Pat Mathes,CZT
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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Continuing with Days 67-76 #100 Day Project

I continue to draw each day - sometimes just sketching a bit, and other times really getting down to it!  I worked on another watercolor piece for a few days, watching it grow and evolve.  It was a mixed style with some Yellena James influence, Sharla Hicks' influence, and just drawing.  Again, working with the watercolor more and more. 
Susan Mayes, CZT gave me a starter piece a while back, with Twinkling H2Os blown with a straw.  It was quite beautiful, but I didn't get a photo of the original before I started.  I just let my pen go with this one, and was quite pleased with result.  It was on a piece of white cardstock and all that white still bothered me, so I got out the green chalk pastel pencil and look what happened.  I gifted it back to her!!
I worked some more on my second botanical/organic journal group of patterns/designs, and participated in two Square One focuses - Loev and Kuke.  Also, I did a challenge to use a pattern starting with A, B, and C.  I chose Abeko, B'twined and C-View.  So all in all, a good piece of drawing these past few days, and here is a collection of some of the results.

Friday, June 8, 2018

#100 Day Project Continues May 31-June 7

I spent quite a bit of the past few days working on a new botanical piece.  This was a combination of styles - that of Sharla Hicks and Yellena James.  I have been studying both quite a bit and love the effect of both, and like combining the forms.  I started with a blank white page, and creating what I thought would be the focus flower on the upper left.  I then started adding bit by bit, using watercolor to lay in some of the color, along with a bit of colored pencil.  But I stayed more true to watercolor in this piece.  The bottom left flower, I think, became my focus flower.  This is actually a pattern called Feen by Ela Reiger, CZT.  I have really learned a lot working with this pattern and combining it with what I learned from Sharla's retreat.  I was quite pleased with the watercolor work on this one - it is the first one that I haven't almost totally covered with colored pencil.  The other pages are pages from my Organic/Botanic journal - Volume II.  These journals contain small samples of forms, some I see in other's work, some are patterns, and even some from my own observations during my morning walks. 

Here is my week's work.
I have been walking a mile every morning - yes, me!  I live less than a half mile from a nature area.  There is a gravel road alongside a pond that I can walk along and hear the early morning sounds of nature - and the peace and quiet alongside the city life.  As I increased the distance I was walking, I found there was a second pond behind the first one.  So now my walks have increased to a little more than a mile and I will keep increasing as I feel able to.  The humidity is high in the mornings, but the heat isn't as bad, so it is the only time I can  do this walk.  It energizes me for the day.


Sunday, June 3, 2018

Diva Challenge

Laura's challenge this week (#364, which is a repeat of the number as last week was 364) is to use the tangle PUF by Carole Ohl.  This is another of the grid patterns.  I have used it in conjunction with Footlites.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

#100 Day Project Continues May 22-30

A lot of my art time this past week has been working through a piece inspired by Yellena James and seeing what techniques I can use.  I had a bad experience with gouache - not sure what happened.  From what I was reading, it was either old or cheap or a combination of both.  It smelled awful and I live in an apartment with no outside ventilation other than windows and it is too darned hot outside to have them open.  It took a full day for that smell to dissipate.  Yellena uses gouache in her work a lot so I have been experimenting with other mediums - colored ballpoint pen, gelly roll, Tombow markers, Staedtler fineliners, colored pencil and watercolor pencil.  It is still a work in progress - I am really having a lot of fun working on this.  I have also gone back and done some basic Zentangle work also.  And a quilt block template challenge in one of my groups.  It has been a good art week.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Diva Challenge 364

Do it again -- we were challenged to create a redo of an earlier tile.  I took one I did in Inktober 2015 and tweaked the patterning a bit but kept it very similar.  Shading was the big thing here, along with pen flicking.

First the 2015 tile

now the present one.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

100 Day Project - Days 43-49 May 15-21

Finally settling down to routine after being gone for almost three weeks.  Routine is a funny thing, isn't it?

The past week, I have created quite a bit - actually a bit more than what you see here - and really enjoyed myself.  I was on a mandala/zendala trip - creating 3 of them.  I  worked some more on Eni Oken's Lotus Flower lessons.  I created a tile to send for Cris Letourneau after her tragic loss of her husband in a home fire.  She was working on a book of Renaissance tiles and techniques.  A group got together to send her Renaissance tiles to let her know we are thinking of her.  I did a bit more work in my Organic/Botanic journal.  Oh, yes, I almost forgot.  I created a tile of nesting owls for a project in one of the FB groups.  That was a feat in itself.  Wonky piece of work.  All in all, a productive week.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Diva Challenge 363 - Laura's Auras

One of the mantras of Zentangle is that if you don't know what to do next - Aura!  And that is what Laura asked us to do this week - Aura!  I have been wanting to play some more with the Zentangle pattern Waybops.  I love this pattern - it fills my love of Zendalas/Mandalas.  I did this one in my gray journal.  The color is Polychromo and the white is chalk.  I did quite a few auras around the exterior and a couple on the interior.  Actually, the striping is kind of an aura.  The picture doesn't quite show the true colors but it's close.