Thursday, 14 June 2012

The Dog of Zen...

So,  I really wanted to partcipate in Kristin's Summer of Colour blog hop this year because I didn't manage  to last year.  I also thought it would be a great opportunity for me to take time out from doing the larger acrylic canvasses of rain and animals that I've been working on and do some quick, fun watercolour illustrations instead.

The theme this year is on ice cream colour combinations and the first week (which has until this Sunday to be posted) was Rainbow Sherbet. I decided to not only use these colours but also to try my hand at zentangles because I've seen them on so many different folks' blogs and really wanted to give it a go (Fallingladies' wonderful creations in particular inspired me to give it a go).  Well, no great shock that mine would have to be based around an animal of some sort  - I give you the Dog of Zen:

I had no real idea where to start zentangling so I called on my very clever friend who knows the answer to everything, you may know him - his name's Google.  I checked out various images of zentangles that folk had done and took it from there.  I realised that they weren't so different from the doodles that I filled in an entire desk pad (A3 size) with, on my first ever job in a travel agents back in 1991 (yes, it was that boring) and my boss eventually made me throw out because it gave customers a bad impression!

Now, here I was thinking I could whip up a quick watercolour and ink illustration in a couple of hours.  Turns out zentangles and quick don't go hand in hand! Two evenings hunched over the kitchen table later (I figured I could spend time with S and the dogs in the kitchen better than if I went out to my art studio which is quickly filling up with large canvasses - I need someone to exhibit my work soon, please!) and I had only just completed the ink part never mind adding some colour. A third evening later and the Dog of Zen had his coat of many colours à la Rainbow Sherbet!

dog of zen watercolour and ink zentangles doodles
The Dog of Zen - Indian Ink and Watercolour


zentangles dog of zen in Indian ink
Naked Dog of Zen before his coat of many colours!
Anyway, the original plan was to be able to post early in the week on the Summer of Colour and then on a Friday, as always, for Paint Party Friday.  This week though, time caught up with me and so there is just this one post for both.  From next week though I am determined to be a twice weekly blogger as least as long as the Summer has Colour!

*Those of you who were interested in Lennox the dog's trial may want to read the unfortunate update on the appeal hearing here

50 comments:

  1. wow your zen dog is fabulous, I totally adore it. Fab for Summer of Colour and PPF, brill. Annette x

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  2. Love it - both versions. You really know how to make eyes LIVE!

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  3. zentangles are sooo time consuming... I have no idea how you hung in there to create this... it must have taken forever... and I think Andrea over at Falling Ladies is pretty inspiring as well.. this is a great piece for the summer of colour and happy ppf...xx

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  4. As I wrote on FB: wonderful!!! :))

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  5. So sorry about Lennox. I am sure no animals are ever as bad as some people! Love your zen-dog, I have made lots of zen-cats, but never dogs. Love the colours, too, the summer of colour is such fun! Valerie

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  6. This is so fabulous! I adore it! the very first zentangle piece that rocks my heart!

    LOVE it....
    Happy PPF!

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  7. great work, i tried a ddodling thing...maybe doodling is different, but for a scrapobook journal type [page ...you've done some great doodles here...i never thought to use google for hints...lol...love it to bits...xxx

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  8. WOOO HOOO Totally brilliant!!! Love 'zentangles' did you make the word up or is is just new to me?

    You have such a variety of skills, Nicola, WONDERFUL!

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  9. Your Rainbow Sherbert zen dog is soooo cool ... love it!! Looking forward to your week 2 now!!
    Jan x

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  10. The zen dog is awesome. I almost prefer him in black and white. :)

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  11. Zen Dog is totally wonderful ~ so creative and colorful and lots of detail ~namaste, ^_^ (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. Your Zen dog is incredible. I love his eyes. They just speak to me.
    I have never tried to create a zentangle but now may be the time.

    Thank you for letting me know about Puppia. I will definitely look into that.

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  13. Wow! Amazing! I am stunned!! :)

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  14. I love your ZenDog! Awesome! How fun to try something new like this. I can't wait to see your postcards this year! Happy PPF.

