When I started this blog I thought it would be a great alternative to the large website I had previously been using. I am however having some problems with it that are making me wonder if I should continue using this service. Today I had to delete over 250 spam emails from this site to buy cheap chinese nfl jerseys or other products. I know we all get spam at times but this seems to be a continuing problem here. I will keep posting awhile longer to see if it improves as I do want to have a source for you all to learn more about watercolor, what I am up to in my artwork and what shows I will be doing.
Recently, I returned from a four day seminar in Providence, Rhode Island to become a certified Zentangle teacher. Zentangle is an awesome, relaxing art form where you aren’t trying to draw a picture of anything. You are just combinging patterns of lines and shapes to fit together onto a small, 3 1/2″ square, piece of quality handmade paper called a tile. You work with Sakura pens. They are fine lines and it forces you to slow down and really get into what you are doing. I love it! There are over 125 official Zentangle patterns but many, many more can be found on the internet. In fact it is the most “pinned” subject on Pinterest and there are even some youtube videos. It has so many benefits besides just being creative and can be used for relaxation, right-left brain exercise, focusing, meditation, relieve stress, design inspiration, creative gifts, etc., etc. Anybody can do it, no artistic skills are required. Supplies are minimal, inexpensive, and can be carried with you easilly. I’m arranging class locations now and will be posting information on how you can take Zentangle classes soon. Contact me if you are interested at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our last show was at SUNY Binghamton and it was much better this year. Jerry did well too with his wood turning and his handcarved spoons are selling great for him. He’s really enjoying the hand carving part and sits at night watching tv carving away on a spoon or ladle. The livingroom is littered with chips but we have a hardwood floor, he’s happilly creative and I don’t mind the mess as he sweeps it all up before bed. His spoons are awesome and I like the fact that you can feel his toolmarks and its not like a machined product. He’s had months of health issues to deal with and we have even had to forfeit a couple of good shows this year because he was ill. He’s feeling better now but we are scaling back on our shows. Winter is our time to really be creative and productive and after the holidays like Santa’s elves we really get into the “workshop” and get working. I have so many ideas for artwork that my head is aching with wanting to get them started. I’m not lacking in inspiration, its just trying to decide what to do first!
We probably will be spending winter up here this year. Its going to be a real old fashioned one with lots of snow and cold I think. We’ve had some really pretting days though and I love to see the snow sparkle and the deep blue shadows on the snow too when the sun shines. Stay warm and enjoy the holidays…..hope to see you soon….Cordially, Doris