I loved the technique of Zentangle before, but now I feel that I'm in the process of gaining a deeper understanding of it. I like to look at the different layers: the simple process of putting your pen to the paper, the act of focusing and being in the present, slowing down to "one stroke at a time" . . . . and the ways that this can apply to life in general! Rick and Maria emphasized the low-tech aspect of Zentangle. It's a reason to turn off the phone, computer, television, etc. along with all of the thoughts that race around our heads. It lets us be comfortable with silence, and "just be".
Some people have confused Zentangle with doodling. Zentangle is done mindfully, with intention. Each stroke is deliberate in itself. The outcome is unknown (as in life!), and unplanned, but the end result of each tile is unique and beautiful.
Over the past three years of tangling, I've loved seeing and recognizing different styles of Zentangle artists. It's like personalities or handwriting. Even though similar tangles (patterns) might be used in separate pieces, the style of each person is uniqely individual.
So . . . . that's just the tip of the iceberg but I'll stop for now, and show you some photos of the weekend!
|THANK YOU, Rick and Maria!!|
|My new "best buddies", Diana Linsse and Leslie Joliet|
|. . .and then we got to sit with our other 'best buddy", Sheryl Kaleo!|
|With Maria Thomas|
|We were a little chilly, and Maria loaned us scarves!|
Diana is the scarf fashionista, with Leslie.
|"Rosemary is for rememberance" . . .|
|. . . . with Verdigoh|