Tangled Up In Zen

17 Feb

from the Zentangle website

from the Zentangle website

Today I drove to Ramat Aviv to visit SE. It was my first venture in the car beyond the limits of Herzliya Pituach. And it was a piece of cake. Ramat Aviv is a neighborhood in northern Tel Aviv and it takes only 10-15 minutes to get there from our house, depending on traffic.

SE and her husband live in a new stylish high-rise apartment building. Their apartment is on the 10th floor and affords a to-die-for view of the Mediterranean from their spacious balcony.

SE has recently been involved in an interesting art form called zentangle. Zentangles are sketches in ink on square pieces of paper. The sketches are composed of different repetitive patterns joined in innovative ways. To me it seems to be a combination of imagination and meditation. And though zentangle is a rather structured art form the results can be refreshingly creative.

SE showed me her art journal in which she began practicing zentangle. It was revealing to page through her journal and watch how her journey unfolded and her skill increased.

Later the two of us took a walk to her local cafe for lunch. It was a gorgeous day. We both agreed we should enjoy these lovely winter days while they last. We keep hearing foreboding reports about the long hot summers here in Tel Aviv. But for the time being all is sunny and pleasant in our neck of the world.

lotus blossom

Lotus blossom in koi pond in front of SE's apartment building

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2 Responses to “Tangled Up In Zen”

  1. SE February 20, 2011 at 8:15 pm #

    What a nice summary of our day in Ramat Aviv. Great photo of the coy pond. The tangle you picked is a great one. Thanks for the commentary.

    It was really a fun day…S

    • Lenora Genovese February 20, 2011 at 9:42 pm #

      Thanks, S! Yes, it was a fun day. I look forward to many more.
      L

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