Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Back to zentangling for what's on your workdesk wednesday

This week the challenge over at IamtheDivaCZT was to use the new tangle created by the founders of Zentangles, Rick and Maria. It's called Bunzo and you can find directions on how to draw it here. I have made a few pages with it in my sketchbook....

ok.... wait...... the first pictures are of last weeks challenge which was to use stripes but i never got around to posting it so you have to see that one first.....




Now here's the one with bunzo which is the tangle in the center that looks like clam shells or fungi on a log.... i like this one, i think it will be one of my favorite tangles to use....


This one was also based on the zendala challenge at the bright owl. i have made mine long to fit in my sketchbook instead of sticking to a mandala circle but it basically follows her template in idea. Not a good photo of it though, hard to get enough light this time of year.


This one reminded me of a little planet once I got going, which then reminded me of the book, 'the little prince' which i have read at least 5 times but i decided I needed to read again, so I quit tangling for the day and read. 






           "Good bye " said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye."
           "What is essential is invisible to the eye," the little prince repeated, so that he would be sure to remember.
           " It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important."
           "It is the time I have wasted for my rose-" said the little prince so that he would be sure to remember.
           "Men have forgotten this truth "said the fox. "but you must never forget it. You become responsible forever for what you have tamed. You are responsible for your rose."
           "I am responsible for my rose" the little prince repeated so he would be sure to remember.


Friday, October 26, 2012

There are some blogs i follow where every post seems well planned out around one central theme, beautiful photos and art that all evokes a mood... This post will not quite manage all that as i am just going to throw my whole week at you in one big jumbled lump....
There...
here's my week the haphazard way it happens...
Cluttered mind commencing...
Blam...


Mandal making
In the sun for no purpose
It needed to be

Then, i have been sketching, or rather watercoloring like crazy in my sketchbook that i carry everywhere...
Yesterday i showed my seagull sketches, today it's leaves and mushrooms and cemetaries...
There's always cemetaries!
I haven't felt like starting in pen, or outlining in black at all, which i used to try so hard not to do but then just had to do it anyway. Now i suddenly like it better without!






I was loving the color brown... I had planned an ode to all the beatiful shades of brown, tan, burnt sienna, burnt umbre, raw sienna, hazelnut, walnut, russet,( i had to look that up in the dictionary by the way), Linen, auburn, the dreaded beige...And i have photos as well as sketches, from places i go on my lunch hour... The cemetaries, the fish hatchery, etc. Loving the last of the fall color!







Then since i started talking about my vegan diet and a few people acted intersted i have a vegan update for you... If you could care less what i ate then skip this paragraph...


My husband and i stuck to it all week except for last sunday when we went out for lunch. Living in a small town area it is hard to eat vegan out at a restaurant unless you just get a salad  and then it's even hard because some places already have cheese on there, or whatever. Anyway, i ate 6 shrimp last saturday and some cheese on my salad, other than that i was totally vegan for 3 weeks. I haven't lost only another few pounds after the first quickly lost 8 lbs. But yesterday we decided it was just too hard to stick to: the older kids at home don't want to eat that way, my youngest is on a gluten free/caseinne free diet anyway but eats alot of meat,  which is hard enough to deal with without adding vegan for us. We tried some really good and some really  bad foods...tempeh was horrible, we added it to a chili type veggie dish but even my 17 year old son, who will literally eat anything said "throw that stuff out". Then we tried some things from the new sushi area at wegmans, which does have some good vegan stuff, but "rice balls with bean jam" is not one of them. Again my 17 year old tried it and said "that is the wierdest substance i have ever eatten" it was horrible and also got thrown out. The seaweed salad was edible barely. We tried tofu and turk- y. I could live without most of that stuff. The home made larabars were a huge success though. I love Odwalla drinks and larabars but both are expensive so I make my own green smoothies and now we made our own larabars. you can google how to do it but it is very easy. We just seperately ground up equal parts  cashews and dates. and then knead them together with your hands then shape them into bars & wrap. I love them.
 So last night we had regular old pizza and it was sooo good. My goal now is to be just 80-90 percent vegetarian. We'll see how that goes.



I had planned to tell a great story about my son as well , nothing monumental, just a small moment that felt huge... but if I do, I will be late for work so I will save it for another day! happy paint party friday and see everyone at Haiku my heart later today!




Thursday, October 25, 2012

sharing the JOY

hello.
 I have been making the trip to the lake on my lunch hour with my sketchbook and these give me joy this week...





video

Friday, October 19, 2012

Red berries all around

This week I saw red berries everywhere...
on vines clinging to fences, on ground cover, on trees...
As the leaves drop the berries are left behind just for me to find.
Not to eat, just to sketch...
 

 


 


 
 
Rushing off to work
I"m driving into the sun
singing oldies LOUD
 
 
 
 
ps:
 if you wanted an update on how it's going vegan then you can read yesterdays post...
today I am feeling deprived but still not craving sugar! Iam having trouble wanting to eat at all...
Happy Paint Party Friday and Hello all at Haiku my Heart!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

List it tuesday

Over at Aimee's the list of the week is "what I love about where I live".... here's my list and some photos too...