First a little history. A few years ago, I started painting. Mostly I painted with acrylic paint, sometimes watercolor and oil paints. I painted still lifes, portraits, landscapes and an occasional abstract. For the most part, I did not enjoy the experience. Most people said my work was good. They like the realism. Good does not equal Joy, just like being Right does not equal being Happy. Sometimes they are mutually exclusive.
Anyway, here are some examples of my old work.
I turned to whatever looked like fun. Two of my friends gave me a nudge and I started the Eugene Art Guild. Then I took a workshop from Michael Schlicting. It was the first workshop I had taken in a long long time that didn't leave me exhausted. I observed him, an established artist, create beautiful work by doodling!
I remembered how I loved to doodle on the corners of my pages when I was younger (and unconcerned about "being an artist". In fact, I really didn't think of doodling as "art". For me, doodling was meditative and un-self-conscious, sometime funny, and always fun. Still is.
Turns out other peeps came to the same conclusion and are shamelessly making money spreading the word. They coined the word "zentangle". Call it what you want, but it's just doodling to me.
This is where I started.
Then I did this on fabric and added color with acrylic inks.
I went back to the journal and played with text again. I like this very much; however, I wanted to improve the smaller text.
I made this handkerchief for a friend. She put it on her wall because she said it would be weird to show it to people with snot on it.
This was drawn during a break from planting this year's garden.
Here are the next two (actually three) pages I did.
I used a nib pen for the main text and decided I prefer using a tech pen.