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challenge #104 - string theory

This weeks diva challenge........Tangle Patterns String 003.

So, a string..........yeeeeeah...........I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with strings. They push me way outside my comfort zone and make me really work to come up with something that is still "me" - sometimes this helps me to create something that I absolutely love. But on the flipside they're hard work for me. I hate hard work. LOL.

I thought about this weeks string for a while. Well, actually - I just sketched it out on a bit of scrap paper and pushed it to the far side of my desk and tried to ignore it. Last night avoidance was no longer working for me and the string demanded its share of attention. So, I sketched it out a few times in my art journal. After I played with a few ideas I had a bit of an epiphany. These lines were basically cone shapes. And, you know, I love, love, LOVE cone shapes.

After that, it was full steam ahead. Here's the result - unfortunately the pattern sections did not scan well through the centre, so it's a little fuzzy in parts.


Here it is with the string overlaid:


Looking forward to seeing what everyone else has come up with.

hx

Comments

  1. How can you be such a genius! Hands down my favorite of the challenge! Helen you are an inspiration!

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  2. I was expecting your post cause I knew that you would transform this geometrical string into something curvy. Brilliant ! Trumpet flowers !

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  3. In dutch, petje af, chapeux? it is realy very clevver done! A fine peace of art!

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  4. Beautiful shading, love your rendition! very clever :)

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  5. Even when you have to hold on to a string you make something so lovely and elegant!
    I agree with Ledenzer You are a genius and this is also my favorite for this challenge!

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  6. Brilliant!! Love those lilies--way to tackle that string beast!! =0)

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  7. Amazing as usual. Very original interpretation of the string.

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  8. I agree with everyone. You are such a genius and an inspiration. It is always candy for the eye to look at your work.

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  9. Beautiful, original and inspiring.

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  10. My anticipation of seeing what you came up with for this challenge was not for naught. You amaze me with the things that you create. Superb shading and love the trumpets(I am an old trumpet player).

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  11. Beautiful, I'm glad you finally found the cone shapes in the string. The result is a great piece of artwork. And I love love the lily flowers

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  12. Thanks, everyone for taking the time to post such wonderful comments :) I had a bit of a slow start on this one, but once I knew where I was headed I really enjoyed it!

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  13. Wow, very very beautiful! and oh so different from anything else. Your entries are ALWAYS a wonderful surprise, and ever so graceful and beautiful!

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  14. Very clever and so original. But like you said, very you.

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  15. And again you made something so really 'Helen'like. STUNNING!

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  16. i love the way your brain works!

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  17. absolutely genius! Love the way your mind works and your drawing skills!

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  18. Amazing...you inspire us to think outside the box/string!!
    Great job!!

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  19. OHH wauw your work is so unique.

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