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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Challenge-Tell Your Story, Be Part of the Art

There is a page. here, of links to people who have responded to this challenge.

I'm in a reflective mood (nothing to do with avoiding that stack of dirty dishes in the sink).  I wasn't going to get into issuing challenges, because I think if there are too many, people will go crazy and just stop doing them.  But I just created my 200th tangle pattern--I've gotta do something. 

Comments on the artwork that I did as an example using Sparks made me think about how I come up with my titles, and why I enjoy the titles so much.
Often, looking back at a ZT, I wonder where in the heck I came up with that title. But that's why I name them right away. Zentangling puts your brain into a different zone. The titles give me, and all users a way to re-invent the art every time we look at it. A title implies a story or a view, and as you look for that story or view, you either enter my world, or invent your own. That goes for me, because I'm a different me than I was when I drew a zentangle.

I love the idea that everyone who views my work, adds themselves to the mix. It's a different work for every single person who sees it.

For example-my Sparks example.  Right now, I see a huge battle-ax in a castle keep, over which dark storm clouds are gathering.  But if I look for the title-Chemical Reaction, I realize I was seeing the movement--the bubbles produced as a fluid heats or possibly cools. The beeline tangle represents the thickening and changing of the fluid, and the Sparks represents a hard sharp-edged result, like a brittle candy shell or like ice. Ultimately, this is an abstract, so the stories are endless.  It can't represent just one thing.  It is as fluid as a chemical reaction, and so is every zentangle out there.   So, yeah, yeah, you say.  What's the challenge already?
Well, I ask you to look at a ZT you've just finished (no fair planning ahead of time).  Take note of the movement, the flow, the texture.  Spin it around.  Look at how the dark and light work together.  How do the tangles work together>  How do they resist each other?  What objects seem to appear?  What's the mood?  Do this immediately after you finish, and look, and do not second guess yourself.

Come up with a title based on your immediate impressions.  Then invite your viewers to tell you what they see or feel.  In other words, invite them to invest part of their world experience into yours.

Please come back and give me a link so I can see what you've done.