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Black Hills Majesty, Part 3

South_Dakota_Tangle_3Talk about a super-long time to wait for a conclusion of a story! As I talked about in the proceeding post, I was MIA for over six months. I hid myself away from the world and took a very long hiatus from all things digital.

Now that I am back, I thought I shouldn’t leave this story unfinished and finally unveil the last chapter of our South Dakota trip we took this past May. So here it is the final chapter of our trip! At least this story will inspire images of what spring can look like once it gets here…

In Part 2 of our South Dakota trip I spoke about bees, trees and other things. Now we come to the final day of our trip.

We spent our last morning packing up and preparing breakfast when we discovered the bees were not done with us yet! (cue ominous music)

While eating our little farewell breakfast in our cabin, lo-and-behold, a little bugger came buzzing on by. By now, I was completely paranoid about getting stung, so I promptly told my husband, “Good Luck” and dashed into the bathroom to take a shower.

While happily showering away my husband announces through the door that he can’t find the bee. As I peaked my head out the shower, I discover much to my horror, that the bee followed me right inside the bathroom! WTF!@!@!!!

PS. My fear of bees are not completely unfounded since I happen to be allergic to them…

So, as I cowered in the shower with the curtain shut tight,  my husband took care of the the little peeping tom.

So without further ado, I dressed quickly, while my husband rapidly finished packing the car, we took one last look at our little cabin from outside and spirited away before another bee could rear it’s ugly head.

I will say that once we started driving away, I started feeling blue that it was our last day in such a beautiful area.

As the sun began to fully rise, we took one last look and photo moment at Mt. Rushmore. It was simply breath-taking as the sun glinted off the trees just striking our national monument.

We continued on our way through South Dakota on the road home. On our way, we visited Fort Hayes which is the reconstructed movie site from the film “Dances with Wolves”. There we were treated to a old-fashioned pancake breakfast served in tin plates with an old-time piano man playing western style tunes in the background. It was quaint and peaceful. We took plenty of photos before leaving the movie site.

We couldn’t leave South Dakota without one more trip through the Bad Lands. Even in the harsh afternoon light it is one of the most awesome sites to behold. I definitely shed a tear or two before leaving this area.

From that point forward, we jetted down the highway to make up the miles before we stayed overnight at hotel before making the last leg of our trip. It was here that I created the last tangle for the trip. I think by then I was at peace so my tile reflects the mood I was in.

We left the hotel int he morning with only one destination in mind – home. The miles and states seem to blur together before we finally pulled up to our little abode. “No matter how dreary and gray our homes are, we people of flesh and blood would rather live there than in any other country, be it ever so beautiful. There is no place like home.” ― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

BTW – unpacking sucks.

Before I part ways from this story I thought I share some last photos from our trip:

In conclusion, this was by far one of the most magical trips we have taken together. We created wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Thanks for sharing in our adventure.

Until next post.

Tangles Used: Flux, Tat, Lazy Eights, Fescu, Mooka, and Tipple.

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Black Hills Majesty, Part 1

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It’s been over 2 months since my trip to South Dakota in May and it still feels like yesterday when we were exploring those majestic Black Hills.

My husband and I traversed three states and close to 1,000 miles to experience the beauty of South Dakota’s most alluring area. Clean air, fresh pines surrounded our little cabin in Keystone, SD. We explored the hills to our hearts content and relaxed our evenings away enjoying stunning sunsets and beheld the eerie mists that rolled through the pines at night.

Our tour of the area included kayaking on Sylvan Lake, taking the wildlife loop through Custer State Park and driving through the wondrous Badlands. It was a trip I will never forget.

Our trip incorporated plenty of down-time where I could take a moment or two to draw or knit. I ended up knitting two sets of socks and three tangled tiles. Here are some photographic highlights taken during the course of the trip:

Stayed tuned tomorrow as I unveil day two’s tile with more commentary and photos of our adventure through South Dakota!

Tangles Used: Flux, Betweed, Tat, Fescu

 

 

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Day Forty Two, Creation Forty Two

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The day has finally arrived! I final got off the procrastination bus and completed the last drawing for my self imposed challenge “One Zentangle a Day” from the book by Beckah Krahula!

I knew going in that I would not be able to truly complete this task in six weeks, but little did I know that it would almost take me over a year!

My life took many twists and turns along the way from work stresses, to distractions to beloved family members passing away. Each tangle I completed was like a little bookmark in my life. I will treasure each one always.

For this last day’s challenge the author asked us to make a simple line drawing and combine it with the tangles we learned throughout the book otherwise known as a ZIA (Zentangle Inspired Art).

I finally sat down this evening and started drawing some traditional pen & ink petunia flowers and added some of my favorite tangles like “Fescu” and “Tat”. I took a very free-flowing approach to this drawing. It was nice to finally take the time to start and complete this drawing in one evening.

