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Friday, September 17, 2010

Elegance of Limits

A basic component of Zentangle is its concept of the elegance of limits. Limits of a deadline inspire creative juices to flow. Understanding our mortality, we can more deeply appreciate our blessings.

So too, our Zentangle concept of string and tangle sets in motion a dynamic that is simultaneously limiting and liberating.

Yesterday, Maria limited herself to strings and tangles of only straight lines. If you have seen any of Maria's creations, you can understand how challenging this was.

We encourage you to appreciate and play with limits and to use them as an inspiration to further creativity - in your art, and in your art of life.

To explore further this concept of limits, we recommend Gyorgy Doczi's The Power of Limits, Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture.

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Toni said...

I must be on the right track with my presentation...I chose this EXACT element of Zentangle to use in at least two of my slides! Maria, this is beautiful (as usual), no one would ever guess it was a challenge!!

Carole Ohl said...

Beautifully said and illustrated. I really love the Emingle tangle that is floating behind the bars. Even with all those straight lines, Maria's work floats light as air!

Bizzy B said...

This is great use of light & dark and of space.

Heather Victoria Held said...

Looks amazing and I appreciate how difficult it must have been for Maria to limit herself that way. Thanks for the challenge.

Shelly Beauch said...

Thanks, this is another way to look outside our square!!

maggiekat said...

. . . and I had decided to challenge myself today with some of the curly,curvy, flowing tangles that give me such a hard time!

Barbara said...

I love this look. Interesting challange and the outcome is great!