Zentangles

February 14, 2012

zentangle

Zentangling is a meditative type of doodling that’s easily accomplished by anyone regardless of skill level.  The most basic of materials, paper and a dark felt marker, provide an excellent starting point for this relaxing and creative activity.

Here are two examples, one done with a fine tip black marker and the other done with a brown calligraphy marker.

zentangle with calligraphy pen

Thanks to Gerry at Torch Lake Views for introducing me to this art form.

Asymmetry in Lobsters

March 31, 2009

albell-lobster

Lobsters are a good example of asymmetry in nature.  Often, their claws are not only found to be of different sizes, but also different shapes.

americanlobster

Lobsters will regenerate a claw if it is broken off, but it takes some time for the new one to grow back to its maximum size.  This may also account for an asymmetrical appearance. 

The photo I used as a guide to paint the lobster at top showed the right arm hidden under its body at the point where it is attached.  Its left arm was also tilted at an angle to show its narrowest side.  Both of these positions exaggerate the discrepancy in claw sizes.

The painting at top was created on masonite with acrylics while the drawing of the lobster was made with a fine point black marker.

The image of a Lobster on Rocks shown at top appeared in the Summer 2010 issue of the Arsenic Lobster poetry journal. 

The original painting is at The Inn at Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia.

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