Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Some recent tiles and a mosaic

Sandswirl and Crescent Moon

Drawing has been such a relief these last several days/weeks. The change of seasons at this time of year is a very good thing, but it's still a change (= stress). Here are a few images that show what I've been doing.

These first two tiles have something interesting in common: both were drawn using 11 random dots as the string starter. Pretty amazing that the results are so different, wouldn't you say? The idea comes from artist Dean Nimmer, in his book Creating Abstract Art (2014). For each tile, I made the random dots and then connected them (in very different ways) to create the strings. I love the surprises that emerge in this process. I did not plan, for example, the rectangular form in the middle of this first tile. I am most intrigued by drawing the same tangle in different sizes.

Zentangle Inspired Art (pearls, leaves, static, copada)

This tile is so wacky! It has just the slightest hint of Kandinsky going on in it. (Yay!) I see Hershey's Kisses and a dandelion, peas in a pod and tears and lightning. I don't know what the squashed pearls bring to mind, but I seem to draw them frequently. They satisfy some kind of image hunger in me.

N'zepple, Hollibaugh, Paradox, Purk

The story behind this one is unusual. I was actually having an argument with my husband over something insignificant. It was a heated argument, but the substance of it was kind of silly. As I drew, we talked on about it, trying to sort things out, and this is what came into the world. I call it Heart in a Web. Arggghh.

Crescent Moon, Hollibaugh, Florz, Tipple, Printemps

Next up, a mosaic I created with four lovely women in a private workshop this past weekend. Yes, we drew these tiles together, according to one set of instructions. Every time I see the mosaic that results from a workshop, I ask myself, as if for the first time, How is this possible? Tara, Beth, Mary Kay, and Crystal, thanks for being such great participants! I hope this is the start of a long and lovely relationship with this amazing art form.


Monotangles are great exercises and usually lots of fun. This entire tile shows one tangle: Hollibaugh. The string lines are hidden, but the structure is easy to discern.