Compared to December, January feels like it is moving a glacial pace to me.
Perhaps also because I am working on the year end books and my creative brain would rather do just about anything else. So in between number crunching I've been working on my Color Your Zentangle Workshops, experimenting with different mediums to use with Zentangles, such as inktense, india inks, water soluble crayons and the like. I could look it up on line to find out someone else's results, but I must see for myself what happens when one mixes the different ingredients together on a tile. Sort of like life really, you don't actually "know" something until you have experienced it first hand.
I started tangling on these a couple of these tiles last night and will take the rest to with me to do this weekend.
I may have mentioned this before, but one of my intentions that I set for myself a while back was to have my art help people. I didn't know at the time how I was going to accomplish that, but I knew that selling it alone, was not fulfilling enough for me, that I wanted to go deeper than that to touch others. This came home for me a few weeks ago when I was in the waiting room at a spot where I also teach. One of my students is a family therapist and I over heard her talking to a Mom and young son. At one point she said to the little boy. "Remember that drawing exercise I showed you...you can use when you feel you need to calm down."
I felt so grateful when I heard this. Yes, I thought, my intention has come full circle. What a gift it was to hear it!
I'd like to share this gift of peace with you. I have some upcoming classes. An easy Color Your Zentangle Class at Synergy in the Valley from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. We'll be doing some fun experimenting.
There will be another Basic Zentangle Workshop at Spokane Art Supply on Saturday, February 2nd, from 10 am to noon. Here's a link to the details: http://www.myartsupply.com/classesmonroest/specialinterestclasses.html
I'll also be starting monthly Zentangle classes at New Moon Wellness Center on the first Monday of each month, starting in February!
Call me at 509-995-1647 for info and to register.
In the mean time here is some Eye Candy from nearby Mt. Spokane where we love to cross country ski.
Deep Peace of the Setting Sun to you.