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Monday, August 15, 2011

Assunta

This blog, with its larger images and a place for comments, is a companion to this newsletter.

Here is a more detailed image of that beautifully carved bench that inspired assunta.


It's so beautiful and to think it was created 800-900 years ago, give or take a century. I wonder if this craftsperson used a 1/2 S-curve template to create the overall pattern . . . trace . . . rotate, trace . . . flip, trace . . . rinse and repeat . . .



Happy Birthday, Maria!


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40 comments:

Megan Warren said...

Happy Birthday Maria - what a wonderful gift - a new tangle! xxxx

Majka said...

Assunta is a beautiful tangle sweeping upward, gracefully floating on air. What a sweet birthday gift for Maria! And, the background story about how Maria got her name is a lovely homage to the Blessed Mother.

Suzy said...

Wow, that's beautiful -- as soon as I get some coffee in me, I'm going to sit right down and try it! I'm especially intrigued by building those gorgeous curves from straight lines. THAT opens a whole new perspective on developing tangles..... Many happy returns, Maria! This beautiful tangle is a perfect tribute!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday,
Today is my son's birthday also. i remember the priest coming into my room and teasingly asked if I had attended Mass, I said that I was laboring so had not attended mass, but I thought Mary would understand. :D My son is 28 today. Please remember him and all of our troops in your prayers.
Great tangle

Zentangle said...

I will think of your son in my daily Zentangle. If you email me your address, I will send it for you to give him. I love birthdays.....I like to give things away on this day.....because, really I have everything I could ever hope for! zentangle@gmail Best, Maria

Karen Woodbine said...

Happy Birthday Maria! What a great story and a great new tangle. Today is my 30th wedding anniversary. A special day all around.

DIANE said...

Thank you for sharing Maria's birthday present with all of us Zentangle enthusiasts. And a special thanks to Cecile for giving us this wonderful woman, Maria, to inspire us. We are truly blessed to have the entire Zentangle family in our lives. Happy birthday,Maria!

Linda Farmer said...

Happy Birthday, Maria! May all your wishes come true.

Carole Ohl said...

Happy birthday, Maria! Your example of generosity is, in itself, a gift you give to us all! So thank you.

Rick, thanks for the new tangle, and thanks for sharing your deconstruction process. It's always amazing to see how magical that is.

Hugs to you both!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Maria!
I love the new tangle and I can't wait to work on a project with it.Thank you so much for the inspiration and for all that you do to support my creative side. Hugs and birthday wishes!

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Maria! What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful spirit.

Deb said...

Today i attended a mass at my daughters church in Geraldton Australia, for the "Feast of the Assumption" and also Saint mary McKillops rememberence Day. So now I know a little about what you are talking about. The tangle is quietly beautiful but busy as well like the two women it represents. Thankyou. Happy Birthday Mary.

Marie aka Grams said...

So many presents with your Presence.
Happy Birth Day, Maria Assunta.
May you continue to be blessed and to bless.

Mariët said...

Happy Birthday Maria,
Thanks for this new tangle.
I can't wait to try Assunta out.

Genevieve said...

Happy Birthday Maria! And how wonderful that we all get to share your present!

Enthusiastic Artist said...

Hark, O birdie! Hippo Bathday! Hoppy Bunnyday! Hairy Beardy! Hippy Band-Aid! (dang, how does that go?) ... oh ... HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Have a wonderful day with lots of exclamation marks! Mine was yesterday!

And what a lovely new tangle! I'm off to try it out!

(This is what happens to me when I go to bed at 2 and get up at 8:30. Sheesh. Who needs coffee?)

--Margaret

maudiemay said...

Happy Birthday Maria,
It was lovely to meet you both in May. It has enriched my life so very much.
Lovely tangle, Rick, so nice that we can all share Maria's gift or is that 'gifts'.

Carol M. said...

Happy Birthday and blessings through out the year!

Bunny W said...

Last December I met Zentangle and haven't looked back since. I find it a refuge, a 'calmer-downer' in times of stress and a joyful art form. I am presently tangling a small lamp shade and then I will do the lamp to go with it! What fun!
Happy Birthday Maria and thank you both for sharing this wonderful gift!

