2.05.2015

Three little rules

For this drawing I just started in the middle of the page, and gave myself 3 rules to follow to keep me focussed and give the design some consistency (in a random kind of way):

- each "flower" shape would have four petals
- each "petal" would have seven lines
- each "petal" would join up as part of another flower

I also have one rule for you - you are not allowed to check whether I stuck to the rules.....hahaha!

A few drawing acrobatics were required - a number of petals needed to stretch a long way to reach another flower.

Half way through I decided I needed a shape to work to so that I would have some kind of end point..........so, it's a heart..........sort of.......with the rounded sides cut off by the edges of the paper (you will have to use your imagination).

Here's the finished drawing:

Heart tangle design with black fill

And, just in case you're interested, how it looked before I decided to fill in all the gaps with black marker:

Heart tangle design with white fill

Which do you prefer? Me?...........I'm leaning towards the black.

As always things have been crazy around here with the start of the school year and all the related running around that entails, John and I are doing an 8 session intro biodynamic course (one night a week) starting tonight. It's not too long until tomato preserving will begin in earnest - a late season this year due to the cool January weather we had. I can't wait to see all those juicy tomatoes, sauce and salsa bottles lined up on the shelves ready for winter.

I am also having a lot of fun getting to know my new camera - here's a couple of recent chicken pictures.


hx

46 comments:

  1. I like the black version best, it somehow allows me to focus on the whole design better. The white version is also beautiful and seems to show how much work you put into this.
    I love the info about your life, for instance tomato preserving and the biodynamic course. I've got to look that one up. Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  2. Love the depth of the black and the airiness of the white. Both. ��

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  3. I love them both but leaning more towards the black.

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  4. Although I love both of the designs, the black color seems to give it more dimension and "pop" off the page. Love your designs! Mary

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  5. I agree, the black background adds such depth and lets the curves of the petals show off.
    I also enjoyed the farm photos, thanks for showing us!

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  6. The black version looks more grounded and complete. Love it!

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  7. Love the black version, it is very intricate and seems to be moving,
    I can imagine it twisting and turning.

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  8. Oh and cute chookens as my Grand kids would say.
    A blend of the Aussie "chooks" and the English Nanny's "chickens"

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  9. Love, love, love it! I like them both but probably lean toward the black.

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  10. hi Helen. Is this a pattern you have drawn before or is it an "official" zentangle? Love both of them but leaning towards the black background as it draws the petals out and rounds off the whole pattern. Lots of work - did it take you very long to do?
    I too am fascinated by your life. Not sure if you have answered this before but is this fulltime work for you and your husband or do you both have outside jobs? Love the little chickens and Mr Rooster - your camera takes awesome pictures :)

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    1. Hi Tracy,it's a little like a freeform Whirl (see under the patterns tab), but I wasn't really thinking of a pattern when I did the drawing - just started with one "flower" shape and kept going :) And yes, it did take quite a while - The outline was fairly quick, but all the detail work, shading and relining were very time consuming. I worked on it on and off over 3 days.

      Our farm is a quite bit more than a hobby farm, but not a full time job for us both, though I am based at home - our goal is to be as self sufficient as is possible, and that takes a fair bit of work, but as it's something we enjoy mostly it just feels like something we want to do anyway :)

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  11. I vote for the black but both are AMAZING!

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  12. Love them both, the lighter one looks like a heavy weight curtain at a window.

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  13. It's absolutely fabulous....the black one realy pops out of the screen.
    Ohh I wish I had fantasy

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  14. Black gets my vote - so much more dramatic. Love the pics too.

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  15. the black looks finished but i like the white because i can see more of the details. our tomatoes took a while to ripen this year too (i'm in Ohio). wonder that's a coincidence.....

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  16. They are both so gorgeous but i think i like the black one best.

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  17. I vote black for the drama. Great pics with your new camera too! Love them both. Sounds so nice to be in summer..... dreaming about that here in Minnesota.

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  18. My favorite lady. Love your work Helen. It's so hard to pick which one I prefer but after much consideration I think it might just be the open one. Mind you if you sat this one down in front of me I would probably want to make it more filled in. So go figure! Keep up the good work.

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  19. this is so cool! I love the idea of giving yourself some rules. This way, you achieve unity while still free forming your art. Must have been fun to do. It does seem the black finishes the piece. Stunning!

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    1. It was fun, Heidi, but I have to admit I was a bit sick of it by the end with all the filling and detail :) Thank you!

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  20. Hi Helen. I am with you on the black background. It really makes the whole thing very dramatic. It is beautiful, as usual! (( X ))

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  21. This is so beautiful. It's so strange how whenever I see a tangle that I REALLY love, it usually ends up being yours. You are such an inspiration.
    I vote for the black.

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  22. Oh, and I love the idea of the rules.

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  23. Hi, Helen~ I get such a kick out of reading your posts: both Zentangle and the farm life! I agree about leaning toward the black spaces in your piece, making it pop! Either way, it's gorgeous!

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  24. I think you've outdone yourself. Possibly the most beautiful thing EVER. I want it. xoxx. You're the best. Wish I could pop over down under and draw with you, make jam, feed the pigs, play with the cats, etc.!

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    1. You can! Just an international flight away, Joanne :) Thank you :)

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  25. I agree, black. It reminds me a lot of the tangle Meringue, yet it's different. Beautifully done!

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  26. Yes, I vote for the black. Helps to define the flowers and they stand out. Beautiful.

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  27. I adore the airy one, the last one... The flowers still can move in the wind (or so..) I think the black one is too 'heavy' or something like that... Nice to give yourself some rules to stick to... Great pattern and I love your young chickens and I love your rooster, he's beautiful!!!

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    1. Thanks, Ellen :) He is a gorgeous boy - my husband breeds these guys (Welsummers), and he is the pick of the pack at the moment.

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  28. WonderfullY executed. Finished pRoduct amazing. TFS.

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  29. WonderfullY executed. Finished pRoduct amazing. TFS.

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  30. Love the black and the rooster too!!!

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  31. Helen this is lovely. I will have to bend all the rules. Good test. Thank You.

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  32. Beautiful. I like the rules you set and will have to try something like that. I like the white one best because it looks like it is floating in mid air. But, of course, the black is just as lovely.

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  33. That is one handsome rooster. I had one years ago. His name was Solomon (on account of the multiple wives he kept :-).
    I think I like the black version better. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. I absolutely LOVE this, Helen! I am new to tangling, and by having "Three Little Rules", it really helped me focus, and produce something I am really pleased with. Thank you!! (Any chance of giving us some more "Rules" and ideas??)

    Are those bantam chicks? My bantie chicks all had the little brown stripe.

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    1. Hi Frances, Thank you! Glad these "rules" worked for you!

      These guys are Welsummer chicks, full-size version. We used to have a brown (Muddy) and white (Snowy) bantam years ago to help hatch out eggs but ultimately found the incubator to be the best option. h

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  35. Your work is among the first zentangle, or zentangle inspired art I saw. It continues to draw me in, and compels me to follow the flowing, meditative lines. As I try to draw your lines, my own emerge, which is the expectation...self discovery. A Little Lime is my favorite! I give thanks for your gift to us all.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon :) It's great how we all manage to diverge off into our own creations from the same starting point - amazing stuff! h

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  36. Very,very interesting idea !! Looks deceivingly simple and I think that it's moving :)

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  37. Great little ebook Helen. As you know I have enjoyed practising using Zentangle® tiles. I shall be buying the full book next month and looking forward to it. :)

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