Sunday, 31 May 2015
The Squid Shroom is another member of the underwater shroom family. It lives in saltwater along coastlines in warm climates. It is a carnivorous Shroom and once it has its prey in its tentacles it will not let go again. There is hardly cause for alarm for humans though, as this Shroom hardly ever exceeds 2" in lenght, its main foodsource being shrimp and tiny fish. The Squid Shroom usually is a camouflage greyish-brown mottled colour, however if you annoy it, the Shroom will "reward" you with a truly impressive colour display...
Saturday, 30 May 2015
So now, you have been very patient with me being on a Zentangle roll. Here is the last tile for now. All of these I will keep for myself to hang in one of my rooms. Usually I give most of my drawings away or trade them for other peoples art, but this series stays with me.
Friday, 29 May 2015
Wednesday, 27 May 2015
Tuesday, 26 May 2015
I had mentioned that I adapted one of my tangles to a larger size. I had not coloured it when I wrote the post about it, so I hope that explaines why I am posting Zentangle Tile V before Zentangle Tile IV. The Zinger "flowers" look more drawn out than in the ATC size piece, I guess I could have made the Phicops "shell" slightly bigger to account for the wider format. Or move it a little to the centre. But this leaves more space for the shading.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
Because the Yin-Yang Shroom bears the ancient symbol of balance and harmony, it has been picked to near extinction by soon-to-be-married couples, in the hopes the Shroom will aid them in having a more harmonious love live.
Well, that's not how it works, folks...
Saturday, 23 May 2015
I am definitely on a Zentangle roll these days. So I decided to make some 3.5" x 3.5" size Zentangle tiles for myself. I have some lovely bicolored, squareshape aluminium pictureframes lying around somewhere and these will now be put to good use. Just for this I also adapted yesterdays tangle and made another one in square size. I have not coloured it yet so that will be a post for another day.
This time I am also not using my lovely inktense pencils, but oil based Spectrum Noir pencils for better shading options.
Friday, 22 May 2015
Thursday, 21 May 2015
I am just so busy lately I do not seem to get around to posting daily. I will take better care in the future and try and post a nice picture every day because it I hope it will make me art more consistently and disciplined.
But I have been making some art. I am currently learning some new Zentangle patterns and I tried some of them in zentangle inspired ATCs. Here is the first one.
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
I am very proud of myself as I have done two more Zentangles. I used a 3.5" x 3.5" watercolour paper card, or tile as tanglers call them, and this is the first time I stayed true to the original Zentangle principles by drawing random lines first and incorporating them into the design.
I will be doing more of those in the future.
Sunday, 17 May 2015
I had fun making this Shroom, partly because it really is an unusual type that lives under water, but also because I loved the idea of having a Shroom mimicking an animal.
The Koi Shroom is a member of the rare family of underwater Shrooms. It thrives in small backyard ponds, fooling the pond owners into thinking that somehow they got Koi fish into their ponds. Their sand and seaweed camouflage is very effective at hiding the true nature of the "miracle fish". Incidentally the Koi Shroom gets its nourishment from fish food being dispensed by happy, unsuspecting pond lovers.
Saturday, 16 May 2015
This is the last card for the Mosaic swap. The three coils remind me of snakes, I think I will draw it again, but instead of making the centres round I will actually make them look like snakes...
Or I could start with the pointy tails on the inside and have the heads on the outside...
Friday, 15 May 2015
Thursday, 14 May 2015
Here is part two of my Mosaic series. I think it turned out a bit dark, but I like the way the three central colours work together. If I had to do it again I would leave a little more space in the centre to break it up a bit. But it is done now and I read on Zentangle.com that every line we draw we drew with purpose so how can it be a mistake?
Wednesday, 13 May 2015
My current swap is a hand drawn/ hand painted mosaic swap. So I had the ingenious idea to use a celtic design for it. I found some in a book (yes I admit that), and then I drew some random lines for the mosaic lines. And my ingenious idea turned into a lot of work. I think I used every inktense pencil I own as I wanted to achieve some colour variety. Here is the first.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Sunday, 10 May 2015
Todays post is all about the rare type of French Cheese Shrooms.
The Cheese Shrooms are - as the name suggests - 100% naturally forming cheese growth. They can occur in many many different varieties. Here we have a gentle Gruyere with a mild and wafting aroma,
and also a green veined Roquefort Shroom with a heavier, creeping scent.
Enjoy raw with some fruit, cured ham and a good wine.
Saturday, 9 May 2015
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Tuesday, 5 May 2015
It has just been the festival of Beltane, the 1st of May. I have taken part in a May Day swap and since all the cards are now on their ways to all the participants I might as well post mine here.
This one is a May Day firesite in a sacred ancient stone circle.
Monday, 4 May 2015
Sunday, 3 May 2015
I woke up this morning and realized that I had not posted any art yesterday. I guess I got tso busy with life for a change it totally slipped my mind. But... since this is MY blog and it is and should be all about ME (!) this does not matter at all and I do not need to apologize to anyone. I am however going to post 2 different Shrooms today to make up for it.
The first Shroom is called Ice Cream Shroom and I think it is fairly obvious as to why.
The second Shroom is ominously called Grenade Stalk Shroom and it needs to be handled with extreme care and only under adult supervision !! It was drawn with a sepia coloured marker and shaded with Coloursoft pencils as opposed to black and my usual favourite the Inktense pencils.
I used Zentangle designs to create both of them and I think they turned out ok. ( And that is the only think that really matters here anyway ;-) )
Friday, 1 May 2015
So here we are today with part two of the Spring Equinox set. The first one is Ostaras footprint in the snow, melting it and allowing new growth and little creatures to establish themselves. It is my favourite of the four. The second one is a trinity of hares. The hare is one of Ostaras symbols, and the trinity of hares was a very popular celtic design. They always remind me of the book (and the movie) Watershhip Down, read it if you get the chance, it is worth the time.