Friday, 19 August 2011

What you do in class

I was in Adelaide last week attending a class with an International Quilting Teacher (Sharon Schamber).   While she was talking and showing us how she makes her quilts on the longarm (and they are magnificent quilts) ...  I tangled my page with my own quilting designs and feathers ... all in a very Zentangle style of course!

I find that drawing whilst listening to someone in a lecture or meeting ... assists my ability to recall what I have heard later on.  My learning style is definately not auditory!

Now I am going to have to quilt these little drawings to see how beautiful they look!

Hope everyone has a tangling good weekend.   Jane x

Thursday, 11 August 2011

This says it all!

“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it's in my basement... let me go upstairs and check.” – M.C. Escher

I love this ... it really says it all for me and how I think about my art!

PS ... If I have quotations here from cited authors or from anonymous authors, you do not need my permission to use them - they are not mine.   However, if anything is mine - you do require permission to use it.

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

You all amaze me!

You have visited my blog 40,000 times since 4 December 2010 - that is just amazing.   I am amazed at how many want to "follow" me.   You know that when you follow my blog I go check out yours and some of your links too ... it is amazing how diverse and interesting and talented we all are. So many have left lovely comments which have given me a boost when I've needed it.   I love that you love what I do.   It is unfortunate that a lot of artist minds feel like they haven't done enough or what they have done isn't good enough ...  who said "Don't worry about perfection, you'll probably never reach it" - what great advice just get on and make your art.

I also received a special little package in the mail today that told me that "All art requires courage".  Oh how special that makes me feel, albeit a little teary.   It was like a little hug all wrapped up in love and packaged into an envelope - I will keep it to myself for a little longer though, so I can cherish the sentiment and love that came with it.

In the meantime ... I can share with you all and say thank you for visiting my blog ... leaving messages or just visiting and making that little counter tick over - I know you have been here and that means a lot to me.

So I will give you "L for Love"  with a few Zentangle patterns and a few of my own mixed intogether.


Tuesday, 2 August 2011

My Cat is so sad

This is Jet, you may have seen him before on my blog - this is the face I get when I won't let him eat my crochet thread .... he really wants to run off with the whole lot and bat it around the room.

Monday, 1 August 2011

I read this ... and then thought about it.

There's always a little truth behind every 'just kidding.'
A little knowledge behind every 'I don't know.'
A little emotion behind every 'I don't care.'
A little love behind every 'I hate you!'
A little uneasiness behind every 'I'm okay.'
A little pain behind every 'forget it.'
A little fear behind every 'leave me alone.'
A little hope behind every 'goodbye.'
And a little 'something' behind every 'nothing.'
Author Unknown

And it gave me food for thought ... I wanted to share it with you all.

Look at these words from your own personal point of view.  We all know the world can be overwhelming to us at times, especially the smallness whilst being vast that the internet has created and we have probably all, at some time, said some of these things.   From my perspective, I have been trying to work out what is important to me.  One of the things that keep recurring is "simplicity of life". I want little and need less but still have this burning desire to create.  Truth be known, I probably have enough supplies to keep me in creativity mode for a few years to come.   So I am going to work with what I have for the rest of the year.

My first step is to finish my Zentangle alphabet book ... I am thinking of self publishing an e-book from my web site, that you can download and read. The Letter "Z" is below - Would you want that?   I'll let you know how I go with that.
I will also be quilting and continuing to draw in my journals!

So I can now see the beginnings of where I would like to be and some of that light at the end of that long dark tunnel.  Progress takes but one step at a time, creativity is no different. 
Cheers for now ... Jane