Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Doodle Tree

I had a birthday recently, and this is how I chose to celebrate/stave off panic: by making a doodle tree!

I was lucky enough to find a spot downtown and brash enough to experiment on it with little working knowledge of spray paint, stencils, or wheat paste. I had some good help though, learned a lot, made something for passerby to enjoy and almost managed to forget about turning OLD.
It's funny - as an artist it's easy (natural, even) to be super-critical of your own work, and I've been guilty of that a time or two BUT - I actually really like my doodles. Too trivial to invite criticism, asking approval of no one, they spring into being and simply are. Maybe someday I will be that wise, even in the face of time passing with its attendant host of lost opportunities. Until then, I'll just keep striving to make my mark on the world (probably not with aerosol... but who knows?)


James L Johnson said...

What an awesome idea!! Haha ... I love the doodles. And the design of the tree itself. Side note: I was almost going to show at Southam Gallery! Interesting they moved locations...so anyway I know right where that is. Do you know how long it will be there?

S.R. Braddy said...

Little eyeball guy is AWESOME!

Alicia said...

I love it and I love your writing in this post. Well done!

becca said...

Thanks, everyone! James, I hope it will be there a few months at least, but that will depend on how long wheat paste with wood glue will hold up under a few coats of crystal clear in the fall and winter.

Interesting indeed about Southam Gallery! I went there and spoke with either the owner or director, I'm not sure which. She asked if I might know any talented artists she would be interested in and I immediately thought of you. I was really impressed with the quality of the work there and thought your paintings would fit right in. For whatever it's worth, I'd put in a good word if you're interested!

Jesika Harmon said...

This is SO neat! Nice work! And happy be-lated birthday! You are SO old :)