The return of half circles, horses, a head, and some dogs which may or may not be dacshunds in this week's doodle. If they are, I think its weird, because I have a labrador.
Anyway it reminds me of the strangest dog/owner interaction I ever had. This happened years ago. I was out roaming around the neighborhood. A dacshund ran over and chomped on my ankle for no apparent reason. The owner who is on the porch hollers, "Go ahead, kick him if you want."
I did want. Thing was chomping on me.
I will leave it to you to decide if I did it or not.
Another imaginary alphabet. I call them that because whever I make these I think they must mean something. It's the orderly arrangement of the elements, it looks like language. If it is writing, then I must be able to read them. Right?
I have a giant cardboard tube that the flooring for our bathroom came on in my studio. I know what I have to use it for now.
I made the doodle, but didn't post it. What happened to last week anyway? Where did it go? I haven't a clue.
I am not sure what to say about this carpet doodle. It is kind of ho-hum, just another doodle, but if you look closely, there are some interesting elements. It definitely has some nice medallions. There are linked motifs, which I like. I don't normally use them. I am not sure why, because I think they are pretty.
This doodle is more interesting. The faces return. Maybe they are masks, not faces. They are very stylized whatever they represent. I have been making more and more of them, and also animal shapes. I don't know why. Doodles are mysterious.
I make nice medallions, don't you think? I am really pretty good at it, I suppose I had better be, because I make so many of them.
In the center of the panel, there are large angles, like from geometry class. They break up space in an interesting way. There is a lot of white space as well. And fields of circles and grids.
I think I could make a painting using elements from this doodle. I will keep it in mind.
Last week was hot. Way too hot. So no posting doodles for me.
Unlike most of what I do, this one moves strongly downwards. Everything is drifting down. It grounds the image.
I also thing that this doodle is really clean. It is self assured and composed, and I like that.
This week's doodle is unusual because I blackened it in after mostly doodling it.
I am pretty sure that this is the first time that I have ever done that and I have been posting doodles on this blog since 2007. When I post doodles that are blackened in, I have done it as I go along.
The little figures and vines were black. This destroyed the composition for me and gave too much weight to one small part of it. Fixed that, didn't I?
I probably should have saved this one for Halloween or Day of the Dead. Like most kids, I remember Day of the Dead for sugar skulls. This is exactly what it sounds like, sugar with a gruesome factor which made it even better.
I have no idea where the skulls and death masks in this doodle came from, but I like them.
I flip paper around a lot when I am doodling, so there really is not a specific orientation. It doesn't matter as much with abstract images. The skull images make it seem like it ought to have one. If it did, I think this doodle would be flipped 90 degrees, but if I do that, the image was much too small.
So, crane your neck if it bugs you, or just flip your laptop.
This week's doodle is lopsided, and it marks the return of the whales. That's right. So little doodling last week that I am not posting a completely new doodle.
This is the full version in all it's crooked glory. There are a bunch of things I like about this doodle. I like the whales and fishes. I like the double row of dots down the center. There are pods, or leaves or whatever they are, and some nice looking medallions.
Have you ever gotten an idea, which you think is great at the time? Something that should be a fabulous shortcut? So you charge off headlong in that direction.
Midway, you discover that it is not working, as you correct one mistake after another and fudge and fix your fixes that are also not working. But, since you have already invested so much freakin' time already you are not going to go back,start over, and do it right. You just battle your way through till your only response is "good enough".
If I was feeling kinder towards myself at the moment, I would chalk it up to experience and lessons learned. Since I am not, I think I am just stubborn.
That, my friends, is why this doodle is crooked, I can't beat Photoshop.
I made some really pretty doodles this week, but I am attracted to the random nature of this one. There are a lot of individual elements in this that I like, the pattern samplers, the horses. How well these pieces look together is the interesting thing to me.
It is the strength of that central mandala that ties it together. It seems to be drawing all the other pieces in towards its center.
Heck, it seems to be pulling me into its center. It is a powerful graphic. I can't think of anything to say and I just want to stare at it.