and son in southern California. My niece, a sophomore at UCI, enjoys relaxing with Zentangle now and then, and it is something we also enjoy doing together. We drew six tiles (three each) for a picture cube that I left with her as a Christmas gift. I did not get a shot of the cube put together, but here are the six tiles we drew:

The original plan was to create a tryptic from three tiles drawn by Rachel, me, and my song writer/producer son, Skylar. He also enjoys relaxing with Zentangle now and then, but not quite as much as Rachel and I do. He lost interest in our little project, which left us with just two tiles. This is the first one that Rachel drew and sent to me in Minnesota a couple of months ago. She used Kass Hall's Five-Oh (the paper clips), Hollibaugh, and the woven tangle in the upper right. The black background adds some hints of drama that work well.

I drew this one next, and decided to use Five-Oh and Hollibaugh in keeping with Rachel's first tile. I really enjoy drawing Hollibaugh using curved bands of varying widths. Not too sure about the Hollibaugh behind the Five-Oh -- it's a strange effect. My poke roots look like they're smiling (upper left and lower right).

Rachel and I drew these last four tiles together in California while I was there for New Year's.

In this tile, she uses entirely different patterns -- Cadent (upper left), a tangleation (variation) of Printemps (the circles), Tripoli (lower right), and a woven tangle I don't know the name of. The way she colored in the triangles in Tripoli is extremely cool and different from anything I have tried with this pattern.

Next up is one I did using Cubine, a three-D "drama" tangle that I rarely use. At the bottom, I added a small area (to the left) of Puf and Sand Swirl. Just above those, I laid in four bands of fat pearls -- great fun to draw. The tangle that looks a bit like a palm tree is Hurry. What have I drawn in the negative space there? Squashed pearls? I like this tile a lot, mostly because enough of the tangles have a strong presence that focus visual attention in a relaxed way.

This is Rachel's tile -- so intriguing, and made up mostly of patterns I have never tried. My favorite, Zonked, is in the upper right. It reminds me of a weaving pattern. I also love the pattern in the lower part of the tile, but I'll need to post the name of it later.

Here's the last of the six tiles. In this one, the best parts are Bales with Maelstrom (on the left) and Bunzo in the center at the bottom.

These six tiles fit together, moving from left to right, and up and down in the picture cube. The overall look of the cube is beautiful and interesting. In starting this post, I regretted not having a picture of the cube, but each individual tile is so interesting, it hardly matters. Best of all, we had a splendid time drawing these together.