Today I had a long wait at the auto shop for our truck to get new tires. At last we have new summer tires, our old tires were getting a little sketchy in the rain. Anyway I had to wait there for 2 hours, so I brought my pens and a sketchbook. Lately I have been really interested in patterning and surface design. I also really like drawing animals. However I am so busy with my course I do not get much time to explore these creative areas right now.
However today I had a great time sitting there in the waiting room trying out all sorts of designs and patterns and creating my cute little birdie. I have big plans for this to evolve into something more and incorporate my botanical art into it as well. The patterning that I have been trying out is inspired by a method called Zentangling. It is a newish art trend which involves learning all sorts of different patterns and incorporating them into a pattern or mandala on a square tile of paper. Many people now have different off shots of "tangling" with other sorts of shapes and subjects. This is my first attempt and I am very excited to try more. You can learn more about Zentangling at the official Zentangle web site.
Must get back to the drawing board and finish my strawberry illustration now!