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How to draw LEE-BEE

Zentangle pattern: Lee-Bee. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Lee-Bee is an intriguing new tangle from Pittsburgh PA CZT Sue Schneider.

So far we have three other tangles from Sue on the site, including her recent Starsky.

Introducing Lee-Bee, Sue writes:

Lee Bontecou and one of her fabulous mobile sculptures. Click on this image for a Google selection of images related to Lee Bontecou and her creative works.

Lee-Bee is inspired by the sculptural work of Lee Bontecou, whose art I have admired since the 1960-70’s when I was an art student at the University of Kansas. Her images then were bold, intriguing, dark, almost threatening constructions of canvas and metal rods. As a student and feminist, I looked to her as a strong role model.

In later years, her work has become more ethereal and whimsical, often as hanging, twisting mobiles. Not too long ago, I visited a retrospective of her career and work and found that I still was intrigued and inspired.

Naturally I had to learn more about this American artist, starting with this intro from her Wikipedia entry,

Lee Bontecou (born January 15, 1931 in Providence, Rhode Island) is an American sculptor and printmaker and a pioneer figure in the New York art world. She kept her work consistently in a recognizable style, and received broad recognition in the 1960s. Bontecou made abstract sculptures in the 1960s and 1970s and created vacuum-formed plastic fish, plants, and flower forms in the 1970s. Rich, organic shapes and powerful energy appear in her drawings, prints and sculptures. Her work has been shown and collected in many major museums in the United States and in Europe.

There are many references online and this one from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles entitled Lee Bontecou: A Retrospective from 2003-2004 states it was “the most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled of this influential 20th century American artist—one of the few women artists to receive major recognition in the 1960s.” The page linked has a fine selection of Bontecou’s works (I recommend using the “Image Gallery” link on that page to view the images).

About her Lee-Bee tangle, Sue writes:

In my Zentangle® practice, I happened to be playing around with pentagons. These began to take on the character of Bontecou’s mobile shapes — really just a hint or reference. I had fun extending the lines from one to create the next shape, varying the size, adding enhancements such as auras inside and rounding on some of the outside angles, even trying different fill patterns.

Sue included several beautiful ZIA tiles demonstrating how this tangle can be explored.

Zentangle pattern Lee-Bee, by CZT Sue Schneider. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Two more ZIA tiles the first explores Lee-Bee with Starsky embellishments, the second a Starsky monotangle.

Zentangle pattern Lee-Bee, by CZT Sue Schneider. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

More Lee-Bee explorations with other tangle fills and embellishments.

Zentangle pattern Lee-Bee, by CZT Sue Schneider. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

For my example of Lee-Bee, I really could have used a larger space to accommodate the sweeping lines that give this tangle its dynamic energy. A Zentangle tile is a good-sized canvas for it.

Sue illustrates the first set of step-by-step instructions for drawing Lee-Bee below, this illustration demonstrates in Step 5 how the tangle grows outwards once the first few steps are done.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Lee-Bee, tangle and deconstruction by CZT Sue Schneider. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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In this second set of steps, Sue includes an example of how Lee-Bee can be used as a ribbon or border-style tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Lee-Bee, tangle and deconstruction by Sue Schneider. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

And just for good measure, three additional tiles illustrating Lee-Bee.

Zentangle pattern Lee-Bee, by CZT Sue Schneider. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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23 comments to How to draw LEE-BEE

  • Jan Brandt, CZT XII, Reno, NV, USA

    Sue AND Linda ~ This is one of the most exciting introductions of a new tangle I have read anywhere!! I am instantly inspired to take up pen and paper and begin my own exploration. I LOVE seeing so many variations on this page. What a wonderful jump-start! Sue, excellent stepouts and BEAUTIFUL examples. Thank you!!

  • Mary D'Angelo

    Love the lyrical possibilities of this tangle. Can’t wait to just let it flow! Mary D’Angelo

  • Raya

    What a lovely, lovely tangle, so simple, with the ability to become complex. It is so expressive and versatile, limited only by ones imagination and creative flair. Thank you for sharing.

  • Anna

    Another winner in my book! Thanks!

  • Wow, I love this pattern immediately. Wonderful Lee-Bee explorations. Thank you for sharing!

  • Melena

    What a wonderful tangle and story as to where it came from. Very inspirational. I love this style of Lee Bontecou. This sort of art has always intrigued me. Now, thanks to you, Sue, I can let my pen take me on this journey too. I can see so many possibilities. Thank you so much for sharing this with us Sue Schneider (from another Schneider 😉 )

  • Lee K

    I like it – A LOT! Thank you!

  • Bunny Wright

    My first thought was …”Wow”! This is a really neat and innovative tangle pattern. I can’t wait to try it out…very inspiring, thanks Sue!

  • This looks quite intriguing! Another must-try.

  • Linda Dochtr, CZT

    Lee-Bee is certainly going into my collection of organics. It also proves once again what I’ve heard Maria Thomas say that “Any tangle can be a border tangle.” All depends on filling a rectangular piece of string.

  • Really nice with many possibilities. Thank you for sharing.

    It somewhat reminds me of Neuron, one the earliest patterns I liked.

  • Very nice! First tangle in a while that I just had to stop everything I was doing and play with it on a book marker. Thanks for a great new tangle.

  • Jakki Garlans

    Absolutely stunning tangle! Thank you so much for your creativity and for sharing it with us!

  • Karen Izzi

    Really, this is the best pattern that has come out in awhile!! LOVE IT! So many options and variations!!! Tangle on xox

  • Jody Genovese

    Sue this really looks like a fun tangle. Loved the story and will definitely give this a try.
    Linda I love that you always add something extra too.
    Thank you both…

  • Naomi Frenkel

    As always,,,,you combine a basic tangle that can stand alone and then add so many possibilities for enhancement. So creative and so beautiful! YAY SUE!!!

  • Tomàs Padrós

    This tangle is very interesting and absolutely original. You have total control of this pattern. It shows that you are its mother. Your examples are brilliant and very stimulating. Congratulations!

  • Sue

    Thanks for so many lovely comments.

  • As much as I love all the Zentangles, this has to be my favorite! I love the back story on it. I’m going to spend some time with Lee-Bee. Thanks so much for sharing this one!!!

  • Sharon Wrench

    This pattern almost dances as it moves across the tile. It is free, whimsical and yet graceful! I love it and I am anxious to try it. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Carol Cripps

    What a stunner! It’s been a while since a tangle stopped me in my tracks, but this one has.like the best of any attachments form, it’s both simple and complex. I think I’m going to take my pens away now and play with this for several days. Just leave a message at the beep..

  • Sandra McKenny

    Sue, thank you for Lee-Bee (I’ve just spent hours playing with it!) and for introducing me to the work of Lee Bontecou (spent more hours reading about this amazing woman!).

  • Donna Lamoureux

    Hi Sue, I grew up outside Pittsburgh and went to the museum often. Now I live near Providence and find the coincidence telling. Thank you for this tangle. I love the Asian feel to it.

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