Maybe it is her first nature to be calm, cool, and collected, but it may also have to do with the type of art that she teaches.
Zentangle is a sophisticated and methodical form of drawing in specific patterns. Each pattern has a name and can be learned and then used in all types of other art such as mandalas (or zendalas) and in mixed media, etc.
Creating Zentangles definitely puts you in a relaxed and meditative zone.
I asked Launie about her art and her teaching, and here is what she had to say:
"My friend, Leroy, once shared his life secret with me. He said 'I asked God to show me how to help others'. Wow, so simple and yet so profound. At that point in my life it was exactly what I needed to hear. Then it hit me. I have the ability to incorporate Zentangle into this philosophy. So I started looking at what I was already doing from a completely different perspective and realized I could make a difference in someone else's life simply by sharing this simple art form.
The practice of teaching Zentangle has been life changing for me. When I see former students who bring their beautiful drawings and tell me their stories about how they managed through a difficult divorce, chemotherapy, or the loss of a friend, all I can do is marvel at the complex simplicity of it all and say, 'Wow!' You get what you give. I feel inspired, humbled, and joyful."
Wow is right. Beautifully said Launie!
If you want to take a class with Launie and/or Lisa Ruschman, her Zentangle teaching partner, check out their Two to Tangle Blog and Facebook page.
Enjoy some photos of Launie's Zentangle creations below. Beautiful!