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!
|The Dog of Zen - Indian Ink and Watercolour|
|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.