Doodles

I love doodling.

And I’ve noticed some of my doodles follow me around.

They reappear in my art work.

They pop in my head when I’m finished making some new piece for my course.

They whisper in my ear and want me to draw them.

They are relentless.

Nevertheless, I’ve realised they are one of the ways creativity happens:

You make doodles, let the pencil loose, think of a random idea and follow it up for no reason. Just gut feeling.

Some of my random ideas have been evolving during the last few weeks of my course.

And some of my doodles have reappeared lately (a bit reminiscent of those doodles of ages ago)

I hope you like them.

(Click to see them better)

 

 

 

Drawing

I haven’t updated this blog for a short while and I have noticed I feel silly when sharing updates of my recent work (remember my art course?) on social media.

Social media for me often feels so … impersonal? Ephemeral?

Maybe I just don’t feel my posts ‘fit in’ among so many others from so many other people.

We live in a fast-paced world and social media reflects that.

My posts, hopefully, don’t.

 

So, for those out there who may be curious about my doodles, here they are.

(To save you from overwhelm I chose just a few: feel free to click on them if you want to see some more from the same class)

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This evolved from a drawing of a cup I had made at a different class.

This is a model I made of an outdoor space. I went all out with the editing afterwards.

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This was an exercise on pattern. I decided to use colours on them afterwards

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This was an exercise on mixing colours and learning about their properties.

Nothing too fancy to show yet, but it feels great to be learning.

Thanks for reading!

Homemade prints

I thought it would be fun to experiment with stuff from my kitchen and apply some of the techniques I learned in my course.

These are the tools I used: plastic divider, ice-cream scoop, microfibre cloth, chopping board (using the reverse side), lots of newspapers, gloves, sponge, white plate for mixing paint.

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And these are some of the resulting prints:

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gouache and washing up liquid (to keep paint from drying too quickly)

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oil pastels and suntan lotion /olive oil

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shoe polish and ink

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ink +washing up liquid+hand cream.

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acrylic paint mixed with hand cream (to stop it from drying too quickly)

I have uploaded many more photos here to keep them all organised.

It’s fun experimenting with art, and it’s even better when you already have the materials at home!

 

Dear opinionated

ghost leaf and feather. Ink lef on wooden board after printing on paper.

I don’t know what I expected when I joined my recent art course. I was full of doubts. Unclear of why things were happening so quickly.

Why couldn’t I ponder about it for several months or years whilst preparing a refined portfolio? And be accepted after I felt  truly and fully ‘ready’? Perhaps once I had achieved some success in a vaguely related area?

Well, It happened. I’m not going to analyse it any more.

Actually, my course does this for me.

I’ve realised a lot of the work we’re asked to do is quite intense. Lots of exploring, researching, connecting the subconscious dots we have been sowing over the weeks, over our lifetimes.

I struggle with many aspects of groups activities. It’s not secret. I’m happy to talk to anyone (social care work prepared me to get along with rather colourful characters) but I feel a bit different in social settings.

The scariest aspect of it is not the people. Or the activities. It’s having to flex the social setting muscles. The exchange of polite conversation.

I don’t feel brilliant at that -not even with friends: give me a large enough gathering and suddenly I feel invisible, in the corner, like I’m watching them all have a party and I’m the fly on the wall. Even when someone talks to me I feel I’m performing for an audience.

So, as a part of this course I found myself doing, I try to find time alone for myself. I need it. We spend a lot of hours together in the week. I’m not used to that. I like to spend time alone too.  I don’t want to get too familiar with my group. Not too quickly.  Let things happen at a pace I feel comfortable. I don’t even explain that much. I just go with how it feels.

When I’m not feeling social small talk can leave me exhausted.

Well, I’m waffling. Let’s go to the point.

As I was saying, the course makes us think a lot. A lot. A LOT. ALL THE TIME.

It’s rubbing up on me. So I had to write this down. Because thinking in your head doesn’t exist. It has to be on paper. Or, like in this case, it has to be written somewhere. So it goes:

 

In a recent group activity a classmate casually mentioned (I can’t remember what triggered their comment) that he/she (I’ll keep their privacy) were opinionated . I muttered that I was glad they acknowledged it.

The class carried on,  possibly a workshop with lots of new technical information to grasp and put into practice in what usually feels like a fast-motion film.

 

At some moment later that day this classmate apologised in case they had been rude to me (I can’t remember the exact words). I reassured them that I wasn’t offended, it was a cheeky comment I made at the time. I didn’t hold any grudges. I know we are all different, and I try not to take offence too quickly.

 

Thinking back (I blame my course for all this thinking I’ve been doing lately) I felt so relieved that they commented.

To my face!

It felt refreshing, honest, truthful.

It made me feel more of a part of the group.

Even if I don’t mingle with them much.

Even if I love to wander off during lunch breaks to explore the local area on my own.

 

So, dear opinionated: thank you.

From another opinionated person who loves people who speak their mind. No pleasantries required.

 

PS: I don’t think we are opinionated. It’s all in the eye of the beholder…

12th May 2016

I know, not a very original title, but … I’m running out of ideas on how many variations of ‘update’ and seasonal/ artsy references to add to my posts.

Just in case you wonder, though, this is an update (another one!).

With a few of my favourite works of lately, and links to an array of related works. Just click on the images below.

 

Clear? Concise? I think so…

Enjoy!

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Spring update

Spring has arrived and it’s time to update my readers (you) on what I’ve been up to.

As you know, I had new plans for 2016.

I’m slowly getting used to new ways of thinking, new skills to learn, new aspects of art to explore.

This is what I have to show for the last few weeks: Each image below shows work done during one class session of my Art and Design Foundation course.

Clicking any image will open a link to other work done on the same session.

 


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2D. Quick drawings using different lines. 2D. Creating volume with shading. 2D. Experimenting with different media and materials. 2D using lines and shapes to convey concepts2D. Perspective2D. Desecrating a bookArt -06132160225Art -06170160302   

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Thanks for reading this.

I hope you enjoyed it.

-I’m very happy I took the plunge and followed this path when it appeared.

 

On a separate note: Nobody knows how much time we’ll have to follow our dreams. Why put them off?

 

Work in progress

I have to admit it: I like to experiment, learn new things, use my hands to create objects.

I’m still learning,

Still green.

Making some stuff I like, some stuff I don’t understand myself.

But all is part of the path to learning, so I thought to share it with you and make it public.

Because if I wait to show it until I’ve become much better at it I could keep you on hold for a long, long time.

I don’t want to do that:

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Face. unfinished (this clay head was meant to be a self-portrait)

Face. Finished

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Right side

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This was an exercise experimenting with a variety of materials.

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It’s tempting to dismiss work that is unfinished, imperfect, work in progress.

One day, however, we may be glad we kept them.

Or at least kept the photographs.

Thanks for reading this.