I am a lifelong doodler of random shapes and patterns. I’ve always incorporated my version of animals and words randomly throughout my doodles. Up until about a couple of years ago, I only doodled with whatever ink pen I happened to have on me. Most of my doodling took place in meetings, while waiting, or while I was on the phone. Sometimes I’d doodle to entertain my kids.
I can look at one of my doodles and approximate how much time I had to kill by the size and progression of the doodle. I kept quite a few over the years because they happened to be on ephemera that I filed away. I never had plans for them and I never used them for anything up until a couple of years ago when I made a big life decision and took early retirement from my job. Suddenly I had time to be creative for more than a squeezed in hour or two at a time.
I discovered Copic Markers and began doodling on purpose. I did lots and lots of my “normal” doodling but I started coloring them in using bright and vibrant color! For some reason I started placing a hidden blue eye in every doodle. I’m sure a psychiatrist would undoubtedly have a heyday with that fact but in my mind it was something fun to do. I used to love the hidden pictures in Highlights magazine when I was a kid so this is my version of that. The first face I drew was a take-off from the hidden blue eye idea.
I am also a fan of symmetry so that happens quite a bit in my doodles. After the first face doodle it was GAME ON and I did more including the Bird-Eyed Woman at the beginning of this post. Here are a couple of others.
I went to Egypt in 2010 and I think I was still channeling Cleopatra.
I did the Purple-Haired Girl first and then gave her something to look at.
You gotta love a good garden right? TFL!
Art Out With Your HeART Out!
Sometimes I need some alone time. Pretty regularly actually. I know I’m not the only person who feels this way because I have friends who tell me they are the same way. I can tell when I need alone time because I start to get annoyed by every little thing. I get short with people. I find every question or comment like nails on a chalkboard. Doesn’t matter if it’s family, friend, or foe. I know it is time to get away for a bit. Doesn’t have to be for long–even a couple of hours is adequate but longer is better. I hear there are some people who don’t know how to be alone. Maybe it has to do with your upbringing. I’ve always been this way as far as I can remember. I love people and I love to have fun and interact, but in between I need solitude. My dog is allowed to hang out with me during my alone time–she actually enhances it by being generally adoring and silly and calm!
Today I am feeling like I need alone time. I’ve been “on” for several days now and I need to be off for awhile. My ultimate master plan is to hunker down in my art shack and immerse myself in a vat of gel medium and then roll in glitter and paint and ink. Well, that’s my fantasy ultimate master plan…more realistically I will be thrilled and satisfied to gel medium some object and then beautify it with stuff!
Here are some things I’ve been working on lately. Did another piece of doodle art–this time colorized with colored pencils and Copic markers and Signo markers.
A mixed media piece I’ve been messing with for awhile and can’t decide if I even like it right now. Sometimes I like how things are progressing and then add another something and wish I had an undo button.
We’ll see how it looks at the end. The last piece is a scrapbook layout. I was completely enamored with scrapbooking a few years ago, but I’ve gotten away from it for a couple of years because I was exploring other creative options. I’ve decided I want to do some scrapbooking lately because I’ve had so many wonderful adventures and events and memories that I want to preserve for my family in a meaningful way.
I like to doodle. I doodle when I’m on the phone, when I’m waiting for things, especially when I’ve been in long training sessions or staff meetings in the office. It’s a form of listening for me. If I doodle I can listen and pay attention better. I don’t start reading labels or handouts or whatever I can get my eyes on. My mind doesn’t wander away. My doodles are somewhat aimless and very stream of consciousness. I have no particular plan when I start and I generally won’t stop until I’ve filled up the space. Many times I will date them and save them because I particularly like one or sometimes they inadvertantly get saved in my notes and I run across them later.
In the past couple of years I’ve been embracing my creative bent and mixed media art and learning lots of techniques. I’ve recognized that my doodles can be used in my mixed media creations. I have been experimenting with coloring them with various mediums. The one above I doodled with a Copic marker and then colored with colored pencils.
I am a fan of several artists who use a lot of happy colors and images and at times some colorful language! I adore them. These people inspire me in so many ways; their art, their knowledge; their fearless creativity; their wonderful big personalities and most certainly their boundless energy! I aspire to be just like them when I grow up in my artistic endeavors.
One of my favorite artists is a wonderful woman named Joanne Sharp ( http://joannezsharpe.blogspot.com/). I have admired her gorgeous spirited work even before I knew her name. I would see it in publications and instantly be drawn to it. I had the great pleasure of meeting her in person this summer and getting to know her a bit. Her work is endlessly colorful and squiggly and lighthearted. It is inspiration I get from her that made me think I should try colorizing my doodles. Enjoy!