Head in the Clouds – Music-book Doodles 2022

Originally composed as a strange, bulbous figure with its head receding far into the vanishing point; signifying its mind was firmly lost in the clouds, as the expression goes. That is what I saw when I drew it, but that changed when one of my clever students turned the image upside down and declared it … Continue reading Head in the Clouds – 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

Gratitude – Music-book Doodles 2022

The words on the top of the picture: "Notre Pere" is Our father in French. I'm always grateful to my father for igniting the artistic spark in me. The elephant symbolizes grace, strength, memory and gratitude to me... When making art, one must allow themselves grace to. explore materials and make mistakes; strength to allow … Continue reading Gratitude – Music-book Doodles 2022

Discombobulated – Music-book Doodles 2022

I'm sure I took this idea from another artist I saw on Pinterest during one of many "weird animal drawings" searches. The colours and dimensions might have been changed from the original, but the disconnected bird-head floating far in front of the non-bird-body feels familiar. The strange, nowhere, dreamlike atmosphere of the composition is only … Continue reading Discombobulated – Music-book Doodles 2022

Inquisitiveness – Music-book Doodles 2022

The look, the gaze, the pose of this character is curious. What is it looking at? he subject is mysterious, almost ancient Egyptian, but with a strangely modern twist... the striped shirt. The white-ish slab behind the figure adds to the hieroglyphic feel. The contradictions in the composition, including the music notes behind the figure, … Continue reading Inquisitiveness – Music-book Doodles 2022

Bumble Cat – Music-book Doodles 2022

Is the tittle too obvious? The colours and. stripes just seemed to speak bee to me. The cat is goofy and cute at the same time. I felt the orange background went well with the brown and ogre stripes... the bright green nose changes the focal point and allows the eye to roam over the … Continue reading Bumble Cat – Music-book Doodles 2022

Working out an inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Three: push to conclude an experiment

For more explorations, see T'hed Fifty-two... First let me say I did the following five pictures on the same day... the purpose was to push an experimentation with the previously prepared papers (collaged with wallpaper and music sheet paper, and painted with gouache)... When I last wrote on T'hed, I wanted to get away from … Continue reading Working out an inspiration – T’Hed Fifty-Three: push to conclude an experiment

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty-Six: The Sore Thumb

See T'hed Twenty-Five for more on this series Full disclosure: I didn't realize it was so long since I did this one... and the ones that lead up to new ones done this past week. I got sidetracked by teaching and seeing my students' artworks grow. I also abandoned the large acrylic painting I was … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty-Six: The Sore Thumb

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty-One: Back to colours

See previous developments at T'Hed Twenty The next batch of T'heds are mostly about colour explorations with the crayons. I'm letting my gut drive the compositions and my hands dictate how to use the crayons. Truth be told, it's been a few weeks since my last drawing and I'm really having to dig deep for … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty-One: Back to colours

Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty

See T'Hed Nineteen for previous reflections... As mentioned in the previous post, I am pursuing the answer to my question: can I make mature art with children's materials? The challenges of using crayons on card stock don't seem to be prohibitive. I'm starting to think that it might be in my head. Of course I … Continue reading Working out an Inspiration – T’Hed Twenty