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This week – three in one challenge for me.
My Mom asked me to write in English and German and my husband gave me the advice to handwrite the articles first before tipping in the computer – it is more mindful. So I wrote in English – which is not that easy for me – in German (its beneath the English written article) and I wrote both article first with my hands. And of course I tangled my tiles!

“Just a tiny taste”

The challenge is about giving the tile a tiny taste of tangle and trying to leave over half of the tile blank… like 60-70%

The Diva admits: “it’s harder than it looks, at least – it was for me.” Well, I confirm this statement.

So that makes me think about why this is so challenging for me. Might it be a feeling of imperfection? Or being afraid of having a gap? Sometimes I have the feeling that society today is used to fill every little gap immediatly, not only the gap of time but of materialism, so no emptiness can occur. I guess one reason might be the exessive supply of attraction and glut. But why is emptiness and space so hard to bear? And I cannot exempt myself from that.

If absolutly nothing comes in my mind and I have no ideas I tend to say: There is an absolute emptiness in my mind. Then I sigh, because this situation is irritating. It makes me feel insecure and a little bit of panic raises. Emptiness in my mind, no ideas, no creativity anymore? Phew!

 Do not be frightened by that word “empty”; when there is emptiness then things can happen.

J. Krishnamurti

So, should I accept that space of emptiness, looking what comes up to me – instead of getting my input from the outside world, like getting my inspiration from google and co? Ispiration? Sorry,I mean manipulation. Searching for creativity in the space around me? Does that work? Space and time depends on the observer they are not the reality. I experience the world, like every other does too, with my fife senses. I see forms and colours, nothing else, I smell the smell. I hear the sounds and I feel emotions. Only with the contemplation of thoughts I can smell the flowers, see the trees and hear the birds singing. Moreover there are things happening I cannot describe,  they just happen and touch me, I cannot understand them even though they are so intensive – that is emptiness- that ‘s beyond imagination. It is complete stillness of the brain, an extraordanery thing – highly sensitive and completly open without any hindrance.

This moment is a gift, when there is ” nothing” , everything is possible. Emptiness is energy. Everything needs space to develope. Space is energy.  Space is empty without any shape or time. It is free of judgement and interpretions, either right or wrong, good or bad exists. It is endless without a beginning. I cannot owe it, so I can not loose is. I can move in it, but it is unfathomable.

As soon the inside chaos of thoughts, which push in this space, fade away, you can see the emptiness and the beauty.

So this time I look and the tiles with the beauty of the patterns  in its context of the space around, the existence in its wholeness.

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“Nur eine winzige Kostprobe”

In dieser challenge geht es darum auf der Kachel nur ein kleines Tangle zu kreieren und zu versuchen mehr als die Hälfte der Kachel leer zu lassen. Die Diva gibt zu, dass es schwerer ist als es aussieht – zumindest war es so für sie. Und das kann ich nur bestätigen.

Das lässt mich darüber nachdenken warum es so eine Herausforderung darstellt. Ist es das Gefühl der Unvollkommenheit der Lückenlosigkeit? Oft habe ich das Gefühl in der heutigen Gesellschaft muss alles bis in die kleinste Ecke gefüllt sein, lückenlos – materiell wie auch zeitlich. Sollte sich zufällig ein kleines Fenster Zeit auftun, so wird es umgehend gestopft, bloß keine Leere entstehen lassen. Problemlos möglich in der heutigen Zeit der Überreizung und des Überangbotes. Aber warum scheint es so schwer Leere und Raum zu ertragen? Und ich kann mich da nicht ausnehmen.

Wenn mir absolut nichts mehr einfällt, ich keine Idee habe dann mache ich gerne die Aussage: Es herrscht absolute Leere in meinem Kopf! Dann seufze ich, denn ich empfinde diesen Zustand als lästig, es verunsichert mich, leichte Panik steigt auf. Leere im Kopf, keine Ideen mehr…puh!

