Something Awesome This Way Comes!

My mom has wanted me to display my artwork in the Library she works at, pretty much forever, and now I have a giant portfolio of doodles! I will be hanging up may favorites, after I frame them, and hoping the people of Parker Colorado appreciate the Ducky doods. This will be my first solo art show, and it’s pretty dang exciting.

I Keel You, Enemy Flora!

I like to think this doodle is a snapshot in the battle betwixt two rival plant chiefs. The many legged flower obviously has the advantage in reach, but the Tuscan Rose flower has super pink bubble powers. We shall never know which flower was vanquished and which was declared the ruler of all the Earth.

This is what happens when the people die and the plants rule the world.

This is what happens when the people die and the plants rule the world.

What is Abstract Art Anyway?

One of the things that is often confusing for the casual artist or art observer is understanding the meaning of abstract. The precise definition is not really important for everyday life, but it is something that one runs into when going to a museum, gallery, or schoolroom.

Two Main Types of Art

Understand what abstract is, is easiest when a person understands the opposite of abstract. In the case of art it the opposite of abstract is representational. When something is representational, it represents something. In the case of this Picasso portrait, it clearly represents a woman wearing a hat. “But, it is abstract!”, you may say. In fact, almost all Picasso paintings and sculptures are not abstract, but at the same time, they do not represent their subjects in a strictly realistic way. The style in the following painting is called Cubism, but that is a lesson for another day.

Oh, Cubism. Y U so confusing?!

Oh, Cubism. Y U so confusing?!

True abstract art does not represent anything seen in either the natural or imaginative worlds (sorry unicorns). Abstract art may remind the viewer of something, like a sunset or a tree, but its very nature in non-representational. (Muslim art is almost entirely abstract since portraying the prophet Mohamed and other important religious figures is against the religion’s beliefs.) A great example of a painter who almost exclusively paints abstractly is Jackson Pollock.  Many people do not hide their disdain for Pollock’s work because it looks like paint splatters, and in a way it is , but in another way it is much more than merely streaks and globs of house paint. I like Picasso and Pollock, not because their work is the most amazing and beautiful art ever created by man, but because it pushed the boundaries and experimented with new techniques and concepts. Its like hair rock of the painting world.

I detect no representational things.

I detect no representational things.

My Own Work

For the most part, my doodles are representational. Most have a flower or feather or something that can be directly compared and recognized as something from the world. Today’s doodle, however, has only two slight flower things, and the rest is just geometric and free-flowing shapes, and of course, a duck. I’m very pleased with my color choices for this doodle. I find that I love orange and want to include it in all my drawings.

More abstract than usual

More abstract than usual

Unusual and Creepy? Just a Part of the Plan

These next sketches are more unusual than my regular flowers and swirls. It’s pretty fun to do something new, but I  find that I like the comfort and stability of flowers and swirls. They are easy and predictable.

Sea creatures and weeds.

Sea creatures and weeds.

Steam punk/industrial

Steam punk/industrial

Spiral Challenge

My dear husband is always sugesting things for me to draw, and sometimes I do in fact take his sugestions. After watching Ken Burns: The West, he sugested I write a history of myself in pictograph form and also in a spiral. He said start from the center of the page and spiral outward. I decided to try this, but not as a history, but just as a regular doodle. Maybe I’ll do something more ambitious once I know what I’m doing. I do like the aesthetics of spirals, and of course, a prominent ducky.

The pre-doodle is not actually completed, but what they hey! Onto the blog you go!

The pre-doodle is not actually completed, but what they hey! Onto the blog you go!

Breaking Weekend Update

Surprise! Another post!

Colorado is predicted to get some snow this weekend, which means doomsday shopping and preparing for epic sledding. I am all set to spend the weekend doodling if there is nowhere else to go, and I’m starting to branch out into something a little more marketable than just plain wall art.

Behold, Sharpie Shoes Ver. 1.0

Swirleywhirlies

Swirleywhirlies

Heal Sunburst

Mix between saddle shoe and Toms

Mix between saddle shoe and Toms

Inside arch

The shoes I used were the cheapest I could find, and as a result, they are pretty poorly made, but they are great for artsy practice! Once I figure out how to fix the sharpie ink to the canvas, I’ll start taking over the world with my shoe drawing business.

