As long as I can remember, on January the 6 th., children, dressed as the three kings, usually with a “Golden” Star, go singing from door to door to collect candy and money:
In original Flemisch language they sing:
Drie koningen, drie koningen
Geef mij een nieuwe hoed,
Mijne oude is versleten,
Ons moeder mag het niet weten,
Onze vader heeft het geld
Op de rooster geteld.
Also the three king cake is part of this annual tradition that found its origin in France. In the forests around Orléans King Charles the IV was captured by the Huguenots. When they realised their mistake, they offered the King the specialty of the region: a puff pastry, filled with meat. Later the meat was replaced by almond cream with a hidden almond bean. The one who finds the bean in his piece of cake, gets a crown on the head and will be King or Queen for one day …
My first work on the new 3Z tiles, a mosaic, also in the shape of a star:
Tomorrow, the Christmas lights will disappear again for a year. The hustle and bustle of the turn of the year is behind us and full of good courage we all embarked on the new year.
I wish everyone a happy 2017 and like many others, I hope that this will be a year with less violence than in the previous one. There are so many conflicts in the world causing untold suffering. I sincerely hope that common sense will win and that we will evolve into a direction that brings improvement for people, animals and our planet. One thing I know for sure: hate, anger and revenge give no benefits and those feelings turn finally against yourself.
During last december we had many cold but beautiful, and sunny days with colorful sunsets which resulted in an enchanting atmosphere. In various places in the forest you could find hair ice, a special phenomenon that I recently discovered and I like it very much:
If you pay attention while walking, you can discover, even during the winter, so many beautiful things, worthfull to take a picture:
and zoomed in:
The past few weeks I have drawn less, that was necessary. Scans have shown that I have obtained a serious narrowing in the nervecanalzone (osteophytes), both in my low back and in the cervical area. Nerves have become less space and can easier squeezed tightly. This situation can give radiating pains in arms and legs, which recently was the case. Surgery is not necessary ( yet) but I am forced to live differently: doing daily exercises to make the muscles stronger, making many light walks, not staying too long in the same position but regularly alternate and especially rest more . I will continue to draw but not so often as I used to do. My participation on challenges will reduce and an occasional blogpost will surely appear but not as regularly as in the past. I don’ t like this situation but sometimes you have to accept things and learn to go on with your limitations. I live in a nice quiet area along with my husband and two dogs, we have kind neighbours and our two sons visit us regularly. I am satisfied and grateful for all those good things…
In this regard, I would like to thank everyone again for the mails, messages, comments and beautiful cards I received in the past. Thanks to my husband, I can now also drawing while standing which is a better position for my neck and back.
Sitting in my ergonomic seat, together wit my tablet, I found the time to master the technique of gemstones with the help of the work booklet by Eni Oken that I highly recommend:
In the annual 12-day Christmaschallenge of RIck and Maria, the new 3 sided tiles were used. Some new tangles of Maria were shown: Drawings on the 10 th, Icanthis on the 11 th, and Crazy Huggins on the 12 th.. I didn’t draw but I followed every day the blog and saw the mosaic grow into a great final result. Every day, a price was given for one entry on the app and one for a comment on the blog. I was pleasantly surprised when I found my name on the list of the winners at the comments. I have received almost hundred 3-sided tiles: white, renaissance, black and preprinted ones. The triangular shape gives special results and you can build nice mosaics with them. Below you can see another mosaic of nine 3Z tiles:
Especially in the winter period, the black tiles have a special charm, below a small example:
On the tile, I have put again a little bleach , after drying, I put some Watercolour on and finally, the tile was finished with a black, a green and white (gel) pen finished.
Every day again:
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