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How to draw FALLDANCE

Zentangle pattern: FallDance. Image © Linda Farmer and 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.Hi there!

For those of you expecting a Tangle Refresher on this second Friday of the month: I decided to switch things up a bit this Thanksgiving month and save the Tangle Refresher to appear instead on Black Friday. Thus we have a new tangle treat today instead.

Friday’s tangle is FallDance by New York CZT Beatrice Aronas and it’s her fifth on the site.

Beatrice writes,

Recently my family and I went to the Fall Dance Festival opening night. It is an extraordinary event that takes place every fall at the New York City Center.

And it was even more special as the City Center finally got opened to the public after one year and a half of being closed due to the pandemic. Such joy getting back to normal slowly!

The City Center is housed in a beautiful neo-Moorish theater and it celebrates the best of dance , music and other performing arts.

Interior view., CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This time the audience was informed to show up at the door 40 minutes before the start of the performance due to the vaccination proof process.

Since we had to wait before they start the seating, for the first time I had more time there to observe all these amazing murals and polychromed tiles inside of the building. As a Zentangle® artist now I see tangles and patterns whenever I go! (Most tanglers, probably, will agree with me that the world is packed with beautiful tangles and some of them are hiding in the most unexpected places). Among other potential tangles my eyes caught this beautiful but very simple drawing on the ceiling.

I took a picture and on my way home on the train I started to deconstruct it.

A further tidbit about the New York City Center:

Today, New York City Center is the New York performance home to Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Flamenco Festival, and the Martha Graham Dance Company, to name a few.

Beatrice illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing FallDance below and she features it in three lovely ZIA tiles including the Zentangle-originals Printemps and Sez. (Do I spy a dusty plum eye shadow on the top tile?)

How to draw the Zentangle pattern FallDance, tangle and deconstruction by Beatrice Aronas. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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10 comments to How to draw FALLDANCE

  • Beatrice Aronas

    Dear Linda , many thanks for publishing this FallDance tangle on your site. No doubt , it is so wonderful to be a part of this amazing Zentangle community and your consistent support of creativity is immeasurable. Be well!!!

  • Ria Matheussen

    I like your work very much and this new tangle is gorgeous, thanks for sharing Beatrice!

  • Brenda DeBock

    A very pretty new tangle

  • Beatrice Aronas

    Grateful for your comment!

  • Darla Rae Duffy

    I just discovered the Archive for monthly entries and am enjoying seeing how creative people can be. Thanks for all thes many years of work you have documented for your public of creative minds. Darla Rae Duffy

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Many thanks Darla! we love creative minds 🙂

      For those also interested: the ARCHIVES are found in the left sidebar, scroll down a bit (below RECENT COMMENTS) and look for that header and its drop-down menu by month and year.

      Another way to find past patterns chronologically is to scroll to the bottom of the home page where you’ll find links to jump to past pages … Enjoy!

      • Jenn Brayton CZT36

        Thank you for the instructions to get to the Archives! I am just resurfacing from a trip down the rabbit hole into the Archives and there is so much to explore <3

  • Jenn Brayton CZT36

    What a great source material to deconstruct – those are gorgeous photos for inspiration! Falldance is a wonderful tangle to share and so many opportunities for creating 🙂 Thank you 🙂

    Love that Phi tile!

  • Beatrice Aronas

    Thank you very much for your kind comment , Jenn!

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