It's November and Halloween decor is giving way to Christmas lights. The holiday season is upon us and, COVID or not, it's getting pretty busy.
But holiday prep aside, life is hectic enough. I typically have morning, afternoon and evening English tutoring students sprinkled across my week, mostly Tuesday through Thursday. Art students , events, and other commitments are bookended around them and wedged in between. I try -- though I don't always succeed -- to start and end each day with meditation and some strokes of illustration or color on paper. This pours the living water into my soul and helps keep me going and motivated.
I started last week -- as I have the previous seven Mondays -- in my studio space leading students, artists, in the practice of a therapeutic art technique. The students lead and inspire as much as they follow.
I ended last week -- as I did the previous seven Fridays -- leading a student, an artist, in this therapeutic art technique, and also attended the last of the Detroit Fine Art Breakfast Club Artists Talks at Swords Into Plowshares in Detroit. In the middle of the week, I led a private party of seven women through a special meditation and illustration, in both cases using this same therapeutic technique.
This technique the Zentangle method founded by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts -- shown in all the photos of this edition -- is a gift that keeps on giving. I'm certified in it, and it never ceases to amaze me how much creativity it brings out in others, and how much focus and calm it brings to everyone.
This time of year, creative resourcefulness is high in demand and calm is at a premium. Tangling is an ideal solution.