Witty quote

"I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught." (Winston Churchill)....Men can starve from a lack of self-realization as much as they can from a lack of bread. (Richard Wright)....Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet (Stephen Hawking)

Monday, 9 October 2017

More backgrounds (suminagashi)

Suminagashi is  a Japanese method of marbling paper (google the definition). I adapt it to make backgrounds using water and the wonder of coincidence!

The curious round marks are made by dropping 100% isopropyl alcohol (dropwise) onto very wet paint.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Vacation 2

I managed to finish (is anything really finished?) 5 new A3 coloured doodles, which I am adding here! The patterns were chosen at random, of course. Drawing patterns is easier than simply drawing lines, as in the drawing with only lines, which was exceedingly boring to do!

A3, as all the following drawings are. I was determined to finish it!


September flew by and now we are well into October. I'm posting some ink backgrounds (suminagashi), which can be downloaded and printed by anyone eager for a challenge!


Monday, 4 September 2017

Doodling takes time

August slipped past almost unnoticed and I'm taking a month off from September 9th, so the doodling will be on A4 paper (half my usual size) as it's not always convenient to draw A3. I'll post a few drawings I think I did since my last post. From October I'm planning to date every drawing and hope I can avoid posting duplicates that way. Here are a few A3 drawings to keep this blog up and running:

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

More of the same

I scanned 6 drawings this evening - laborious on an A4 scanner. They are therefore merged bits, but I'll post them anyway.

anyone for tennis?
 I enjoy the pen doodles most. 
This one above should get a spot or two of colour - maybe blue or green.
 Bluebird was one of those drawing that did not really know where it was going 
and ended up all over the paper!
Can you spot the little tins of caviar? There was an advert in a magazine and I thought it rather pretty. I did not copy it but invented something similar. I don't usually do all-over designs. I usually start in the centre of a drawing and most of them are finished before I get to the edges of the paper. The one above was too, then I thought it would be nice to do some joined-up ribbons
focussing into the drawing itself.
The 'patches' are 9x9cm tile illusions. They are drawn on the paper, not stuck on! I cut out a square hole in the required size (that's the zentangle size) and overlaid the squares in pencil then went over the edges in pen as I decorated them and used a graphite pencil to do some shading, but I think it needs to be stronger to emphasize the overlapping look. I quite enjoyed the experience and might do it again with my favourite patterns and some colour. These patterns were chosen to try to balance the types (ribbon, grd, lines etc.) and were not intended to be coloured. 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Framed doodle art

It's not what it sounds like in the title to this post and I'm not sure I'm too keen on pencilling in the frame before I've started some kind of doodling. That's what I did for this one. The mouse scanner would not 'eat' the left lower corner. I gave up in the end - as you see. The format of nearly all my drawings is A3 (double letter size). I have two hates - one is tiny drawings (e.g.9x9cm) and drawing books with ring binders that always seem to get in the way.

I have now managed merges of the drawings (to the right). The colours are better on the mouse scanner! I must get myself an A3 scanner (I'll atart saving today!)

framed - slightly better scan!

I really should decorate the frame but I got tired of the drawing and moved on. The mouse scanner more or less coped because there was lots of white space that takes almost no memory, but I can see that I did not quite straighten the result. For reasons best known to itself the scanner scans wonky however you hold it. I think it's meant for little printed items.

framed by the frame - accidentally!
better scan but colours not really right
Above is a drawing I really like from the colour angle, but my mouse scanner could not cope. I was sober!!!!! I'm not sure quite how to get this scan in with the mouse. I don't think I can since the scanner only has limited memory and it stops when the memory is full. I'll add a photo of this drawing showing it in its fully glory without the wonky frame even if the frame has a charm of it's own!!! An attempt to do a merge failed because you cannot define the size of the scan and getting the bits in exactly the right proportions was too much for me - let alone the scanner. I could attach my old scanner and do digital merges, I suppose. In fact, I'll do that today, though the scanner is attached to a printer that will not work and has therefore been given its own small corner in which to languish. 

The mouse scanner likes black and white because it takes less storage. It digested the mild pink dots done with a pencil. I think the scanner has a permanent aversion to the kiddies' gel pens I use on lines. I often use the brush end of tombows for larger areas. The drawings are done with indelible graphic pens.

pink dots

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Taking lines for a walk (after Paul Klee?)

I've joined a doodle site HERE There are some truly magnificent doodles to be admired there - not just pen, of course, but paint, cartoon, illustration etc Doodling is a wide definition and includes pattern drawing, which I enjoy, and line-drawing, which I always come back to (no patterns - just lines). It took me only a few weeks to leave the Zentangle scene not least because the format of about 9x9 cms is simply too small for me.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

On track?

the original background image

It's such a long time since I posted anything here. I'll start gently. One of my favourite 'strings' is currently the treble clef. I'm doing one now but will post the three previous ones. Click on an image to see it larger. I need not tell you that these images are copyright!!!!!

Monday, 9 January 2017

Latest round-up

I'm raking in all my various blogs. What did I do in 2016?

One or two drawings have emerged - no, a whole A3 display file full and one half full, but not photographed well enough to publish. The ones I did photograph have disappeared somewhere on this laptop!

I also wrote a book, choral arrangements etc.... I was not idle!