Thursday, May 28, 2015

Get In Line

This was a hard one to start, but once I got going, it was very relaxing. Somehow the "restriction" of drawing only lines brought about a very quiet mind for me.

For that was The Diva's Challenge: to use only straight lines in our work this week. Like Laura, I wanted to bring energy and action to my tile, and enjoyed finding a way to do that.

It started to come about with the addition of triangles along the edge. Hollibaugh laid down some planks there, and athitzi wanted to be everywhere. A modified Keeko, some paradox. Then I did something I wish I hadn't...I shaded the piece with the light coming from the top (my default setting for where light comes from. Because I grew up in a house facing south, when the sun comes up it is from the left. And that's why, whenever I shade, the light comes from the upper left.)

well anyway, I shaded things in that direction, then Footlites came to mind. And I put them in. On the bottom. *sigh* so the shading looks downright unnatural. But the piece does have energy, even though it's not my favorite.

Gotta admit, it does have energy.

However, this week I did make a tile that I JUST LOVE. It's on my cubicle wall at work, so I can look at it.

 I started with string #144, and was putting a different tangle in each section of string.

 Flux was in one section, and WOW! so I decided to do a monotangle with just flux in this string. Of course I had to add ribbons and tipple, some stippling, a couple of shiny ribbony places.


The finishing touches of weighting my lines, and stippling just solidify this piece as one of my absolute favorites that I've ever done.

So it's been a week of opposites. Curvy, leafy, ribbony, and straight, poky, thrusty, driven.

Good stuff, Maynard!

12 comments:

  1. Your straight line tile really does have energy! I thought of footlights, too, but was too dumb to use them without the little round bottom part! What a contrast with your other beautiful tile using Flux. Because of the string it looks like that other tangle that I can't remember the name of. Senior moment, apparently...Whatever, your tile is lovely!

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  2. Your StraightLine Challenge is awesome, HeidiSue. Your pattern choices are so well placed and drawn, and I just love how you used Hollibaugh. Your Flux Tile is Stunning and so deserves a place of distinction in your Cubicle Art Gallery. Beautiful work.

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  3. Nice challenge piece. Nice way to use straight lines to create a rounded shape. The nice thing about Zentangle® and shading is that do not have to worry about a light source. It is more to highlight.

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  4. I agree with Donald...sometimes the shading is just for highlight or interest. With Zentangle it's not as if we need to create a shape with shading, as if you were drawing a picture of your hand without linework...(just shading). Both of your tiles are great! I am really liking the flux one and I understand why you have it as your focus at work...very beautiful!

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  5. Good thing I read Donald's comment. I was going to remind you of the same thing. Each tangle can be shaded differently as there is no up or down. You should be able to spin your tile in any direction. Nice tangling.

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  6. Both are beautiful but the second is my fav :)

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  7. Love your Flux tile. It's absolutely stunning.

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  8. I would want to look at your drawing in the turning point at 180 degrees (but with my computer screen it is difficult). I shall see the campaign with fields, wooden fences and even rays of sunshine there.

    I also like very much your second drawing everything bends it (I admit that I often prefer curves

    J'aurais envie de regarder votre dessin en le tournant à 180 degrés (mais avec mon écran d'ordinateur c'est difficile). j'y verrai la campagne avec des champs, des palissades de bois et même des rayons de soleil.

    I also like very much your second tile done with curves (I admit that I often prefer curves

    J'aime beaucoup aussi votre deuxième dessin tout en courbe (j'avaoue que je préfère souvent les courbes.

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  9. I would want to look at your drawing in the turning point at 180 degrees (but with my computer screen it is difficult). I shall see the campaign with fields, wooden fences and even rays of sunshine there.

    I also like very much your second drawing everything bends it (I admit that I often prefer curves

    J'aurais envie de regarder votre dessin en le tournant à 180 degrés (mais avec mon écran d'ordinateur c'est difficile). j'y verrai la campagne avec des champs, des palissades de bois et même des rayons de soleil.

    I also like very much your second tile done with curves (I admit that I often prefer curves

    J'aime beaucoup aussi votre deuxième dessin tout en courbe (j'avaoue que je préfère souvent les courbes.

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  10. Two very beautiful and very different tiles. I love, as you say, the energy in the first - almost electric!

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  11. I think your lines are lovely!! And I sure can see why your other piece makes you so happy!!!

    ~ Diane Clancy
    http://www.dianeclancy.com/blog/2015/05/my-diva-straight-lines-challenge-entry

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