Armstrong Woods is home to some amazing redwoods. The husband and I started by wandering through some of these amazing giants and just taking it all in.
Eventually we came to the end of our first trail and had to make a decision about where to head next. I saw a spot on the trail map marked Pond Farm Pottery which was a coincidence because there was a recent newspaper article about Pond Farm and until I read the article I had no idea it existed. Pond Farm Pottery is the only remaining building from an artists colony that was established in the late 1940's. One of the most popular artists, Marguerite Wildenhain, a potter from Germany was one of the only artists to be at the colony for its entire duration which was several years. When the other artists left and the property owners died the state used imminent domain to take control of the property. Wildenhain was a very popular teacher and her students made their outrage known. The state agreed to allow her to keep her studio and modest home and she continued to teach pottery until close to her death in 1985 at which time the state took control of her property. I had read in the newspaper that everything in her studio had been left as is including her supplies and potters wheels so I decided the hubby and I should take the easy 1 1/2 mile walk to see it.
Yah right. This road we had to take seem like it went straight up and was in direct sun the entire time! It was only an elevation climb of 300 feet but for a plus size girl who doesn't exercise as much as she should it felt like a trail only appropriate for mountain goats!
Eventually we reached the top and guess what? Closed to the public on holidays. I could see the look in the husbands eyes when he got to the entrance before me. It was a look that said "Oh no, how's she going to handle this?" To be honest, I was pretty dissappointed but lacked so much oxygen by this point that I couldn't really muster a true emotion. Instead I just snapped some pictures.
After finishing our little walking adventure it was off to a local brewery for some lunch. You can't beat a view like this.
As far as the rest of the week goes it was business as usual. School. Work. School. Work. But I did manage to get a few tangling tasks done and post step outs for two of my tangles, Midoosa and Bault. Give them a try, I think you will like them.
Friday was the first test of the semester and I am proud to report that I scored a 92%! What better way to celebrate than with a handsome man and a shaved ice.
|My nephew is such a cutie!|
Zendala Dare #72 - Through thick and thin
It's the first Zendala Dare of the month so you get the added bonus of an extra little challenge. Lately there have been a lot of ZIA's on Pinterest that employ using different widths of pens. It creates a look that I really like but when you stray to far from your Micron 01 are you still staying true to Zentangle? I guess thats a question for Rick and Maria but I'm a purist. I almost always use a Micron 01 and only use the thicker pens to fill, not draw, and I almost never use a 005. It got me to thinking about what would happen if I did a whole tile with a thinner or fatter pen tip and how would that expand or limit my tangles? So this week your challenge is to do a tile using only a thick or thin pen for the whole tile. You can use a 005 (or equivalent) or an 08 (or equivalent) but you can't use them together. You must line and fill with the same pen. Makes you re-think those tangle choices, doesn't it?
Here's your template:
|Tangles: Wone, Black Pearlz|
For my "thin" tile I decided to go with color. This is a standard Zentangle tile done with a Micron 005 in green. This tile photographed really poorly. I shaded with a Derwent Coloursoft pencil that looks much greener in the picture. I know you are thinking that the string of black pearls is
|Tangles: Printemps, DL Sunray, Nipa,|