Disdain – Music-book doodles 2022

What happens when all we can see is differences. Not seeing eye to eye is often a choice to not listen and consider another perspective. These two figures are similar in many ways, and yet they chose to focus on their differences and even turn them into hatred. The facial expressions are angry and mistrustful; … Continue reading Disdain – Music-book doodles 2022

Obviousness – Music-book Doodles 2022

I feel the title "Jail Bird" just didn't give enough story. Like my recent drawing of a cow (Cave Drawings), this is obviously a bird, but what is it doing? Is it a stylish, urban pigeon, wearing a striped sweater as modern city camouflage? Is it some strange species adapted to captivity? Is it an … Continue reading Obviousness – Music-book Doodles 2022

Surprise – Music-book Doodles 2022

I just had an A-ha moment on this one... it reminds me of the little white antagonist in the old Pin k Panther cartoons: always with a look of angry indignation and incredulity. Maybe my bird just can't believe he was caught in a vulnerable pose; maybe there's a whole greater story going on outside … Continue reading Surprise – Music-book Doodles 2022

Bad Birds Eight – Time To Move On

My Decision was made; I would leave the job early and get the weight of my To Do lists off my head; I would start preparing for my new school year of teaching and other adventures; I would move on. The bird figure is weary with the weight of decisions and tasks to yet complete, … Continue reading Bad Birds Eight – Time To Move On

Bad Birds Seven – Why Am I Still Here?

During a particularly boring day at work, I was assessing the value of the revenue I was making against all the other things I need to do right now. It dawned on me that I was killing myself with self-imposed frustration. I had time to get stuff done before e the Fall semester began again … Continue reading Bad Birds Seven – Why Am I Still Here?

Bad Birds Six – I Want To Be Impossible

I believe I was dragging the Skeksis (The Dark Crystal) from my subconscious when the brush first touched the paper for this one. Combined with a strange, one-legged creature from the Faerie kingdom, whose name escapes me, this giant bird emerged. Oh, yes, it is a giant! I imagine it a hun drew feet tall … Continue reading Bad Birds Six – I Want To Be Impossible

Bad Birds Four – Lifting The Moods With A Hat And Single Flower

Never-mind that this is a very silly looking bird, the hat just throws into Monty Python silliness! Of course one must never forget the principle of good comedy and always ask what more can be added to the absurdity... that is where the flower in the hat came from. I was really enjoying the now-dirty … Continue reading Bad Birds Four – Lifting The Moods With A Hat And Single Flower

Bad Birds Four – Making The Best Of Waking On The Wrong Side Of The Bed

A really bad night sleep; bored to death at work; sore back; literally looking for things to complain about; ran out of watercolour paper while still having ideas to get down on it; just really grumpy! As I sat there looking at the thick, grey cardboard back from my watercolour pad, knowing my watercolours wouldn't … Continue reading Bad Birds Four – Making The Best Of Waking On The Wrong Side Of The Bed

Bad Birds Three – I Am My Own Moodiness

We all have choices to make and the hardest is often how we choose to react to our circumstances. I was so frustrated with boredom that I became unaware of how I was emoting that black cloud of frustration. I was generating my own shadow of negativity wherever I went and getting even more resentful … Continue reading Bad Birds Three – I Am My Own Moodiness

Bad Birds Two – Keeping My Nose Out Of It

Remember that these were reactions to the boredom caused by the work practices of the summer job team... I can't really blame them... it might have made sense to me when I was 19 too. But now, I have so much on my mind and I'm quite set in my ways... work hard now to … Continue reading Bad Birds Two – Keeping My Nose Out Of It