Does this look familiar? Here are the famous four seasons of Alphonse Mucha, the wonderful Czech Art Nouveau artist
When I think about Art Nouveau (or Jugendstil) I always see Prague in front of me. In this beautiful capital city of the Czech Republic, located on the Moldau River, you can discover a lot of beautiful art. In the evening, you can enjoy performances of classical ballet and concerts. It is delicious to finish the evening in one of the cozy Jugendstil coffee houses. Personally, I prefer a visit in the winter, the city looks just like a fairy tale.
The astronomical clock
The cultural house
Art Nouveau became popular at the end of the nineteenth century in different places of Europe. The inspiration was found in nature and we saw popping up graceful organic patterns and wavy lines everywhere. (ceramics, glass, paintings, architecture…) The flow had a short but intense flowering time and then went over to the Art Deko, more stylized, with tighter lines and mainly geometric patterns.
On the picture beneath, you can see clearly the difference between these two styles:
Also in our small Belgium, there is a lot of Art Nouveau and Art Deco to discover. I am thinking, for example, on the stately mansions on the Cogels Osylei in Antwerp, the numerous façades decorated with ironwork in Liège but especially the Horta House in Brussels is beautiful and worth to visit..
Cogels Osylei in Antwerp
Forgings in Liège
Entrance hall of the Horta House in Brussels
Horti, my new pattern, is based on the strongly simplified pattern in this Art Nouveau tile and is an easy tangle that offers many possibilities:
On this tile I started with a spiral (R-H1 found in the book the Primer). The spiral was not filled with fragments but I chose to draw a mirrored Horti, combined with a variation of Mooka, Curly Q, Abeko, Tipple and the beautiful recent. pattern Clamz. The tile was completed with colourpencils and a white gellypen for the “highlights”.
On the second example, I started with a very simple Horti in circleform, then another version around it with 2 different auras, followed by L ‘ Eaura, again a variation of Horti with aura and TIpple. Finally I decided to draw Umble and filled a few pieces with colourpencils. To finish, I have put Printemps in a few areas.
On the other hand, Nouvart is a pattern that I have composed after seeing several pictures from the Art Deco period. You’ll find similar motives in the architecture, in the glass art and in paintings …
Above and below Nouvart was drawn in combination with other tangles and fragments, including Rick’s Paradox, Tipple, Sails, Fassett Hibred, Zenith, Stircles and the Fragment K1. On the tile below, I started with Gneiss, a beautiful and easy pattern and very nice to tangle around. I have used gelly pens and only a little bit of chalk pencil.
And a Zendalatile with Horti and Nouvart, together with Zander, Petal Panes, Tipple, Joki and Scrawlz. I have used braun, turkoois and black pens, ordinary colourpencials, white chalkpencil and a white gellypen.
Christmas, New year, Valentine’s day and Carnival are already behind us but that does not mean that it is already spring. Personally, I find this period the least attractive of the year. But it is allright when you accept to have a lesser period. The winter is over its peak but there is not yet a real spring feeling. Heavy rain, coldness and wind are regular in March and April. But now and then the sun comes through and you can already feel her stronger power. Very slowly, nature will awaken after a long period of rest.
Around this time, in Canada, the Maple juice is tapped from the trees: it’s delicious on pancakes or in a cup of rosehip tea .. In the Ardennes, Birch juice is harvested. It is a powerful drink that will clean and revitalise your body and excellent to drink in this period of the year to give your body a real boost!
Once again I have chosen to end with a template of Ben Kwok. The Dragonfly is seen so many times in the Art Nouveau and that is why I show you this drawing . The patterns I have used are: Nouvart, Horti, Knightsbridge, Hibred, Printemps, Jetties, Flux, Shattuck, Sandswirl, the fragment F7 and a very special tangle: Vo (just below Horti into the middle). This beautiful and easy pattern is designed by the six-year-old Vincent Roller, son of the German CZT Nadine Roller who created already several beautiful patterns. Her most recent pattern Elloso appeared a few days ago on Tanglepatterns.com.
Again, you see, the Zentanglemethod is achievable for everyone!!!
Vielen Dank Vincent für dieses schönes neues Muster. Ich werde es bestimmt brauchen in meine Zeichnungen.
The morning symbolizes the spring, the afternoon the summer, the evening the autumn and the night the winter. At the moment, we long so hard for springtime, my choice fell on” Morgendstimmung” by Edward Grieg. The song was mounted on beautiful pictures of the idyllic Norway, the homeland of the composer.
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