Thursday, October 29, 2015

Diva's Weekly Challenge #241


The first challenge of this weekly challenge is the text itself, because CZT Paula Bramante has given us a long text for her challenge. Maybe I should take her ESL class first to improve my reading, hahaha....

Paula’s subject makes me think about Marnyi piles, which are composed of Marnyi stone. Marnyi stone is a traditional Tibetan folk art, mostly engraved with six words, eyes, Buddhas statues, all kinds of auspicious patterns, in order to eliminate disease and other bad things. Marnyi piles can be found across the mountains, roads, rivers, and lakes in Tibet, because many travelers and pilgrims will put a stone down on the Marnyi pile on their way.

Marnyi with six words in Lhoka Prefecture, Tibet.
Marnyi wall with Buddhas statues in Namtso, Tibet.
Marnyi pile in Namtso, Tibet.
I tracked down some pictures which I took in Tibet 10 years ago-- time really flies, at that time I was a 25-year-old girl on my first big trip overseas-- those sights are so familiar like yesterday. Unfortunately, there’s a new railway from China to Tibet, and the Tibet I experienced has changed totally and forever. I was really lucky that I didn’t see any words kinds like “Welcome to Chinese Tibet” engraved on the mountains.
I drew the Marnyi pile first on a postcard with some patterns for the background, but I didn’t feel right about it. I cut the Marnyi pile and pasted on another Renaissance round tile. Then I saw this picture and decided to draw it. Drawing a person for me is too hard, even one hand. But I tried to depict this lake, Yamdrok Lake, which is one of the three largest sacred lakes in Tibet. 



After finishing, I posted it on my Facebook and let my friends guess where it is. It’s funny, if people hadn’t been in Tibet, they would say Egypt because the mountains kind of look like the pyramids. However, anyone who has been there knows it is Yamdrok Lake. I never learned anything about sketching before, so I am very proud that I captured the manner of the lake.

Last week I bought some unofficial Renaissance tile for practice. Renaissance tiles differ from white or black tiles, and it’s really difficult to find substitutes for the official Renaissance ones. Does anyone prefer any kind of the paper in particular?

Thank you for visiting my blog! I am thinking about build a Facebook page only for my Zentangle works, should I?


本週挑戰的最大挑戰就是能不能看得懂挑戰內容,瞧,一個句子裡有三個挑戰看起來就很難。這是一個專業英文老師(俗稱ESL)所提出的挑戰,她的投稿亂長一把,前世今生都寫上來了,害我看到最後眼睛都花了。

假如沒讀錯,挑戰內容一言以蔽之是石頭,剛好臉書上有人分享西藏照片,於是讓我想起高原上的瑪尼堆。

題外話:沒想到去西藏竟然已經是十年的事情了!恍如隔世。有時候會想到若沒有這一趟旅程,這十年的生活大概會有完完全全不同的樣貌吧?當年還沒有青藏鐵路,我很慶幸自己見識過西藏最後的黃昏啊。

瑪尼石是一種藏傳藝術形式,早在佛教傳入藏地前,苯教信仰中就有以石頭、牛角、羊角或氂牛頭骨堆砌成臺的習俗,佛教傳入後,瑪尼石上的雕刻更為豐富也宗教化。瑪尼堆遍佈雪域高原,朝聖者和旅者經過瑪尼堆時,會放上一顆石頭乞求平安。

本來想畫成一張明信片,隨意用鉛筆勾勒出一個塔的暗線,用N'Zeppel填滿成了一個不會錯認的瑪尼堆,然後放射狀的畫上許多禪繞元素,畫完頭都暈了卻覺得亂七八糟,只好把瑪尼堆剪下來,貼到另一張茶色圓磚上,另起爐灶。

隱約記得一張照片,於是我回頭翻找當年在西藏拍的照片,最後找到這張當年在羊卓雍錯拍的瑪尼堆,一時興起,想來畫這張照片。不過不要說是整個人啦,就連那隻手我都畫不出來,但場景還是可以模仿一下的。

畫完後我要大家猜這是哪座湖?雖然沒去過西藏的人都因為後面那兩座山太像金字塔而猜尼羅河(明明說是湖),不過只要到過羊卓雍錯的人幾乎都一眼認出,著實讓我大感安慰,不負我花了很多時間在塗湖水。

茶磚是在社團團購買的,顏色算是接近原廠茶磚,但其實畫起來差很多,不說多少紙本身還是有色差,因為紙質的關係,要讓油性色鉛筆有效地在紙上發揮該有的作用都很難辦到,但原廠茶磚很貴,我寧可拿來單純禪繞而不是做一張ZIA。




Something elas. I found that getting a composition of Zentangle from the picture is a good idea, last week I taken a picture in a metro station in Taipei, where is near my parents’s flat, and then I drew this tile. I really like it! I think this is the best one I have done so far. 

話說回來,我覺得在畫照片上還挺有天份的(自己說),瞧瞧這張蘆周捷運站的屋頂多漂亮(還是自己說),雖然把窗子畫成一顆球,但也許我應該繼續開發這一塊。



 2015.10.31。

7 comments:

  1. What a lovely challenge tile! Thanks for sharing your photos! It was fun to learn about the stone piles of Tibet. I love your tile from the station! Beautifully done!

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    1. Thank you! I really loved this week's challenge, because we got opportunity to see different stones and their culture.

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  2. 真的很美又有自己的風味哦!

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  3. Very interesting post with lovely pictures. I really like how it inspired your work.

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  4. Thanks for sharing the story of stones in your country and Tibet. Your tile is quite original and beautiful.

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    1. Thank you for kind admiring......but I have to clarify I am Taiwanese and China is not my country :p

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