I’m currently part of an on-line creative exploration course. It’s nothing onerous, just something to stimulate ideas and create some random drawings without too much thought.
The word for the day was ‘Journey’ and I jotted down a few things that came to mind: travel, distance, spread out, moving, traversing, random movement.
I was drawn to ‘random movement’ and using drawing inks, a dropper and a straw I dropped ink onto watercolour paper and started blowing it around.
I immediately thought of the seaweed I walk around when I take the dog to the beach.
‘Journey’ to ‘seaweed’, who’d have thought?
I dropped individual yellow blobs on paper and blew each of them in a single direction. Wetting the paper first I added areas (as opposed to blobs) of turquoise and blew it in as many directions as I could before it dried.
Swimming tadpoles, perhaps?
I added a third colour.
The black became rather overwhelming so this is a crop of the best section. The fine lines on the right hand side remind me of maps and road systems.
I added more colours and drew over the surface.
As an afterthought, I should probably have drawn my ‘streets’ over the yellow/green/red area and left the blue to be perceived as a body of water.
I like the idea of drawing or printing over this kind of background and these short exercises will soon fill my sketchbook.