Happiness is like a butterfly, if you try to grab him, he remains always just out of your reach but when you remain quiet, he comes maybe sit on your hand. Nathaniel Hawthorne

The (relatively rare) lesser purple Emperor, whose wings light up in the Sun, unexpectedly came to visit us during a hot summer day.

Happinez does not mean the same for everyone. Some people like to have a lot of friends around them, they love noisy parties, big events and get there  energy by … There is nothing wrong with, but others can really enjoy,  being on their own on a familiar spot, and that’s pretty okay too.  People need the company of other people but  some of us need that more than  others. It’s nice to know when you like to interact with others  and definitely go for it but on the other hand, you  must not forcing anything and sometimes you really have to say no.   I’m a bit older (and hopefully wiser) and now I know what  brings happiness and peace but also what asks  a lot of energy. Saying no, is not as easy as it seems but you are never to old to learn…

Being in the forest, especially on spots where I can hear the birds  and the sound  of the little rivers, gives  me energy and inner peace. When I hear the crickets sing, I always get a nice summer feeling. I like to be in nature and love  animals, flowers and plants.

The orchid is my favorite flower. The best known cultured species (Phalaenopsis) are very easy to maintain. Just put them on a light, (not to) cool place but avoid  the sun and keep humid during the flowering period (with soft water). If the flowers are wilted, move the plant to a cooler place and slow down with the water. After a few months, new shoots with flower buds appear and than I  move him back to the familiar place. I give regulary a little fertilizer and then he gets again more water. Every time when I see such a ” promising” twig appearing on an older plant, I find that fantastic. The first thing  when I get up, is going to look how many buttons already have emerged …

This beautiful orchid is one of the species you can find in our forests  but also in our own (wild) garden, he blooms every year..

This Phalaenopsis was a present from our youngest son Bruno and friend Nathalie. After the blooming time he urgently needs to be repotted. The roots grow all outside and he  almost falls down by the weight of the flowers that have arrived this year.

Such a beautiful flower deserves a tile. On this 3Z one you see a stylized Orchid surrounded by the beautiful Feen by Ela Rieger, a pattern that I really like and seems a bit like an orchid.  The other pattern is called Beebug, a very recently, funny tangle, and  nice to combine with other patterns.

The second tile that I made, during my “break” was   Adele’s challenge., number 200.  Also her new tangle C-Perfs is very original. Here you can see a variation in combination with C-View and the fragment Y1, drawn on a grey tile. Just like on previous drawing, in addition to the classic black pen, pencils and a white gelpen are used.

Of course it is always nice to see your own patterns, appearing in the work of others. It was a real surprise to discover how  Anita Westin   combined a wonderful drawn C-View with other tangles on this beautiful Renaissance Zendalatile.

Tack Anita, jag tror att du har gjort det bra!!!

I have glued the two next ones on black cards. They are drawn with a lot of care for the two doctors who have treaten me very well and thanks to them, my complaints have  reduced a lot. On their advice, I take 2 organic pills  of Flexipur every day  included  Curcuma and Omega 3  (without any side effects)

On the first card, I have glued a strip of blue watercolor background on which I have drawn the new pattern  Agni  by Lily Moon. El Prado is drawn with a white and gold gellypen on the black card.

Here I have cut out a circle  from a yellow/greenish watercolored paper and you can see  next tangles: Field of Flowers, Metro, Molygon and Orb-on-the-move. I have used colourpencils to make the colours a bit stronger and a white gellypen for the highlights.

Under the heading “challenges” on my front page, you’ll discover a few entries that I have made for the guests of Joey. I find this a very sympathetic idea and I like to take  time for some contributions.

The next card was for the 35th anniversary of our oldest son Bram. Just before his thirtieth, now about 5 years ago, he had a very serious caraccident that brought him into a deep coma. After several weeks on Intensive care, followed a long difficult rehabilitation but now we are 5 years further and it goes well with him. After his resignation from the rehabilitation clinic he could go back to his flat where he lives fully independent, without assistance. He has found a nice part-time job  and enjoys life, even though he now has limitations. His (and our) life changed forever but we have accepted that and  feel better and more connected than it used to be.

