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More Quick Doodles

Another coupla quick doodles in watercolor, featuring turtles...

Balthazar Disdains The Lemon
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/10396432/

Turtles in Love (as predicted by Joseph Campbell)
http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/10451654/


It's not high art, and certainly nowhere near the top of my skill level, but I enjoy doing these little noxiously cute (and occasionally disturbing) doodles anyway. I suppose it's natural for artists to feel guilty when they do things that aren't Mega Complex Art Of Doom--we get the whole "If you're not challenging yourself with every single painting, you're a stunted stagnating hack!" thing beat into us at an early stage. But I've been finding that a lot of my ideas are just dumb, cute, weird things, and almost need a quick and silly handling. So I alternate the big, complicated acrylics with the little cute doodles. And I enjoy it! And people seem to like 'em! And they sell really fast! And I should stop feeling guilty! It's okay to do art for fun sometimes!

And besides, as we all know, cute is the new shocking.


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Oh, my husband LOVES turtles! And the name Balthazar. I'll have to show that to him. *glee*

-josie

Your fans can deny you nothing

His Stealthiness the Supreme Ninja, Un Seen, clears his throat. "This meeting of the Hidden Nemeses of Ursula Vernon is now in session. Who is present?"

Silence. The clearing in the forest is totally empty. A leaf drifts down to land on the lone ninja's shoe.

A tentative voice says, "Here?"

Someone sniggers.

"Right," Un Seen sighs. "That's a demerit each to those of you unclear on the concept. Now, any new business on the agenda?"

Silence.

"Good, good..."


Re: Your fans can deny you nothing

Bwahahahah!
Watch out for the turnips lurking under the trees...

Re: Your fans can deny you nothing

I wonder if anyone's ever done a pastoral landscape with small bits of ninja visible here and there...

Re: Your fans can deny you nothing

(Anonymous)
Small bits as in bits of various ninjas in hiding, or small bits as in they've been hacked into small bits?

Re: Your fans can deny you nothing

Well, I was thinking hiding ninjas, but I suppose the other one would be kind of disturbing...Bev Doolittle meets Kill Bill...

Re: Your fans can deny you nothing

I wonder if anyone's ever done a pastoral landscape with small bits of ninja visible here and there...

Course they have. Hedges are everywhere in Arcadian scenes. :)

Heh, gotta love the turkles :)
Balthazar has the look of a hungry dyslexic looking for the melon patch.

That made me giggle. :-)

--Jennifer

Melons... I like that *grin*

Aaaha, love the Balthazar pic. His disdain is so...palpable. And I don't know anything about art, but I do like the little doodle type pictures, and hope you continue them. :D

I wonder if orators are equally cautioned against ordering pizza without "challenging themselves." For my part, and maybe this is because I have limited exposure to real artists, it seems that the real problem is when you allow yourself to "develop bad habits" (more often, this means to allow your good habits to lapse) in your less-challenging noodling. I remain convinced that noodling is an important part of maintaining skill, though.

The Balthazar painting says to me, "It took you three damn days to walk to the grocery store and THAT'S what you have in for dinner?! Bah!"

Doodles are important. Don't think of them as not being high-art challengy-thingies, view them as keeping the creative juices flowing without risking total burnout.

Or be mercenary: if they take ten minutes work, they probably add up to a fair dollar per hour earning ratio. ESPECIALLY if you're having fun - heck, that's not even working!

"It took you three damn days to walk to the grocery store and THAT'S what you have in for dinner?! Bah!"

And just when I stopped giggling at the melon patch comment, this one hit me. Glad there wasn't a customer coming in right now, or they'd have thought I was nuts. :-)

--Jennifer

we get the whole "If you're not challenging yourself with every single painting, you're a stunted stagnating hack!" thing beat into us at an early stage.

Indeed. :P It's reassuring to know talented artists still doodle, though. Even if they 'doodle' in watercolor. ;D If you were one of those ubertalented artists who posted absolutely nothing but Deathless Art (or at least, Deathlessly Detailed and Complicated Art)... Well, if all artists as talented as you posted nothing but the DA or DDaCA, a lot of us less talented artists would probably think to ourselves, "Self, we just must not really be an artist..." and spend less time on our skills.. etc.

Disjointed and incoherant - yay!

Yay for turtles being your current Cute Animal of Doom. The turtles in love have replaced the happy party-hat-wearing pink dinosaurs as my desktop wallpaper at work.

Yay! Turtles are So Cool! Blimey Ursula, you can always get me grinning.

Ooh i know! Poor Balthazar got squirted in the eye by a lemon at a young age and his eyes were burned yellow for the rest of his life. *nods*

Turtles can be good at disdainful as they have definite strong opinions.

The two box turtles in this apartment have very different preferences in fruit and colors of cat food. Usually one would lunge eagerly at Brand X cat food (enriched with yummy calcium and mineral powder) while the other would either turn her back to it, or use it as a plastron beauty treatment. Reactions symmetrical but reversed for Brand Y.

Finally discovered fruit cocktail on fruit nights and mixed grill bits on packaged proteing nights provided enough of an assortment for each to have something wonderful and something to look down their beak at haughtily.


Lyndon

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