Nur wo Leere ist, kann etwas Neues entstehen

J. Krishnamurti

Doch was ist wenn ich diesen leeren Raum einfach zulasse und mich darin ein wenig umherbewegen, schaue was auf mich zukommt, anstatt mir Input aus der Aussenwelt zu holen, mich von google und co inspirieren zu lassen. Inspirieren? Ich meine natürlich manipulieren. Kreativität in dem Raum um mich herum suchen? Geht das? Raum und auch Zeit hängt vom Beobachter ab, sie sind nicht Wirklichkeit und nicht Realität. Ich erlebe, wie jeder andere auch, die Welt mit meinen fünf Sinnen. Ich sehe Form und Farben, mehr nicht, ich rieche Gerüche, schmecke Geschmack, höre Geräusche und spüre Emotionen. Erst mit dem Einkehren der Gedanken kann ich die Blumen riechen, die Bäume sehen oder die Vögel zwitschern hören. Und dann gibt es noch die Dinge die ich nicht begreife oder beschreiben kann, die einfach so passieren und berühren, die ich aber nicht fassen kann obwohl sie so intensiv sind – das ist die Leere – das was jenseits meiner Vorstellung liegt. Das ist komplette Stille des Geistes, eine außergewöhnliche Sache, hochsensibel und völlig geöffnet ohne Vewehrung.

Diese Momente sind ein Geschenk, denn wo “nichts” ist, ist alles möglich . Leere ist Energie! Loslassen! Alles braucht Raum, um sich entwickeln zu können! Raum ist Energie. Er ist leer, grenzen-, form- und zeitlos. Er ist frei von Wertung und Interpretation, weder richtig noch falsch, böse oder gut, klein oder gross, er ist unendlich und ohne Anfang, ich kann nicht verlieren, weil ich ihn nicht besitze. Ich kann ihn beschreiten aber nicht beschreiben, er ist unfassbar und unbegreifbar.

Erst wenn das  innere Chaos der Gedanken die sich in den Raum drängen abklingt, dann kann man in die Leere schauen und sehen welche Schönheit sie mit sich bringt.

So betrachte ich auch die Sachen dieser Challenge, das Tangle ist nicht autonom sondern existiert wie alle Dinge in Abhängigkeit seiner Ganzheit. Die Schönheit des Tangles ergibt sich durch den Raum.

 

“New Official Tangle: Gourdgeous”

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Zentangle® released their new official tangle “Gourdgeous” in their newsletter –see the step outs here. So this weeks diva challenge – using Gourdgeous. I was in the mood tangling a little larger and try something new. So I bought some pastel cryons, actually an art medium I am not familiar with and in fact it doesn’t really fit to me. But somehow I had the idea of Gourdgeous being in a warm and earthy atmosphere that fits to thanksgiving. So I choose a brown paper and tried to tangle with the pastel cryons. Since I had no idea how to use them  I just put this powdered pigment somehow on my sheet and started to “paint” with my fingers! that is fun! It was great to sence the rough paper and the  smooth powder.

So thanks for that challenge and welcome gourdgeous!

“Stones and Ceremony”

When I read this challenge on Monday evening just bevor going to bed, I was so excited that I actually couldn’t sleep! Since I was on a very special sculpting-workshop in Denmark with a small group of really lovely and inspiring people, I am so fascinated by stones and there magical power. The workshop happened at a place with a high energy level and we were sculpturing cosmograms. Because it is really difficult for me to describe this concept of earth healing an geomancy  in own words in English here a small extract from Marko Pogačnik’s website:

GEOPUNCTURE CIRCLES is an art-of-life project based upon the experience of lithopuncture and the knowledge of the universal language called “language of the cosmograms”.

Lithopuncture is a method of ecological healing, through which positioning of stones on acupuncture points of the given landscape is combined with the language of cosmograms and the holistic awareness of the Earth as an autonomous and multidimensional microcosm.

Language of cosmograms is an effort to develop such a language that can be perceived not just by humans but also by other beings that do not have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Language of cosmograms is a pictorial language, sometimes a form of body language and always an energy emanating language.

When I read Paula Bramante’s statement:

I love Zentangle because it has nothing to do with verbal language. I also love it, paradoxically, because it has given me another language, a visual language, that allows me to communicate feelings and concepts long hidden since childhood.

the first thought that crossed my mind – I wanted to be at an energy place and give some of that zentangle language to that “stone-personalities” that are part of the energetic network of the vitalities of landscape.

