In the south of Belgium (and also in large parts of France) May always started with the provision of Lilies of the valley. All along the road are small booths where this fragrant bunches are sold for a few Euros. Every man should donate them to his wife as a sign of good luck for the new season. A beautiful tradition who faithfully is honoured on this national holiday.
In many countries, an extra day to thank all mothers, is also celebrated in may but in Belgium we mostly do that on August 15.
After a rather cold beginning of the year , the real spring feeling has finally arrived with delicious soft temperatures. They invite you to go out. Please take time to enjoy and admire all the beauty that nature gives us for free:
A while ago, by reading the Dutch magazine Happinez, I discovered the art of Andres Amador from San Francisco. He makes every day beautiful works of art on the beach during the low tide. At the first tidal wave, those carefully made drawings will disappear… I would find it a pity to see those magic drawings, created with much love, disappear into the water. However, I understand the philosophy of Andres. According to him, the nature changes constantly, nothing remains the same and so he wants to show that in his works of art …
For more information: Andresamadorarts.com
I have specifically chosen these pictures because they seem so familiar. Andres “signs” Zentanglepatterns, definitely. He first creates some sketches that he enlarged and carefully make with a rake in the sand. The locations are very important because his works are at their best, seen from a certain height. Andres should never clean up anything, tomorrow will come a new day with new challenges!
These pictures inspired me to draw a few larger works on sand-coloured paper, without the addition of colors, a bit like Andres does on the beaches of California … In the next drawing you can discover following patterns: Hollibaugh, Hypnotic, Vivid, Quandary, N’Zeppel, Mumzy, en 5C Aura.
Here you can see a combination of Vano, Phicops, O, Cruffle, Tangleflake 3, Tripoli and Emingle drawn in triangles on one of the circles.
And a little one with only patterns that reminds me of things you can find on the beach: Ohana, Bunzo, Tipple (must always be there), Festune, Joki, Lollypops, Trumpits, Printemps en Fünf.
On this tile I have also used a little green to get a bit the effect of algae that you sometimes find on the shells and stones at the seaside.
Let go and start again, can also be useful in our daily life. You can’t start a new chapter in your life when you always reread the previous one. Let things go can hurt but frantically stick even more. … Therefore:
It’s time for a new season, a new start, and a new tangle of Maria Thomas: Spoken. Here, I signed Spoken on a background of green watercolor in combination with Praa ( Simone Menzel’s new organic tangle) 5C Aura and Field of FLowers:
The following round tile is cut out from a piece of grey cardboard on which you see a variation of Spoken, CO2, Dai Dai en Praa (variation) and on which I have glued some dried ” Forget-me-not’s” : they grow at the moment by hundreds around our cottage. I couldn’t resist to pick a few and let them dry.
It is worth to make a drawing in combination with other materials, such as here with the dried “Forget-me-nots”. The flowers/plants have to dry thoroughly between old newspapers (1-2 weeks). Put some weight on them ( a book) and after this period, you can paste them on paper (with ordinary Pritt) … and start tangling around. It is nice to be busy with something very small, such as the beauty of a simple dried flower …
As usual I would like to close my post with a piece of music and a nice quote of Bob Marley:
One of the great things about music is that if she hits you, you will feel no pain.
During my study of the Portuguese language, I have been lucky to attend a performance of Madredeus (showed in an earlier post) and Sarah Tavares. Both on the Azores,where we have lived for several years, as on the Cape Verde Islands where Sarah was born, Portuguese is spoken.I like this difficult but very melodic language. The vulcanic green Azores belong to Europe and have especially rocky coastlines. The Cape Verde islands, situated a bith more to the South, belong to Africa, they are much drier … with lots of sand.
Let’s enjoy the cheerful voice of Sarah Tavares and beaches to dream away….