Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Beginning to CREATE

This is the year.  2014 is the year I begin to create the world I need.  The world of peace for my heart and mind.  This is the year I figure out what I want and how to make it happen.  With my heart and mind and body, it will. -- These are the words that create the border of my vision canvas. 

My word for 2014 is CREATE (explained here). 

My year got off to kind of a rough start.  Horrendous headache that won't break for a couple of weeks.  Nasty anxiety.  And the ever present struggle to figure out when to medicate and when to wait it out.  Knowing there will be drawbacks in either case.

So I had all these glorious ideas and then watched day after day go by without being able to fulfill them. But not entirely.

I've been able to tangle some.  Finish a couple of projects.  One of which is my vision canvas (like a vision board, but tweaked for my purposes).  Just pigment pen with pencil shading on a 9"x12" watercolor paper.

So, even though I never use photos on my blog, today I will.  And probably more in the future.  At a minimum I plan to create a sketchbook tab for my tangles.

Here's the first one I'm sharing.  My vision canvas:

It started with the word CREATE, because that's what it's all about.  Then I drew a string with some loops (in pencil, later erased).  I used this to add more words.  Not necessarily all things I will accomplish this year.  More like shades of words to color the idea.  There are more defining words in the ribbon.  In case you can't read them all they are as follows:  peace, stability, strength, refuge, dragonflies, healing, haven, space, calm, wellness, sanctuary, satisfaction, fortitude, oasis, happiness, gargoyles, garden, structure, dragons, wholeness, atonement, shelter, freedom, health, joy, self, focus, safety, divinity, dreams, escape, order.  Then I tangled in the various spaces and shaded with pencil.

I'm very new to this art form, Zentangle.  I started about a week before Thanksgiving.  So far, I am loving it.  And I love that I am learning something new.  Learning is always energizing for me emotionally.

In addition to tangling, I have found other ways to incorporate CREATE into my days, even when I'm down.  I have tweeted a quotation about creating every day.  And I have questioned myself more.  Because figuring out what I want is an elemental part of creating.

When I woke up last Sunday and began hoping for a good day at church I stopped myself.  I spent a few moments asking myself what I wanted my experience at church to be.  I focused my thoughts and heart that direction.  I prayed for assistance.  It changed my day.

I've done this a few times since.  For different events.  For me, I haven't been able to define my whole day with one choice yet.  But I can define different experiences and activities, or moments, throughout the day.  I think part of this is because I haven't been well.  I think it's also because I'm learning to use new mental muscles.  Anytime I learn something new, it takes time to become skilled at it.

Onward and upward.  More creating to do.  I'm finally starting to feel a bit better.  Ready to tackle my little corner of the world.

I leave you with my favorite tangled work so far.  It's a piece I created for a friend.  The only guideline he gave me was free flowing, kind of like The Grateful Dead.  He wants it colored, so I will be water coloring it.  For now, this is it (9"x9" on watercolor paper):

I hope you're all finding wonderful ways to experience 2014.


Since I'm new to photos on my blog, please let me know if there are display problems for you and what platform you're using to view my blog.

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Blogger Susan said...

This is wonderful! I love how you used words for the string. And welcome to the tranquil world of zentangle!

January 14, 2014 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Heather Jo Anderson said...

I absolutely love that you have found something you love doing! I love how the Grateful Dead one came out! I hope you'll show it in color.

January 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM  
Blogger 1 Art Lady Kate, Tangles and More said...

Lovely pieces and I so love to see how people use my tangle pattern widgets! Yours look great, and thanks for trying it!

January 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM  
Blogger Rubye Jack said...

Hi Robin, long time no see. You sound good and I like the idea of creating vision tangles. I've been thinking a lot lately about a creative outlet but am kind of slow on the draw because I've such an analytical mind.
The pictures look perfect. I use Chrome on my laptop with Windows and have an Android phone which I use a lot for Blogger.
Feel better.

January 14, 2014 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous jenna wheatman said...

I love your work especially the grateful dead. I to am relatively new to zentangle, you will be amazed how versatile it is, I cannot stop combining it with other arts and crafts. Your photos are fine and i can't wait to see more of your amazing work using your inspiration to create.

January 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM  
Blogger Annie Taylor said...

You are making a great start! I too am quite new to Zentangle, maybe a couple of months up on you, that's all, but finding it absolutely great fun, very focusing and inspires me to create!
All the best.

January 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Kailey McEvilly said...

I love the words, phrases, and quote around CREATE and I think its a wonderful word to move forward in a new year! Looks like you already have Zentangle down so I can't wait to see you grow :)

January 14, 2014 at 1:42 PM  
Blogger karen said...

You sound like you are off to a great start with all sorts of new adventures this year and that is what life is all about now not all are fun but that's what makes them adventures! Hope today is all you hope and dream it will be

January 14, 2014 at 2:31 PM  
Blogger karen said...

I love the word you have chosen for this new year and from what you write it sounds like you will have many adventures this year!

January 14, 2014 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger Jean Chaney said...

Create! What a great word. Just remember that you don't have to create everything on day one. Zentangle, like life, is one stroke/step at a time and you are off to a great start! Nice tangling!

January 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Sherri said...

The tangles are beautiful! Truly.

As you know, I don't do resolutions but I'm fond of your idea to choose a word. I might have to explore that concept :)

I have so much physical pain that I never really get true relief from. Tangle art, sketching, photography, and meditation have made it so much better to deal with though. I hate taking all the medications. In fact, I gave up most of them because I just couldn't stand living in a haze.

