Last week's Zentangle challenge (presented by Laura Harms), spawned a wonderful circle of comments about process and product. "Making art" can be a little nerve-wracking sometimes. In focusing on the outcome ("art"), it's easy to bypass the really fun part: the process. Beginning with our eyes shut called forward (for many, but not all) some doubt and (hopefully low-level) anxiety. That's just because of what we are expecting of ourselves (some nice art?).
Notice when kids (or adults) play, they make things up and change things as they go. That's the fun of playing. The lightheartedness we bring to play allows for a certain confidence in what we are playing with. Playing with Zentangle is the perfect playground for lighthearted confidence to emerge. There is no preconceived image to attain -- just a meandering string that will get filled or not, today or tomorrow or two weeks from now.
I love how each participant is playing this little challenge game. What a joyous symphony of play!! It makes me happy to my toes to see so many people joining in. Thanks, everyone!