The other side of spring..is fall, my favorite time of year and this little chicadee is eyeing some juicy berries on a tree that bears the fruit through the winter and into spring. GaeyleGerrieBoss2019
The promise of spring. I saw our first blue bird back and the Blue Jays have returned. And they’ll all be after the cherries when they come on. At least the sweet little chickadee stays with the small stuff. Lovely painting.
Prompt #Things that Inspire You. Yesterday I posted an ATC that did for a swap back in 2009. It was one of a series of swaps where we were to copy the work and/or style of a master. These are the other three ATCs that I did for the Caillebotte swap. I enjoyed these challenges and they definitely inspired me! Chrysanthemums Garden-Pitt Brush…[Read more]
Thank you, Gaeyle! I haven’t done any ATCs for years. I did make my own when using specialty papers, like mulberry paper, but I used to buy the packages of Strathmore Illustration board that was cut to the proper size already. At the time, they were about the only pre-cut ATCs available.
thank you for the info Sandra, I have tried the Strathmore and find it a bit non responsive to watercolor. Once I adjusted my expectations of how watercolor reacts on the surface I have had fun trying tiny paintings. i have never tried mulberry paper…humm!
Yes – illustration board especially is not formulated for watercolor. Generally, I don’t care for the Strathmore watercolor paper except for their 500 Professional series and Aquarius II. At the time I was doing ATCs, I hadn’t got into watercolor yet.
Too funny! Thanks to you, once again I learned something new in zoology (which I enjoy already). And of course I had to look it up and learn more about wombats (did you know there is a beer named Wombat Warrior? it is quite good, with undercurrents of grapefruit)
Hi there! I’m Eni Oken, an artist since the age of 8, art instructor and teacher for almost 30 years, author of hundreds of articles, tutorials, video lessons and ebooks online and books in print. I’m ori
Eni, I’ve loved your work for a long time. It always makes me think of ‘World Music’, western work embued with the spirit of traditional art from around the world! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!
Wow, Sharon, thank you for such a lovely comment! Yes, one of the main concepts of Zentangle is to explore art for the PROCESS, not just the result, and reduce the things that can cause frustration — such as completing a project that took months and finding out that you really don’t like it. 🙂 Also, by reducing the size of the drawing, it makes it portable — you can take it anywhere — and it’s finished in one or two sittings at the most. I never realized how important that was for me and how much heartache I had before it. And, as you pointed out, it allows me the freedom to create and embed my own techniques and style into it. Thanks again for the comment!
Eni. I have enjoyed your work for quite a while and can recognize your work immediately. So beautiful, smooth and colorful. Even you black and white Tangles jump off the page. I just knew you had strong ART background. Love your story.
Thank you Patsy, I appreciate the comment. Nice to know that my style can be recognized… As I mention, in the end, it doesn’t really matter which technique or medium you use, the style tends to follow you wherever you go. Thanks again!
Thank you Eni for sharing your artistic journey and giving so many tips…!!! I have earlier tried black and white zentangle and found it quite addictive…It also helped in improving my Indian folk art…But now seeing your work I do need to try the colored zentangles….
I think you will love working with color. Just keep in mind that adding color brings a whole set of new challenges, so be gentle wit yourself and try to work with a few colors at a time, don’t go for all colorful or you’ll lose control over it. A limited color palette always tends to work better. Thanks again for the comment!
We had a lovely week-long camping trip in Shelburne, NS. Our site was right next to the water, which is saltwater bay on the Atlantic, but also fresh-water fed by the Roseway River. It was so neat to see Seaside goldenrod growing in the middle of a rock surrounded by water with seaweed, and some of it growing underwater too (exposed at low tide)…[Read more]
Just back from a week-long camping trip. A quick line-and-wash sketch of Shelburne’s waterfront from across the bay from our campsite, seen through binoculars (in Stillman&Birn Zeta sketchbook). Sept_shelburnewaterfront
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