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Black Hills Majesty, Part 2

 

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As promised, I am continuing from my last blog post which regale’s the time we spent in South Dakota this past May.

Harney's Peak
Harney’s Peak

Our trip through the Black Hills of South Dakota was extremely memorable. On my husband’s birthday, we climbed to the top of the highest peaks in the hills known has Harney Peak.

Harney’s Peak entails 7 miles round-trip of gorgeous trails with stunning vistas and furry creatures of all sorts. The peak stands at 7,242 in elevation with a structure built at the top of the summit where you can witness the glory of the hills for miles on end.

During the first half of our trip the weather was quite cool and rainy. There was even point in time during our hike we experienced raw nature as it hailed on us! There is nothing like bolting down a trail through rain and hail – let me tell you!

Another part of our trip included winding roads through the hills and forests where you can see many unique rock formations and man-made ones like Mount Rushmore. One of our most treasured National monuments is certainly something to behold as the sun rises over the hills in the morning; simply breath-taking!

Mount Rushmore
Mount Rushmore

Unfortunately,our trip wasn’t all fun and games though.

As the days began to heat up, a most un-welcomed surprise waited for us back at the cabin – bees! We swatted and ran around our cabin like crazy people. The bees apparently just loved us city-folk, they just wouldn’t leave us alone. Our cabin neighbors must have laughed at our silliness as we ran in and out of our cabin waving our hands above our heads. What a sight we must have made!

We eventually managed to get things under control where we could somewhat relax through the evening. To calm down from the bee invasion, I managed to create another Zentangle tile. Upon reflection, I think the bees had an influence on what tangles I chose for my drawing that day. There definitely seems to be a buzz-like theme to my tile – what do you think?

Well, this concludes part 2 of my South Dakota Trip. Stay tuned once again tomorrow as I unveil the last leg of our trip.

Until next post…

Tangles Used: Crescent Moon Variation, Yincut, Knightsbridge, Beeline, Florz, and Rain.

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Day Nineteen, Creation Nineteen

Squares, diamonds and triangles- oh my! Geometric grid patterns was the theme for today’s tangled tile. As a child I always loved working with basic shapes. Later in life in college, I had a knack for breaking down complex imagery to basic shapes and patterns to create an abstract version of a drawing. I remember I had to do this as a part of an assignment and loved the result of decomposing a picture to the most simplest of structures. It definitely helped me “see” as an artist sees the world around them. As an artist, more often than not, the world is not as complex as we might see it at first but just need to change how we view it.

For this tile, I decided I would compliment these patterns by using layered square shapes as my string and filled each square with the recommended tangles for this day.  I really liked using the tangle called “Rain” which is the pattern that sits outside of the square strings that has triangles along a single line. The other new two tangles I learned relied on using a grid-style method and well-place shading to give each area dimension. The pattern that has a recessed diamond pattern is called “Cubine” and the blocky diamond tangle that seems to come forward off the tile is called “Beeline”.  To finish the tile, I also decided to bring back two other favorite tangles- Knightsbridge and Florz.

Overall, I loved working on this tile and was a nice reprieve from Day Eighteen which I struggled through.

Enjoy!

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Day Twelve, Creation Twelve

PhotoBalance and harmony was today’s theme. What a perfect thought. We all could use some of that in our lives- right? Balancing our finances, our households and relationships. Bringing harmony to our emotions, marriage and work-life. These things are not only important to our very existence, but it is also important in creating art.

Day twelve asked me to look at all the patterns I learned and try to see similarities between the different tangles and combine them to make a balanced Zentangle tile. I approached this tile a little differently by starting with circles as my strings in a symmetrical arrangement. I decided I would fully play with tangles that were very similar and have the gradually blend into each other. In one circle I used Flukes and Florz and in another I used Knightsbridge and a new tangle called Beeline. In the largest circle shape I combined newly learned tangles Chillon and Bales.

I am not sure if I achieved a perfectly balanced tile, but I did feel at peace while created it. What more could I ask for?

Denielle Noe