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Reversal of Thinking


March 11, 2012 by Denise

I’m a mom to a newly minted toddler – the smiling, cooing, baby on the floor mat has been replaced by an active, hilarious, and often strong-willed 13-month old. She is just amazing, and it is truly inspiring to watch her learn to do new things. I’ve always been a black-on-white worker – pen and ink, drawing pencils, etc. So Like my daughter I’ve been trying to learn new things too, so I broke out some black ZT tiles a, a Sakura gel pen, and a white Derwent colored pencil (LOVE their art materials) and have started a floral series using white-on-black. This is what I have so far:

      I’m lukewarm on both pieces – the gel pens are kind of hard to work with, but I do kind of enjoy going back into the white with a black Micron. Maybe they’ll grow on me, I don’t know. I’m trying to get inspired for an upcoming show in June at The Printmaker’s Studio here in Albuquerque called “All Tangled Up”, focusing on zentangle-inspired art. But with an active toddler, full-time job, husband, housework –  it really is hard to find the time for art – how do working moms/artists find the time? Because by the time she goes to bed, I’m exhausted!!


  1. Denise, you are too hard on yourself. These two tiles are beautiful, I think you are trying too hard. I was at CZT8 and I haven’t given one class yet and have not had time to do a Zentangle tile everyday, now that is frustrating. You do beautiful work.

    • Denise says:

      Thank you for your lovely compliment – it’s just really hard to find the time to do anything lately. And I would definitely like to be able to do a tile every day – I still only have two tiles in my flower series. Once you get over that “first class hurdle”, it will be fine – I think it took me a year to schedule my first, and I’m an art teacher! Navigating the unknown is hard….

  2. penny says:

    Oh wow!! a friend of mine, a long time ago, had a utsdio by the canal in Bromsgrove, when we were both painters, I used to love going to sit outside with the ducks and watch the narrowboats go past, obviously drawing at the same time! *whistles*

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