Witty quote

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." (Winston Churchill)....Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. (Richard Wright)....Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet (Stephen Hawking)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Just in time for Challenge 162

Though I've stopped entering challenges for the time being, I could not resist this one, and really, the challenges are a good way of  applying oneself to a task one would otherwise not have thought of.

So it was with Challenge 162 this week, which I happened to see this morning.

I have 4 initials to choose from (FAPJ) and did drawings for the first two, but I only sort of like the one for A so here it is.

A for Ann

Thanks for looking. I am not publishing comments because someone is playing tricks on me!  I again received a complaint for one of my posts (from Xmas!). When I tried to look what was wrong with it the content had completely disappeared although blogspot said it would appear as a draft. I never post any drawings I have not made myself and link to anything that crops up in a post. I fail to understand how any of my posts can fall foul to a complaint since I am never abusive and never say anything I cannot back up.

I suppose that's the negative side of blogs. I stopped programming websites because I just can't spare the time. I will probably look for a different blog provider, in which case I will link to it here, or go back to Wordpress, which I have never used regularly up to now (well, the last entry seems to be 2 years old!).

Monday, 7 April 2014

4 of a kind

I set myself a task for the weekend - at least 4 new mandalas. I achieved that, but I have to admit that towards the end I was getting tired of thinking in the round. So this week I'm going to draw another really big doodle, maybe inspired by one of my favourite male doodlers around - there aren't that many of them (well, they don't publicize as much). Look at his website here. I've never tried anything as complicated as his drawings, but I think I'll enjoy the experience. My mandalas look very modest in comparison:

PS This morning I read on one of the most dominant blog that zentangle and zentangle inspired are are not the same, because in zentangle the strings "disappear" under the patterns whereas in zentangle inspired art the strings are heavily outlined. 
I've no idea whether that's a legitimate description, but I know I don't adhere to anything as clear cut. For me, the patterns are the most important. They sometimes spill over a string I have drawn and I certainly don't do  strong outlines to define a string.

I really would like to point out that strings can also be in the mind. I know they are published as official kick-off scribbles for 'official' zentangle drawings (i.e. c. 9x9cm), but that does not make them binding. If a string is in the way, IGNORE IT, and if pencil marks are visible when you have finished drawing, erase them, for goodness' sake.