My offering for the Diva Challenge, using patterns Kuke, Onamato, and Cubine (variation):
Twelve articles to help creatives take their artistic endeavors to the next level. Soak up some inspiration!
- I’m working on a Dresden Plate quilt right now.
- Noteworthy photographs of 2018.
- Beautiful tangles.
- How one quilter organizes her studio.
- Life in Baku, Azerbaijan.
- What happened when a college student met Ursula Le Guin.
- A tribute to Sister Wendy, art commentator.
- Suhita Shirodkar sketches on vacation.
- For the writers: how to wake up ready to write.
- A therapeutic eye pillow you can make (if you are a quilter, you already have most of the supplies you’ll need).
- I just love Little Free Libraries. This is the cutest one I’ve ever seen.
- Mixed media with embroidery.
This time last year, I dreamed that ARHtistic License would grow from 350+ to 600 subscribers. As of this writing (Wednesday afternoon), we’re almost there. If you haven’t yet joined our subscribers and you like what you see on ARHtistic License, please help us out by hitting the “Follow” button on the sidebar. Thanks, and welcome to our artistic community!
My hope for 2019 is that ARHtistic License will pass the 1,000 follower mark. It would mean a lot to me if you’d help out by spreading the word, sharing your favorite articles on your social media.
My Top Ten Posts of 2018 tabulated by number of views. Have you seen all of these?
- #DC350 Rimana Heart String—This post (and the next five) includes my entry to the Diva Challenge, a weekly Zentangle challenge. I don’t participate every week, but Zentangle devotees are a very generous group who encourage each other by visiting each other’s blogs, Instagram, Flicker, and Pinterest accounts.
- #DC379 Holidaze
- #DC364 Puf
- #DC360 Shattuck vs. Tripoli
- #DC362 Somnee
- #DC346 Phicops & Huggins
- 12 Best Quilting Blogs—in my opinion.
- 10 Best Zentangle Sites on the Web—again, in my opinion. I’ve stumbled across some more fabulous ones since I published this list; I’ll have to update it eventually.
- NaPoWriMo Day 21—My poem for Day 21 of National Poetry Writing Month (April) was featured on the challenge’s official website the next day, sending lots of traffic to ARHtistic License. The downside: it was not one of my better poems for the month. I much prefer this one or pretty much any other poem I posted that month.
- Hawaiian Quilting with Pat Gorelangton—I wanted to write about Hawaiian quilts and had the good fortune to find a website that featured Gorelangton. I contacted her and asked if I could write about her work, and she generously consented to be interviewed via email and sent me images of her quilts to use in the article. Not only did my article get lots of views from quilters and people interested in the art of Hawaiian quilts, but Gorelangton is beloved in Hawaii, and her fans found the article, too.
But an article I wrote in 2016 got even more views this year than the Gorelangton interview. Jan van Eyck’s The Crucifixion and the Last Judgment: Painted by a Committee received 543 views in 2018 and 870 views since it was published.
Other older articles that were heavily viewed in 2018:
2. Ballet Feet—what ballet dancers suffer for their art.
3. How to Practice the Piano: Doh! Dohnányi—If you’ve ever practiced these exercises, you know what I mean.
4. How to Make a Meme on a Mac—step by step instructions.
5. Yarn and Beads—about the art of the Huichol people of Mexico.
6. Escaping the Khmer Rouge: Review of Beautiful Hero by Jennifer H. Lau—This autobiographical book has won 5 awards.
7. Happy Anniversary!—wherein I celebrate the first three months of the existence of my blog.
8. Phoenix Art Museum—what my daughter Katie and I saw on a Mother’s Day excursion.
I also contribute guest posts to A Writer’s Path. Here are some of my top articles there:
1. 12 Worst Blogging Mistakes. 808 views.
2. For Bloggers: How to Post Every Day. 543 views.
3. 20 Tools Every Writer Needs. 478 views.
4. 21 Inspirational Quotes for Writers. 416 views.
As I review my creative goals for 2018, I see that I didn’t completely achieve them, but I did make general progress.
I did a run-through of my God of Paradox manuscript with my bible study group, got some excellent feedback, and discovered some real problems that needed to be corrected. I’m almost finished with the rewrite. I’m going to see if my pastor or someone with a theology degree will read through it for me, then I’ll maybe do another rewrite if necessary, or a quick polishing, and start submitting in 2019.
The Unicornologist has been on the back burner, but never far from my thoughts. I’m hoping to solve all my plot problems and do a thorough final rewrite, then seek representation in 2019.
I’ve really stalled on recorder and guitar, hardly practicing at all in the last six months. I’ve been more faithful about piano.
I’ve written some poetry; if I can write and rewrite enough poems in the next couple of weeks, I might enter another chapbook in a contest.
I had a hip replacement in July. For eight months before the surgery I suffered enough pain that I could not dance. (Heck, I could barely walk.) I am happy to say I am dancing once again and helping to teach dances in my international folk dance group.
Now it’s your turn. Tell me what you’d like to see more of on ARHtistic License. What art- and creativity-related topics would you like me to cover? Which artists, musicians, and composers would you like profiled? Which of my articles and features do you like best? Please share in the comments below. And don’t forget to subscribe to ARHtistic License, to hit the “Like” button below, and to share your favorite article (find links to my most popular articles above) on all your social media. Thank you, and have a happy New Year!
My art goal for December was to have at least ten Christmas-related Zentangle designs to show you. I’m a little short. I started another yesterday that I didn’t finish in time for this post. If it’s done before Saturday, I’ll include it in my year-end report.
If these snowflakes look familiar, it might be because I posted them a week and a half ago for the Diva Holidaze challenge:
I’ve always thought the pattern verdigogh looks like pine tree snippets:
I tried to make a Christmas tree from the henna drum pattern, but it wasn’t looking very Christmasy, so I began drawing clusters of holly leaves in place of the blossoms:
Here’s a Christmas tree made with aura-leah:
I made a many-branched luv-a and turned it upside down for a Christmas tree. I’m pleased with the way it turned out.
This tree started out as flux and got embellished:
I thought munchin had the potential to look like tumbling Christmas trees, but I discovered that when I built them in clockwise clusters of five, they looked kind of like cubist stars. (My husband thinks they look like crystals–he was a geology major.)
My final Christmas tree is built from ahh, paradox, pearlz, ramy, heartline, muzic, flutter, jacki, and btl joos.
Beautiful stuff to inspire you to greater creativity. Get out there and make some art, people.
- Sand sculptures.
- For the cat lovers.
- Quilt show-and-tell.
- Beautiful tangles from all over the world, same theme.
- The 100 books of 2018 that the New York Times considers notable.
- Aachen Cathedral and the wardrobe of Mary.
- Crease. Fold. Color.
- Favorite recipes. Lovely servingware.
- Gorgeous laser-cut light displays.
- Prize-winning photography.
- Artwork available as prints, posters, shirts, and skateboards.
- An artist’s tribute to her dad. (You’ll need a hanky for this one.)
Wow! A varied offering this week.
- Wonderful street art.
- A sculptor discusses pre-Columbian gold objects.
- Pretty baby scrap quilts.
- An illustrator’s process.
- Terminally cute animal photos.
- Wonderful tangles.
- Sketching at Starbucks.
- Tips to help students study successfully.
- What to buy for the bookworms on your Christmas list.
- For the Stan Lee fans.
- Daring sculptures celebrating gestation.
- The Boss is coming to Netflix! (Is it just me, or has his voice gotten a lot raspier?)
My offering for this week’s Diva Challenge features the pattern Keeko: