Friday, July 6, 2012

Oh, Canada - APR #16

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Jenn at Just Add Water, Silly, is hosting the Artist's Play Room again this week! Jenn is Canadian and in honor of Canada's birthday - this week's theme is All Things Canadian. Those of us here in the USofA could do a USA theme if we wanted to. I grew up in Newfoundland, and for many years had dual citizenship. I decided to go Canadian for this challenge. My drawing is above. Here's a break-down.
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Depending on where you live, Canada has huge deer, caribou, moose -  I went with the deer. I never saw any caribou in the part of the country I lived in, but I saw lots of moose and deer. 
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To represent the Butchart Gardens in British Columbia, I added a totem pole, some flower fields, and some water. Drawing these two pages and picking just the right tangles to fill the areas was a challenge all by itself.
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Then I used Pitt Artist's Markers and my Derwent Inktense Pencils and watercolored my picture. I love the way this looks like a snowy, wintery dawn.
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Butchart Gardens - ta-da!

Tangles used: feagle, pais, sproing, papyrus, fractal tree, buttercup, flutter, sag, angel fish, keeko, pokeleaf, hibred, florz, rags, and printemps.

You can check out everyone's contribution here. You still have time to join us!

25 comments:

  1. These are great... my parents are heading to Newfoundland quite soon and my hubs is dad jealous as Republic of Doyle is his favourite show... every episode he says... look how gorgeous it is we have to go there... and not just once an episode... about three times... the rest of us are ready to kill him, and one day we will get there and get to see a moose... I really really want to see a moose...fun drawings...xx

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    1. tracey - i want to go back to newfoundland, too! and take my husband - he'd love the wildlife! you should go if you get the chance - and take a sketchbook or something - so you could come home and paint some beautiful pictures for me to see :)

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  2. Wonderful entry for the APR challenge! I love the deer and totem in the landscapes. :)

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  3. you are talented and hardworking ;)

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    1. uh, you're pretty talented and hardworking, too :) thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Lovely spread. The deer is great :) Love how it's posed.

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    1. in all fairness - i have to say - i drew the deer with a stencil - i repeat "i can not draw" - and it was a lot of fun, so thank you :) i appreciate you stopping by :)

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  5. Ooh this is so good. There is so much work in them. I remember visiting some gardens in Vancouver back in the seventies and they had the totems, wonder if it was the same one?
    Just love those drawings.
    Von

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    1. i bet they were the same, von! i've only seen reproductions at Epcot, Disney World in Orlando, Florida - what fun for you to get to see the real thing! thanks for stopping by and letting me know :)

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  6. Fantastic entry Alice. The deer looks so majestic!
    I can't believe that you know all the 'tangle names...I've never checked what patterns I use and now I wonder if I should...eek! I have no idea where my patterns come from...somewhere in the dark corners of my right-hand brain!
    Oops, I maybe breaking all the 'tangle rules :$
    Neesie #11

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    1. i sent you a video link to your email :) thanks for stopping by :)

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  7. I really like your drawings representing Canada. You seem to be a little bit of everything, Newfoundland, Canadian and American, now that would be fun to see all represented together! lol Great journal pages, love that you added color to it also! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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    1. thank you, sandee! have a great weekend!

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  8. Alice I love the black and white versions showing clearly all the tangles! I started learning about Zentangles last Dec.(2011). I don't always remember all the "rules" about strings and shading and especially about stroke repetition in order to achieve a pattern. Would you be able to send the link that you sent to Nessie...unless it is Tangle Patterns.com. I get some of those but don't have instructions on how to do all the patterns. Your colorized versions are wonderful, too. Just enough color.

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    1. thank you, gloria, i always love to hear from you!

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  9. these are really terrific Alice, both the deer and the totem are awesome. So cool that you were raised Nuffie, one of the two best places in Canada, east and west makes the best people. My best childhood friend is from Newfoundland and I so miss hearing her accent!
    Thanks for representing.
    Best,
    Jenn

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    1. it took me years to lose that accent, but every once in awhile i catch myself saying - right o, bye! for yes :)

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  10. What a wonderful way to pay homage to Canada. I really enjoyed this unique take on Canada through the drawings and zentangles in your journal.

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    1. thank you very much! i went to your blog and looked around and joined your linky follow :)

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  11. Wow! This is really cool! Love it!! So original. :):)

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  12. OMG, your tangles are so precise and sharp - I just love your overall design. Isn't it cool how using the right tangles can give the impression of landscape or flowers or wind in the sky? I dabble in it as well though haven't done any in a while....you've reminded me how versatile it can be. thanks for the visit.

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  13. SO well done!! You are the tangle Queen in my books:-)

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    1. haha! thanks! i'm glad you enjoyed it!

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