Thursday, 7 June 2012

Life's too short....

There are quite a few blogs that I visit  where people zentangle
just to name a few are pretty cool at the whole process
and Jenn set this as a challenge for the Artist's Play Room
and I have to say that as much as I love Jenn
this has made me question her sanity
not to mention the masochists who came up with the concept
because there is nothing zen about these puppies
meditative my ass
these are just do your head in frustrating...

and at the end of the day 
while my admiration for those mad people 
who manage to create gorgeous and complex tangles
without having a breakdown, is off the charts
I abandoned it before it was done 
and have happily thrown it in the life's too short basket

Tangles join 
an ever expanding pile
which includes lots of things that I just don't get
as well as some things that I actually admire
but at the end of the day
the effort required for me to master these things
 is enough to make my life force drain away
things like...

understanding the life cycle of critters

knowing how to program the cable hard drive
I tend towards point and push every button till it works or until someone saves me

any baggy pants music
you know rap/ hip hop and all that music 
that require the artists to wear trousers about five sizes too big
don't get it, don't like the sound of it, and isn't that just uncomfortable???

ironing underpants
seriously who would do that

folding fitted sheets
and don't bother going all Martha Stewart on me and explain how it can be done
with my coordination
there is a possibility of broken limbs and/or furniture
if I try to do anything beyond the roll and stuff

other favourites are
football and anything football related
actually pretty much any sport in any form
just don't do sport baby
or cars
bbq lighting
weed poisoning
tree lopping
pool chemicals
rubbish tips
or power tools
which is why Sinus is the perfect man for me 
as he embraces all these things
with sometimes alarming enthusiasm
but he is very capable
and all limbs are still present
so all good there

another for the pile is
 asking for help from a smart assed 16 year old
who when asked what she thought should be on the list
thinking of things to go on stupid lists
ahhh the joys of a teenager
so to honour her 
also on the pile are
physics, chemistry and maths, both pure and applied
no matter how many times she explains it
just not getting it, don't care and if I am honest it kind of makes me feel 
like poking myself in the eye with a fork
and so, like zentangles, 
they are gloriously dumped in the life's too short basket

of course if you head over to the Artist's Play Room
you will see all sorts of wonderful, highly skilled examples
but what you don't see 
is that behind the scenes they are all slightly mad
but mad... xx

For less frustrating artwork 
the last few posts has been


Roxanne said...

Tracey, I love your post. It is very entertaining and I need the laughs today.

SandeeNC said...

rotflmao!!! Actually I think you meditated quite a bit during your zentangling moment...or hours...and I feel the same way, my hands cramps and it's not going to be my medium of choice ever! Just glad there is one person in this world who I can relate to! ;)waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

Belinda Basson said...

I am SO with you on the fitted sheet thing! LOL! Oh and the tangles too. Your explanation was my take on them too....just by looking at them I could see they were not my cup of tea. Nice to look at but horrid to do.

Neesie said...

OMG I think something may seriously be wrong with me...because dare I say it...I love to do them! (Gasp...there it is out there!)
I may well be mad and there are lots of people who would testify to that fact, but I don't think I do zentangles in their pure form...I tend to do my interpretation. The fact is I didn't have a clue what I was doing when I started until someone called them 'tangles.
I love your design especially with the addition of colour...its something I want to progress to but just haven't got to yet.
I had my usual giggle reading your're brilliant insight is a sheer delight ;D

Ritu Dua said...

Love your brightly coloured flower as much as I enjoyed your post...You are right zentangling is a mad obsession!

Tracy said...

I'm with Neesie... I LOVE them... and then again... I am madder than a hatter... hee hee hee.. However, I am with you on folding fitted sheets... roll, squash & squeeze is the way I go.

At least you tried and now you know for sure and will never ever be tempted to try again.

Maths, physics, and chemistry give me a rash.....

sandra de said...

Great post .... I have discovered I actually just like looking at all the great stuff other people do on their blogs. My desk has never been so tidy:)

Unknown said...

Whew, I'm so glad to hear someone say out loud what I think of doing Zentangles too! I LOVE looking at them, and admire how good yours looks- frustrating or NOT it is nice to look at! Every time I've ever tried to do one- it's a big sloppy mess!

Terrie said...

I just had to read this to my hubby and he laughed at Phantom's comment and said she's wise beyond her years! And I do enjoy tangling - I think it's because it feels artistic without actually having to draw something recognizable like a teacup or peony. Those who can draw (like you) apparently don't like the randomness of tangling (like me). :) Your effort is admirable and how great that you tried when you knew you didn't like it.

By the way, I do fold my fitted sheets - I have an obsessively tidy linen closet!

bellefrogworks said...

you made me laugh! I understand what you are saying - although I do find zentangles relaxing - it's hard to start with one. Once I get started I just keep going and it takes all my focus away from the "stuff" around me. I guess I'm ok with them because it's not like some crazy puzzle I have to solve and I'm not competing with anyone - it is for the detail oriented to be sure.