 

 

Before R&B, There Was the French Horn

I love the soulful sound of the French horn. It kind of reminds me of an elk or something crying in the wilderness, or possibly dying. Although that might not seem like it would make awesome music, it totally does! Many of my favorite Christmas carols feature the French Horn, which was the original reason I drew this doodle in the first place. I meant to adapt it into some kind of Christmas card, but that didn’t exactly happen. So, now I get to use whatever colors I want to complete this doodle, instead of red and green.

It’s a pretty busy image, but I still like it. I especially like the blue and brown color combination.

Shiny metal!

Shiny metal!

It’s been several weeks, but we did arrive in Colorado. On the way, I drove with all three cats, and at one rest stop in particular, Tony was not happy and decided to make his presence known:

Tony in car

 

I would not consider myself an overly sentimental person, but I did take a photo of our house as we began to drive out of Alabama.

Goodbye House. We wont miss your tiny water heater.

Goodbye House. We wont miss your tiny water heater.

 

Valentino’s Revenge

It’s the Valentimes day, and in honor of this day of luuurve, here are two doodle type things.

Seasonal Chalkboard

The first is a drawing I did for my mom. Since we are living in my parents house temporarily, its no trouble to update her framed chalkboard thing. It’s totally the thing to have a bistro style chalkboard in one’s house and update it with seasonal images or messages. My mom has done one better and framed her chalkboard in this amazing frame.

To do the actual drawing, I used a special liquid chalk marker. It’s pretty sweet and erases easily with water once you are done with one design and need to update for the next month ( St. Patrick’s day anybody?). I though Amore would be better than plain old English “love,” although with the curlicue thing, it looks kind of like Amoree. And if you are wondering, yes, that is a tiny bust of Abraham Lincoln. My mom kind of has a thing for our most awesome of all the Presidents.

Bistro Chalkboard meets epic frame of epicness.

Bistro Chalkboard meets epic frame of epicness.

Cuddling time is very important to the kitties, and this was just so perfect for Valentines day, I had to take a picture.

Upside down hearts are still hearts

Upside down hearts are still hearts

 

Heart Doodle

Hearts are kind of a crap shoot when it come to me drawing them. They are a simple shape, but the slightest mistake is really noticeable in terms of symmetry. In the past, I’ve used hearts very seldom, and usually have made them unsymmetrical on purpose. to make up for any mistakes in the shape of the hearts, I colored this doodle in Heart Attack pinks and oranges. I think a few hearts were squished in the dog pile, which is where the peach and red gushing streams are coming from.

Heart attack. Heyaa!

Heart attack. Heyaa!

Potential Project?

Many months back, A few people who know me well commented on some pictures that were making the rounds around Facebook. A few people got a hold of some sharpies and a blank canvas and went to town. The canvas in question happened to be a car, and ever since then I’ve been contemplating turning my Silver Dodge Neon into a doodle masterpiece. Something like these:

Racing stripes taken to 11

Racing stripes taken to 11

Flowers on cars are manly

Flowers on cars are manly

Niiiiiiiiice

Niiiiiiiiice

These hipster shoes brought to you by henna

These hipster shoes brought to you by henna

 

 

The shoes would be a fun and inexpensive place to start, but the car would be a mobile billboard advertising my potential to others who might want a doodled car. I would probably hesitate if someone wanted me to deface a Lamborghini though, that’s a lot of money riding on the steadiness of my hands.

So what does the blogoshpere think? To sharpie or not to sharpie?

Plain jane

Plain jane

Party Poodles and Noodles

A while back I drew the most awesome of all the doodles with noodles and poodles. Recently, as I was going through my doodle book, I decided it was time to color in this epic image.

Normally, a Parti poodle is one that is piebald brown and white or black and white. Like this dude:

parti poodle

This guy is not as awesome as he could be , so I colored in my poodles to be Party Poodles:

Let's Get the spaghetti party started!

Let’s Get the spaghetti party started!

More Sketches Waiting for Markers

This is more of my big collection of back-logged doodles. These still have a bit of a stained-glass feel, but are a little more detailed and more like other doodles I’ve done in the past.

Maine State Flower. Lame right?

Maine State Flower. Lame right?

The coolest of all the brass instruments.

The coolest of all the brass instruments.

Some rings? Maybe. But for sure flowers.

Some rings? Maybe. But for sure flowers.

I’ve been wanting to do some pine cones for a while now. And now here they are, but need to be finished.