This new book was just released and I am a spotlight artist! So exciting! That little blue swirl of ferns and all the little insects are mine. I have art on the back cover as well.
The book is chock full of artistic inspiration. Yes, they use the word “doodle” in the title and description. And yes, there are a bunch of zentangle® folks shaking their heads, but I figured this was a good opportunity for me to introduce some people to zentangle that might not get around to it otherwise.
In fact, I kick off the featured artist section with some fun, brightly colored ZIAs. And no, I did not write the questions. If I had, my tools wouldn’t be called Zen Doodle materials. Not that I have a problem with ‘doodling’ in and of itself, because I do not. But, I did want to bring some interest in zentangle to the project and I believe they wonderfully afforded me that opportunity.
I totally want to sing big thanks to Meredith Yuhas, one of our CZTs. The garden scene in this picture – as well as the underwater scene in the one before it – are based on techniques I learned in a couple of Meredith’s classes.
Here is a little bit more of the questions and answers.
I was pleased that they didn’t greatly change my answers, or wording on these two pages.
Originally I had three pieces of art accepted for the book.
Then they asked me to submit four additional art pieces for the spotlight artist section.
This is one of my favorite pieces that I’ve ever drawn. So simple, but fun. For the book I called it Eye Spy. The challenge is given to see what critters and people the reader can find in the drawing. I see at least two people and three critters. Hahaha! I was so glad they chose this piece for the book – and a bit surprised because of how simple it is.
I was so excited and pleased to see the editors closed out the book with another one of my tiles and an explanation of Zentangle®. So many times this gets left out.
Happy, happy, happy with my copy that came in the mail yesterday! It is so rewarding to share my work with others and be able to introduce them to zentangle in a setting other than a class.