Christmas day doodles


161225a (2016) pencil on paper 12 x 14cm

These were doodled during a game of Trivial Pursuit. Composition is still a mystery to me, and fascinating for that reason. Something to explore more in 2017. Especially “bad” compositions, because I often find something exciting about the wrongness of a bad composition, the way it draws attention to itself, undermining the effect of whatever other good techniques the painting has going for it (colour, paint handling, etc.), sending the eye in awkward disjointed journeys around the picture. I’ve not even started to understand how to make compositional choices work for me, but that’s what I was thinking about when doodling these.


161225b (2016) pencil on paper 18 x 10.5cm


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