Monday, 26 July 2010

On reflection.

 

The Illustration Friday prompt for this week is 'Double' which immediately made me think of reflections. Everywhere you look, you can see a myriad of fascinating, odd, glorious or just downright spooky reflective images.  In a mirror, or a rock pool.  In a window or a puddle.  A spoon does it upside down and a kettle makes for weird fair-ground distortion.   Perhaps even your shadow could be considered a reflection?

on reflection

 

This is my doodle jar and its reflection hovers just a centimetre or two above reality. Try not to get too close. From a distance almost everything looks real.

Postscript:   One of my more recent maxims is that a doodle a day is far more effective than an apple at keeping the doctor away. So I do doodle daily. Do you? If not, give it a try – it’s very soothing!

31 comments:

Janelle said...

that is SO CLEVER!? how on earth do you DO it? the mermaid looks so pretty in clingy beetle's room by the way. i think of you every time i see it! and keep doodlin' darlin' xxx j

pink dogwood said...

beautiful - since I can't remember to do apple a day, I will try doodle a day, even though I am not an artist :)

jinksy said...

A doodle reflection of the highest order here. And I totally agree in the theraputic value - that's why I doodle on the Paint programme so much. It's a form of meditation.

Bonnie said...

I do doodle daily! :-) Doodling pulls you out of your ego-managed left brain and into the more creative, magical right brain. I always doodle while talking on the telephone (which I dislike).

Robin said...

Dear Tessa,
I love your "Doodle-A-Day" idea....and soon I will be participating.... I have been a gifted MUSIC person since I was an infant....not so much a Drawing person... a new (but dear) friend has INSISTED (gently) that I begin to draw....and has sent me the tools to do so.... as soon as they arrive, I will begin something I have longed to do for years..... "doodle'....

Mine will be nothing like yours, but I will share - if you promise not to laugh!

Many hugs and much strength,

♥ Robin ♥

lakeviewer said...

Doodling is cool!

Silke said...

Excuse me?! You call this a doodle?!?!? That's not how I doodle. I'd call this amazing art! Keep doodling, Tessa!!! Keep that doctor away! Much love, Silke

dosankodebbie said...

The detail is gorgeous! And the idea of using a reflection to express "double" is clever too.

sawurst said...

DIG IT! And the armadillo in general. :) You have sparked my curiosity.

Lori ann said...

Tessa, I'm with Silke, you are amazing! is this pen and ink?
You are a bottomless pit of creativity you know? i wish i could watch you draw,paint, create. You always inspire me my friend.
waving and blowing kisses from the California coast.
xoxo

Nicky S (Absolute Vanilla) said...

Gorgeously doodlicious! but tell me, does a photograph a day count for the same as a doodle a day? ;-)

Caroline said...

Gosh, what a good idea for 'double', Tessa! I love the colouring - in fact, I'd very much like a doodle vase like that! I do love to doodle too - but don't turn them into works of art like this!

ewix said...

What a terrific idea
anything to keep the damn doctor away
your doodles are so vivid and cool
I really, really must try it
I'm too too lazy
now if I had a good old fashioned Pelikan ink pen and some sepia ink

hugs from NY
we went to the beach yesterday and it was bliss!

soulbrush said...

yup, a doodle a day does keep the doctor away- my atc cards have proved that, staving off extreme depressions. love this image and love my 'celebrations' that arrived today.

Carol said...

I think a doddle a day is a bloomin marvellous idea!! I shall get out my sketchbook and give this a go :-)

that doodle jar is just gorgeous....I rather like the idea of keeping your doodles in a jar and pulling them out when you need them!

C x

Vilt og vakkert said...

Heisann!

Nice done ;:OD)

Marion said...

I love doodling...in fact, the papers in front of my computer are filled with my doodles.

None are as lovely as the one you posted, though!

rossichka said...

Dear Tessa, I'm not an artist, but I suppose that doodling has a calming and relaxing effect. Just because you draw without a purpose and follow your imagination or maybe sometimes ... your hand? I loved to doodle while listening to my professor of puppet theatre directing and I had noticed that thus I concentrated better!...(As a matter of fact he let me do it). I suppose that some of these doodles can turn into something more "serious"?... I like your jar. I think if someone cuts where needed, it can be used in a puppet theatre shadow show...:) I'm so glad you keep yourself busy with art every day!! Besr regards!

Linda Sue said...

Love what you have done here and don't have a clue how you did it- Reflections are other worldly to me- my shadow flatters me, the mirror is nothing at all what I see in my mind's eye...I think that reflections are significant- that we inhabit other places- that space between the silver and glass- a wobbley surface of a puddle, there but not there.
I would like to doodle my hours away and will once I have my house in order, once I have lost weight, once I have pulled the weeds, gone to the grocery, made dinner, walked the dog,felted enough felties for the October show, and dinked on the computer...Doodling tells you what is in your subconcious- a great conversation with who lives in there.Your's is GOGEOUS! no surprise there!

Linda Sue said...

Not GOGEOUS- GORGEOUS- Gogeous could be a word meaning a step beyond Gorgeous, I suppose, in which case- keep it!

Holly said...

I don't doodle....Hmm...I wonder why? Maybe it's because I can't just let it be organic, I want everything I do to be considered perfect and then I annoy the hell out of myself.

That must be it.

Linda Hensley said...

Lovely, and I really like your masthead too.

Eleonora said...

I doodle constantly. I am the master doodler of the household. Thankfully little MrE is following his mama's footsteps, and has begun leaving his ambidextrous doodles on every writable surface in the house: bedroom walls, fridge, bathroom tiles, etc.

Your vase is stunning, I love the Africa that seeps out of every mark.

How are you my darling muse? I think of you often and follow your fb activity closely.

All my love,
Lola xx

Grace Albaugh said...

I love this piece. It may just be a doodle to you but it's really beautiful. Thanks for posting so many of your art pieces for us to enjoy.

kj said...

a doodle a day
keeps the doctor away
so you can just play
any how any way.

i think you are fine
with your squiggles and lines
when i now choose a friend
i'm happy you're mine.

xoxo my dearest darling tessa

Merry ME said...

When I doodle, I make daisies, daisies and more daisies. And to be honest, they aren't very pretty daisies!

I think you, dear Tessa, take doodling to a whole new dimension.

Doodle on.

Ces said...

Hello dearie. I just wanted to say hello. Tsup! Tsup!!!

Mama Shujaa said...

I love doodling, but my shapes are always the same, not as exciting, and as varied as yours here. Lovely.

Tessa said...

Big fat squishy hugs to you all for your wonderful comments on my dooooooooooooooodle. I've not done any recently because I've been incarcerated in hospital because of several health hiccups. Now that I've been released and at home sweet home again, I shall continue the doodle a day regime. (BTW, the reflection part is a cheat - I scanned my doodle and then once I had it up on screen, I copied it, pasted and flipped it, then used the transparency filter to get that mirror effect.)

rossichka said...

Dear Tessa,I am thinking very often about you, always wondering how you are feeling and hoping that everything's O.K. It's great that you are home now and have the intention to continue doodling, I'm waiting eagerly to see the results, which I'm sure will be adorable! Greetings from Bulgaria!:))

justdoodleit said...

Brilliant! It is levitating :)