It's tempting to whine and say I had a bad day today, but compared with everything else going on in the world (the Chilean earthquake, the refugee crisis along the Eastern European border as people flee Syria), my issues are just silly.
But I've been in my pj's since 5.30 p.m. because of all the back pain I've had today. I injured my back over a week ago and thought I was managing pretty well until now; this morning I had a huge flare up. I was in denial about the fact that it wasn't getting better.
In an effort to calm the pain, I decided to tangle, as that's worked before. Betsy Wilson's inspirational blog had introduced a new-to-me tangle called Fleavy, by Hanny Waldburger, CZT, and I thought I'd give it a a try.
And the back pain? Temporarily much calmer. Zentangle® usually has that effect. I'll do a bit more before bed tonight. Love those pain-free moments!
So here's Fleavy (technical details are after the picture PLUS a couple of mirror app versions that I am unable to resist). My hands were shaking from tiredness when I drew it, which complicated everything, but I like it anyway.
Fleavy with a bit of Henna Drum, graphite shading and also a small amount of shading and coloring with a Rainbow Lead pencil.
Below are the versions I created on the iPhone with the mirror app. Similar, but still a tad different from each other. Always an interesting experiment to try!
"Art is a wound turned into light."
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), long-time meditator and coach, focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
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SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society
Skillful Meditation Project