Drawing is a great opportunity or me to meditate. And I'm usually surprised by what I end up with. LOL!

I hope you'll continue to share your creations!

January 14, 2014 at 7:01 PM  
Blogger Bonnie said...

It is a powerful thing to transcend the limitations of what we see to build something we ... see. I will enjoy hearing about your journey and watching what you ... see ... become visible to everyone else.

January 14, 2014 at 9:27 PM  
OpenID penguinsandmore said...

Wow, your work is beautiful. I love the vision canvas and I hope to see the piece for your friend in color.

January 14, 2014 at 11:53 PM  
Blogger Daniele OBrien Design, CZT said...

Love your work and your process. Wonderful thoughts and creative process. Great job!

January 15, 2014 at 6:54 AM  
Blogger Anne's tangle blog said...

I like your tile a lot, it has a great composition. Hope to see more of you here!

January 15, 2014 at 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Johanna said...

Create! It is a great word! And your vision canvas is very beautifully done and inspirational. Enjoy your Zentangle journey. Who knows what delightful experiences are in store for you this year.

January 15, 2014 at 5:01 PM  
Blogger SuperMom Blues said...

What beautiful art! I need to be working on creating more myself. I've never heard of tangle art or Zentangle - I'm going to have to look those up!!
Stopped by from SITs!

January 15, 2014 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Annette Carlo said...

What beautiful work!! Welcome aboard to the Zentangle world! Looks like you're a natural!! :0) Share Humanity

January 16, 2014 at 12:01 AM  
Blogger Tinkerbell said...

Hello Mis Robin,

First off, wonderful tile and welcome to this beautiful world of art. It is truly healing in its own way.

I been browsing through your blog and I must say - hats off to you. It takes a lot of courage to write what you have written, accept the issues and deal with them.

They have been words of inspiration for me who is also going through a rough patch. Well its been a series of rough patches and seems unrelenting...but your blog - its like a warm hug. Thank You.

I wish you all the very best for the coming year and hope all your dreams come true :)

Loads of Love and Warm Hugs


January 16, 2014 at 12:12 AM  
OpenID neena said...

wonderful job!!

January 16, 2014 at 2:46 AM  
Blogger My Froley said...

Wow I love it. Such a quirky style of art

January 16, 2014 at 3:07 PM  
Blogger Savvy WorkingGal said...

You are really creative. What a great project for 2014. Happy to see you are getting off to a great start - other than the headache.

January 16, 2014 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Ronnie said...

Your "Create" piece is very creative. It has a wonderful flow to it. I love how you have incorporated so many words and sayings - it's like you spilled your feelings onto your artwork, which (I think) is a very cathartic thing to do. I have found creating Zentangle Inspired Art has helped me relieve anxieties and focus my thoughts on a creative activity and not on my "problems." I hope it works that way for you too. Hope you also continue to post your artpieces. Best wishes in 2014..

January 16, 2014 at 10:37 PM  
Blogger The Dose of Reality said...

First of all...I love your word "create". It's just so dynamic and positive.
But GIRL!! Your work is so amazing! Those pieces you shared are just fantastic!! I had no idea you were such a talented artist! Where have I been? How did I not know this?! Gorgeous!!! --Lisa

January 17, 2014 at 9:42 AM  
Anonymous Jodee said...

Creating is my word too for this year, oh well, it's the word for my whole life. This year we create a comic that is about esteem and kindness. This is so exciting.

January 17, 2014 at 10:41 AM  
Blogger Shelly Beauch said...

Cheers to your creative skills and word combinations.

January 17, 2014 at 4:33 PM  
Blogger Star Forbis said...

Love this! My word for 2014 is Hope! http://star4laughs.blogspot.com/2014/01/my-word-for-2014.html

Happy Saturday Sharefest! :)

January 18, 2014 at 10:29 AM  
Blogger Jewelsby Trish said...

Love your artwork!!! I hope you continue to share your pictures! My word of the year is SOAR!


January 18, 2014 at 2:48 PM  
Blogger Krissy P said...

These are incredible! I must find more about this Zentangle. Can't wait to see more.

January 18, 2014 at 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Dawna said...

I used to do Zentangles all the time, but no longer do. I love what you've done here! I find it so inspiring and believe I must get back to doing some myself, even if to just "turn off" the mind for a little while each day. :-)

And with regard to the new "muscles"... It does take time. I'm still not perfect at it myself. Hang in there! It does get easier with time. <3

January 19, 2014 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger Joy and Cake said...

Love this post! And your Zentangle!

(I did something similar with my word of the year "gypsy"!

January 22, 2014 at 7:18 AM  
Blogger Bev Feldman said...

Your drawings are absolutely beautiful, and what a wonderful word for the year and how you choose to interpret it. I hope it brings lots of positive things for you this year!

January 22, 2014 at 7:43 AM  
Blogger Melissa G. said...

What beautiful canvases. Such a talent you have. My word for this year is "revitalize". Things are going really well overall, I just want to kind of brighten things up as we move out of the newborn phase, kind of get back into things.

January 22, 2014 at 8:28 AM  
Blogger The Lovely One said...

I love both of them-- I really like that style, and I didn't know there was a name for it.

Good luck with your goals in 2014!

January 26, 2014 at 9:19 PM  
Anonymous Topaz said...

Oh, I love your vision canvas!It is so creative and inspiring! You are talented. I bought a doodle book last month. Baby steps. lol I am doing an inspirational journal, which I LOVE, and I would like get a little artsy with it. Right now, I do have a vision board page...it's all in pictures, but I love it...even more than my actual vision board. Just love this, Robin!

July 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM  

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