The "zen" in Art ah zen
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Thursday: Art ah zen
This is my first shot at a diary for this group. Of course, the biggest thing I really need to do is get it posted and everyone else does the work by checking in. Thank you for the chance to try my hand at this.
In my spare time, I spend some time drawing in a style referred to as z.i.a. or zen inspired art. It is based on the formal style called "zentangle", a copyrighted style owned and defined by Rick and Maria at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read their original ideas and the parameters of their art form. I am not trained by them, and indeed, I am not trained at all. It seems to me that doodling is at the root of the art form and most of us are competent to doodle without too much fanfare. The wonderful information, patterns, clubs/groups, and images are so easy to find online or at your local art class. If you are interested, I urge you to investigate further.
But, for my purposes here, I have created a little 2 1/2 minute video on an online site called Animoto. They provide program formats, music, and the ability to make fun little videos using photos. Here, I scanned each step of the process to make one of these drawings. It is done with Prismacolor markers of varying nib widths in black ink on 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper. The music is not what I might have chosen but it was royalty free so I won't bag on it.
I post these, and other things I make, at the flickr page linked at the end of the video. My primary purpose is to offer them for donations that I send to the Los Angeles Food Bank. I don't make much at it; the art form is odd and I may not be the best at it, but I did quite well with the bookmarks for awhile.
I hope you take the time to enjoy this even though it may be 2 1/2 minutes of your life you will never get back.