Short post today! This is a tile that doesn't have the finesse that my work usually has but it's because it's my demo tile from today's Zentangle 101 Basics class. Saturdays are typically the day that I teach the 101 class and depending on when that happens in the day and since Oscar and I have deemed Saturday as game night, there isn't always time to work on something that's in progress or start something new. But rather than be stressed out about that, I've decided that since I am creating a tile (one that I've done probably a hundred times now) and sharing the creative give that is Zentangle with others, that's good enough for the day.
OMG!!! I've mentioned Craftsy on here before. I took that colored pencil class that I didn't like so much and they graciously refunded. I saw that they were running a contest last month for cityscapes and since I was in the midst of drawing those myself I thought it apropos timing. I entered my Kagero's (worm's) eye view drawing (posted again below) just for kicks. I thought it'd be great just to have more eyes on my drawing but really had no expectations of winning. Then last weekend "The Drawing Club" Facebook page (which is run by Craftsy) posted my picture in marketing the contest and I was so excited to see that! That post got more than 1.7K likes! The contest ended on the 26th, when a committee at Craftsy would evaluate the submissions and declare a winner. Earlier today I wondered if they had decided yet. Then this afternoon I got an email from them saying that I had won and that they loved my drawing!!!! I won! I won, I won, I won!! OMG! This was the first contest I've entered and I won!!! So crazy exciting!! This is such a huge boost to my confidence! I'm now an award-winning artist :) You can read their lovely blog post here
Since finding out about this, I've just been too excited to do anything. I'm planning to expand my Zentangle workshop offerings to include classes in shading and color. I spent today working on lesson plans and samples for a color class using colored pencils (I'm planning separate workshops for watercolor, acrylic ink, marker techniques, etc) and I got started thinking about teaching shading. I started some samples using the Kunstler pattern (named for artist Juliana Kunstler). So, not so much art was made today but I really want to start offering more advanced classes so I gotta start somewhere!!
I'm posting late again today! I really hate getting down to the wire on these days. Today was pretty full so I didn't get a chance to start on today's piece until later in the day. I taught a Zentangle 101 class this morning. The ladies in my class were just wonderful and I had a great time teaching them. We finished around 12:15 and then tear down of my equipment took another half hour. Then my husband and I went to Michael's (they had Strathmore pads of paper 9"x12" for 5 bucks each, which is a great price and an artist can never have too much paper!) and then Target. We had plans to go one other place but it was hot and I was miserable. Now, I know 90 degrees with low humidity isn't "that hot" and I get that. I grew up in the desert of southern New Mexico so I know what hot is but I don't like 90 degrees any more than I liked 110 degrees. Honestly, anything above 70 is too hot for me! So, we cut our errands short and came home. It was almost 2pm at this point so we had some lunch. After lunch, my full tummy and the heat took their toll and I got sleepy. We decided to take a nap, which was nice but not really all that restful. We got up close to 6pm and I had to see about making some dinner. So, with all of this, the day went by in a flash and I still needed to do a drawing. Tangling for me is an easy go-to and I just love this pattern. It's Garlic Clove but done as flowers. I also just love using colored pencil on black paper. The biggest struggle I run into with the black paper, though, is creating shadows. I wish I hadn't added them to this one, but oh well! I'm planning to start a new perspective piece tomorrow!
I was really hoping to have something new to add for today's contribution to my daily art project but it ended up being a busy day and I ran out of time. I gave a Zentangle class for two very lovely women, who have been amazing students and are swiftly becoming dear friends. They've also been so supportive to me in a number of ways and I am so incredibly grateful for them. I spent time this morning prepping for our class and then gave the class midday and then we were done, got husband from work, made dinner and realized that it was getting late and I had nothing done...eek! So, I grabbed my pencils and set to work on some more flowers. It's coming together and I like the addition of the color but this one is going to take some time. I'm easily distracted so I'm reluctant a little to try to do something else and do this at the same time because I do want to finish it but I also need to keep up my momentum on developing new skills. I'm going to try tomorrow morning to create something new and then work on these flowers in the evening when we're watching TV. I can do this!!