This is my favorite doodle of the past week. It has all sorts of strange shapes, and I like the boldness in the patterning. I seem to be leaning heavily on the black lately.
Normally, this being fall, I would think they might be leaves or pods. I am not sure exactly why, but this batch makes me of feathers.
I am going to blame it on my runs in the bird sanctuary. I could never claim to be a Bird Watcher, I am more of a Bird Noticer.
Still, it seems pretty quiet out there this year. There are a lot of ducks, but other than the usual inhabitants, that's about it. Maybe there is nice weather keeping them all at home for winter this year? I don't know. Just as a human type, I have been appreciating all the nice weather we are having this fall.
As a matter of fact, I am going to go out and enjoy it right now. I hope you do too!
I prepped this doodle on Friday. I got interrupted by something, and forgot to post it. Oops!
I am still making the reverse doodles. I thought it was the new pen, but I have already killed it (You have no idea how fast I can use up a pen.). I am back to the usual roller balls and am apparently still at it. It is a mystery why I have changed it up, but how appropriate for October, the Halloween month.
Or, things I have been looking at (and not looking at).
Everybody makes list posts, but me. If you can’t beat ‘em. Join ‘em! Each of these things to be a post all by itself, but I spent my time having fun this summer. So rather than moan about the posts that were never written, because I am unrepentant, here is a list of wonderful things.
1. Manufractured exhibit at Museum of Contemporary Crafts. Just amazing (and a wonderful overview available on the site). Laura Splan, whose work I adore, was the big draw for me. I was thrilled to see her work in person. I loved works by Cat Chow and Devorah Sperber who both work with zippers, spools of thread and other sewing notions, but to completely different ends. The knock out piece of the entire incredible exhibit was by Livia Marin, Ficciones de un uso, 2,214 lipsticks. You read that right: 2,214 lipsticks.
3. John Dempcy at Augen Gallery. I saw a piece of his in the spring and said I would keep my eye out for
his work. How lovely of Augen to host a show in July. Mercury is my favorite piece from this group.
4. Tracy Kendall Wallpaper. Not only beautiful images, but a fun website with music too. What’s not to like? I especially like the Bespoke Stripe display.
5. Paper dresses. Yep, I can never get enough of these. For some reason I find fashion as art more interesting than actual clothes. My husband or daughter have to force me to shop! Lia Griffith (a Portland gal) makes some of the most beautiful paper gowns ever. Check out these beauties . 6. Can you believe these beautiful objects by Kathleen Dustin are actually purses? I would have to find something more far precious and worthy to carry than my wallet, keys, pens, loose change and gum wrappers that’s for sure.
You might also be surprised at something I have not been looking at: Altered Books.
I am well aware that there are people out there doing amazing things with books. I am just not looking for them, because the idea to do them came to me in a dream. In the dream I was all alone and sitting in total silence folding pages, I think that both the silence and the isolation are a part of what I am doing, so I have to honor it.
Thus, no peeking at anyone else’s altered books. Please, please, stop sending me links (but thank you for thinking about it!). I can't open them. Art can be a harsh mistress.
(Images of Ficciones de un uso by Livia Marin, and Mercury by John Dempcy are from the Museum of Contemporary Crafts and Augen Gallery websites.)
This has been a fantastic week of doodling. I had such a hard time picking just one. It finally came down to the classic eeny-meeny-miney-mo choice. This week's doodle is notable because of it's reverse line.
I think I did this because of my new pen. Lindy and Greg spent the night here on their way to Costa Rica and she gave me a great pen. A Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen, for all my fellow pen freaks out there. It has a felt tip, like a fine point sharpie, instead of my usual roller ball. It makes it easy to get a smooth black field.
I was thinking about this blog and realized that I haven't been posting about what I have been looking at or my gallery hopping. I will post a round-up of my summer inspirations later this week.
I have been busy embroidering and folding books, and embroidering on folded books. The embroidery on folded books is coming along, but I am not yet at a point where I am content with the result.
This week's doodle starts one way and ends another. Rather like this week's weather. It was gloriously sunny and 90 degrees on Monday, now it is 63 and raining.
How do you think this doodle started, free form to block or the other way around? I bet you guessed wrong! It looks like it started free form and then tightened up, started at the top and drew to the bottom, and went from left to right.
This image grew upwards or backwards or something. I started in the lower right corner and drew to the left, getting looser as I move to the top of the page.