Friday, September 07, 2012

The Rhythm of Tangles: Weekly Challenge #85

This week was a tangly week! For one thing, we had Labor Day on Monday, which threw the whole week into a tangle (it feels like it should be Saturday when it's actually Friday!). For another thing I've tangled nearly every day this week - and only completed one tile!

I started on Tuesday working on the Diva's Zentangle Challenge. You can see the tile below beginning to form in my post from Wednesday. On Wednesday I tangled a bit at work as a study break. Thursday night I took my Zentangle kit with me to my haircut and tangled while I was waiting. Finally, I finished the shading on the tile today, just in time to post it. It's definitely a here, there, and everywhere tile!

I see a spot where I forgot to shade a section - do you see it?
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Shattuck, Hurry, and Copada.
Two of my college classes discuss rhythm in art, in terms such as "staccato" and "legato", which are typically reserved to describe music. Being a musician in addition to an artist, I am intrigued by this intermingling lingo. Staccato means detached, choppy, abrupt. Legato means tied together, smooth, and connected. It's challenging to nail down which one this, or any, Zentangle is. You could say this one is staccato due to the broken up disconnection of pattern. Yet you could also say it is legato due to the flowing lines that all of the patterns follow. Perhaps the definition changes based on the direction from which you view the tangle.

As I depressed the shutter button of my camera to take the first picture in this post, the tile fell and produced this awesome Zentangle in motion:


29 comments:

  1. I love the idea of rhythm in art. I'm always striving for more legato in my own work. I've always thought that Zentangle has things in common with music. That's why my Zentangle business is called Tangle Harmony!

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    1. That's wonderful! I like that business name. Keep striving for that legato harmony!

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  2. Very cool! Your tile is nice and bold and clear and then the photo...awesome!

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    1. Thank you! I'm always looking for interesting ways to photograph my tiles - it's become half the fun for me!

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  3. I love the depth and contrast with the great deep black and bold lines!

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    1. Thanks. Sometimes the simple things have the most impact, huh?

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  4. Love Zentangle in motion, I often refer to tangling as a dance on paper ...you got rhythym!

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    1. Thank you! Tangling is totally a dance - paper and pen, artist and media, critical and creative. I think you've got some rhythm going on too!

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  5. Cool tile. I love the pic with the tile in between the piano keys:)

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    1. Thanks! I had to figure out how to wedge the paper in there just right. At first it wouldn't cooperate, but eventually it got there!

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  6. Great tile!! and I love the way you photographed each one!!!

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    1. Thanks - like I've said above, photographing the tiles has become so much fun!

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  7. Quite a stunning tile (nope, can't see the spot you missed lol)

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    1. Thank you! I've realized that I didn't miss a spot - the tangle just refused to be shaded :-)

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  8. Beautiful ZT, Lovely composition with the old piano!

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  9. You created a beautil tile! In a lot of zentangles and zia's you see a lot of flowing.

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    1. Oh yes, flowing is almost mandatory in ZT. I love it! Thanks for the comment!

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  10. Love the tile, it got much depth! And nice picture!

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  11. Such a beautiful tile, love the tangles you chose with Copada.

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    1. Doesn't Copada look like a bunch of Hershey Kisses, all lined up?

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  12. Great tile! I'm glad you kept at it so you could post it and share it with us. Love how the lines flow.

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    1. Thank you. I love that I can Zentangle anytime, anywhere, and take it just a little at a time!

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  13. I think your tile is a superb balance of light and dark and certainly a good example for rhythm. Thanks for giving me the idea of the extra aesthetic of photography for backgrounds!

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  14. Beautiful tile! Beautiful tile in motion! I really like what you did with Copada, the stripes parallel to the edge.

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  15. Beautiful tile and wonderful post!

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