Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy 2010!

Spiral Mountain & Moon
7.25” x 4.50”
Ink on paper

Taking an idea from a recent Cloth, Paper, Scissors article about zentangles I did this doodle. I was quite pleased with the results. I had wanted to try more doodle-type sketching and it was fun to make.

The doodle is in a small notebook I made with unlined sketch paper and a cover recycled from an acrylic painting on watercolor paper. Sporting blue Irish waxed linen thread and some blue seed beads, it’s a favorite place to jot down creative bursts. Because of their small size, these Art Ideas notebooks get filled quickly; I needed to make three last year.

There is a freedom in working so small. The size is perfect for capturing fleeting ideas and has really contributed to my creativity. My drawings are getting better as I try to express myself in sketches rather than words. I love being able to make my own now rather than using commercial notebooks with their thin, lined, acid-full, ink-bleeding pages.

Lately, I’ve been pondering what direction my art will take in 2010. Have you decided what you are going to concentrate on the next twelve months? Will you try something new or refine a certain technique? Will you branch out or stay with a beloved medium?

Wishing everyone happiness, health, and heaps of creativity in this New Year!


  1. The Spiral mountains is relly nice. In fact this would be a nice design for a bed Sheet or so.

  2. I agree with Diana's comment! I would have never thought of that application for your design but it would be terrific.

  3. That is such a cool idea, Diana! It certainly would be a relaxing design, since I love mountains and the moon. At the very least, I could enlarge the design, print it onto an iron-on sheet, and use it on a white pillow case. WOW!

    Thanks, Manon! Yes, you get a few artists together and the creativity they generate is amazing, isn’t it? Hope you are enjoying your holidays.

  4. All of those...why choose? Have a great 2010.