My mother is prone to woo and scammy stuff. She often gets into things which seem to be based on some "alternative x" philosophy (usually about making your life better/healthier/happier) but on closer inspection turns out to be primarily designed to extract money out of lonely, trusting people.
So tonight she told me she's taking classes from a certified (?) zentangle instructor. She says it's art for the non-visually inclined or something. I tried to google it but basically can't find anything that isn't either an obvious shill for paid zentangle stuff, or in an oddly cranky case, a sort of conspiracy theory thing about how it's a rip off of another artist's idea (Nadia Russ?
) which she calls NeoPopRealism. Couldn't seem to find anything neutrally voiced about that either.
Anyone with an art or art history background able to shed some light on this? I actually quite like the designs, and I would really
like to believe this is not another lazy/shady* attempt at money-grabbing but my BS sensor is pinging a little at the moment.
Or am I being way too skeptical here?
*When I showed Mrs. Creature some of the designs the first thing she said was "oh, that looks like the doodles my dad does when he's bored." And she's right, they look almost exactly like that. So I'm at a loss for what a certified instructor is doing here.