Zentangle® Birds

     View a YouTube – draw and tangle a beautiful bird using 6 new tangles.

    One of my favorite subjects to draw, paint or tangle are birds. With a little practice you can learn to draw beautiful birds, I give you a brief lesson and introduce 6 new tangles in my YouTube video this week. The 6 new tangles are Fins, Maize, Ocean Spray, Pinball, Chatter and Coral Seeds


     Taking art workshops is one of my passions. I love teaching but I love learning even more. Through the many years I have been involved in the art and craft industry I have taken a lot of classes and workshops. At the time that particular class may not even have been of great interest to me, I just wanted to create. 

      I can safely say I have come away from each class with renewed inspiration and having learned at least one new thing of value which I can incorporate into my own art. Many times I have traveled across the country or even out of the country to take classes with artists I have long admired. 

Jill Pankey’s art.. .I love this one. Jill’s art just makes me smile.

     It’s always nice when I can stay close to home and attend an exciting workshop with a favorite artist. I was lucky enough to be able to participate in a recent 3-day workshop with Jill Pankey. I adore her creative style and brilliant colors. Her work centers on the female form, and being from Texas many of the female forms are wearing cowboy boots and hats … another favorite subject for JillI love that she focuses on all types of settings and body types, Jill has a very humorous way of observing and presenting the female form. 

Having fun painting a blue goat and my grandaughter.

     Jill’s workshop involved drawing from live models as well as from photos. I could hardly wait to get started, I also enjoy creating figurative art and since I do many pieces with animals as well I loved experimenting with color choices and painting blue goats. What fun!! 

Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!

                 Zentangle #123


The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.  and is used with permission. Learn more at zentangle.com

French Knitted Beading

     View a YouTube  Carol Porter, author of ‘Making Jewelry with a French Knitter’,  shares easy tips to get you started creating lovely bead and cord jewelry with a French Knitter. 

     I am fascinated by all the jewelry Carol Porter has made with one simple tool, a French Knitter. Carol uses a French Knitting tool by Clover. Many of you may have seen this type of jewelry made using a “spool knitter”. A few small nails (generally four),  placed around the hole in the center of a wooden spool. Spool Knitting has been enjoyed by generations, it is an easy craft for young children to learn and a great introduction to knitting.  Carol uses monofilament, yarn, wire, various fibers and beads to create luscious strands of cording for bracelets and necklaces.
Lani and I visit on the coast of Maine.
     Before traveling to Virginia Beach to teach at Art and Soul Retreat, I made my way to Maine to visit my daughter Lani. I love the coastline of Maine, Lani and I can spend hours collecting sea glass and heart shaped rocks.  I am also treated to some fabulous food when I visit Lani, she is a wonderful cook (I attended one of her soup classes) and owns a quaint food shop in Camden, Megunticook Market. The market specializes in fresh, local meats and produce along with wonderful baked items. We also explored antique shops, one of my favorite pastimes. Seems there is always something new to discover. My latest passion is nautical maps… I found some dating back to the 1800’s. My plan is to use them for backgrounds in some of my art work. Maine is a good source for nautical antiquities of every kind, If you happen to know of a source for inexpensive nautical maps I would love to hear from you.  
     One of the Zentangle® projects from students in my Zentangle 102 class at the Art and Soul Retreat in Virginia.  We used a Zendala tile as a frame for a beautiful butterfly. You could also collage an image in the center or add a dried flower.   
      My recent entry into a local art show at the Woman’s Club of Fort Worth. I was thrilled when my Watercolor Sunflowers won an award… there were many wonderful works of art featured in the show.
Zentangle pattern, enjoy and create!!      

                Zentangle #122  


Choppy Waves and Calm Waters 

The Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc.  and is used with permission. Learn more at zentangle.com