I don’t know why I kept putting this off for so long…

Now that I completed this challenge what is next for this little artist? I can tell you one thing, it won’t be another challenge any time soon.

I think I will take the time now to explore other avenues. Why not take the time to learn some more tangles, create new ones or simply have fun filling in my visual journal. After all, I started this blog to chronicle my art journey. Not for profit, not for notoriety, but just simply to relax and enjoy the process!

Now that I am back, stay tuned as I will post the tangles I created during my South Dakota trip.

Until next post 🙂

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Day Thirty Eight, Creation Thirty Eight

imageCool! Now I get to add bag designer to my art resume! As you can tell, today’s creation involved tangling on fabric. Similar to yesterday’s post, this creation required a little forethought before diving in.

First off, I needed some fabric to tangle on, so I headed over to my local craft store to scope out what my choices were. I landed on a cute basic white canvas bag which I thought would be perfect to tangle on. Second, I needed something that would easily draw onto the fabric and also be washable. After looking around the fabric section, I picked out a black permanent marker that was design to go right onto the fabric. How awesome is that? Now I was ready to roll!

Now here is where the risky part came in. Now that I had my choice of fabric and the means to draw on it, the hardest part is deciding to begin. What if I screw it up? What if my cool new marker leaks all over the place and ruins the project?

The what–if’s definitely can freeze you in your tracks, but I know I wanted to complete this challenge so I foraged ahead despite my worries. So, I literally had a blank canvas before me and decided what the hell did I have to lose. I went for it!

Without any pencil string or anything to guide me, I drew some familiar tangles free-hand right onto the fabric. I let my hand and my heart be my guide as I drew each pattern. Without any real forethought, I began using very organic style tangles and ended up with a very floral like pattern on my bag. I started with “Tat” with other Tat tangleations and added “Flux” “Scoodle” “Sedgling” to the mix.

Overall, I loved how my little bag came out. I am super glad I got over my worries and just went with it. Now it’s time to move onto the next challenge.

I wonder what it will be?…

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Day Thirty Two, Creation Thirty Two

imageOh what fun today’s creation was! Today’s challenge was to take a familiar shape and break some boundaries! I decided for this tile that I would use a cute little bird shape. Once that was decided, I filled in my bird with all sorts of tangles: “Tagh”, “Tat”, “Finery”, “Betweed”, “Nekton”, “Sedgling”, “Fesu”, “ “NZeppel”, “Shattuck”, and “Eke”.  To have my bird break some boundaries, I added a simple crisscrossing border around the edges. For some finishing touches, I added spring-like tangles like Sedgling, Fescu, and Tat. Shading was a must for this creation since it added so much depth and character to my little bird.

 

I really loved how this tile came out and so did my husband when I showed it to him. He even asked if I could give it to him, but I not sure that I want to yet. I think I am going to hang onto it for a while first J

 

Now here’s a little challenge, since I used so many tangles in this tile, try to find where I used all of them! Have fun…

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Day Twenty Two, Creation Twenty Two

Guilty as charged. You caught me in the act of ignoring my blog like the plague. It’s not like I don’t care, I do. However, I just didn’t feel like posting for a while- you know?

Not only that, I haven’t really created anything in over a week. Now that’s really lame. Ironically, I have been sitting on this particular day/tile for long time, I just haven’t gotten around to talking about it yet.

Honestly, I still don’t really feel like posting anything today, but the guilt of not doing anything is getting to me. Funny how “guilt” can get you to do things you don’t really want to do but do it anyway.

So here it goes…

Color equals happiness; rain and clouds equals me being bored out of my skull. So let’s talk about color instead of the rain pouring outside my window currently, shall we?

As you can see from my little picture I used color and plenty of it. It was great to explore more color for this day’s challenge. Also, I learned some new fun tangles called “Tagh” and “Tat”, fun names- right? These new tangles were very organic looking and I thought immediately it would great to pay homage to nature by mimicking leaf and tree branches.

Instead of drawing a loose string for this tile, I decided on some finite leaf-like shapes in each corner that was filled with “Tagh” and colored with greens and browns. The bright green leafy pattern is created from a “Tat” variation and I filled in the rest of the tile with branches which was topped off with a “Tat” to represent flowers.

Overall, I finding that I love working with color using the Zentangle method which makes working with color easy and approachable. As I have stated in a previous blog entry, I normally shied away from using color and relatively new to using it in my art. Previously color theory and me didn’t get along to well. I used to run away from color to escape to my comfortable black and white world of graphite drawings with an occasional break of bland monochromatic schemes.

Thanks for taking the journey with me as I continue to explore the world of color a little more.

Until next time…

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