Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Challenge

I decided to really challenge myself on my 9th zentangle. There are 35 petals in this drawing, and each petal has it's own pattern. I tried some patterns I had been a hesitant to try, and as with each one that I do, I learned a lot!

My zentangling and the benefits I have been receiving from it were mentioned by Suzanne McNeill in her blog. I am very thankful for her kind words about my work! It's been less then 24 hours since her blog went live and I have already heard from another person with fibro who has noticed the pain relieving benefits of zentangle.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Obsessed with Zentangle

Finally something new to say, and a reason to say it. I have a new love of drawing. While I have been creative all my life, I always stayed away from drawing, it was a skill I didn't believe I had. I probably haven't doodled since I was in high school.

I had a bad case of the winter blues, and was feeling creatively blocked. On facebook, I kept seeing my friends talk about this Zentangle thing, and I decided to check it out about 5 weeks ago. Why not? It's just some pens and paper, a very inexpensive medium for me to check out, compared to most of the other things I do. Within 24 hours I had finished my first one, and was hooked.

As an artist, I have always loved fine detail, getting into the meditative state that relaxes me. Zentangle does this for me in spades. If you have read my blog, you know I have fibromyalgia. Zentangling gets me in such a relaxed state that I believe it helps the pain I experience. Maybe it doesn't really get rid of the pain, but I seem to tune it out while I am doodling. I have no doubt that it does help with anxiety and perhaps is even helping me to sleep a bit better... Such a blessing!

I am very thankful to all the artists out there who have generously posted pattern instructions on their blogs, and videos on youtube. You have inspired me, taught me, and opened my eyes to the fact that perhaps I can do just about anything I decide I want to do! Ancora Imparo!