On Bram’s birthday card I have 5 “rubies” drawn in different sizes. One for every year after its 30th. The smallest is a symbol for the first year and every year the stone has grown a bit  because he is still getting better, thanks to his optimistic attitude to life. The pattern on the inside is Apacore and is   colored in green, the color of hope. Apart from the “rubies”  the Renaissance tile is finished in different shades of green, interspersed with white/grey and black (gelstift and crayons)

Ruby is Bram’s birthstone. Everyone has a birthstone. I din’t  know that but I have recently read an article about. A tile with such a birthstone as eye-catcher, is an original idea if you want to create a card for someone’s birthday. Bram collected stones (when he was  a child)  and he liked the card immediately… and that made me also happy.  On the Internet you can find many images and guidelines to draw beautiful gems.

Participate in challenges is instructive and can be quite nice but also, just making  a drawing  to surprise someone, can be great. You make something very personal for someone you like and that is usually highly appreciated. To get something is nice, but  to give something, that is certainly nice too.

The last tiles were made for I.A.S. T. numbers 203 and 204. Very recently, Adele’s daughter was married and the tradition says: for a long and happy marriage it is necessary the bride has to wear something new, something old, something borrowed and something blue.

part one: something old (Sez) and something new (Trilad)

part two: something blue (Bluebonnets) and something borrowed ( variation on Hollibaugh)

All the tangles can be find on Tanglepatterns.com and/or Elatorium.

In the meantime, I’m working on my condition:: doing exercises every day, making many small walks, regularly going to swim and taking adequate rest periods. The time in front of the computer is limited but  again, drawing  occasionally  remains a challenge and gives me pleasure.  I have invested in a good ergonomic chair from Spinalis, an ergonomic keyboard, an ergonomic mouse, mouse-tray and  regularly I am wearing a small braze on my wrist. This was a substantial amount but this stuff guarantees years of more comfort during computer and drawing activities. On the Spinalis chairs you  are sitting on a movable kind of balloon and that is better for your back. Your arms can rest while surfing and there is also a support where you can lean. In the beginning  this “active sitting” was not for granted  but I just feel that it is better and then maintaining becomes easier. This is a wonderful chair for everyone who needs to sit a lot for hobby/work.

 Nice weather today? Don’t wait any longer and enjoy a summer picnic in the sun or under a beach umbrella.

In Belgium, many festivals are organised during the summer. Even almost 80-years-old  queen Paola and her daughter Princess Astrid were spotted at a concert of Cold Play and King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited our famous Tomorrowland.

In our environment  Esperanzah.  (4, 5 and 6 August) gives beautiful moments every summer.  It is a small, cosy event and takes place at the Abbey of Floreffe. The location is authentic, the atmosphere is welcoming and everyone shows its best side … Great isn’t it?

Esperanzah abough and beneath King Philippe and Queen Mathilde at Tomorrowland

Exactly 50 years ago, The summer of love started in San Francisco  and that is why I have searched in the “old” box to find  an appropriate number to close this summerpost. Enjoy and untill next time:


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  1. 8

    Thank´s for adressing me like you did! 🙂

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      I’m fond of that wonderful tile and it is an honour to place it on my site. The swedisch sentence was a translation by the computer, I hope I didn’t make mistakes!

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    I love your tiles for IAST 203 and 204! Wonderful colors and so clever!

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Anita, for each one I learned a new tangle, that’s nice: Trilad and Bluebonnets. My favorite tiles are the tan tiles but I didn’t had. them anymore, so I just took braun paper (colours are always more beautiful on this colour). Drawing Hollibaugh in this way for such curved strings was for me the best option. I’m gald you like the results.