I decided to make a day off (one of the great benefits beeing my own chef) and going on a excursion. My destination: Noer, a bay at the baltic sea, which is a very energetic place for me. So I packed my bag with my pens, I found three pens that should work on stones, some tea and blanket. Of course I had a companion, Anny my lovely Retriever.

So here my trip starts on an awsome sunny autmn day!

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Mostly I have to ferry across the Northsea and Balticsea canal in order to get somewhere, I really love it! When other people have cars coming from left or right while standing at the crossroads I have hudge containerships crossing. So when we arrived at the sea, we searched for a place with good energy and settled down with all the equipment. Anny and I went on the search for stones to build our cairn. We had quite a lot choice of stones here.

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Now I could start tangling the stones at this wonderful place, it was so meditative. The sea gave us an atmospheric sound and the dune grasses where softly bowing in the calm wind. Since it was during the week, we where all by ourselfes with the nature. Anny fell asleep on my leg, while I was tangling.

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Almost 3 hours I stayed at this place, tangling, drinking tea, staring at the sea and building my tangle-cairn! I was so pleased with that place and my time spending here.

So here is my Diva Challenge #241 tangle-cairn:

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Thank you Diva Challenge #241  and Paula Bramante for that challenge that brought me and Anny such an fantastic and inspiring day!

“Stones and Ceremony”

When I read this challenge on Monday evening just bevor going to bed, I was so excited that I actually couldn’t sleep! Since I was on a very special sculpting-workshop in Denmark with a small group of really lovely and inspiring people, I am so fascinated by stones and there magical power. The workshop happened at a place with a high energy level and we were sculpturing cosmograms. Because it is really difficult for me to describe this concept of earth healing an geomancy  in own words in English here a small extract from Marko Pogačnik’s website:

GEOPUNCTURE CIRCLES is an art-of-life project based upon the experience of lithopuncture and the knowledge of the universal language called “language of the cosmograms”.

Lithopuncture is a method of ecological healing, through which positioning of stones on acupuncture points of the given landscape is combined with the language of cosmograms and the holistic awareness of the Earth as an autonomous and multidimensional microcosm.

Language of cosmograms is an effort to develop such a language that can be perceived not just by humans but also by other beings that do not have eyes to see and ears to hear.

Language of cosmograms is a pictorial language, sometimes a form of body language and always an energy emanating language.

When I read Paula Bramante’s statement:

I love Zentangle because it has nothing to do with verbal language. I also love it, paradoxically, because it has given me another language, a visual language, that allows me to communicate feelings and concepts long hidden since childhood.

the first thought that crossed my mind – I wanted to be at an energy place and give some of that zentangle language to that “stone-personalities” that are part of the energetic network of the vitalities of landscape.

I decided to make a day off (one of the great benefits beeing my own chef) and going on a excursion. My destination: Noer, a bay at the baltic sea, which is a very energetic place for me. So I packed my bag with my pens, I found three pens that should work on stones, some tea and blanket. Of course I had a companion, Anny my lovely Retriever.

So here my trip starts on an awsome sunny autmn day!

Noer_collage1

Mostly I have to ferry across the Northsea and Balticsea canal in order to get somewhere, I really love it! When other people have cars coming from left or right while standing at the crossroads I have hudge containerships crossing. So when we arrived at the sea, we searched for a place with good energy and settled down with all the equipment. Anny and I went on the search for stones to build our cairn. We had quite a lot choice of stones here.

Noer_collage2

Now I could start tangling the stones at this wonderful place, it was so meditative. The sea gave us an atmospheric sound and the dune grasses where softly bowing in the calm wind. Since it was during the week, we where all by ourselfes with the nature. Anny fell asleep on my leg, while I was tangling.

Noer_collage3

Almost 3 hours I stayed at this place, tangling, drinking tea, staring at the sea and building my tangle-cairn! I was so pleased with that place and my time spending here.

So here is my Diva Challenge #241 tangle-cairn:

cairn

Thank you Diva Challenge #241  and Paula Bramante for that challenge that brought me and Anny such an fantastic and inspiring day!

Birthday Leaves …
…for Artoo!

