I especially love Bijou's reminders to slow down, breathe, and relax. I've been feeling a little stressed this week, and I really need a kind little snail on my shoulder to remind me about these simple things I can do to improve my life and my art.
For this week's Diva challenge, I created a mini mosaic Zendala with four Bijou tiles. I lined them up and then loosely drew a Zendala design. I didn't grab a ruler or stencils. I breathed and let the shapes form. It's okay that they don't all line up perfectly. It was quite freeing to just guess where a line might go and to let it evolve as it did. I pictured Bijou gliding across my tiles, changing his mind slightly, then wiggling back on his original course when my pen skipped a bit. Pens, like snails, don't always follow a straight path, right?
I enjoyed filling in my shapes with different tangles and adding some shading. The process was relaxing and inspiring. I realized that I never color the tadpole-like blobs in Ennies and thought I'd see how they came out. I really like the contrast of the bold shapes against the gentle orbs in the center.
Thanks, Bijou, for reminding me to take a little break for myself. I needed it.