Musings and Amusings

Patterns in Spring

I’m having some trouble engaging my writing mojo after the April frenzy. I thought pre-writing my posts would alleviate that possibility, but all the computer time for reading and commenting was substantial. And … we are having a very late spring. I’m not complaining because others are having frightening, damaging weather, but I do observe the negative effect it has on my energy and motivation. Last week’s snowstorm is going to make everything “pop” in this week’s sunshine and warm temperatures. Finally!

Saturday, I was on the road to my grandkids’ and passed a hillside covered with rapidly greening grass and tiny white blossoms (probably a weed!), with a long row of power lines stretching behind it. Thankfully I can “pattern”, even if my writing brain is snoozing.


Springtime 2014


โ€˜* Inspired by the Zentangleยฎ method of pattern drawing

Comments on: "Patterns in Spring" (30)

  1. wow you know I see this, you really have got a great ‘out of the box’ creative capacity, really wonderful x

  2. That’s really beautiful Sammy x

  3. One man’s weed, is another’s creative inspiration. Nice!

  4. We sure are having a weird spring, that’s for sure. You probably saw bindweed ๐Ÿ˜‰ The stuff is beautiful, being a cousin of morning glories, but really hard to get rid of. I’ve been fighting the stuff for years in my front flower bed, and I’m finally winning. Digging it out by the root is the only way to go!
    Neat pattern ~ would love to learn how to do that!
    As to writing motivation, I needed some too, so I’m starting a series about my college adventures. That gives me a set topic for Mondays!
    Tina @ Life is Good
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    • Sounds like Mondays will be good reads ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’ve wrestled with bindweed; it’s taking over in all open space. I don’t think you can get the entire root out because it’s so good at burrowing; it’s the only plant I use a chemical poison on if it hits my shrubs because bindweed chokes everything, as you know.

  5. I find spring and summer to be lazier times . . . want to go wandering! Like your tangle!

    • We are finally having sun and 70-80s temps. Birds chirping and trees popping. The mountain peaks are laden with snow. Beautiful contrast!

  6. Suzanne Ong said:

    I’m having a hard time blogging more often too! You’d be surprised at how many drafts I have currently. lol. And while I don’t know how to interpret abstract stuff, you drawing looks cool ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Suazanne – that is what I have … drafts I can’t seem to get into finished form! I’m not big on abstract stuff either, and probably wouldn’t like these patterned drawings if I wasn’t making them myself. But I do find it very soothing, probably because they fit my “left brain” better than other kinds of art which I haven’t yet attempted!

  7. I love the drawing. That is a skill I never had (and have accepted that I never will…) ๐Ÿ™‚

    “rapidly greening grass” sums it up, doesn’t it? I swear, even from the time I drop my son off at school to when I pick him up, everything is more green. Love it!

    • Thanks! You must have it untapped somewhere because you already operate out of your right brain for your novels. I don’t have skill either (obviously!); just a determination to tap my right brain for the last third of my life. Patterning is a “left-brain’ish” way for me to start that transition.

      Yeah the greening is amazing. We’ll have two glorious weeks to revel in it before “high desert” dryness mutes the color!

  8. I love the drawing – would look great as a piece of abstract art on the wall. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks for your encouragement! I don’t generally like “abstract”, but these are such a relaxing practice for me, and helpful transition from my left to my right brain where I might actually learn to draw!

      Some more practice and exploration of some other patterns, and I might eventually think one worthy of framing ๐Ÿ™‚ (I am keeping them in a portfolio, though, to see my progress.)

  9. Oh, so beautiful. And I feel the same about blogging now that the April frenzy is over. Need to let the creative process take time rebooting, I guess. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Sammy D., I am glad it is not just me that feels sapped. Once again your blogs are my encouragement to keep on trying. Tell me more about this Zentangle. I have felt the urge to pick up my painting and pen and inks again, but this intrigues me because I really like graphics.

    • Right now I’m just enjoying our (finally) first evening to sit outside for dinner! You can read the official Zentangle stuff at although I found that a confusing and advanced site for a beginner. I was able to get a couple books through my library (good one by Beckah Krahula) or Amazon sells them. You’ll love the patterns and will begin seeing more in your garden and weaving! I bought Sakura pens and use standard drawing paper.

      Email me if you plan to post any. I don’t have your email address. I’m at

  11. Okay, you have to share how this Zentangle thing works! It looks so soothing, both to work on and behold. I love this one!
    And I think I know how you feel. After April’s craziness, I want to kind of take it easy. Not that I will ever regret doing the A to Z–but wow, what a ride. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Kirsten – you’ll love the patterened drawing. Please see my response to Linda right above your comment, and email me if you’d like!

  12. It is still so cool here that I cannot get Richard outside so that I can work in the dirt…this has been a crazy weathered-year!

    • Where are you, Paula? I don’t think anyone has “normal” weather anymore! I planted a week too soon and now have to replant cuz things froze !

  13. I’m with you, I’m still feeling a bit blogged out after April. Hoping that June will bring more frequent blogging inspiration.

    and I LOVE your pattern, I can’t draw for shit, nor can I pattern and I oggle with envy other people’s drawing skills – yours is no exception.

    • Trust me – if I can do this, you can ๐Ÿ™‚

      I have another one I finished that I’ll post soon – i made a boo boo in it, but I love the 3 patterns I chose so I’m happy with it.

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