Carol Bailey Floyd said...

Happy, happy birthday Maria! It is such a delight to know that Rick thought of such a marvelous gift for you and that we get to share, too! Hooray! Thank you, Rick for such a remarkably creative idea, and thank you to Maria for being being born in the first place so we can all celebrate!

Cris said...

What a lovely testament to your generosity. Congratulations to you both. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you both a very happy day and many more together. Hugs, Cris

C.C. Sadler said...

This completely made my day! So happy to be part of this amazing world.

I am doing my first major workshop for calligraphers in October and was working all weekend on samples. This was the perfect thing to see on Monday morning when I got to work at my "real" job!

Thank you so much for inspiring all of us!

wolfhowlings said...

Hippo Birdie, two ewes.
Hippo Birdie, two ewes.
Hippo Birdie, Maria.
Hippo Birdie, two ewes.

What a blessed woman you are to have such a wonderful man to share your life with. An incredible birthday present. I will think of you both everytime I tangle this. (I wonder how many Diva Challenges will have this tangle in them!)

Rick, Maria...thank you for sharing your lives with us. May you both have a fantastic day. Happy birthday! Diana Hirsch

Lois Heinani Stokes said...

Hau'oli lā hānau e Maria ~ Whispering Aloha to you on this special day ~ thank you for coming into our lives ~ you and Rick are a gift that enriches our lives.

Anonymous said...

Happy,happy Birthday Maria! Thank you for sharing with all of us! Nice tangle Rick and a wonderful gift...love the story behind it too. Enjoy! Cheryl Cianci :)

Judi said...

HAVE A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY, MARIA!!!

Victoria Gwen said...

Have a wonderful birthday Maria. I have a friend whose first name is Assunta .. so I will try to perfect this tangle and present it to her on her birthday.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,
Happy birthday, happy feast day! Today is my brother, Michael's birthday and we are all (I'm the oldest of 8) meeting at a restaurant in Norfolk to celebrate. I'll have a sip of wine in your honor. On Aug 11, I celebrated with former classmates our 50th reunion from St Mary of the Assumption HS in Brookline, MA. They were able to find 49 out of 80 graduates and 38 came along with 17 spouses/guests. None of us looked a day over 18!!!!!
Have a wonderful evening and I wish for you many. many more happy and healthy years.
Mary Jane Bohlen

Anonymous said...

It says anonymous because I don't know what any of those others mean. :)
MJB

Anonymous said...

May your day continue to be filled with blessings, as you are a blessing to so many of us! And now you have your own special tangle--lucky is the lady who receives the gift of art on her special day. Happy Birthday to You! Andrea

Heather Victoria Held said...

Happy Birthday precious Maria!!!!!!!! Hope your day is filled with good things. What a precious gift that Rick gave you. You and Rick are such a blessing to me and so many others.

Much love to you both!

Heather

Cheryl said...

Hope your birthday was a masterpiece, a work of art. May the coming year continue to be filled with wonders and joyous memories.

Tinkered Art said...

Happy Birthday Maria - blessing and celebrations for you today. Thank you Rick for sharing your lovely with gift to Maria with all of us - how lucky for us!

Sue Clark said...

What a treasured gift... A new tangle for your birthday! The love the two of you share is so special and such a blessing. Thank you for sharing so much of your lives with all of us. Hope you have the most wonderful birthday ever and many more to come,

Chari-Lynn said...

Happy Birthday Maria! What a wonderful tangle!

AngelEyes said...

Happy Birthday Maria! Thank you for sharing your wonderful world of tangles!
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cXMi_KjVpoo/TgoBkt0YO5I/AAAAAAAACS0/uB7opTJqQ3U/s1600/Tribe_red.jpg
Zentangle Love from Annika in Norway ;)

Kip said...

Happy, happy birthday, Maria.

Donna Hornsby said...

Happy Birthday (albeit a day late). I have no doubt it was a wonderful day!

Barb Wells said...

Hope you are continuing to enjoy your birthday and Rick's gift. I am so happy to know both of you!

Shelly Beauch said...

Maria, I wish you a very special Birthday because you are very special! Hugs, hugs and more hugs!!