So I was challenged by both Kirk (Dumb Sketch Daily) and Laura (Create Art Everyday) to try an abstract doodlewash and this is what happened. I have absolutely no idea what happened really, as I just started flicking watercolor this way and that since I have no idea how to make an abstract painting.
I loved trying this little challenge, but I think it helped me definitively realize that I’m a representational painter at heart. I love looking at other people’s abstract art as I like to look for patterns and bits of ideas and feelings. It’s really quite wonderful to view abstracts… from other people. Mine looks like a child got angry and did something horrible to your new white couch. Although that’s kind of fun and liberating now that I think about it!
I actually did three of these, but will spare you the torture of viewing “Octopus Loses In A Horrible Fight” and “Radioactive Pinecone” (though now I bet you’re dying to seeing those! Trust me, their titles are better than the actual doodles).
I think, in the end, I’ll stick to viewing abstract art from my talented friends. It’s a fun experience, and I will likely try it again as a way to practice looser sketching techniques (but won’t likely be showing them to the world). So we’ll be returning to the regularly scheduled programming. Though this exercise weirdly made me want to sketch a goat, so I guess that’s still a bit new and different. Stay tuned!
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