Already several months, it is raining, raining and raining…  It is pretty cold too for this time of the year. Sometimes the sun appears for a short time and immeditately I can enjoy the whistling of the birds. I just love  animals. They also have the right to be here and therefore I want to write a little article about them.
As long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by them. They have given me so many beautiful, unforgettable moments. I was born in a small village on the countryside. In those years, life was different: we  had  many space to play outside and there was no T.V., no PC, no Ipad, no GSM…life was so simple!
When I was about 8 years old, our father brought a dog into our house.: a boxerpuppy. It was love at first sight for my sister and I. Every day  “our Christa” was waiting for us when we  came from school. Her sweet loyal eyes followed us everywhere and she was always on our side.  When she died, I lost so much, I felt so desolate and since then all animals have taken a place in my heart. I don’ have a picture of this dog  but I will never forget her.  The others who came later to join our family are also forever  in my mind! There is nothing more beautiful for kids than to have the possibiltiy of  growing up in a good relationship with animals.
Everyone is aloud to dream, and when you can make your dreams come true, it gives so much satisfaction.
Riding on an Islandic horse in  wintertime was  one of the things I really wanted to do. The unique Icelandic horses ( they are quite small) are special to ride on. It feels like sitting  in a comfortable chair.  It was a wonderful, intense experience and so was the trip with dogs too. I trusted them and they trusted me. I didn’t have fear, not for one single moment. When I searched “the big 5” in Africa, I was touched by their beauty and wildness but I didn’t touch them.  There I prefered to take some distance!
I am grateful to have got the possibility of making a few  nice trips in which animals played a leading role.  They are all happy memories. I ‘ve found  a few pics:

 

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Of course I wear fake fur!

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Seeing  many playful wild dolphins and whales in their natural habitat was an unforgettable adventure. It happened at Pico, we have lived on that island for more than 5 years. The Azores are one of the best places in the world to meet these wonderful mammals. It is a safe, (maybe still a little unknown) destination in the extreme western corner of Europe, only a few hours flying from the eastcoast of the U.S.A.

Now I am getting older and I don’t like  long flights anymore. I hate jet lag and I enjoy the routine of daily life. By  attending the CZT seminar in Providence, this chapter is closed.
In our  neighbourhood, we can also visit one of our  beautiful  parks where the animals are treaten  well. A nice example is Pairi-Daiza. You can see animals from all different parts of the world in a beautiful scenery. It can be very crowded in the summertime because a baby panda is born in June, but the park is also open in september and october. Some animals will invitate you to play and I couldn’t resist…

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Not everyone has good intentions  with our fellow residents.  Some people are even totally indifferent to their well-being and  I deeply regret. All animals are living beings, individuals and not things.They deserve our respect and compassion.

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Every month my husband and I work a few days as dispatchers (volunteers) for the W.T.T.. People who found a wounded wild animal call us and we will ensure that a driver takes the victim to a shelter. Sometimes it is a young fox, a deer, a hedgehog, a marten or even a badger but most victims are  young birds. When the drivers come back of the shelter, they give us a call how it has ended. Usually the animals can be saved and that makes it all worthwhile.

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In all previous posts I’ve mostly showed abstract works  but now I have chosen a couple of nice figurativ Zentangledrawings (Zia) The butterfly is from Helen Williams and the  other drawings were taken from the Internet where you can always find inspiration!

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This exercise can also be very pleasant for children. Cut out a  page from a coloring book of their favorite animal (or print from the Internet) and let them fill it up with  simple tangles and a thicker (colored) pen (0.5 mm) I think of Hollibaugh, Tipple, Crescent Moon, Printemps, Bales, Beelight … There are so many beautiful, simple motifs that children know in an instant. A few days ago, I wanted to buy some stuff, I saw this beautiful coloring book by Hannah Davies at the store. I couldn’t resist and have bought it immediately,  3D glasses are inclused (very nice effect). The book costs 14.50 Euro and is intended for adults but you can take  many patterns and let  ( a little bit older) children work it out!

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A 12 year old boy with ADHD wrote recently to Linda Farms (Tanglepatterns) how Zentangleart   brought peace in his head. Such stories move me and they confirm the benefits of drawing Zentangleart, and again, we can see it is  accessible for anyone.
Of course I have to  create a drawing of an animal too and I have selected the beaver. For several months there lives a couple just a few hundred meters from our house. We made a date with a specialist and asked him some questions about these animals  and the damage for  the environment.   He assured us that everything would be allright for still many years. That was good news. Beavers are timid animals, we don’t see them very much, occasionally, when the evening comes, all of a sudden they appear. … Below, you can see their ” house”, a short filmfragment (my husband made) and finally my first “Zentangleanimaldrawing”

I like to end with a nice picture of Simone Menzel. She has made beautiful variations on my own pattern. I was very glad to see these results because I admire her work very much. We “meet” each other every week on the Diva’s Challenge. You can visit her site and please take a look on her amazing mixtures of tangles (MusterMixer)

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P.S.: This week, Suzanne Fluhr was the guest on the Diva’s challenge (275). She proposed  to make a drawing on the theme: Give peace a chance.

You can see on the site how Zentanglelovers from all over the world created tiles on this theme.

It is so sad what recently happened in France and in so many other countries in the world… But we have to go further and always try to give peace a change!




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