Deal With It

I’m trying to change the way I talk about my art.  You see, I was taught not to brag about myself.  Don’t give yourself airs, don’t show off.  Don’t try to draw attention to yourself. Sound familiar? I don’t know if it’s a gender thing, a generational thing, or just...

What’s Next?

Three years ago I picked up a book called “One Zentangle a Day” by Beckah Krahula and started a simple practice that would end up changing my life. It was so simple, really.  Start with a few dots and lines in pencil, then pick up the pen.  Draw a half-circle here,...

Doubtful beginnings; delightful endings

How has your week been? I’ve been working on fall classes and trying out some different art techniques, and of course, doing one Zentangle a day! I came across this tile when I went to put away the watercolour backgrounds I’d worked on this week. The tile...

So what’s a 3Z and what do you do with it?

What can you do with triangular tiles that you can’t do with square ones?  Turns out, there’s a lot! 3Z tiles are 3.5″ on all three sides.  The overall size is smaller than the traditional square tiles, and the dot-border-string way of drawing...

Process or Outcome?

As we move through various phases of our lives, it seems that we are always revisiting things we have learned but in a different context.  Focusing on ‘process’ over ‘outcome’ is one of those things for me.  Learning about Zentangle taught me...

Expanding Horizons

One of my favourite ‘aha’ moments comes when a student starts the class by telling me they aren’t very good.  “Don’t expect much,” they might apologise with a self-deprecating laugh, “I can’t really draw.” But they’re willing to give it a shot,...