Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Zentangle - A new art adventure

I started painting in 1999 with Donna Dewberry's One Stroke and became the first One Stroke Certified Instructor (OSCI) in the State of Kentucky.  I opened Brush Strokes in 1999 in Nicholasville, Kentucky and rapidly developed a following of adult students numbering over 1,200.  Since then, I have continually stretched my artistic wings branching into watercolors and pen & ink drawings.

I recently travelled to Whitinsville, MA and personally studied with Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas, creators of Zentangle, and qualified as a "Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)".  Zentangle is a wonderful meditative type pen and ink experience that one needs to try firsthand in order to understand the power behind concentrating on one stroke at a time.  Having dealt with severe health issues over the past 9 years, I find creating Zentangles is a soothing and relaxing way to clear my mind of negative thoughts and to experience the creativity within my soul.  I hope to share the Zentangle experience with those who are experiencing stress in these difficult times as well as those who are dealing with their own health issues.  I teach in Northern Kentucky but will gladly travel throughout the Tri-State area.  If you're interested in learning more about the art of Zentangle and the philosophy behind the technique, please email me at marshall28@insightbb.com.  It's lots of fun to get a group of people together and learn to 'tangle.'  Whether it is a corporate function or a social get-together, I look forward to sharing the Zentangle experience with you, one stroke at a time, real soon.