On vacation recently in St Lucia I was asked to join and share my doodles and zen tangles with the group I was traveling with. It was a relaxing and joyful experience hanging out with other zen doodle artists. We tried to look at some designs that were present in the architecture where we stayed, and this door became my meditation. I became obsessed with trying to figure out how to draw it… and understanding the repeating unit.
Have you had an idea in your mind that was almost impossible to figure out? If so, you might understand my troubles here. My friend Louise advised me to align the kite shapes, but yes it would work if one did only a line of them. Here I ventures to go to the dept of this pattern construction. It drove me nuts… It took many days and some hours to replicate, but to find an easy step by step instruction, is another matter. . . Mind you we are dealing with one kite shape and a small square. Four kites and the small square makes the larger square. On top of this the larger square rotates four ways around a small square, so the math becomes complicated indeed.
The villa was located near the divided remains of an exploded volcano called the “Pitons,” which decorated our view over the pool. This did somewhat distract me in my math quest. Swimming in the immense pool I often brooded over the door problem. I felt like this door was the entry to the real paradise: that of my mind.
The Pitons, St. Lucia, as seen from our pool.
If I were to solve this mystery, all my other problems would seem insignificant. Or rather this door was teaching me about what is important in life. I found that friendships and doing something together like zen drawing, are more worth than material assets. Without friends one is really nothing, just an empty bleep in space. My thoughts ventured into what might be accomplishments in my life, but the door to my mind might still be shut. In the magical story the word that could open the door was more worth than all the gold hidden inside. Open Sesame was the key to this door, and in my case I craved this key, this solution. And when my seeking came to an end I was resigning myself to just copy down how it looked like, without the formula. You be the judge. Mind you, this door was also the entrance to the majestic dutch kitchen, a main feature of our location, where all the delicious food was prepared.
Here is my attempt to solve the door pattern:
St Lucia island design from a door on the villa we stayed at.
As you can see it is not that easy! Notice that I have rotated the entire design to align with one set of the large squares, compared to the door design, which follows a vertical line of kite shapes. If you can give some pattern instructions, go ahead and share it, Please.
Margherita (investigative doodle artist and zen tangle obsessive)