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Evolution of the Horse

I’m currently re-working another old piece.  Here it is from my teenage/young adult years:

The red version is my one and only attempt at lino printing. I like the design a lot but my adult self felt the need to have more realistic proportions. Here is how I ruined the design with correct proportions:
Here is the design without the ugly neck:
You might recognise the next incarnation:
And here is the digital version in progress:



Finished Dream

finisheddreamOkay, so I chickened out and stuck with black and white.  But I am using colour on my next piece, which is well under way.

Whale Haiku Finished

Whale Haiku Finished

Whale Haiku WIP

Yesterday there was some good news regarding whale conservation.  It inspired me to write a whale haiku to follow on from the dolphin haiku that I did recently.  Here’s the work in progress (WIP):

whalesThere are reference sketches of Internet whales* on the left.  The unfinished doodle is on the right.  You can click on the picture to enlarge it.  If you still can’t read the words, they say:

We may look grumpy

But we are smiling inside

Thank you I.C.J.

We should probably have thanked a lot of other people too but the International Court of Justice initials fit nicely into the haiku format.

* All kinds of animals live on the Internet it seems.

Purple Procrastination Pony

Procrastination? There were plenty of other things I could (should?) have been doing but I chose to spend hours drawing instead.  It would have been pleasant to have had a good picture at the end of it but it wasn’t to be.

A few years ago I bought a set of pens because they looked pretty and came in a puzzle box.  I’m not usually a sucker for packaging but they hit me with a triple whammy; art products, clever box, pretty colours.  When I got them home I drew little colour swatches on a piece of paper then left it on a windowsill.  Imagine my disappointment when, after only a few days of weak November sunshine, the swatches had faded – I wasn’t going to be able to use the pens for anything that was going to be displayed.  So they sat in the drawer until I used them for doodling recently.

I’d been enjoying doodling with pen because if I make a mistake it’s permanent. This may not sound like a plus to you but it teaches control freaks like me to be a bit more relaxed about things. That also applies to planning. Normally I spend as much time (maybe more) planning and preparing my art pieces as I do actually executing them. With doodling I just draw the next thing that pops into my head. There is very little planning involved. It’s quite liberating. However, I have to admit that this last mistake made me a little sad.

So, on to the pony.  Everything was going okay until I decided to use watercolour over the pens.  The fine black pen stayed put but the black pen from the pretty, puzzle box bled.  😦  Also, the purple paint went patchy because I wasn’t being careful enough.  If you’re having trouble understanding my predicament, here are photos of the ruined picture.

bleeding purplepony

So what did I learn? Don’t buy pens because of pretty packaging, and test new combinations of media before potentially spoiling hours of work. Sometimes it’s okay to be cautious and nerdy.  There were also lessons about pride, possessiveness and perfectionism.

P.S. Did you notice the proliferation of p-words in this post? 😀

Second Doodle Finished

Second Doodle Finished

I turned it around because I thought it looked a bit like a landscape.

Doodling Addiction

First of all, I’d just like to thank everyone who commented on my last post.  I had a lot of feedback and lots to think about.  Having thought about the whole subject of blogger interaction, I’d just like to say that I don’t mind if you don’t read my posts.  I don’t mind if you don’t like them, I don’t mind if you don’t hit the “Like” button and I don’t mind if you don’t comment.  I want you to be comfortable little blogger bunnies (sorry, I guess I got up too early this morning).  However, if you ever feel like leaving a comment I would be delighted to hear from you.  Thank you for sticking with me this far.  Now onto the topic of this post.

I’m on another binge.  I’ve been seeing quite a few of the newfangled Zentangles on the Internet lately.  It seems that doodling is becoming quite popular.  Nobody warned me that it was addictive.  I didn’t do much research, went off half-cocked and got myself hooked on the first try.  I thought I would use a bit of colour; partly because I’m contrary, and partly because I had some coloured pens that have been sitting in the drawer for years, itching to be used.


Now that I’ve got that colour out of my system, the next one is going to be black and white.  Here’s the work in progress.Doodle2WIP

Without the colour, this process seemed very familiar and I realised that I’d done this kind of thing before.  I’ve always liked to play around with shapes and textures.  Below is a picture of my old guitar that I vandalised in 1989.  I glued on bits of magazine images with interesting patterns and textures.


It seems to me that the “zen” in “Zentangles” is not coincidental.  I haven’t read their blurb but I can guess that they’re referring to the meditative aspect of doodling.  I’ve found that meditative awareness takes two main forms: spacious awareness and concentrated awareness.  Doodling fits into the latter category.  You’re not idly daydreaming, you’re focusing very closely on the task in hand, to the exclusion of everything else.  Sorry kids.  😉