Thursday, June 16, 2011
Zentangle Challenge #26 - Spiral Out. Keep Going!
The first time I drew the spiral string on my tile, I immediately saw my old friend the snail start to appear! I have been making spirals since forever and somehow some of them evolved into snails some years back. When I had the opportunity to give my very first speaking engagement at a retreat about THE ARTIST'S WAY by Julia Cameron, I was thrilled and terrified. I rehearsed and rehearsed, but I knew I would speak quickly in my excitement, so I drew my spiral snails all over my notes
to help me remember to slow down. With this spiral challenge, I wanted to do a tribute to all the snails I have drawn over the years. For the first time, I had the urge to name her, too! I came up with Flo Slomo to remind me to stay in the "flow" and to go in "slow motion" when necessary.
My "Hope" spiral is one of the few Zentangles I have ever named. I knew as I was creating it, that it would have a name and that I would know what it was when I was done. I looked and looked, and then I saw it -- HOPE! I believe that almost anything is possible once we find that spark of hope. Then I noticed that Laura had part of a song lyric -- "Spiral out. Keep going!" That sounds like hope to me! Spirals are very important in my life in all kinds of ways. I have been looking at the other challenge submissions, and I can tell that they are meaningful to other people, too. I know that the spiral is a symbol of life, and I have always thought of the way that life proceeds is more in a spiral fashion, and not a straight line. Hooray for spirals! Thank you, Laura, for another amazing challenge!