Sunday, 17 July 2011


 I spent the weekend playing with pencils ... love!

This is a tulip I drew with Prismacolor pencils in my "flower journal" .... my first real attempt at drawing water droplets.   The first layer is blended with Zest It.

A beautiful alpaca drawn in Graphite.  I loved that he had a bit of straw sticking out of his mouth - vcute!

Just had approval to use this beautiful boy's name
"Middle Earth Gandalf "    .... now isn't that special for a beautiful white Alpaca.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

You may have been wondering...

Hi there ... you may have been wondering where I have been and what I have been up to.

I know this sounds awful but I needed a Zentangle Break.  I have been Zentangled out!   I was writing up and drawing for my Zentangle Book, however, when the publisher sold her business and I was asked to sign a new contract with the new publisher - I declined.  The main reasons are because I felt I didn't want to give my work away for such a low monetary value, although I believe this is normal.  I also didn't want to do "projects".    I just want a book of my art in the Zentangle style, more like a coffee table book.  I have created and modified a number of alphabets all decorated with tangles.  I choose only to use the official Zentangle patterns and my own patterns - with a couple of exceptions and one is BTLjuice by Sandra Bartholomew  (I hope she doesn't mind).  Anyway ... with no publisher ... this project will sit on the backburner almost complete, but with more being added a drawing at a time. 

The other thing is that I am a professional machine quilter and I needed to get back to quilting quilts.  I only like to quilt three or four days a week due to my health restrictions.  If I do too much I get tired and start to get flare ups of my autoimmune disease I have learnt to take it slowly.

You may have noticed, I have also been revisiting my old drawing styles, portraiture in graphite and coloured pencil "painting".   I love pencils ... if I could earn a living from drawing, I would do it full time.  Commission work is hard to find.

So there you have it ... I hope to put up some freebee projects for you guys ... I have a couple of simple cute things you can make to show off your Zentangle drawings and you can share them with your kids too!  So bear with me, I'll be back posting soon.

Cheers for now

Monday, 4 July 2011

Giving up on this one

This is supposed to be a drawing of my husband .. you can see that I haven't finished.    I just can't get the teeth right - he has perfectly straight teeth and the mouth is not right either.   I am declaring defeat and picking another picture where his mouth is closed - lol!

Perhaps I could convince him to do a sitting for me.  I used to do portrait drawing in "quick" 40 minute sittings with pastel, charcoal or graphite ... so many years ago now but the looser quick portrait was enjoyable to do.

Cheers for now