I really love autumn! It is one of my favorite season, at least if it is a sunny autumn without everyday rain. The falling leaves remind me how important und good it is just to let go and I see the changableness of things. For me it is a good time for reflection. I enjoy walking through the woods with all that colorful leaves. Well, the thing with those leaves is, I can’t find my dog between all that leaves. Golden dog on a golden background.

The morning when I ambled through our garden I collected three different leaves that inspired me.

One leaf from our wine. The leaves are so colorful and have such a beautiful outline. The symbolism of wine refers on one hand to frugality and on the other hand on nourishing power. This might be seen as the source of achievement-orientated society. But also in opposite of this self-discipline, drinking wine might  lead someone to let oneself go. So maybe the wine plant will show us the happy medium.

Pattern: Auraknot, Pendrills

One of my favorite trees is black elder, we have quite a lot in our garden. In the nordic european culture the elder is vitally important. A German fairy tale describes the elder as an intermediary between heaven, earth and netherworld. The elder protects the light of the humans soul and offers people living around the elder a secure sanctuary. So cutting down an elder tree was temporary forbidden in North-Europe. The elder loves being close to human and for that reason it grows very close to the houses. It has mellow smelling flower in the springtime, where you can make syrup from and in Autumn it has beautiful black berries which can be cooked to healthful juice.

Pattern: Cruffle, Nipa, Hibred, Hurry, Cool ‘Sista, Tipple

A symbol for eternalness is the oak tree. When I drive home I am passing through a beautiful small but long alley of old an young oaks. I really enjoy that part of my way and I am grateful to be able to live that way. The oak ist a powerful tree for this people who want to bring higher ideals into the world. The oak tree supports the strength of purpose and constancy for respectable worth. So here is my oak tile

Pattern: Aquafleur, Rixty (Variation)

So now I stopp writing about this beautiful season an go for a walk in my favourite wood on this sunny day with my dog Anny.

“Munchin Play”

This week the challenge is based on Molly Hollibough’s tangle Munchin, which she demonstrates in a video on a black tile.
So far I haven’t tangled on black tiles. One simple reason, I don’t have a black zentangle® tool set; the other reason, if I have to decided on instinct I would decide on the white or renaissance tiles. So I had to smile when I read about the diva’s confession not being a hudge fan of black tiles.

But in order to say something adequate to the black tiles and tangling with a “white” gelly pen I have to try it. Here in Germany, especially in the countryside, it is not easy to get the original tiles and sakura pens, so I had to improvise with black cardbox paper and another gelly pen-brand.

Now after tangling white (and  gold) on black with a gelly pen, here my résumé: I really thought it would be much more difficult to draw with a gelly pen fine strokes but it really worked good. nevertheless I am actually not a fan of this kind of pen. Certainly I can’t say anything about the black tiles since I didn’t use the originals. But so far my gut instinct was right and still – if I have the decision – I would use white or renaissance tiles. But maybe some day I will like black tiles just as well, because I won’t stop tangling on black tiles. And some day there might be a “wow-effect”.

 

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“UMT – Tri-bee by Beate Winkler, CZT”

I already follow the Weekly Diva Challenge for a while and now it is the first time I take part. So here is my first “Weekly Diva Challenge”-tile. I had so much fun with Tri-bee. When I finished my tile, I was so pleased. Tri-bee made me think of my dahlia in the garden, which I really love because they are so joyful.

After I finished my tile and before I went to sleep, I had suddenly a picture in my mind – Tri-bee with an auraknot in the background. Well, I tried to ignore that picture, because one of the things I appreciate on the Zentangle®- Methode is not to have preconceived ideas or expectations of the final result. But now with this idea in my mind I was lost – I had to realize it.

So I did! And certainly it didn’t work out, I wasn’t pleased with that outcome at all. It just didn’t look like what I had in mind.

I guess it was really important for me to make that experience! “Only” knowing about something  is too theoretical for me, I have to sense it in praxis. Happy with that new awareness I draw another tile without pictures in my mind and without expectations, just one stroke at a time and I got rewarded with another tile I am really happy with!

Thank you challenge # 238 for this experience and awerness:)

Experience is ever life’s mistress. Johann Wolfgang Goethe