Time to wrap up February's pages in the Year of the Doodle and break ground in March...
The prompt on the 24th was the circular shape with leaf shapes hanging from it, plus the line of vertical dots. These dots made me think of a spinal column, which meant the leaf shapes were on the hips, which meant grass skirt, which mean that this was a skeleton who was doing the hula. That was the play-by-play of how I actually think.
For the 25th, what was already on the printed page: the edges of the red stickers on the top of the page. Happily, I had similar stickers of varying sizes (Tim Holtz), so I added those, plus words. I tried to think of words that actually do mean something to me right now at this time and place in my life.
For the 26th, with the prompt being "Doodle in the lines", I just went with teeny doodles that fit inside the lines. Not very groundbreaking of me, but hey: I enjoy drawing on a small scale, and I think the sheer number of doodles all lined up looks kinda cute.
The 27th's "On the farm" prompt led me to doodle some of my finger puppet characters who would live on a farm. Some of this wider thinking about backdrops for these characters came as a result of listening to my father talk about visiting his family's farm in Canada for a week every summer when he was a boy. His family owned a dairy farm and sold their milk to a cheese factory. This farm was where my father learned how to catch a fly in flight with his hand, shake it like mad, then fling it to the ground, dead. It was the whey barrels where all the flies congregated, so Dad had his pick of flies. If he didn't catch one, he was sure to catch another. He was said that the whey barrel was so thick with flies, that when they all landed on his hand, it was like his hand took off, like a helium balloon. SO that is the reason you see my little whey barrel doodle at the top of the page, with my fly finger puppet perched on it.
Dad's family farm had various buildings on its property, one of which was referred to as "The Big Barn", which is where I'm pulling this idea for the BIG BARN MOVIE THEATER. I have plans to one day (that magical "one day") build a miniature barn that's been converted into a movie theater for these guys. I've already made 3D glasses for the cows (they like moooooovies), not to mention popcorn and sodas. I've done a bunch of drawings for the seats, so now it's time to go beyond drawings and go into model-making mode.
The 28th & the 29th sorta got combined in theme. That hadn't been my plan, but then when I think of "Georgia On My Mind" and the soundtrack to "Annie", my mind immediately goes to my high school marching band days, and there it is: the connection!
I had no idea how to respond to March 1st's quote, "Art is the only way to run away without leaving home" at first. Then the echo of "leave home" and "without" stuck in my head, reminding me of American Express's old slogan (it could be their current slogan, for all I know). I have a bunch of credit cards sitting here on my desk, so I just traced around one with my pen, and tried to do a facsimile of AmEx's card border. I changed it to 'Artistic Expression", put a palette where the Greek character's head usually goes, and added my own info. I said I was a member since my birth year, then examined myself to see if this was an accurate thing to say. Then I thought, "Artists are BORN, not MADE", and stuck to my initial, gut response. I gave the card some shading with colored pencil to make it look it was separate from the page. AND added some lettering because here's what I'm discovering about my most-happiest way to work: I like lettering with my drawing. You'd think I would-a known this by now, but for too long this style was saved for my sketchbooks and not my work-work. Ah, well: Better late than never, eh?
March 2nd's "What's so funny?" prompt made me want to draw a rabbi, a priest and a ... what? I didn't want to draw a minister. So I looked up the first two professions and found the "A rabbi, a priest and a duck walk into a bar..." If you don't know the rest of the joke, here it is. "The bartender looked up and asked, 'What is this? A JOKE?" So silly. I love it.
OK, that's enough blather outta me for one day...