Zentoni Number Seven
It’s said that the eyes are the windows to the soul. Again, focus. Look at this drawing and you will see the world moving around us. People are talking, horns are blowing, so many sparks of energy going this way and that. Do we stop to look into someone’s eyes when they talk to us? Do we ever stop to look into our own eyes? I don’t know where I first heard or read of this exercise, but looking into the mirror and gazing into your own eyes is quite an experience! It is the first step to loving yourself. And I don’t mean in a narcissistic way. We spend all our time trying to fixing things, making sure no one gets their feelings hurt. We go out of our way to care for someone else. That’s not a bad thing, but there has to be some balance. So today, look in the mirror, and not just at the lines on your face or the imperfect nose, but at your eyes. Look INTO your soul. Spend one minute, sixty seconds and go deep inside of you. Tell YOU how much you love YOU. Feel the shift inside your heart as you connect with your soul. Just think how great you will feel if you do this every day!
HAVE A BEAUTIFUL AND JOYFUL DAY
Zentoni number six went back to black and white. This one has a focus. There was a point where it all started. Its life began. It is the heart of the drawing although it doesn’t look like a heart in the traditional sense. Look for it. Focus your intention on the drawing and see if you can find or feel the heart point. It’s a lot like life. Through all the chaos and noise that surrounds us, if we just take a moment to breathe and focus, we can always find our heart, our center. The heart will take us to that space where we are grounded and calm. It is our connection to that higher self that is sometimes overshadowed by our ego. Today, take a moment to drop into your heart center and feel the love and peace that is there always. Namaste.
Zentoni five changed color again! I used the brown fine point Sharpie on this one. Notice this piece has a border. I started with that thought in mind. Confine the piece. Put all the squiggles and lines INSIDE the rectangle. Keep it contained. Is that what we tend to do to ourselves sometimes? We confine ourselves, limit ourselves to our so called comfort zone. We suddenly find that thoughts inside our bubble become crowded and chaotic. It’s hard to make any sense out of it. Today, try expanding beyond those limited thoughts and beliefs. Get out of your box! See what magic there is beyond those borders.
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.
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