Sandra Busby said...

A life's too short basket? I definitely want one of those! Where can I buy one? ;0)
And it is funny, whilst there are certain things I always do without even giving it a thought, there are some things which I have always just assumed that Paul should do. Empty the bin, clean out the pond pump, change plug fuses, blah, blah... The one thing he refuses to do is put the tree lights on the Xmas tree, which my Dad always used to do, so in my opinion it is a mans job, lol! So, I just went out and bought a pre-lit Xmas tree, lol!
Though I LOVE your Zentangle, I agree, this would not be at all therapeutic for me either! But, I enjoy looking at it, even though you say it's unfinished.
By the way, I have a 15 year old boy and a 20 year old girl, so I can totally relate!

minnemie said...

Hahahahahaaaaaaaaa! What a fun read. I can only tangle when I cheat - as you saw. Tangles becomes textures for sketches in my world. But not my forte either.

ann @ studiohyde said...

Ahhh I know where you are coming from on this. I admit I do admire those who can create an amazing design, but when I've tried to apply myself to the task it all gets beyond me.

Nora MacPhail said...

Fantastic pattern and colour. I could look at that all day... it's awesome!

Lori said...

I love doing this type of art - hmmm I wonder if that makes me crazy. :) I love your post and your sense of humor. xoxo

Rita said...

For somebody who hates zentagling you sure made a pretty, colorful one. ;)

I have this unexplained penchant for mindless, repetitious activity, so zentangles are right up that alley. I'm one of those people who have found them relaxing since we did them while we talked on the phone as teenagers and called them phone doodles--LOL! Please don't hate me! Because anything with math makes my teeth hurt. Sports gives me narcolepsy. So I'm in total agreement with some of the other activities you listed. ;)

Precious Worker said...

Trace, its fabulus!! Your freeform sketchy technique gives it life and vibrancy. Glad you haddagotho.
You see I am into detail, the finer the better. It can be addictive. I get jealous about your ability to sketch so freely and everythng is perfikly proportioned and looks like it is. i cant do that, rats. would love to. Congrats on a masterpiece.

VonnyK said...

I'm so with you on all of this Trace. Your tangle is fabulous and colourful but aren't they a pain to do. Relaxing my foot!

Anonymous said...

I love this post - so many of the things you mentioned would also be on my list of life's too short to do! I keep reading about these zentangles and I think they look amazing and keep meaning to try them. you've made me think twice now. mind you, yours did turn out beautifully even if it did make you lose the will to live!

Cynthia Patterson said...

FAb-tangles....You're too funny


Darla said...

Laughed out loud at your life is to short lise. Liked your colorful tangles anyhow.


Sinderella's Studio said...

ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS POST!!!! I love zentangles, keep looking at all these people do...keep trying it and man I can't do it! Yours is beautiful even kids have been instructed to play the theme song from Monday Night Football at my funeral!
cheers, dana

Gloria j Zucaro said...

Considering you hate it, you did a really nice job and it looks great with all the black and white left! I must admit that when you first start your shoulders might be a bit tensed up, but as you get absorbed into the design I do find that the two hours that it takes me to do one is relaxing and passes quickly. But I could never compete with your beautiful style that you are so wonderful at, so to each our own! Funny post!

~*~Patty S said...

shame that doodling is not your cup of would never know you weren't great at it...the pops of color are a brilliant touch

too funny reading your make me feel 'normal' shaking my head in agreement to so many hah!

Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA said...

I love your artwork and sense of humor. I've never heard of Tim Tams, so I'll need to ask my best friend's wife. She's from Australia, so she may know where to find them in the USA. They sound delicious. Thanks for visiting my blog and blessings!

Fallingladies said...

I hate to disagree with you, and i was right there with you on all the other things on your list, but for me zentangles really are relaxing. My first try was frustrating but i didn't really know any tangles, i was just doodling.... Then i went to the original site, found out how to do a few of the named tangles, then tried again and suddenly it was easy and really did become relaxing! Not that it works for everyone, but i really have become addicted to it! :-)

Kim Collister Studio said...

Breathing out a huge sigh of relief.
I no longer feel compelled to master this art. I sat down to relax and try my hand and at least 6 wads of paper hit the trash. Now that's relaxing ... throwing balls of paper to see if you can the can!!
Gave it up and might try again sometime when I have actually gone mad and need to down load all that garble from my brain. Right now, I am perfectly satisfied, reading
"Zen Tangles for Dummies".

Hugs Tracey!!
Oh, and your submission was amazing I might add!

Lisa Richards said...

I have to admit, there's very little zen in my tangling. I don't understand that part either. I find it difficult even deciding which pattern to do next. I spend lots of time navigating through the Tangle Patterns website and begin to get very weary and headachy in the process. But I think I do zentangling for the challenge, not the relaxation. I have a long way to go to reach the "diva" level, and frankly, I don't care if I do. It's just another fun excuse for drawing! I sure enjoyed this post!! :D