Zentangle U ATCs

Zentangle U ATC #1

Zentangle U ATC #1

Zentangle U ATC #2

Zentangle U ATC #2

 

These are two Zentangle ATCs I made today for my Zentangle alphabet series swap. As usual I tried new tangles, or new to me. I tried Betweed, Paradox, and Humble. They need to be practiced but I had fun with them at any rate

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The Sketchbook Project

Recently I signed up for the Sketchbook Project run by The Brooklyn Art Library. I thought I was signing up for the 2014 tour and exhibition and that I had plenty of time but signed up for “The Mysterious Maps Tour.” Lo and behold when I signed in on May 1st, I found out the deadline was actually postmark of May 14th. At first I had a defeatist attitude. I was like, “There is no way.” This is a 32 page Sketchbook that has to be filled, with the theme of your choice, (which I actually found out had to be related to maps) and could be rebound or altered in any way but it had to be done and ready to go. I am game for an adventure but that’s a BIG adventure and with my wackiness being what it is, I was not sure my muses were nearly prepared. But I had already planned a theme and already had some of the research done because of some previous art projects that I had completed. I decided to focus on Goddesses from various cultures and pantheons, draw them, and add some information about them, then hand draw maps of the world basically and put in a key as to where each one originated from. I managed to complete the Sketchbook on time, sent it out on the 14th and the USPS confirmed that it was delivered on Thursday the 16th. YAY! Anyway, I learned so much and since so much could not be put into the sketchbook because there was no enough time or room, I have decided to put up information, stories, little tidbits etc for anyone who wants to know about it on my blog as well as the drawings. Some of them came out great, some of them did not. But I did what I could and had a great time. I opted for my sketchbook to be digitized so it will be available to be viewed online in 8 weeks or so and also people who view my sketchbook will get the url to my blog as well so I figured if I put up some more information on here that I wanted to put in there it would be fun. Take from it what you will or skip over it entirely. No matter what your beliefs are, some of the stories are beautiful, some are interesting, and some are just plain funky. Others are common knowledge but it’s nice to pay homage to strong women as well. I am not proselytizing any belief system especially since many of the Goddesses come from varying cultures and belief systems. So take form it what you will and leave the rest. As one of my favorite old surgeons would say at Bon Secours as he was working, “take that and shove it in your phylactery” lolol. God I miss that man. Those of you who worked on med surg before he retired will know who I am talking about if you are reading this.
Rosie

Zentangle P through T ATCs

Zentangle P ATC

Zentangle P ATC

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These are my Zentangle P through T ATCs that I made for swaps on swap bot. I really enjoy tangling. I am learning and some come out better than others especially depending on my mindset but they are sun to swap from around the world.

I’m baaack!

Okay so it’s been three months of hiding. I dug in and I dug in hard. I’m trying to dig out and it’s hard. It’s dirty. it’s painful. The sunlight is blinding. It’s a scary world out here. But I am done hiding and trying to re-emerge into the world again. I am taking baby steps that feel like huge steps. I am trying not to just hide in my upstairs room and to actually get outside. I am going to the farmers market. I am going out shopping. I am seeing family. I took my son to his spring concert which he totally rocked at I am proud to say. Since I last saw you, I have become a pesco vegetarian which is a good step in the right direction both for the world and for my body. Less on the pesco more on the vegetarian. I even joined a local CSA this year so I have a good supply of fresh sustainable veggies. I am trying to express myself through art. I switched therapists. Not sure whether that was a good idea or not but I am still in touch with Dr. John so it’s okay. I am trying to normalize my lack of being normal and being down with that. Okay so there have been some major hitches like hallucinations and med issues and I am trying new meds yet again this week but for the first time in six months I actually got my psychiatrist to look at me instead of his computer. So that’s progress. I would tell you the story but you would have to really know me and my sense of humour to not be alarmed at my level of illness/wellness and my blasé attitude about it. I am just able to laugh about my issues or else I would continue to dig myself in further and never come out. And who can live like that? So that’s me. I am going to start updating my blog tonight with some of my attempts at artwork as well as some updates on some of my larger projects etc. It’s going to seem like it’s all over the place but right now that’s where I am so hang on for the ride and enjoy it or just hit the delete key and it’s all good.
Rosie

12 Months of Pretty Dresses: Month one

Practice Dress

Practice Dress

Second dress

Second dress

I am participating in a challenge where we create a new dress each month based on the same template. This month I decided to Zentangle the dress (what a surprise right?) I made two dresses, one practice, and one for the challenge. I ended up sending the practice dress because I made less mistakes ont hat one. But I am including pictures of both of them on here. I hope you like them.

Rose

3 New ATCs

I have been puttering around the last few days and came up with three new ATCs and wanted to post them up and share them. They are nothing fancy but I wanted to share them beforre I send them off for a swap on Swap Bot. So here they are:

Pretty in pink 1:3

Pretty in pink 1:3

Pretty in PInk 2:3

Pretty in PInk 2:3

Pretty in Pink 3:3

Pretty in Pink 3:3

We survived!

Well Ladies and Gentleman, It’s December 22, 2012 and we survived. The world is still here, humans are still on it, and I am still hanging on to my lovely, chaotic existence. While it is before christmas and too early to start setting my New Years resolutions in stone for  the new year, I think that waking up to a beautiful new day gives me the opportunity to focus on what I want to start working on in my life: the areas I want to start focusing on more.

  1. My Medical Issues: I am already working on those but I think it’s time to really focus on them. I have a Gyn appt in January to work on the ovarian cyst issue and I am going to have to get an appt with a gastroenterologist now that I have found out that the surgical ooption is off of the table for my chronic diverticulitis. I also need to get back in with the dentist to work on my teeth as they are not happy and I never followed up after my last major dental procedure because it hurt so much. I need to get back to them and follow up.
  2. My Mental Health: I need to find a way to work with my P-Doc or find someone who will work with me. I also need to find ways to minimize stress and find therapuetic outlets for the things I am going through. I also need to get back into my DBT practice and start to focus on some of those excercises. I also need to get focused with Dr. Kuna and find a way to really concentrate on issues that are bothering me and work with him on those instead of wasting time on less meaning ful things.
  3. My Physical Health: I need to get back into eating healthy and getting regular exercise and start working on my body even though I know I am not well. A little bit will go a long way.
  4. My Creative/Artistic side: I need to find a way to feed that part of me more and spend less time in front of the tv. I also need to organize my space and my supplies. I woudl also like to network more so I can take classes or go to concerts or go to galleries. I don’t have to isolate and do it all by myself.
  5. My environment: My house is a mess and filthy. It causes external choas to my internal choas. I need organize and downsize and clean and make arrangement to get the house fixed.
  6. My Financial situation: I need to spend less and utilize more. No more spending sprees when I can use what i have. I also want to set up an ebay and etsy store to sell thigns that I can’t use or don’t need anymore. I also need to start arraqnging to pay off some of my bills.
  7. My relationships: I need to find more balance in my relationships. I neglect my huasband in favor of Katherine or Paul quite often because I do not have the energy for all three. I also do nto spend nearly enough itme with my son because I am tired. I also neglect spending face timewiht Katherine in favor of phone time because I over spend and do not save for trips to see her. I also do not spend enough time with friends or making time for friends or penpals and that is not fair to them. I need to Find Balance.

I guess the whole key to this thing is Finding Balance. I really need that most of all. KIt’s alot to tackle but if I take baby steps and make little changes in each area I will make big changes in the long run. Anyways that’s my big thoughts status post Doomsday. Love to all my friends and followers.

Rosie