"Straddle the Turtle" is a project that began out of my need to slow down and focus, instead of running off in lots of directions like a crazy person. Since this will be an ongoing project (out of necessity), I've created a Straddle the Turtle blog to keep track and spread the word ~ ~ ~
This is interesting. I didn’t even look at my model for this – my box of natural objects. After my previous ten studies I must have gone into auto-draw. And I guess I liked the sneaky fish who appeared yesterday, because I think that’s what influenced the idea of this school of fish.
Very strange marks here on the opposite page. I don’t know what to say other than I had no goal in mind when I sat down here at this desk. I wasn’t even planning to sit – just walked past it doing other things in my work space and saw out of the corner of my eye this open book of drawings – opened to yesterday’s page. I can’t seem to help this desire to play around with drawing the same thing every day. It’s like a meditation. Oh, and by the way, my mind was a super mess of chaotic thoughts going every which way (sort of like the drawing) but now I feel better. Thank you, Pilot G-2 07 ❤️
Train of thought as I draw…my brain is a pinball machine.
Train of thought as I draw: wonder what family of birds lived in this little nest…Shelby Lynne is such a genius!!! As I’m listening to “I can’t Imagine” in the background…I think she’s a courageous writer of lyrics and tunes…Don’t forget add these holes. I like how they create a background that can go anywhere…Give me a ruler – Quick! Feel like making some order here…OH YES a checker board table cloth. My brain is a pinball machine…
Yes, those are bees looking out at me from inside the beehive: the queen has trapped them and they are pleading to me for help – so on this Thanksgiving Day I will set them free. I will pardon them like the Whitehouse turkey. Bee kind. Bee loving. Bee truthful. Bee giving. Bee bop a-lu-ee.
Finally, my brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable…Bee these (Phil. 4:8)
Oh my. I watched the morning news before sitting down in my quiet place to draw. This is what happens with an agitated brain and a hand armed with a Pilot G-2 07. Do I feel calmer now that I’ve unleashed some marks on paper? A bit.
It certainly is more fun to draw with my imagination rather than trying to stay within the confines of reality.