The picture on the left is two of the three pieces that make up the bottom third of the building. I wasn’t finished with the rightmost “side” of the bottom piece when I photographed this yesterday, and after a mishap with the cutting, I have the bottom complete now, but I am not going to take a photo until tomorrow.
I have “connected” and “stitched together” the top 4 pieces into two separate pieces.Three pieces ready to be put together to form my first large scale zentangle project of the Chrysler building. I’m actually all excited, despite the “errors” or “corrections” that need to be done as I put the finishing touches to the piece. There are white spaces to be filled in, angling to be corrected, and connecting patterns to make the “stitching” invisible to the eye.
I’m actually very proud of my first attempt. There are a couple of lessons learned from this, though, like not being too tight with the “cuts” when I section the pieces. I should’ve also stuck to my original plan to do the rendering while having an actual photo of the original handy so that I can attempt to mimick the shading of the photo. (Which will hopefully make it less flat.. but I’m quite happy with how I seem to have managed it even if I didn’t do it as planned.) I am actually thinking of doing a second rendition of the same piece, if not a more ambitious longer shot of the top of the building. (I am still trying to decide which one to do). You can see I’m inspired to keep doing this. =)
Why do I even do it? It’s good therapy against stress. I actually get to do a lot of thinking while I draw and fill in the different sections. Seeing the completed work after I’ve succesfully drawn into the spaces in between surprises even me. It gives me something productive to do when I am restless or when I am in a creative rut. It helps me rest my mind and calm my heart — a friend’s admonitions that have inspired me to try and do just that through this project.
We do what we have to do to get through each day. There is something that hypnotizes me as I ever so light-handedly let the signpen glide through the paper to let the ink rest where I want it to rest. There are strokes that I can do haphazardly, but most of the time, I have to be deliberate and slow.
I’ve made “me” proud. “Good job, Pinay New Yorker..” — this is one piece of work you can be proud of. (Patting myself on the back, I know..=) Reminds me of the song “Do I make you proud?”… I ask myself.. and deep in my head, I hear a smiling “yes”. And I tell “myself”, “This one’s for you…”.. and deep in my heart, I hear an inner voice saying “Thank you..”.