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Tangle Refresher 120 – “Tangled connections” of our Sun, and more about the deliberate process of the Zentangle Method of mindfully creating unplanned, abstract art

Tangle Refresher!

Grab a coffee for today’s adventure … 🙂

Today’s news from The New York Times is that the northeast seaboard of the USA is bracing for a ” ‘potentially crippling winter storm’ that could dump two feet or more of snow on the mid-Atlantic region beginning Friday afternoon … millions of people along the East Coast are bracing for a weekend of travel disruptions and possible power losses.

And from Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel, “The blizzard menacing the Eastern United States could rank near the top 10 to ever hit the region, according to the National Weather Service.”

Oh boy. This satellite imagery of the storm was taken yesterday as the storm moves to the east.

NOAA's GOES-West satellite imagery from Jan. 21 at 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST) shows the large winter storm over near the Gulf coast and another storm approaching the Pacific coast. Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project

NOAA’s GOES-West satellite imagery from Jan. 21 at 1500 UTC (10 a.m. EST) shows the large winter storm over near the Gulf coast and another storm approaching the Pacific coast.
Credits: NASA/NOAA GOES Project.
Click image to visit NASA site where you can view this amazing image full size (Update #2), and many other beautiful images.

Looks like a great time to be in Mexico.

While exploring around the NASA site I couldn’t help but notice this headline about the Solar Dynamic Observatory’s recent images of magnetically active regions on the sun, “NASA’s SDO Sees Tangled Connections” !!  If you click the image below you can watch a wonderful video from which this still image was taken to “see how the magnetic field lines are constantly connecting, breaking apart, and reconnecting among the several active regions – a robust illustration of how our dynamic sun is constantly on the move.

A nice warm contrast to the photo above, and indeed stunningly beautiful tangled images of our Sun.

Tangled Connections fom NASA

“NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory, or SDO, show magnetically active regions on the sun on Jan. 8-9, 2016. When such regions are close-set, magnetic field lines create a tangle of arches snaking through the solar atmosphere.” Click the image to visit the page and watch the video.

While we don’t wish troubles on anyone this does sound like the perfect time to cozy up in some warm comfy clothes with a hot beverage, get out the Zentangle® supplies and tangle any worries away.

With this in mind I thought today would be a perfect time to revisit the Zentangle-related advice of Tangle Refresher 84

“In the Zentangle® Method we often refer to the phrase “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.™”

Through the Zentangle Method many people who thought “I’m not an artist,” are surprised, delighted and sometimes overwhelmed to discover they are, “One stroke at a time.”

This singular focus on each stroke is part of the deliberate process of the Zentangle Method of mindfully creating unplanned, abstract art. Mindfully … creating … unplanned … abstract … art.

In their classes CZTs will frequently encourage you to draw each and every stroke deliberately, taking time to savor and appreciate each delicate line of ink on the tile. Slowing down and focusing on each stroke is part of the “process” in the artistic meditation aspects of the Zentangle art form.

Among its many pleasurable benefits, there is another very good reason for slowing down as you draw.

The Book of ZentangleIn The Book of Zentangle, Rick and Maria write: “Give yourself more time to draw each stroke. The fine motor skills you use for typing or texting are different from the ones you use to draw. Let your muscles get used to drawing.

In the relentless (dare I say mindless?) rush of our electronic world, it seems we need to be reminded to give ourselves time. Time to disconnect. To be still. To be quiet. To enjoy solitude. To be deliberate in our thoughts and actions. To be deliberate one stroke at a time.

And to be ever so grateful for this wonderful journey.”

Stay safe, my friends.

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The Tangle Refresher series, aka Buried Treasure, spotlights hidden tangle gems from the past. It can remind you of tangles you might not have used for a while or introduce you to some you haven’t come across yet.

Here are five more tangle pattern gems and a Tangle Refresher from a year (or two) ago for your tangling pleasure. Remember to check out the “More Good Stuff” links below too.

BTW as you enjoy these tangles please do leave a comment of thanks and encouragement to show the artists you appreciate them for sharing their creativity for you to enjoy. And please share a link to your favorite tangles with your followers on all your social media.

Zenful tangling!

Buried Treasure from a year ago
Zentangle pattern: PARADOX. Image © Linda Farmer and Paradox
Zentangle pattern: Gnarly. Image © Linda Farmer and Gnarly
Zentangle pattern: Podz. Image © Linda Farmer and Podz
Zentangle pattern: YNY. Image © Linda Farmer and YNY
Zentangle pattern: Reflections. Image © Linda Farmer and Reflections
Revisit the Tangle Refresher from a year ago Tangle Refresher 92

More good stuff …


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2 comments to Tangle Refresher 120 – “Tangled connections” of our Sun, and more about the deliberate process of the Zentangle Method of mindfully creating unplanned, abstract art

  • Suzanne

    Wow, what a wonderful sun photo! The video and the other sun photos on that page are amazing. Thanks for sharing Linda and thanks for the Zentangle tutorial too. I have to remind myself to slow down and to breathe.

  • Sue Zanker

    Stay safe inside your home Linda, that storm looks awesomely scary and extremely COLD as well ! We saw on TV here in Townsville that it was “lurking” and due to hit the East coast, so Tanglers under its heavy black clouds all stay safe !

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