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)

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

a confused interwoven mass

What's that? (meaning the title of this post)

In this morning's Gardian crossword that was the clue to the word TANGLE - and is exactly how I thought of  tangles in the past.
But who am I to dispute the new use of the word as a synonym for pattern - when a tangle is linguistically the opposite of a pattern. After all, we have buses in PCs and it follows a long line of English language tradition to borrow simple, practical words and use them as required. In computing they hit the ceiling with that method of describing something quite new (in those days).
At which point I have to voice my annoyance that the German language has borrowed the word 'handy' to mean cell/mobile phone. I can't bring myself to use that without cringing inside.

To get back to the real point of this comment, let's tangle, and hopefully we do mean orderly, methodical use of the patterns available to use when drawing in any given style, including zen of course.

Language, especially the English language, is fickle! Zen is not normally a word or part of a word used to describe drawing anything. It's again a borrowed plume, but  to repeat the old saying: if the cap fits, wear it!
One more bit of trivia: Did you know that the word 'zen' is not in the official Scrabble dictionary? Silly that, considering how few words there are starting with Z that would fit in a scrabble game. And even sillier that there is a watchdog hanging over scrabble boards, checking that no disallowed words are used to solve linguistic tangles! 

Challenge 164  is to reflect on the Earth. A nice idea that will take us on long journeys and reflect some of our love of the world we live in. The choice of tangle patterns is endless - anything goes, really, and I think I'm going to use the centre of a large drawing I'm working on at the moment. Here's the bit I mean:

earth matters - detail of line drawing for ch164

I might print this part as a 10x10 drawing to achieve a 10x10cm format. I think it would work. The A3 drawing will be the final one in a presentation book of oversized drawings. I was ambitious about drawing on such a scale, but now I'm hooked and have already bought a second folder to store the 40 as yet undrawn abstract doodles I hope to make in the coming months. Today's task is to finish this one - or at least the part shown here.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

borderline case 01

NB: Scroll down for Challenge 163 in the previous post.

This title is rather a play on words. I was looking at my collection of borders and wondering why I can never think of any at the right moment. I expect that happens to us all now and again with all types of pattern, e.g. you have a splendid empty space and can't think of a different filler, or if, like me this time, you've made a string using 2 pencils together instead of one and you've ended up with lovely ribbons crying out for borders, finding the right pattern gets even more complcated. Part of the problem here was that some of the tracks were too narrow. In the end I got a bit tired of the drawing, so my main aim was then to finish it! It does have a variation of rixty in there somewhere, but since it is similar to other solutions, you may not want to think of mine as rixty. 
I did find one or two original ideas for borders, which I will take up again. One was inspired by the back of a mushroom, where the stalk emerges. That's much more interesting than the smooth top of a mushroom. There are of course lots more fungi to explore. Some look like little trees. All the mushroom shown HERE are apparently edible! I don't think they all look appetizing, however.

new series "borderline case" 01 (A3)

It was quite a shock drawing large format after a few days of 10x10cm doodles, which don't take very long to complete, so I might go back to that format for a restful week, but first I want to work on a drawing to be done over watercolour. I found this unfinished painting this morning and it's ideal for a floral, I think. 

watercolour base (30x30cm = 12x12in)