Fall Colors, or a Vision in Brown

Even though it is only March, it’s never too early to start thinking about how awesome Fall is going to be. There are so many reasons to love Fall, not the least of which is it’s the only season with two names! I recently bought a handful of new markers in colors I didn’t have yet, And many of them are used in this doodle. I love the muted earth tones and vibrant reds and oranges of fall, but there is no getting around that Autumn has lots of brown on brown action. This reminds me of one of my very favorite episodes of Top Gear where they test British Leyland cars, including the Princess. (The Chaps all look so young!)

The origional idea for this doodle was to write a history in spiral pictograph form, and in a way, this is a history of my doodle project. It has a little bit of every thing I’ve drawn before. It was pretty fun to color.

All Hail the Ducky!

All Hail the Ducky!

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Gloomy Gray Sky

I’m nearing the end of my backlog of pre-sketches, and I took an interesting new path with this doodle. I would describe many of my drawings as cheerful at the very least, which become very upbeat with the addition of bold, bright colors. I have done many black and white and grey and white doodles as well, but this is the first time I really integrated color and grays. The result is pretty gloomy and rainy despite the prominent flowers.

The ring thingalings in the middle are pretty strange, I’m not sure what I was really thinking of when I started drawing them.  I did try to make them a little less awkward by adding the 3D type effect. I really like the black outlined shapes filled in with dark gray. I will certainly make that a major part of a future drawing.

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down.

St. Patrick: Snake Enemy Number One

Several year ago I worked for an Irish person and I asked him if they celebrated St. Patrick’s day back home. I assumed the Americanized version was similar to Cinco de Mayo for Mexicans compared to Mexican-Americans. I was therefore surprised to learn St. Patty’s is still a big deal in Ireland, but it involves more drinking and less green. The last part makes sense, since Ireland needs no help being green, but more drinking than in America? Holy smokes.

In honor of the great snake extinction event, I’ve drawn a March 17th doodle.

Snakes alive!

Snakes alive!

The Celtic knots are probably way offensive to any real Celt, but since I don’t even know what they represent, I added them anyway. Also, snakes.

Now go pinch people.

Randomy Randomness

Not all doodles are as polished as others. This is to be expected since the doodling is mostly a way for me to experiment and simply to keep me drawing and creating.

That being said, it is a little disappointing when I do a crazy thing and it doesn’t quite turn out the way I was envisioning in my head. For this drawing, I decided to use only curvy lines, at least for the initial sketch. I used angles to fill in around the shapes at the end. These shapes remind me of sea foliage and/or monsters of the deep. The main problem in my eyes is there isn’t any true focal point. This means that when you look at it, your eye isn’t really directed from one point to another. Good to know, but crazy all the same.

Better from far away.

Better from far away.

Ironically, right after I typed that last line and went to insert the image into the post, I realized it looks pretty good when it’s a thumbnail:

Better from far away.

Who knew

All in all, there are some intriguing color combinations I’ll have to remember for future use.

Gear Head

There is something so cool about clockworks and gears. I’m sure the entire steam-punk movement has been based on people’s love of the beautiful and perfect way gears fit and work together, totally unlike my doodle. Who even knows what these mechanical works are doing. It’s probably some crazy clock factory explosion that has been captured in doodle form.

It is growing increasingly difficult to pick color combinations I’ve never used before despite the fact that I now have one million colors. I’ve been thinking I need to go buy MORE markers, but they are just so expensive. Maybe I’ll start doing it one at a time with a 40% off coupon. These colors are distinctly muted and remind me very much of army fatigues. I almost wished I had done it in simple black and white since there isn’t really a focal point, but live and learn I suppose.

 

 

I wished I had some rust red, but I went with army colors instead.

I wished I had some rust red, but I went with army colors instead.

Next up are some more flower doodles, and possibly something a little larger. You will just have to wait and see what I can finish next.

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

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.

 

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!