When life is so busy I am thankful for Zentangles. Even though I am teaching printmaking right now and involved in art, Zentangles always give me a little bit of art time for me. This one had no plan, just a little tangle here and a little tangle there, a little one day and a little more the next.
This page was done at our last ZenFriends meeting. Sharla showed us how to play with this design based on the tangle N'Zeppel. It is so relaxing and fun to sit with these friends and just play. Thanks ladies!
Yes, I did from a zodiac in the Sea of Cortez. Two of my sisters, Lynette and Nancy and I just returned from a week with Lindblad National Geography. What an adventure! This is my hand rubbing the belly of a mama whale who is half under the zodiac.
Here we are on one of many, many zodiac rides. We saw a blue whale, humpback whales, dolphins, snorkeled with the sea lions and had many encounters with mother grey whales and their calves.
Looking for grey whales!
Of course there was time for some sketching. The landscape was beautiful and so serene. Sketched the blue whale from a photo and the mask and snorkel is for our time in the water with the sea lions.
All of the islands were protected so beach combing for sea shells for sketching or photographing was the order of the day. The doctor on the ship was carving a beautiful chess set during down times on the ship.
This gridded page is strolling Boca de Soledad island in Bahia Magdalena. Mangroves, red alga sea shells, interesting plants, and bits and pieces. The island also has beautiful flowing sand dunes of the finest sand blowing and blowing. Magical.
So a long time ago I bought this little rickety chair with the intention of painting it. So finally this weekend I took a furniture painting workshop using Chalk Paint at Peinture Studios in Costa Mesa. Chalk Paint was developed by Annie Sloan in England 20 years ago and has only been in the states for about 2 years. It is an amazing product and lots of fun.
What's the big deal you ask? How about no and I mean no priming, sanding or prepping is involved. Just start painting. Even on a glossy finish, the paints will stick. Crazy huh? Here is my little chair in progress, see no primer. I decided to leave the iron braces rustic. Being raw wood and very weathered it took the paint with no problem but others in the class had finished pieces of furniture and they also just started painting.
When finished you use a wax to finish and seal the piece but because I was putting mine back out in the garden I just used a very, very fine sandpaper all over to burnish it and wiped it down with a damp cloth. The sanding also removed the paint from the round head nails which I liked as well. I have already bought the paint to do another large old wooden chair I have had for years. It too will find a home in the garden….and then there's the narrow table upstairs or maybe that old nightstand in the garage…………
Last time Jessica was here I proposed a color blocking project of sorts and had her draw this butterfly. I enlarged it and got the images onto a pieces of white Bristol board. Then thinking about contrast she picked her colors for each of the butterflies. We trimmed them to 6" squares and mounted them on black Bristol board. Not bad for a 2 hours class with a yummy cookie break.
My friend Marj and I have planned an artist trip to Tuscany for May 17-31 2014. We have a few spots left and I thought I would throw it out there to any of my followers who are feeling adventurous. We will be staying at this lovely villa for 14 days, 20 km from Lucca. The cost of the workshop is 2500 euros or approx. $3,400.00 US. Airfare not included.
If our workshop does not work for you check out the others. I have not been here but it comes highly recommended from multiple artist. You can check the trip schedule through the link. Email me for availability.
well sort of. The last five days were busy, fun, exciting and almost artless. Spend four days coming, going and enjoying Palm Springs for Thanksgiving. I did try to go to the botanical gardens with my sketchbook but they were closed. I did manage a few minutes here and there to do this one 3.5" Zentangle. I had my brown and a black 01 micron so played a little with them both.
The 30 days were a real challenge at times but it kept me thinking of art even if I didn't have the time. All in all I am pretty proud of my efforts even though I didn't quite make it through every day.