The last few weeks have been a little crazy with sickness (not the coronavirus) and work responsibilities. I managed to eke out a couple of Zendalas and a Dingbatz or two, but all in all, this was a tough season for art.
Well, I’m back at it and working on the Zen-Untangled 2020 challenge.
Early one morning I heard the strangest sound. It was a knocking sound, but it was a bit metallic. I couldn’t figure out where it was coming from because it was so intermittent.
When my sweetie got up the sound had stopped, but later that morning it started up again and my husband solved the mystery.
Turns out its mating season for woodpeckers. The males are showing off by making a lot of racket to draw attention to themselves. One ambitious woodpecker had found the metal ladder set up next to our house (hence the metallic sound).
I hope he finds a girlfriend soon.
Time for more Zendala art (template from LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s). I’ve been working on my Zentangle pattern collection and found several new patterns to try. Here’s pearly with a bunch of lines to add some depth.
Life on the property has been pretty fun of late. Willow and my other two female bunnies (Cedar and Licorice) had litters a few days ago. Everyone seems safe and healthy so far. In another couple of days, I’ll take a more serious head count and do a bit of cleanup.
Forest, my DIL and I are talking about putting all our bunnies in a colony. What that means is our bunnies would live together in a large barn/run unit. It’s a lot less work for upkeep, but we may have to remove the males now and then to keep the numbers down (rabbits do breed like … rabbits). We’re still talking through all the angles. If we do make the move, I’ll give y’all a look at the process.
The snow is receding and we’re dealing with a bit of mud. When that’s done and temperatures are a bit warmer, we’ll call it Spring and start outside work in the garden and on the house. We bought a couple of bare root fruit trees and I ordered a few more landscape trees and some thornless blackberries.
Most of my people activities have been canceled because of the coronavirus. No church, no gatherings, no swimming at the gym for my sweetie. We’re trying to stay connected by phone and computer. I hope y’all are staying safe and have plenty of toilet paper. Take care.
My bunny mommy was talking about moving me into a new home in the bunny field. I was so excited, but then …
Ah well, I’m busy pulling fur for my new litter of babies anyhow. I am snug as a bug in a rug in the bunny barn until the weather changes. (When my little ones arrive and get a bit bigger I’ll share pictures.)
Another dingbatz. These little bits of art are fun!
My sweetie and I have been sick for the last week or so. No art. No adventures. Just lots of tissues.
We are expecting a mess of baby bunnies within the week though, but we’re having to hunker down and keep everybody warm with very low temperatures on the way (forecast has us in the single digits … we’ll see). I’ll keep you apprised.
I love this month’s template from LonettA’s CreA(R)Tive’s. It’s a simple spiral, but the effect of different patterns is amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever used a spiral string before. I may have to do a few more. 🙂
This is week 7 of the Zen-Untangled 2020 challenge. The patterns were supposed to be done on a Bijou tile. I didn’t have one so I drew a 2″ square in my sketchbook.
At Christmas, I gave a friend an amaryllis bulb. She watered it, it grew, and then gave her some of the most beautiful blooms. I visited her the other day and it was producing a second set of blooms. I didn’t know they did that.
At any rate, I’m going to get myself an amaryllis next year. Here where we’re buried in snow all winter long, I could use a bit of color. Pretty, pretty.
I recently found a group on Facebook and a new expression of Zentangle art – Dingbatz. It’s been around for a while, but I just now stumbled onto it.
Basically you make small bits of art using Zentangle patterns. They can be tucked on an envelope, a bookmark, or any place just big enough for a few strokes of a pen.
Here are a couple of my first tries in my tiny sketchbook.
Because they are so small they don’t take much time to do. I can sneak one anytime I have a few minutes of free time.