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    Ria, everything in your post is simply beautiful from the butterfly down to the orchids and your royal family. I love it all. I have missed seeing you on the Monday Diva Challenge since I returned from Providence, RI where I received my CZT training. I love seeing your work and welcome back.

    • 6
      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you very much Duane, for giving me here such nice compliments, make me very glad.
      I have not a wonderful condition but it is a bit better since I got “treatments”. In the future you will “meet” me now and than on different challenges: I.A.S.T. Joey’s and Diva’s. I can’t stop drawing and writing because I really enjoy but I don’t do that so much than I used to do. I’ll take my time and don’t sit too long. Making many short walks is very good, for us, “older” people.
      I’ve read your CZT story on your side and I’m sure you had a wonderful time and learned a lot. I wish you good luck in everything for the future!!!

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    Jan Brandt says:

    Ohhhhhhhhh Ria!!! I just spent some time in the “Way Back Machine” listening to the video you posted! 50 years ago … wowwwwwwwwww. I met my husband that year … 😀 As ALWAYS, this was a wonderful post. Your photos, whether of nature or your own beautiful art, are always a delight to see. Your ART!!! Just stunning. I am especially taken with your IAST tiles – what a delightful theme you chose. Beautiful colors and contrasts. Your take on the downs of life including your son’s horrible accident and your own physical challenges, as well as the ups such as the lovely forest in which you live, your new ergonomic chair and the local festivals of your town is so inspiring. You’re a wise woman … accept what comes and make art whenever you can! Thank you for this delightful post and for sharing your life with us. Hugs to you, Ria!

    • 4
      Ria Matheussen says:

      When the Flower Power started, we were young and of course I loved the music from that period and still do…
      50 years ago, sounds awfull, but, we are still here and have to try to make the best of our life! Congratulations for being 50 years together with your husband!!!
      Thank you very much dear Jan to make time to give me such lovely compliments. I’m still learning every day and yes, despite I’m older and don’t have a good condition, I feel better than I was younger. Zentangleart is very important for me and such a wonderful way to connect with others, all over the world.
      I’m happy and grateful you like my post and that some items could ispire you.
      I wish you a wonderful summer and a big hug too.

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    Welcome back, Ria.
    WOW!!!! What a post again, Ria.
    I had to laugh! San Francisco…50 years ol-RED-DIIIII???!!! I can’t believe it….Memories are tripping over themselves in my mind. It’s an evergreen; never to get old.
    All your tangles are simply wonderful!!! I have a hard time seeing any indication of your physical strain in them; the details are so immaculate and magnificent! That Feen with the orchids are to die for and the tile for your son has so much meaning with the gems. Apacore looks like its drawn from bird’s view. Trilad with …MY beads!!!…You must have found my beads which I had lost the day you drew that tile. ? Love the combination. You put a new – most welcome – spin on Hollibaugh, too. And now I know also how to become a doctor’s most fav patient. I will remember that. Ria, hard to say which tile I love most, but slightly ahead is maybe the triangle one. All in all again a wonderful, wonderful post!!!
    Enjoy the summer festivities in Belgium!

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      Ria Matheussen says:

      Thank you Suzy for your kind words.
      All the tanglers of our age remember “If you are going to….” and I know a lot of the followers does have that age but we do stay young at heart, don’t we!
      I’m happy you like my tiles. I have taken time for each one and enjoyed drawing them. They all have a special meaning for me and it is nice to give something of yourself in Zentangleart. After a while, everyone finds his own personal style and that is a beautiful aspect of this kind of art.
      I’m happy you join the big Zentanglefamily with your beautiful personal style and I’m always curious to see your new work.
      Thanks to the Internet, we can learn from each other, every day again.
      I have learned to draw Hollibaugh in this way from Annette Plaga, it is not my idea, it’s hers but with the curling strings of Adele, this was the perfect way to use Hollibaugh in that way.
      Warm regards from Belgium

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