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I wanted to post this in case anyone else is going through what I am experiencing. I haven't done a lot of artwork in the past few years. I was trying to get back into a grove. But, I found that I was trying to do these big projects that I would always stop shortly after starting. (I do 3D projects in SketchUp and also do a lot of pencil and pen drawing. I sometimes use Paint.Net. I have started to work with Inkscape. Many years ago I took some college classes on Photoshop, Illustrator and some other graphic programs. Having worked as a board artist and having done a lot of pen and ink drawing in the past before there were computers, I really thought the Pen tool was the coolest thing ever. I still enjoy using it. )

OK - So...I was trying to get back to doing some creative work. I found a Zentangle book in the library just by chance. I flipped through it and saw some nice ink work. I took it home and tried it out. It got me going again. I am pretty sure that it was because you work with a small space (3.5" x 3.5") and go through a sequence of steps to get going. And, that's what it did: It got me going. I was able to actually finish some Zentangle projects. I took photos of some designs and I'm planning on reworking them in Inkscape. I am also going to try to do some bigger works. The more I do the little squares, the more I see that ideas are coming to me more easily. I don't really copy the ideas in the books. But, I do flip through them and try to modify some of the basic ideas.

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  • doodle
  • take a shower
  • go for a walk
  • do drugs
  • go the library
  • watch a movie
  • try a new medium of art
  • draw with your other hand
  • talk to people
  • people watch
  • photography
  • listen to music
  • exercise
  • meditate
  • the list is infinite...

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