Monday, May 30, 2011

Friday, May 27, 2011

Near the Beach

In Atlantic Beach, North Carolina.

You can just see the ocean way in the background.

I loved this palm tree!

Have a swinging good time!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Snail, Hand and Circles

Today's zentangle offerings.  A pokey snail.

Getting your nails done....

Round, and round, and round.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Crested Doodle Birds

Here are a couple more zentangles from my sketch book.  I kind of just let the designs happen.  I guess that's part of the "zen" part of zentangles.  Anyway, I hadn't intended to do a bird, let alone a Crested Doodle Bird!  (Yes, I made that up.)  But, here he is, in all his glory.

This seems to be another Crested Doodle Bird, this one a female sitting on her egg.  (Are birds ever considered to be "pregnant"?)  I named this one Pregnant Pause, and colored the bird and the egg to make them stand out from the rest of the zentangle.  That's one big egg....

Saturday, May 14, 2011

New Zentangles

I bought a sketchbook a few weeks ago, and have been doing pages and pages of zentangles.  Love them!  My first ones were all black and white, but more of them have color now.  The stars and stripes motifs led me to name this one America.

I named this one "Tree of Life."  I did a lot of coloring as a child.  It's fun to be doing it again!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

V, W, X, Y, and Z

V is for Voice.  The picture is of a painting I did, using one of Cezanne's paintings as my model.

W is for World.  I took the photograph of the ferris wheel at Niagra Falls last October.  We went up in the ferris wheel, and it was pretty incredible to see the illuminated Falls at night from that height.

X is for Xebec.  X was a real challenge since there aren't that many X words that I'd even heard of!  I picked this one because it was a sailing ship, and I found the image online.

Y is for Yearn.  The upper left photo is from the early 70's.  Ed and I were on a hiking trip in the Appalachian Mountains in New Hampshire.  I was in the process of reading from the guide book.  The lower left picture was taken on a canoe trip in Michigan - again, early 70's.  The last photo is one I took recently (in the bathroom mirror).  That's my cockatiel posing on my shoulder.  What I sometimes yearn for is the sense of adventure I lost many years ago.

Z is for Zebra.  I took this photo this spring during a visit to the North Carolina Zoological Park.  When it came time to zentangle the letter Z, I decided to do it in zebra stripes.

Monday, May 9, 2011

R, S, T, U

R is for Relax.  That's my Dad in the picture.  He was pretty good at relaxing.  This image is one I put together using a photo I took at the local Fort Macon, combined with a shot of Dad from World War II.  I described this - and our mutual love of pickled onions - in a blog post from a couple years ago.

S is for Smile.  Dad (Jean Edward Marchesseault) got himself on the R page, and this is my Mom (Beatrice Leona Bellavance Marchesseault) on the S page.  I didn't bother with a quote because I felt her smile said it all.

T is for Tribe.  My mother was one of nine children and my dad was one of eleven.  My mom's oldest sister married my dad's oldest brother, and this is a picture from Loretta and Lionel's wedding.  In this next picture, I circled my mom and dad, who were then teenagers, and sitting together on the railing.

My two grandfathers and two grandmothers are in the front with the wedding couple.  All the little girls were my aunts, and lots of other aunts and uncles are in the background of the picture.

U is for Union.  This is a photo of Ed and me on our wedding day (August 14, 1970).  A good "union," if I do say so myself!

Next post - the rest of the alphabet!!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

M, N, O, P, Q

I have gotten seriously bored with posting about my zentangle alphabet, and decided to speed things up.  Afterall, the pages are not only done, but the book has been assembled, and shown to a few friends.  M is for Magic.  The photo was taken on Nantucket Island.

N is for Night.  The image is a picture of my art quilt, Night Sail

O is for Ocean, and the photo is one taken at the local beach.  You can click on the image if you want to read the quote.

P is for Peace.  The flowers are a digital image worked up from one of my photographs.

Q is for Quiet.  The photo was taken at our local community college. 

The next four letters (R, S, T, and U) will feature family photos - funny how they fell together in one part of the alphabet.  I also liked how Peace and Quiet ended up next to each other too. 

Saturday, May 7, 2011

L is for Logic

This is an example of my digital art.  It started with a photo of a reflection in very large windows. 

This is the Martec Building located on the campus of Carteret Community College (Morehead City, NC).  Another building (Wayne West) was beautifully reflected in the windows of Martec.

The letter L, as a zentangle.  The quote I used:  Logic is the art of going wrong with confidence.  (Joseph Wood Krutch)  I also had a fortune cookie fortune I glued to the page that said:  Pure logic is the ruin of the spirit.  I truly don't have anything against logic, but you'd never know it from this page.

Here's the page spread.  I used stamps for the "adventure" words, and added three feather stickers.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

K is for Karma

I looked online at lots of information related to karma, but what I kept coming back to was a song by Boy George and the Culture Club called Karma Chameleon.  To me, this was a song as famous as Beatles songs, but apparently, after mentioning it to a couple people, I realized that it wasn't quite up there on everyone else's playlist.  (One of my favorite songs, ever, and yes, I'm willing to admit it.)  Here's a link to a video of Culture Club performing Karma Chameleon.  For the picture above, I found this chameleon online, and gave him a knitted cap to wear.  You can't really tell, but using my Photoshop skills, I also gave him a bit of a smile.  He had been looking rather grim. 

Here's my zentangled K.  I did most, if not all (can't remember...) of these zentangled letters in black and white, but this one got a heart of color, to pick up the colors in the song.  Here are the lyrics I used on my page: 
Karma karma karma karma karma chameleon,
you come and go, you come and go.
Loving would be easy if your colors were like my dreams,
red gold and green, red gold and green.

This stamp was on a package I received from New Zealand.  I scanned it and added it to my page, again, because of the colors.

And here's the page spread.