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  15. LOVE your Zen dog! I've tried doing zentangles before, but I just don't seem to be able to stick with them- this makes me want to try again!
    PPF Hugs,
    Stephanie
    P.S. Have you thought about doing Etsy? I've sold a few paintings there.....

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  16. Love this! It reminds me of a stuffed patchwork dog I had when I was a kid. It's too adorable.

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  17. I have seen a few bloggers 'Zentangling' recently! As much as I really like them to look at, I really wouldn't have the patience!
    The Zentangled dog looks fabulous - like a patchwork quilt design. Brilliant :0)

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  18. WoW!!!!! Totally amazing! I'm immersed in everything there is to look at. I can't believe you were able to create him so quickly. Sounds like ZENtangles is a more meditative process. It's meant to be done slowly? Your dog is fabulous! Happy PPF! :-)

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  19. absolutely adorable dog, and love that there's a black/white and colour version!

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  20. Oh my word, speechless. This is probably one of my favourite examples of zentangling that I've seen :)

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  21. Oh wow thats amazing!!!!

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  22. That is so cute!! I love all the details and colors and the pups ears..awesome job!!

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  23. Awesome, love love love! So totally worth the effort in my opinion, it's fun and fresh and original!

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  24. I'm definitely getting my art journal out and trying something like this myself! Fantastic entry into Summer of colour :)
    x x x

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  25. Wow, what a seriously detailed piece of work. How long did it take you to do all of that? wow!! Happy PPF :)

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  26. Your zen dog is fantastic! And your work is so detailed. Beautiful.

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  27. He's awesome! Love your imaginative patterns. Very unique and creative style.

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  28. This is so different from what I have seen from your work, I love it!! All the patterns and detail. Just amazing!!!
    Have a great day!
    Nora

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  29. I also do zentangles. I'm sure at least one week out of the six I'll have zentangles in there somewhere if not a whole page.Your doggy ZT is perfect!

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  30. I'm now your new follower :)

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  31. WOW!!! What an amazing portrait!! I use Zentangles in Art Therapy with teenagers and I think they are wonderful! Yours takes it to another level and I totally LOVE it!! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy PPF!!

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  32. So adorable!!! And so much color! Great job

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  33. oh wow!!! this is such a wonderful painting...love the designs and the colours!!! well done!!!

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  34. I just love this painting and noticed it on the facebook page!! Love the patterns and color!!

    Hugs Giggles

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  35. I love how you tangled the dog.. awesome.. quick and zentangling definitely do not go together but such satisfaction when you are done! it's one of my fav things to do...
    xx

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  36. Your Zen dog rocks!!
    Love seeing the before (naked) and after with color!
    So wonderful!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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  37. Absolutely fabulous!! I LOVE this dog. Great use of the rainbow sherbet colours.

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  38. ADORABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    hppf!

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  39. Yep, zentangles are just doodles like we've always done, turned into a marketing gimmick. I love this zen puppy! I think I like the black and white version even better.
    I'm not going to read the update on Lennox. I know what it must say and I just can't bear it. People can be so stupid and cruel.

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  40. I'm lovin this dog of zen. Really beautiful. Great for SOC. happy PPF!

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  41. Wow, your zen dog looks just gorgeous! I've heard about zentangles all over blogworld, but I don't think I'd have the patience! Your did a fantastic job! The summer of colour ice cream challenges sounds delicious! Love the colours. I'm looking forward to see more flavours transformed into art - and I'm also looking forward to taste as many different ice cream flavours when I'm in England soon :)

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  42. What an AMAZING work of art...

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  43. Your work is just getting better and better!!! In every manifestation. When I saw your Girafitti I just kind of assumed you were doing a zentangle. It's WAY better!! Looking at all your work over the last year I am reminded that your commitment to art is what it takes to become really good.

    You just got to show up every day. ;o)

    xoxo
    Mari

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  44. I am working on my ZENDOG and I was searching for ideas when I found yours ...it is beautiful, really love it :)

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