Just an abstract page I did a while ago and finally got around to sharing.
I think your drawings are very boring!
Sorry you don’t see what I can in these drawings, mono. From a very young age I have always been fascinated by patterns and one VERY PLEASANT memory is sitting in school, on a dark, snowy winter’s day during an art class. We were asked to use colour to fill in squares on graph paper so that symmetrical patterns evolved from the starting point outwards. A bit like the sort of patterns one sees when looking through a kaleidescope. I became completely lost in the task and my teacher had difficulty getting rid of me at the end of the lesson. I can still feel the cosiness of working at a repetitive task while the snow became lost in a sky of inky, dark blue. I can still remember the feeling of being safe and warm indoors and the task became one where the pencil took over and seemed to have a mind/mission of its own. I think I fell in love with art at that point. Whenever I see plasma-girl’s posts I am transported back to that time (c 1959). This sort of exercise uses the imagination and allows the mind to organize itself. Please try something like this yourself. I think, I hope you will be pleasantly amazed and delighted at where you will be transported to – another world where order takes over from daily chaos.
No worries. Exploring lines, spaces, and patterns is something I find interesting, as well as watching a whole page emerge from simple, sometimes tiny, elements. Just as exciting is seeing what happens on occasion as several pages end up evolving out of an idea or chance juxtaposition that was barely noticed at first.
I agree with Uncle Bob here. Explorations like these with pen and pencil are very zen-like, and I’ve enjoyed looking at plasma-girl’s efforts as she develops her varied patterns. Keep it up PG!!!
A friend of mine has been teaching zentangles in the local grade school and the kids reacted just like Bob described above. They get lost in the process and love every second of it, and some of them have fallen in love with pattern and art and also have become less intimidated about their own art efforts.
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