Monday, June 28, 2010

Playing With My Food

I began drawing this border tangle the other day, and developed a fierce craving for pesto!

Of course... PIGNOLI!

Tonight's dinner includes zucchini. Wonder how that will work?

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Monsters Made To Order

I've recently returned from a very short (two days), very long (three thousand, two hundred fifty four miles, round trip, flying from Philadelphia to Detroit to Kansas City to Hutchinson to Kansas City to Memphis to Philadelphia) trip to visit family. (And boy! are my arms tired!)

While there, I met Braylee and Allycia, daughters of a niece-in-law. I have no idea how many "cousins removed" that is. In an effort to keep these girls (4 and 8 years old) entertained, I dragged out my sketch pad.

And so began the operation of "Monsters Made To Order."

Is your pet monster tall or short?

How many eyes does your monster have?

Does your monster have hair?

Is it long or short? Curly or straight?

How many arms does your monster have?

How many legs? How many feet? (Not always the same answer!)

This guy - or one very like him (I believe that more feet and eyes might have been involved in the original) - is my favorite.

I drew monsters with hair so long and curly that it wrapped around the page.

I drew monsters with ten feet, each foot wearing a different type of shoe!

I drew daddy monsters (with tattoos!) and baby girl monsters.... monsters wearing Hawaiian shirts... monsters with wings...

Is there a business concept in here?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Honestly, Those Tangles Are Everywhere

Now, if this isn't a natural born tangle, I don't know what is!

This feline fellow is Boris, one of the "International Cats of Mystery" with whom I share my home. And, yes, the other one is named Natasha.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Victorian Tangles

If I was asked to list functional items - things that are made to do the job they do and nothing more - I'd probably list items like "hammer" or "bedspring." I'd probably also look to the past and add "milk bucket" and maybe even "radiator." But I'd be wrong with the last one, as this picture clearly shows.

This is a radiator from an upstairs bathroom in a Victorian era building. It's cool and swirly enough on its own, but I can't help but think of the many stories behind its arrival and installation...

Consider that the radiator, at its basic level, is simply meant to provide warmth to a room.

But the designers of this radiator wanted STYLE in addition to substance!

Then I consider the image most people have of dour Victorian businessmen (and let's be realistic - they were nearly all men). I contrast that image with the rampant swirly flourishes on this functional item and wonder what it is, exactly, that drives us - humans - to inject beauty in the most unexpected places.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tangles are everywhere

Like this is something we don't already know!

This was a photo of a photo of a railing in a Philadelphia building. Tangling in wrought iron... somehow all that banging might work against the quiet serenity of making a Zentangle.

I snappped another photo of a building in University City that has a fabulous piece of work on it. Unfortunately, the photo was blurry. I think I must have had the setting on my camera dialed in for close up work. Next time I'm there, I'll shoot it again.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Like a beaker!

I'm graduated!

So, here I am with my initial post on my new blog touting my latest pursuit: Zentangle Instruction. I've got an official diploma and everything!

I'm actually pretty excited about teaching this art form. I've already got two classes in the works for Autumn, with more to come. (That's certainly the plan!)

If you are interested in learning more, please email me. Stay tuned to this blog for more details about my classes and a few random other thoughts as well. You can check out the official Zentangle site at You'll even see my name in the list of Certified Zentangle Teachers.