|random bright colors|
it’s been a bit of a struggle for me to embrace the word “artist” and apply it to myself. and although i’m getting better about that, drawing is still not really my thing. sure, i’ve always done a bit of idle doodling…. but not legitimate drawing (hence, the reluctance to claim the a-word). and besides not being very good at it, it’s not really what i aspire to.
|the one i did in class|
but i was intrigued with zentangle and eagerly signed up for a class with cecie mccaffery recently at gallery 204. wow – now here is a cool art form for me! you don’t need to know how to draw. you just start with some basic little patterns and before you know it you’ve created a really amazing design! very fun and quite possibly addictive.
most zentangles are created in black and white although it’s not a hard and fast rule. here is the original. i just thought it might be fun to color them in photoshop (maybe a whole separate addiction – how many ways can you change the look??)
the other cool thing about zentangle is that it’s a practice. it’s used for all kinds of therapeutic purposes besides being just plain fun. it can be included within other art pieces but also stands well alone. if you haven’t tried it, you should!!
|doodled this one in the car while driving to oregon|