Years have gone by so fast, there is sometimes I think of must have been asleep for a decade or two. Then there's those times you will never forget, for me it was when I could finally paint or draw 90% of all of the visions I had my head and they made sense. When that realization surfaced I felt one is those wonderful "Ah-has"!!. But I know only too well the old adage" If you don't use it you will lose it" still rings so true. Therefore, my goal is to stretch my artistic limitations at least twice a week. Within that time, I will continue with just the stuff I love to do the rest of the week. This week I have talked with several people who want to take drawing lessons because they drew a lot in their youth. They show me pictures there so proud of, but when I asked them to draw me something now they say, "Oh I haven't drawn for so long I don't think I can. "Have you tried" I ask," Well about 10 or maybe it was 20 years ago, I just haven't had the time, but I want to." Ah! The glory days, I have had them and a loss them, but drawing isn't one of them thank goodness. I am still have a competitive creative drive, which can also be a curse, to keep making something out of nothing. I am still working on keeping my creative spirit in the positive vein. I have had more success lately, in the last couple of years, I have noticed it's easier to stay upbeat and focused in the here and now. I have found that we folks with the creative gene, and there are many of us with all have different levels of struggles, to keep our creative side working for us not against us. However, as I had seen many times, it is a joy to see the “Ah-Ha” moment come into the creative mind of my students. As I had said earlier sometimes it takes quite a while to attain them, many years in some cases nevertheless well worth waiting for. I urge all of you that are struggling to get all of your ideas out of your head and into your art to hang in there and hang on. I have found it's well worth it even though it took 20 years or so to enjoy the next 25 and the many aha moment I have received. Now let us all get back to the drawing board.
Tuesday May 24, 2016
My first encounter with the three men who called themselves “The Vigilantes against Obscene Window Painters” was in the fall of 1970. They came up on me with buckets, mops, rags, and various cleaning materials and swiftly “cleaned” off my window painting. Cleaned was not exactly right word because
Thursday April 21, 2016
This is an another excerpt of my book about first five years painting on windows. ( Yet to be published) I had hardly done any painting except maybe a little poster painting on school projects. When I was confronted with painting glass, I had no idea how much of a learning curve I was in for. I had the confidence of youth. I could do anything, if I just gave it a try. I had grown up with the old adage: “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”. The preceding is a statement I truly believe in but
Thursday April 21, 2016
. As I said in the earlier blogs, I learned so much from so many unexpected sources. I will now share the secrete about how and why my Cartooning/Sign-painting career started to blossom due one of many more times due another unexpected teacher. Ready, set go...
Friday April 15, 2016
I considered whether to take pity on him or just ignore him in hopes he would stagger off. I was not so lucky he barely able to keep up right with his tattered gloved hand. He kept mumbling some about him being able to help my “Fresh Zones”.
Tuesday April 12, 2016
This is part one of a two-part blog. It is an excerpt taken from my book, yet to be published. In 1971, a year after my break into painting windows I realized just how much I did not know about painting. I don't just mean painting windows, that's a subject for another time. Painting colors that represented the item I was trying to portray was very challenging. Skin tones were the bane of my existence. When my teacher did appear, he fit the stereotype of a person who was beyond helping anybody but boy did he change my career.
Tuesday April 12, 2016
I chose this topic today because there are times you have to accept the best you can do at this given time, and then tell your self job well done. When I say this I mean have a deadline, you have several renditions of the same picture and none of them are exactly what you had in mind. When this happens to you, and it will, hopefully you will your trust your gut and present your work of art. If not
Monday April 11, 2016
Good morning, As I indicated in the title, I am switching subjects, a little bit. The main reason I wanted to blog on this site is to give anyone that cares to drop by a few pointers on how to express oneself. That is what I am doing today! I have had one frustration after another this morning, and accomplished very little. The reason I am saying I'm switching subject a little bit, because when you learn to do even basic cartooning you can get a lot of "stuff" out of your head and on the paper. As I stated on my Facebook site this morning,; "A cartoonist is very powerful". I can draw myself doing just about anything I've got going through my head and I don't have to act on it. What a concept! I am hoping, whoever you are, will hang around long enough to at least give your self a chance to learn ma be something you didn't know. On the other hand, you can hang around and read my blogs, just to humor me. That's all for now! Check in next time. Laurie Doherty
Monday April 4, 2016
When I mentioned stereotypes in the last blog, I reference to their negative concept most people have when they think of stereotyping. I believe stereotyping is a general rule does not have to mean negativity. When stereotyping is used in a negative concept to hurt or to make a negative point, as in political cartoons, that's where it gets its reputation as a bad thing to do. Cartooning is full of stereotypes just like the feelings chart next to this blog.
Thursday March 31, 2016
Last time I was blogging I alluded to the next blog in which I would explain how important guidelines are. When I first started cartooning some 45+ years, there was not very many "How to cartoon" books available especially in the small rural areas I grew up in. I essentially learned through the school of hard knocks, which meant I kept trying to get a task accomplished by doing it over and over until I stumbled on to what worked. I think of it has hitting one's head against the wall until you have crack either your head or the wall.. Looking back on all those years tremendously difficult years I wish I had been in contact with somebody that could of drilled into my head how important guidelines were drawing cartoons.Of Course it had to be free lessons because my finances were almost nonexistent when I started my journey into the professional cartooning world.So here I am, reaching out to anybody interested in either starting a new endeavor into cartooning or learning some tips it took me sometimes decades to learn.
Tuesday March 29, 2016
I learned that I could draw when I was in the seventh grade. Up to that time I had watched my mother draw and hang her drawings on the walls of the mining cabins we lived in in the summertime. My dad was an uranium miner. We moved every spring summer and Christmas vacation and therefore I went to nine different grade schools, when junior high and three high schools and when I ended up in the junior high my whole world opened up. Why would one school make a difference? Because this school had art classes. Which I'm sorry to say most public schools at least around in our rural areas do not have art anymore. I was only at that junior high for three months, but during that time a whole new world opened up for me. I was fortunate this particular art teacher was very intuitive and could sense creativity even if it peeked out in small doses.
Saturday March 26, 2016
This blog is going to be about cartooning and what I have learned in 45 years as a cartoonist. I feel the information I am going to write about today will help your work as a cartoonist or just as a doodler. Up to 90% of our communication with other people is through our body language. However some people do not believe nonverbal communication is a real language and they are in denial the body language really does exist. It is a scientific fact that we do have body language whether we like it or not we tell people through our body and nonverbal communication whether we are aware of it or not.
Thursday March 24, 2016
Ok the new website is up. I'll be blogging here from time to time, and there will be new features coming. Stay tuned.
Saturday March 5, 2016