Doodles: Follow the Path!

Hey guys!

This week I’ve been working hard on a peice for a group show coming up at Argyle Fine Art here in Halifax called Just My Type (opening Feb 14th go check it out!). The theme for the show is typography, which ties in with a lot of work I do in the studio as well as for Double Dare!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI’ve been fixated on circles lately. I read somewhere about circles being everything. Circles are life, cycles, planets, suns, death, birth, rebirth etc. etc. So I can’t stop thinking about circles, hence all of the circles you are about to see.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetFor this show, I played around with ALOT of ideas. I went in many different directions, the only thing that stayed throughout the sketching process are the circles.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetIt was interesting following a trail of ideas. I had a few frustrating studio sessions in which I completely doubted my abilities, but I knew I had to keep pushing the work to see where it would go. Also I committed to this! I couldn’t just give up!!

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetI really struggled coming up with the typography part of the work too. I played around with a few different phrases, then finally one day an idea stuck “Small still Significant”. I like the combination of tiny circles coming together to make one whole. I wanted to convey the idea that every small piece is part of a larger whole. After I finished the sketch above I finally felt like I was onto something.

Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetTo get to the next stage, well I was really following a trail. I started out making something very similar to the sketch shown before the one above, painting tiny, colourful watercolour dots all over the page. When I finished that I decided it wasn’t good enough. I didn’t want to waste the beautiful colourful paper I just created so I started to doodle on it, and I drew a hand. I decided maybe I could use it! I cut it out, drew a second hand, cut that out, and began arranging things in my sketchbook. Finally I felt like things were really starting to come together! (PHEWF!!)

Hopefully that is a bit of encouragement for anyone out there who is struggling through, well..ANYTHING! Keep pushing yourself through the ugly, weird, and awkward phases and eventually you will land in a good place.

27 thoughts on “Doodles: Follow the Path!

    • Hi there! If you are thinking of copying the work I spent so many hours working at to produce I’d highly suggest against that! I’d recommend working to find your own creative path. PS-I will have this made into a print for sale in the near future if you want your very own copy! Stay tuned!

  1. I know exactly what you were talking about when things get frustrating you just have to push through. Continuing to work on my pieces rather then giving up during the frustrating times has made me grow so much as an artist. Thanks for sharing this post! I love getting to peek at other artist’s processes!

  2. Ok, let me make this this clear: I´m an artist too, so i unterstand you totally by getting upset of these words.
    Maybe i just did not use the right words… I meant i am so inspired that one day i will use it as an inspiration (for my own work, nor including any piece of yours of course) and if you are selling print´s of the i´ll be glad i you let me know first. I hope i could comfort you a bit, have a nice evening. Julia

    • Oops! Sorry I that I became so immediately defensive Julia! I guess the internet can sometimes be a little bit of a scary place to share work that can so easily be reproduced and sold! Glad you understand my point of view though, and thanks for clearing up your intentions. I am so happy to hear that you are inspired, that makes me really happy!

  3. I love your work! It’s so pretty and colourful. I though the top one was loads of macaroons! Where do you get your inspiration from?

    • Well this one was a tough piece for me. It seems that this work in particular came out of the theme of the show which was typography, and a good dose of really just playing around in the studio! This peice reminds me a lot of Any Warhol’s early illustration work, he is definitely a big influence on me. I am also totally inspired by the power of the human mind and body. We have the power to destroy and to create!

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