Wednesday, November 30, 2016

“The winds of grace are always blowing, but it is you that must raise your sails.”

(Quote is from Rabindranath Tagore.)

From November 13th through the 16th, I did another Zentangle workshop with Maria Thomas, Rick Roberts, Molly Hollibaugh, several other members of their family (Zentangle is a family business), and about 215 other CZTs in Newport, RI. ZenAgain, as the workshop was called, was three days of intense practice in drawing, socializing, networking, and learning. I'm only getting to a blog post now because of Thanksgiving and job responsibilities -- and the fact that it takes me time to process intense learning experiences. We did so much it's hard to know where to begin an account of it. Most likely it will emerge over the course of a few blog posts.

The first image I want to share here isn't even from the workshop directly, though the inspiration I received from being there probably contributed to this piece:

Over the years, I have created about 25 of these cards, and I am so happy to add this new one to my deck. Here is a link that shows several of the cards I've made:

I haven't yet figured out what this man wants me to know, but it might be related to staying in contact with my inner fire as winter moves in. I may add more shading and color to this card, but I was so pleased and excited about having created the basic layout that I wanted to post it right away. Mentally and artistically, this represents a big leap for me. For some time now, I have felt a need to push Zentangle in a direction more supportive of story-making and story-telling without making the designs themselves representative of things in the real world. I like the way this card has turned out and feel deeply inspired to make more.

This will be all for today. So much more to share, but it can wait until tomorrow...