It's Spring. I am jumping the gun on it, but there were trilliums blooming in Forest Park yesterday. Trilliums equal spring around here. This doodle is springlike, flowers and leaves bursting out all over.
A cheery looking doodle for you this week. I like all the movement.
Because it is Spring, it could easily be leaves and flowers, but I don't think that is what it is. It reminds me of the first time you look at a drop of water under a microscope, and see that it is teeming with life.
It is a moment of revelation, of wonder, of amazement, and of magic. I wish there were more moments like that in my life, don't you?
It's ba-ack! Although, I am glad that I finally cleaned out my bookmarks last week. But we all know that is just so I can collect more.
This doodle cracks me up. The top portion has what looks like a flower and leaves. My subconscious is thinking it must be spring!
Yeah, the bulbs are up, trees are blooming, stuff is leafing out, but it has been cold, grey and way too rainy for me to trust the other signs.
I don't usually make long carpet doodles, but this one is 8 x 43 inches. I like all the medallions, especially the bottom pair. I also like the leaf shapes in the middle. The upper pair have the same design in them, which is unusual.
I like it that this doodle keeps on going and going...
` Pods. Leaves. It has been a while since I have made a doodle with those elements. That automatically makes this a Doodle of the Week. I like this one. I like the different shapes together with the medallions. It is a very abstract look at a garden.
I usually go through a leaf kick in the early fall when they are all changing colors. Now, they are a sort of brown mush, not individuals anymore.
Leaves are probably on my mind because of the Leaf Fee. It is a long tale, so I won't bore you with it. Let's just say that certain people are really offended by it, and that I find it amusing.
I haven't been able to doodle much between end of summer backpacking and a new kitten. He makes it very hard to doodle because he either thinks he should attack the pen, attack and chomp on the paper, or sleep right in the middle of the page.
Here is another large carpet doodle, but it is kind of a cheat, because I have already posted a part of this doodle. Have no fear though, it is already raining and this may signal an early start to the blogging season.
You saw the pods last week, now here is the rest of the doodle. This carpet has a strong central medallion, and well defined quadrants.
I like the lower left corner, it seems like it wandered in from another doodle. I like the medallion with the bold black center. It reminds me of Indian embroidery. In the upper right, there are motifs that continue around a corner.
There are motifs that appear in one part of the doodle, that disappear in others. I am tired of sitting at the computer, so I am challenging you to find them yourself.
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 didn't post anything last week, and I am unrepentant. Company on Friday, daughter leaving Sunday morning. Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, and that is all there is to it.
If I had posted a doodle last week, it would have been this one.
What happened to that bottom circle? I checked the image. I didn't cut it off when I scanned it, I ran off the bottom of the page.
The doodle makes me think of flowers in water. I had beautiful clematis blooms (Nelly Moser), and I floated some of them in a shallow bowl of water.
The bowl is an old one, made before machines, and the edge is uneven. You can see that it was cut off with shears and then rounded off. It was never a high quality piece, but I love it when you can see the human hand in things.
Here is today's doodle.
I like the ribbons as a connecting element. It looks like dancing. Do you think that this is the doodle version of rhythmic gymnastics?
Looking at this photo, I think I may be on to something with the rhythmic gymnastics. What do you think? It is not so far fetched of an idea.
If you want to see some of the amazing things these gymnasts do, you can watch this video
(I totally kyped this lovely photo from google images, and I don't know who to credit for it)
This was the most uninspired week of doodling that I can recall. Usually, I have to choose from several candidates, but this week? I didn't see much I liked in this bunch. So, on the strength of Eeny Meeney Miney Moe, this is your doodle.
It is not totally without some charm. Look at the goofy cartoon dog. The space is split up in an interesting way, and the checkerboard field gives it a strong graphic look. So, I guess it is not so horrible after all.
Or maybe it just looks much better on screen than it did on paper.
I really like this doodle because it is less static than my usual carpet doodles.
There is a sense of motion. I think it is because of the boteh (or paisley) shapes. Associated the wave motif, they look like splashes.
I made banana bread today, and the strangest thing happened. My oven, which has always been funky, was not heating up properly. I had to bake the banana bread for 3 hours. I think that just might be a world record.
Then, the bottom stayed in the pan while the top came out. It is crumbly and pathetic looking, but it tastes good all the same.
I just noticed that this doodle maybe upside down. I don't really care, but it says Systematic Landscapes up in the corner. I love earthworks, and have posted about them several times, so it probably refers to the amazing Maya Lin.