Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Fishy Doodle

Happy Summer Break!

I'm in a doodle mood so here's my latest. This started out to be a ZenTangle on an 8in x8in piece of bright white Bristol board. I made my string and started doodling and here's the result.

What do you think?? Did I over work it?? I have been trying to get myself to the point that I stop before it is over done.

Kinda like baking brownies--take them out of the oven a minute or two before they are done and as they cool they are perfect! I am trying to figure out that point with my art work, when is it is almost done and need to sit for a while? Have you figured out that for yourself? How do you know??

Enjoy the Summer and get out and do something creative!
sb

21 comments:

henniemavis said...

Mmmm, brownies. Mmmm, your drawing :-)

I really like the fishtail. And the sea urchin, too, but especially the fishtail!

EVA said...

It's gorgeous!!

I agree - hard to know when it is done with these doodles. For me, they often say done and at other times it is a function of my available time or energy.

This one is beautiful! You did a great job!

Liberty said...

I think it's wonderful! not too much at all.
I admit a wee bit of envy at your drawing skill! I'll be following by RSS to see more :)

Maer aka Marilyn Harris-Mills said...

when you think a piece of art is "finished"...stand it up somewhere prominent & as you walk by it each day you'll see something different. Using this method, you'll see the tweaks needed if any. You'll know its complete, when it sits there for several days and there is nothing more needed. This also prevents a piece of art being overworked.
I love this piece btw.....very creative.

LissaBee Creations said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love your drawing! It is gorgeous.

I am interested in embroidery as well. LIke you, I have barely done any since learning as a young girl. It is meditative to me, much more so than cross-stitch.

Your fish drawing would make an incredible embroidered piece!

Melissa

Ana Goncalves said...

Wow, what a truly astounding doodle! I think with any doodle, you'll know when your done with it as it comes from inside. Sometimes you have an urge to go back to an older piece and add something to it, other times it's just perfect as it is. And every doodle always tells a story. :) Happy Summer to you too. Hope you are well.

dewatobay said...

wow!outstanding! hardly a doodle! It reminds me of a book you may find interesting - the author is Gyorgy Doczi
"The Power of Limits;Proportional Harmonies in Nature, Art, and Architecture."

Stephanie said...

Wow! Thanks you all for your great comments and suggestions! I really do appreciate them.

freebird said...

This isn't a doodle! It's a work of art. There is a difference. Doodles are more casual to me whereas I can see the care lavished on this. Very, very nice.

Rita said...

I love this! It's perfect!! :):)

Monkey Mind said...

Wow! You call that a doodle? It's beautiful!

Aarti Harish said...

Hi..this ones very neat....!!!

Jamila said...

I absolutely love this....wow. you are sooo creative and blessed with talent. Keep up the good work!!!
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Jamila said...

Oh, and no you did not over work it. I think you stopped at the perfect time. If think about how the sea floor looks with all of the coral reef and plant life then you have to know you did an excellent job.

Dave said...

I love the detail in this drawing. The thicker, wavery lines at the edge of the fins are so beautiful and pleasing. And, no it certainly doesn't seem overworked to me.

Knowing when something is done can sure be hard. I often work out that something's done about thirty seconds after putting in that final touch that takes things just a little too far :)

KatW said...

Wow - that's more than a doodle - it's a masterpiece. My doodles are so abstract. This doodle of yours looks like an illustration. I think there's a story to be written about that fish and its splendid tail!

Postcards from Wildwood said...

I have nothing to add re the 'overworked' question. There's no way I could even attempt something like this, let alone give constructive criticism! But I do think it's fantastic!

Amy said...

That is some doodle! Wow! I love it and think you stopped at just the right moment. Amazing.

IdaDown said...

I think it looks amazing. Fantastic work.

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

This is really lovely! How to know when it's done... that is tough. Sometimes I like an "incomplete" sketch look and other times I work something to death. I agree that placing it somewhere where you'll walk by it a few times to see how your gut reacts. Your fish is beautiful! Kristen ~ CED

linda said...

doodle!? Wow, it's fantastic...I totally love it...what kind of pen do you use? I think you just have to feel it when it's done...but it's okay to keep adding until you like it!