Friday, June 7, 2013

Enthusiastic techno-peasant artist

Hmm. Yes. Well. It seems some of you have been unable to post comments here lately. I've received e-mails. (Thanks.)

A while ago I enabled Google+ Comments, thinking that it would be an easier way for some of you to post comments. Unfortunately, the techno-peasant who does my blog and doesn't read everything through before pressing buttons (that would be yours truly) didn't realize that enabling Google+ would disable the other comment system.

So, back to the old method. I hope. I pressed more buttons.

Another unfortunately: if you commented using Google+ in the past few weeks, your comment - so they tell me - will evaporate. If you feel inclined to post it again I won't mind at all.

By way of apology and thanks for your patience, here are a few recent zentangle-inspired pieces to cheer your eyes and hearts.
"Blooming Rainbow" (c) 2013 Margaret Bremner
Zendala tile mounted on canvas, acrylic paint.
I've posted this piece before, but recently mounted it
and added the series of colored dots.
"Outside the Crazy Kitchen" (c) 2013 Margaret Bremner
Zentangle tile, will be mounted on canvas and painted, later.
Have you ever visited a science center with a 'crazy kitchen'
where everything looks normal, but the floor - in fact the entire room -
is tilted and you have to hang onto railings in order to make your way through the room?
This is outside that kitchen.

(If you've never visited a crazy kitchen, find one! So much fun!)

"Riverbank" (c) 2013 Margaret Bremner
Zentangle tile mounted on canvas, acrylic paint.
I kept trying to center the tile, and it
always looked so boring.
Then I realized that the tree had to be OFF-center.
And yes, the 'sky' is a dark gray while the 'earth' is black.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Coaster, Diva Dance, Emingle, Florez, Flux, Hollibaugh,
Hurly Burly, Lamar, Leaflet, Opus, Sanibelle, Tipple, Wud


  1. AWEsome. . . maybe should be AWElots!


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    1. Thanks Marguerite. I was quite pleased with all of them.

  3. I was just thinking about the Crazy Kitchen today! Universe alignment (about an un-aligned/disorienting subject, ha).

    For the uninitiated, the Crazy Kitchen is an Ottawa thing – a permanent exhibit at the Museum of Science and Technology:

    1. Thanks for the link. I think I've visited a crazy kitchen somewhere else too.

  4. Margaret, I so enjoy seeing how you apply Zentangle to more realistic scenes. Your landscape here is quite spectacular. As is Blooming Rainbow!

    1. Thanks Susan. The tree was one of those pieces that just didn't seem to be going right most of the time, but wasn't bad enough to ditch it. It came together in the end.

  5. Glad that you got the problem fixed. I am so inspired by your work and wanted to tell you! Now I can.

  6. I love it.

    DIANA L.

  7. Yay! The comments are flowing again. :)
    And on another note, the first piece shown above sold at Art Trek in Saskatoon this evening. I like it a lot. But so did the teenager whose dad bought it for her. :D

  8. I love your work Margaret - very beautiful. I did the same thing with google+ then I could never see my comments so I too reverted lol :)

  9. These are amazing! The Blooming Rainbow piece looks like it's coming off the page toward you.

  10. Hi, again - I was just wondering, have you always been artistic? Did you create things like this before you learned Zentangle, or after? I'd love to be able to do the kind of art you do, and I just wonder if I'm wasting my time. Thanks again for sharing your work!

    1. Hi Morgaine,

      I've loved drawing since I was a small child and studied art at university. I've always loved intricate detail and patterns. When I encountered Zentangle a few years ago it was an immediate *click*.

      Which is definitely NOT to say that you need that background to create lovely artwork using Zentangle. As a professional artist it's important to me to have some pleasing results too, of course, but that doesn't happen every time. However, half of the whole thing is the process so it's never a waste of time.

      I feel I've learned more about composition and tonal values in three years of zentangle than I learned in four years of art school! So I'd say, just keep at it. In art school, and still now a lot of the time, I feel inadequate artistically because I don't/can't do big brushy local landscapes. I guess we all feel we just don't measure up in some way or other. But I think it's best just to do what you do well, well, and to heck with the rest!

      Ultimately, I do the kind of art I do, and you do the kind of art you do, and both are good, just different.

      Boy, I think you touched a nerve!

  11. Radiant, whimsical and enchanting. Your work is a delight to see. Thanks for sharing and for changing your comment forum. I always feel inspired when I see your beautiful compositions. Who cares about not doing big brushy local landscapes, look what you can do.

  12. My eyes and heart are definitely cheerier after seeing your magical art, Margaret! Thank you!!