Tenacity |Ténacité – 3

Here is another example of a class series exploring tenaciously and in depth a new technique: the DUAL COLOR TILE.

–> You can read more about the importance of tenacity and this series of blog posts here.

Voici un autre exemple de séries de cours explorant en profondeur et avec ténacité le principe des CARREAUX BICOLOR.

–> Vous pouvez lire plus en détail de l’importance de la ténacité en Zentangle® dans cet article de blog ici

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You can also find out more about dual color tiles on this YouTube video from Zentangle, Inc here (Zentangle Inc Project Pack 2).

Vous pouvez aussi en apprendre plus sur ces carreaux bicolores en regardant la vidéo de Zentangle, Inc ici (Zentangle Inc Project Pack 2).

E40 Masculine-Feminine

As we explore the subject of the Muse or Inspiration through a series of episodes, we thought it would be interesting to look at the concept of masculine/feminine and how that affects our creativity and our inspiration.

All throughout the world, time and culture, opposite ‘forces’ are represented such as masculine/feminine, night/day, dark/light, sun/moon,etc.
This is also the concept of yin and yang in the Chinese medicine/culture.

These energies (forces, elements?) are a necessary part of human beings.
Each of us is using one or the other or both, all the time.
Always trying to find the equilibrium that suits us best, at the moment.
We need both side to make things whole.
I wonder how often we are conscious of which side we are using most at a certain moment.

Which side is helping us create?

Which side are we not using that could help us grow further as a creative?
Are we missing something by not always looking into finding balance?

In a culture that would feed us one side vs the I believe would lose something necessary.

This imbalance would eventually force us to acknowledge some vulnerability and learn to accept the side we may not use enough. If we need to be in touch with both sides of our nature, it would be what provides us with balance and helps with our creativity.

I also noticed that these energies are not only opposites, but they are interdependent.

There cannot be dark without light.

Let me make one thing clear in this reflection about Masculine/feminine that is it goes beyond male/female.

Here are common characteristics attributed to masculine and feminine:

Masculine characteristics: assertive, results oriented, analytical, competitive

Feminine characteristics: caring, patient, sensitive, connecting, conscious, communicating, compassionate

My question to you is this: where does this reflection on Masculine/Feminine take you?

Do you feel this duality in our human nature?

How does it impact your creativity?

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Tenacity | Ténacité – 2

Here is another example of a class series exploring tenaciously the tangle ING

–> You can read more about the importance of tenacity and this series of blog posts here.

Voici un autre exemple de séries de cours explorant en profondeur et avec ténacité le tangle ING.

–> Vous pouvez lire plus en détail de l’importance de la ténacité en Zentangle® dans cet article de blog ici

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E39 Overwhelm | Dépassée – 2

This week Kellie and I re-issue the episode 17 Overwhelm with a new intro (updated discussion) and the E17 after show (usually available only to subscribers and patrons) as an all-together episode.

We wanted to explore again this topic as it seems particularly adapted.

As you will hear in the podcast, I am going through something that could be considered overwhelming. I have been dealing for quite some time but since about half-a-year with a very progressive hearing loss to the point of undergoing a cochlear implant surgery soon.

For those of you not familiar with it, it is an amazing device/technology that will be implanted behind the ear to help me hear again. I am very grateful to live in a place and time where this technology and the skilled surgical team is available next to me.

As a French person living in the US, I am sensitive to living a bi-cultural life. As I am now, at least partially, part of another culture (Deaf culture), I am trying to learn sign language as well. Unfortunately for me, sign language is not universal, and I will have to learn French and American sign language. But what an adventure!

This change has brought a lot of questioning about what impact it would have on our TanglePod adventure.

Guess what? None, whatsoever.

I have the best co-host ever! Kellie and I walk this path together and take it one step at a time. We explore solutions as we go, facing changes together and creatively looking for ways to continue to grow together as creatives and podcasters.

This is where the conversation was insightful – at least for me.  As we talked about creativity, overwhelm, life changes, etc. we investigate how to face overwhelm as peacefully and creatively as possible.

Have a listen and I would love to hear back from you on how you handle the overwhelm in your life.

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About tenacity | Au sujet de la ténacité

How often does it happen that we face something we feel is too much for us, or we cannot seem to grasp how to go about it?

Do we even realize our feelings come from our thoughts in the moment? What does this realization change for us?

Regularly, in class, I have comments from the participants that a tangle seems too difficult or that it just does not click for them. They don’t know how to make it work, so they just never draw it.

I also have had those feelings too when faced with a tangle I seem not to like or that eludes me. How can I make it work, if it feels overwhelming or uninteresting?

One day, I completely changed my approach to this dilemma.

I wanted to have my students, and I, discover the beauty of a specific tangle. I know that the Zentangle Method® is all about the process and I did not see why we could not learn to enjoy the process of drawing a specific tangle or any other tangle for that matter.

I decided that maybe tenacity could be a good thing.

I would pick one of these hard-to-grasp tangles for my students and make it into a series of classes. We would go in depth, study it from different angles, play with it until we would enjoy the process and I would be able to share this path of wonder and discovery with my students.

It ended up being a fascinating adventure and discovery for my students as well as for me. Since then I offered series of similar classes. Always with the same results of opening up new possibilities and joy at seeing what we can do when we stubbornly work through what we may think as insurmountable.

See below sample tiles of an in-depth study done with the tangle HUGGINS as I have done in one of these series of classes.

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Combien de fois cela nous arrive de nous retrouver face à quelque chose que nous ne savons pas comment résoudre ou dessiner ? Nous nous sentons parfois perdus, ne sachant pas par quel bout commencer.

Réalisons-nous que ces sentiments viennent de nos pensées dans ce moment-là ? Qu’est-ce que prendre conscience de cela change par rapport à notre créativité ?

Régulièrement, pendant mes cours, j’ai des commentaires des participants me parlant de certains tangles. Ces tangles paraissent soit difficiles, soit ils ne coulent pas de source ou ils ne paraissent pas intéressants. Et, du coup, personne ne les dessine.

Il m’arrive d’avoir la même réaction par rapport à certains tangles. Je pense que c’est assez normal comme réaction. Surtout quand on ne sait pas par quel bout commencer ou que l’on ne trouve pas le geste naturel pour dessiner ce tangle.

Alors comment fait-on ?

Un jour, j’ai décidé de prendre le taureau par les cornes. Je refusais d’abandonner. Je me suis dit qu’il y avait forcement une solution à ce dilemme.

Je voulais vraiment aider mes étudiants – et moi-même, à trouver ce contentement d’arriver à dessiner ces tangles rébarbatifs et découvrir la joie du cheminement qui y amène.

La méthode Zentangle® c’est avant tout un processus, un cheminement. En suivant des étapes claires et en s’accrochant je ne voyais pas de raison de désespérer.

La ténacité a parfois du bon.

J’ai donc choisi d’en faire une série de cours – en choisissant un tangle nouveau ou difficile, où nous irions au fond des choses et prendre plaisir à voyager ensemble sur ce chemin de découverte.

Ce fut une vraie aventure pour tout le monde. Et depuis je recommence régulièrement à proposer ce genre d’exercices. Ces séries de cours se sont révélées amusantes et nous ont tous beaucoup apporté en ouverture d’esprit et opportunités créatives. Elles ont aussi montre l’importance de la ténacité dans l’apprentissage d’une nouvelle compétence.

Voir plus haut quelques exemples d’une étude en profondeur autour du tangle HUGGINS que j’ai utilisé dans une de ces series de cours.