Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Diva #252 and Australia Day?

Diva Challenge #252

This week's challenge is to use a Tangle as a string.

For my first tile I used Purk as the string and then filled each globe with an offical Zentangle Tangle. I'm pleased with the outcome and with the process. Before tackling it I reviewed the online instructions for drawing Purk and ended up listening to Rick explain what Zentangle was all about.  I recommend re-focusing on this when you get stuck or too caught up in mastering every new Tangle that comes out.

The outcome shows how far my drawing skills have come in the 18 months that I've been Tangling. While drawing, I concentrated on the each Tangle, stroke by stroke, line by line. Just as Rick explained in his YouTube clip.


My next tile is a bit different. It uses Tripoli as the string, and then Afterglo, Tripoli, Cruffle and Wired. I added the colours red, yellow and black to acknowledge the significance of today in Australia. The colours are from the Aboriginal Flag.

I'll show you my tile first then I'll explain a bit about today.



Australia Day?


Today is the 26th January. It is Australia's national day, Australia Day.  It's a national public holiday in here, commemorating the founding on 26 January 1788 of the colony of New South Wales.

When the British settled in this land, they declared that the land was terra nullius - as unowned land. That edict effectively striped the Aboriginal people of their rights to the land, despite them living here for over 40,000 years.

For Aborigines today is known as Invasion Day.

This is a topic that dominates our news and discourse - on and offline - around this time and particularly today. 

Even Google has bought into the subject. The logo is only viewable to Australian internet users. I've copied here though. Here's a link to more information about today's logo.



I'll leave it up to you to read further about this topic.

Zen-swimming


I've been Zen-swimming. This is a term I thought of yesterday while I was doing laps of my local pool.

Yesterday I swam 2.5km (50 laps), and managed 1.2km of freestyle without needing to break into a different stroke.

I was chatting to a fellow swimmer and he asked how I managed to go so far. My answer is that I focus on my breath.

For lap after lap I count my breaths. That means I count to either 2 or 4 many, many times. This is very much like Zentangle where you concentrate on each stroke and not on the outcome. I concentrate on each stroke and breath, and don't pay much attention to the laps I'm yet to complete.

If I thought about the distance too much before I started, I'd never get beyond the 1km mark. By breaking my swimming up into blocks, and into blocks within blocks, I have increased my distance markedly over the couple of weeks that I've been back lap swimming.

That too is very like Zentangle. How often have you looked at someone's completed tile or ZIA and thought to yourself 'I could never achieve that'? They did it line by line. 



So much writing and deep thinking today! Back to school tomorrow so my drawing and blogging will slow down for a bit until I get into a new routine.

Thanks for visiting. Please leave a comment so I know you've passed by.

Miss L




8 comments:

The Yorkshire Tortoise said...

A very interesting post. I didn't know the Aborigines call it Invasion Day, how very apt. Thanks for showing us the google image. Amazing how many 'uncivilised' people all over the world were stripped of their land and rights by so called more 'advanced' invaders.

Well done with the swimming, and to think of applying the zen technique to it.

I love your Diva tiles, but I have to mention especially the Purk Incepton. You are so clever to draw within those small orbs and I love the way you only half filled them with each tangle. Wonderfuk

The Creative Miss L said...

Thanks for your comments. I wanted the Purk filing to look like shading, hence the part filing. BTW - I love visiting other people's sites and seeing comments by you on there already.

Anne's tangle blog said...

Great tiles, very beautiful. Thanks for explaining about the meaning of that day, so different from different point of views.

The Creative Miss L said...

There are many varied points of view about this day. If you look at my points of view about Australia day over the years you'd find quite a range there as well.

The Yorkshire Tortoise said...

Just popped back, you mentioned on my blog you would like to learn how to do Zengems. You have probably found the instructions, but If not :- http://tanglefan.hatenablog.com/entry/2015/11/22/083348

Suzanne Fluhr said...

I'm really enjoying seeing all the great choices people have made for their string. Purk works really well as a showcase for different tangles. Your description of how you approach your swimming reminds me of the advice I've always received when approaching any daunting task: to break it down into smaller chunks. Now, if only I could regularly remember to do that. ;-)

Suzanne Fluhr said...

I'm really enjoying seeing all the great choices people have made for their string. Purk works really well as a showcase for different tangles. Your description of how you approach your swimming reminds me of the advice I've always received when approaching any daunting task: to break it down into smaller chunks. Now, if only I could regularly remember to do that. ;-)

1 Art Lady Kate, Tangles and More said...

This is a great tile. I wouldn't have thought of Purk. Really wonderful.