Category Archives: Challenge

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge: Seen on a Rear End

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Rear end 1
Rear end 2

Wordless Wednesday: Rusty

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Rusty

Kammie’s Oddball Challenge: Beware of Turkey

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I visited a garden nursery a few weeks ago, and I was startled to see this sign:

Turkey

Okay. It wasn’t until a while later that I saw this darling. I socially distanced him. (Her?)

Turkey sign

Sunday Trees: Elderly Mesquite Trunk

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Mesquite?

More Sunday Trees.

Wordless Wednesday: Cascading Cat’s Claw Vine

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Cascading cat's claw vine

OctPoWriMo2021 Day 31 and Update

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Today’s prompt is Goodbye, train.

train
train wreck 

low-speed train
fading in the distance
chugging off to points unknown
taking away my last opportunity for love

leaving me alone on the platform
staring at the vacant tracks

I thought that when he left I’d feel sadder

though my heart registers loss
it’s the loss of a dream
more than the loss of him

we had potential together
but he said I was holding him back
I guess we wanted different things
no, not exactly
I wanted to love him
and he already loved him(self)
no love left to send my way

maybe he will find what he’s looking for
what am I looking for
why am I standing here

our relationship was a train wreck

©ARHuelsenbeck

My intention for the month of October was to participate in two different challenges on alternating days: OctPoWriMo by writing a poem on odd-numbered days, and Octangling by drawing a zentangle design on the even-numbered days. I hoped I’d get 14 of each done.

I got mixed up and worked on the wrong challenge on some days, but I did manage to write 16 poems, and I drew 14 zentangle designs. I participated in one challenge or the other for 30 out of 31 days, probably my best October ever.

My most-liked poems this month were “Sonoran Desert, October” and “Retirement.” Have you read them yet?

The ones I liked the best were “It Was a Hospital Room,” “West Side Story,” and “disappointment and despair.”

And please, if you see anything you like on ARHtistic License, please click the “like” button. It makes my day.

Sunday Trees: Fig

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Fig

The legit Sunday Trees challenge is on hold. If you posted a Sunday Trees offering on your blog or social media, feel free to add a link in the comments below.

Octangling2021 Day 30 and Update

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This is actually tomorrow’s pattern, baleselation, a “tangelation” of the basic pattern bales by Maureen Stott, CZT. I made mine a little less fancy than hers (she fills in the blank areas with lines running perpendicular to the others), but I feel so satisfied with the laciness. In honor of Halloween, I used an orange gelly roll pen on a black tile:

Baleselation

My intention for the month of October was to participate in two different challenges on alternating days: OctPoWriMo by writing a poem on odd-numbered days, and Octangling by drawing a zentangle design on the even-numbered days. I hoped I’d get 14 of each done.

I got mixed up and worked on the wrong challenge on some days, but I did do 14 Octangling drawings. My favorite is Maryhill:

Maryhill

Mi2 got the most “likes” on ARHtistic License:

Mi2

Torus got the most “likes” on my Instagram page:

Torus

I love challenges. Be sure to stop by tomorrow and see how I did with OctPoWriMo.

OctPoWriMo2021 Day 29: Paris

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Today’s prompt is Paris, and the form is rhopalic verse.

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Bucket List 

I’ve
never
ever been
to Paris, the
city of lights and
city of love; nor have
I ever seen the Eiffel
Tower or the Louvre. I’ve never
strolled along the Seine, never sailed a
toy boat in the Jardin des Tuileries,
never prayed in Notre Dame cathedral. I 
can’t even speak French. But maybe someday I will 
have the time and the means and the opportunity 
to fly across the ocean and experience all the 
wonder Paris has to offer. It’s still on my bucket list.

©ARHuelsenbeck

Octangling2021 Day 28

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Today’s pattern is bitten by Carole Ohl. You may recognize it as the weaving pattern known as houndstooth:

bitten