Miriam Webster defines the circle as a closed plane curve every point of which is equidistant from a fixed point within the curve. In sacred geometry the circle represents the spiritual realms.
Circles commonly represent unity, wholeness, and infinity. Without beginning or end, without sides or corners, the circle is also associated with the number one. Circles are often seen as protective symbols. Standing within a circle shields a person from supernatural dangers or influences outside of the circle. Conversely, a circle can also be containing, keeping that which is inside from been released. http://altreligion.about.com/od/symbols/ig/Geometric-Shapes/Circles.htm
Zentoni Number Four is about connection. It’s about the collective consciousness of this universe. The circles represent all of humanity and all beings from all worlds and how we are interlocked with one another. If we realize that every person, every living cell is connected to us, it might just change how we choose to treat others. If we throw a pebble into the pond, it causes a ripple, sending out a reaction to the entire body of water that is connected to that one little spot where your pebble made its splash. If you treat your fellow beings with love, it will travel out from you to the next being and so on for ever. Each day, be more conscious of your words and your actions. Remember that what you say and do goes out into the pond of the universe, and as circles do, will eventually find its way back to you.
Zentoni Number Three
As I progressed on my zen path, I decided to try using brown instead of black. This piece is 10 1/2 x 13 1/2 inches. Pattern was a bit loose on this day. The shapes were larger and there seemed to be more white space. What did that mean? Was I more relaxed when I started? Who knows? Enjoy the work.
Wikipedia says that A doodle is an unfocused or unconscious drawing made while a person’s attention is otherwise occupied. Doodles are simple drawings that can have concrete representational meaning or may just be abstract shapes.
Stereotypical examples of doodling are found in school notebooks, often in the margins, drawn by students daydreaming or losing interest during class. Other common examples of doodling are produced during long telephone conversations if a pen and paper are available.
Zentoni number two took a wild turn. Breaking from the traditional instruction it grew to about 16 x 20 inches. As I look at it I see many things, but I will let you stare at it and come up with your own interpretation. Enjoy, then go grab some paper and a sharpie!
ZENTONI NUMBER ONE
Zentangle® is an easy to learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It provides artistic satisfaction and an increased sense of personal well being. Zentangle is enjoyed by people of all ages. Life is an art form and Zentangle is an elegant metaphor for deliberate artistry in life.
This is the definition of “zentangle ” as copied from the Sakura website. Sakura makes drawing equipment including the fine black markers I like to use for my drawings along with several other brands. There are books with instructions on how to draw these delicate doodles. They even have kits and certified instructors. I think it’s great! People who say they can’t draw can doodle. This trend has brought many would be artists out of the closet. There is something so relaxing about this type of drawing. Thus the name zen!
You don’t need lots of equipment or expensive paper. Most of the kits include small 6×6 inch white cards and a few assorted black permanent markers. All you need to do is draw a line and start. Of course my artist friend Bettye and I jumped right in. The drawing above is my first one. And I found that I like to work on large mat board, so my work has grown. I’m currently working on a 30×40 inch mat board.
I’ll be posting more of these in the next few days. I hope you enjoy getting lost in the world of lines and shapes. Let your mind wander for a while and see what you see hidden in these creations. If you want more info or instruction you can go to
The second day of the first month. We are in the Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee. About to head back to Nashville. The view from the porch was gray, dreary, somber. As all fun artists do I took a shot from the porch. I analyzed it and decided it was too monochromatic, too gray. I enhanced it to my liking and voila nicer photo. Then I began to compare the gloomy, foggy scene to my brain. If I can take a gray photo and enhance it, why can’t I do the same for my brain? As we start a new year cycle, let’s try each day to fill our brains, our gray matter, with good, creative and loving thoughts. If we enhance our own lives it will surely enhance the lives of others. Have a wonderful 2014!
Did you ever sit and a rocking chair and NOT rock? I haven’t.