Friday, July 11, 2014

Zen Moments

There always seems to be some time for Zen moments.  I keep an old 3.5" flopping disk holder with some Zentangle tiles and a pen in my purse so if I have a quiet moment I am ready! A moment here, a moment there gets the job done.

This one I finished at the car dealership and gave it to Earl who took very good care of me. He thought it was very cool and said his 21 year old daughter was into drawing.!

Last time at ZenFriends we talked about stretching ourselves and pushing a favorite tangle in a new direct and explore the possibilities. On these two tiles I played with a new approach to "hollibaugh". Over and under…….duck, here comes another line.

3.5" x 3.5" Zentangle Tiles

Monday, June 30, 2014


On Saturday I joined a tour through Laguna Nursery with Ruben Flores to Lotusland in Montecito by Santa Barbara.  Lotusland is a spectacular private botanical garden that is open to the public by reservations.  The story of the gardens and Ganna Walska is quite interesting and the grounds are fantastic.  We had a great guide and the weather could not have been more perfect.  The metal figure on this page was not at the gardens but at Laguna Nursery.  I sketched it after my mimosa and before getting on the bus.  It was a long day but well worth it and it felt good to get out there and do a little sketching again.

The actual tour moved too fast to sketch as we tried to cover the 18 acres but after lunch we had some time so I managed to get a few things down. This page is a compilation of some things I found interesting.  The bird is from the Japanese garden, some plants from the bromeliad area and the interesting shaped flat stones were  almost planted themselves as they stood upright is their own garden.  Fabulous!

Robert Bateman Sketchbook
5" x 7"
Pen and Watercolor

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Monday Art Day with Sarah

On Monday Sarah came over for art day. We took a piece of watercolor paper and put two different widths of white artist tape on the paper to make windows.  In these windows Sarah experimented with watercolors, playing with wet in wet, dry brush and salt techniques. When it was dry she used a black gel pen to play with design.  Awesome job Sarah!

9" x 12" Watercolor Paper
Watercolors and Ink

Monday, June 16, 2014

Art Day with Jessica

Jessica finished this painting today in our fun art day class.  A few weeks ago I had her draw a picture from her imagination and she came up with the real world meeting her fantasy land. Nice work Jessica!

9" x 12"
Pen and Watercolor

Sunday, June 8, 2014

First Beets!

First Golden Beets of the season!  Roasted beets for dinner,Yum!  I haven't been doing much sketching lately so I'm thinking I may have to assign myself the task of sketching before I eat the harvest.

5" x 7" Robert Bateman Sketchbook
Pen and Watercolor

This little black and white page was started when Jessica and Sarah were drawing a fantasy picture to watercolor.  I started with the butterflies and decided to continue in black and white except for the balloons.

5" x 7" Robert Bateman Sketchbook

Thursday, May 8, 2014


I call this Zentangle, "waiting" which  I started while waiting for a sandwich, continued when waiting for a hair cut, did more on it in the orthopedics' office and finished it up spending time in the ER with a friend.  All different days thank goodness! Well, if you have to wait it never hurts to have something to do!

5" handbook

This is another little piece from the monoprint of my palette.  It made for a nice quiet moment.

2.5" x 4"

Friday, April 18, 2014

Zen and Another Chalk Paint Chair

Finally got my second Chalk Paint chair sanded and out on the deck.  This was an old chair I have had around forever.  I picked the "sunbrella" fabric first and had the cushions made so I could match the paint to the fabric. I found the little carpenters bench at the antique store and painted it to match as a foot stool or a little extra seating.

Now I'm ready for a little Zen time……..

…and speaking of Zen time, here is a monotype I made last week in class as a demo for hand printing. I just put some blocks of color on the plate, printed it and when is was dry spent a little time over the next few days creating a colorful Zentangle.

6" x 6.5" monotype and micron 01 pen

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Filler Up and Rixty

Playing with a new tangle Rixty.  It is lots of fun to just start and let this one move and grow.

One day last fall I decided to print my palette plate at the end of the day.  Finally got around to cutting the print into pieces and playing with these two.

This a 3.5" Zentangle paper tile.  I started with Rixty in the middle and then just filled it up.  I think I found a new mantra, "filler up, filler up, filler up…."

Another "filler up" page in my 5" x 5" Handbook.  I really enjoy how these pages turn out but believe me there are points in the process where I think, "Yikes! where do I go from here?" There lays the challenge and the fun.