Last week we received this email from Ksenija Vojisavljevic, a classical piano teacher in Australia:
Dear Maria and Rick
Thank you for sharing this wonderful art method that you have created. It has been an enriching experience to get involved with Zentangle. It broadens the mind in many different ways.
I would like to share with you a little story that illustrates one fantastic moment that Zentangle can give a life to.
One piano student of mine is a little girl Vivien, 9 years old, disciplined and enthusiastic performer that plays intermediate level repertoire with a great technical skill and accuracy. What was missing in her performance, and what is not an unexpected moment with young child playing at that level, is the deepness of emotional involvement and richness of colours in a music interpretation.
To encourage the imagination of students I ask them to think what is music that they are playing telling them, and to present it in drawing and colouring. When I have got the illustration from my little student, it was a set of ten rectangles in mono colour. This actually was an adequate visual portray of her music performance. The same moment, without thinking twice, I advised her to go to tanglepatterns.com to find more ideas. I believe that enriching of the mind can always go in both directions between subjects. I expected that her effort in practicing patterns will improve her imagination and consequently inspire her music performance.
Surely, it did take place. I do not need to say anything more after showing you Viviens latest art work that she kindly allowed me to post. Her music performance automatically has improved as much. She would bring shapes and colours to the page of music representing the development of ideas and feelings along music lines. Once Vivien created those ideas in her mind they became alive in the performance as well. And this is all thanks to Zentangle.
Thank you Zentangle, Zentangle creators, and all Zentangle community.
All the best wishes and happy tangling!
Thank you, Ksenija, for sharing that. (All names used with permission.)