Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Simplicity

Fellow CZT Laura Harms from Saskatoon is offering up (or throwing down) a weekly Zentangle challenge to anyone who has the notion to participate. I love a good throwdown (in a more partying context, not a fighting one!), especially one with a theme. The theme for this first week is "simplicity."


   Inspired by Laura's tile, I sat with some simplicity for a while, but it took me a minute to really be able to GET simple. My first tile went like this... starting simple enough, but then it kept talking to me and making me do other things to make it not so simple. Oh well, I was listening so that's what I did.


I sat some more with simplicity, and I could feel it wasn't ready to come forward just yet. I started two more tiles and I could feel they were going to get all tangled up and hook me into another spiral of detail (which would be really fun, but...). I laid them aside for another day, and started anew. I felt that for me, this little exercise was about getting to a place where detail and thought give way to deliberate rhythm and repetition.
   Finally... "Ahh", with an added bunch of rays and a spiral middle. Just what Dr. Laura ordered! Thanks, Laura. That was fun!



12 comments:

  1. Wow, Carole! I love your "simple" tile. And you're right, finding that place of simplicity is tougher than it seems! (i like your first tile too, by the way!)

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  2. Simple, but certainly not plain. Lovely tile.

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  3. Very nice to see how you simplified! It seems as if the second tile shows the 'essence' of the first.
    I love these!

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  4. Very Nice - reminds me of one those spinners from a fireworks display

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  5. I agree that both tiles are lovely and so full of movement. Great job.

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  6. The inspiration for the second one came from a Zentangle student, Suzi Clarkson. She calls it Sputter-Nut. Cute tangle name:)

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  7. Well done! It is difficult to keep it simple, isn't it?

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  8. I love that you "sat with simplicity" for a while. Both are beautiful, the second is WOW! You are an inspiration! 8-)

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