5″x8″ Micron on 20# bond
Started out as a doodle, became an abstraction and later was used as a program cover for Crescendo Youth Orchestra.
I think all doodles are just journeys that are incomplete. With no destination or purpose in mind, a doodle begins to tell its own story. The rules of the world do not yield to this and begin to impose purpose and form into a shape. If you keep at it long enough, it becomes an abstraction of something.
The paper responds by supporting the ink or the pencil marks, making a record of nowhere you are going, but only where you have been, until an image begins to speak its own identity. It may be a response to thoughts or a tale of hopes, or just a hand memory of motions, but if one keeps moving the drawing tool across the recording surface, the lines become a picture of some sort, defined by the page dimensions and the intensity of which marks are made. The mood you are in can guide it into a response or comment unknown at the beginning.
This is no small event, because, like a hologram, every rendering contains every experience an artist has had, or hopes to have.
Sometimes an abstraction is just a better way to express yourself. Very often, some combination of images arrive in the mind at the same time. To separate them into their various parts would be a normal reaction, but to just try and grab what it is that is impressing itself is more … well, more genuine, or is it more accurate?
This image is a felt tip marker and Sharpie marker response to thinking too many thoughts about getting art work together for a show. It was not contrived, just rendered as it presented itself in a long doodle gone design rogue.