Oh... yes they do. I'm living proof in so many ways!
It's been an interesting week that has included a mental health day where I did nothing but watch some DVR'd TV, lurked around on facebook, and was (negatively) inspired to write a piece in this space on leadership. (you can find it in the side bar if you're interested in reading rants). I also tangled. A lot. It was a good day.
This week's guest challenge by Christina (stART) encourages us to use either a curvy string or a straight string and fill it with the opposite tangle patterns. I loved the challenge so much I jumped right in...and hated both of my first attempts (one of each). That's what happens when I try to control the outcome of my tiles! Those two are not included here. I took a step back and just let the idea of opposites roll around in my head for awhile. A much better plan...
I discovered something while working on this challenge. Previously, Diva challenged us to use all straight tangles and then another one we used all curvy ones. I remarked then that I like the combination of straight and curvy - the yin and yang of using both types in a tile or larger piece. In this challenge, the struggle to stick with one form of tangle became even more apparent even though we were using both curves and angles. I think it is obvious that parts of the tiles are very contrived - I needed one more of whichever type I was using to finish instead of just flowing with whatever came to me.
So last night during choir practice (shhhh... don't tell my husband, the director) I drew a very swirly string and straight patterns just started filling the spaces. Except for one. And I won't point it out but I don't like it and will probably not use it again. However, I believe we have to stretch and explore areas with which we are not always so comfortable. So here is "choir practice."