I am very sad to start this post in minor. Today Brussels is also affected by terrorist attacks causing many innocent people killed or wounded. Terrible things happen, anywhere in the world and such cowardly attacks are always terrible, no matter where they take place. The grief of the affected people is enormous and I understand that many become anxious. However, we should not allow ourselves to paralyze by fear but try to continue to do things that give us inner peace…
Making Zentangledrawings can maybe give a little help because while drawing you “shouldstay with your thoughts only at your drawing and that is good.
It is a dark day for Belgium but still I would like to write about light because from now on, we will get a little more light every day, light that we need to function properly. We never won’t stick in the dark.
When I was younger and more adventurous, I have visited beautiful Iceland 3 times in search of the northern lights. Only the third time, in February, all the way to the North, near Akureyri, in the middle of the night I was woken up to see this beautiful natural phenomenon. Finally it was there:.  I ran outside , full of admiration, in pajamas, barefoot in the snow, staring to those wonderfull colour shifts in air. These were “wow” moments  I will never forget and I am grateful to have seen such a beauty.
This picture is taken recently in our neighbourhood, in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands, not in Iceland.



Below you’ll see a tile that I have given a touch of the  Northern light colours”


Unfortunately it is quite unpredictable. Even in the countries where they can enjoy regularly this spectacle , they never know 100% sure when it is going to appear. It remains a bit of a mystery but oh so wonderful. In the summer, in the high North, they have also  the midnight sun, also a very special light that we do not know and it therefore  to us a little unreal.


After a cold and wet spring we could enjoy already a bit the first rays of sunlight and it feels good. Next weekend we will set the clock  an hour ahead. The first days it will not be comfortable  but after a few days, we will appreciate the longer days and shorter nights.
As so many people I also look forward to the summer and want to put away the winterclothing as soon as possible for a long time. It’s time to clean up.
I’m not a cleaning maniac, actually I don’ like to clean but on the other hand, I love a clean house without clutter. The less waste, the less work and the more time I will have to do  funny things. I don’t mean you have to throw away things, on the contrary, some stuff can use an “upgrade”  and things that I really don’t need, get a second chance in the online store or going to a good cause.
Below I have posted a picture from Lara Williams. She created, only with a few tangles, a unique piece of an old dirty lampshade  Look around, maybe you see also something in your home or garden that can also use an upgrade: an old flowerpot, a table, a mirror, a chair, an album, a box ….





Also in the Zentangleworld we can find a parallel. Sometimes  I like to create tiles on which each mm paper is filled. I can enjoy  to use many colors  and I still experiment. However, it may be refreshing to use only a minimum of colors  or draw basicly in black/white on the standard tiles. Even open areas is a fun challenge. (see nr 243) I also like to make drawings with a lot of white spaces.  As I have mentioned before: everything is possible. Your tile can be filled completely but also a tile with lots of white spaces, can be beautifull!


Below you’ll see a couple of very simple, light works with only a few tangles, just a tiny taste of colour and lots of  white spaces.






The following tile, you have already seen on top in the Northern lights colours, is now drawn, just in black/white.


I like participating  the “challenge” of the Diva. Every week, I look forward to her tasks and I am curious what others make of it. Giving and receiving feedback is another advantage. Through your common hobby, you will meet other people from all over the world and you will maintain your language skills.
Very recently, Annette from Germany also started a wonderful project. She is going to put  mosaics on her site, which are made with works by different people. Here too I would like to cooperate and below you can see my little piece  that will be a part in the second mosaic. Everyone can participate and all the necessary information can be found on her website.


Very recently, Rick and Maria  have written a second book. I would love to buy that book, signed by the founders. How I‘m going to do, that,  is what you can read in my next post.
I hope to give all followers  a nice moment with the beautiful Bach’s Bourrée, brought in a special way by  Ian Anderson from Jethro Tull. He brought this song already out in 1969 and I was already a fan.(happy moments in “the ark” in Turnhout)
Painting eggs is also nice to do at this time of the year  and of course they are beautifull, painted with tangles. I have found this picture on the Internet and the eggs are drawn by Vivian Williford.



All together we will winn against the terrorists, that is for sure!!!!!!! It is only a matter of time.

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    chantal says:

    Thanks Ria for your beautiful and positive text. Another awful black day in Europe to day, but european are strong and love life in our beautiful countries. We all resist and go on with the life.
    Chantal, elletangle…

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you for these kind words Chantal, It was difficult to write an article today but I agree with you and we will restist and go further.
      Keep on tangling and I wish you good luck

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