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Doodling and freeing the mind….

I have found a new fascination with doodling, something that is done by many while talking in the phone, in classrooms, or maybe in conferences (when you zone out from what the speaker is saying). As an artist, strangely, I rarely doodled, but would walk up to a canvas and start working right away. Most of the time, since my work was more along the lines of abstract expressionism, I approached the canvas with an open liberal mind. Then about a month ago, I started to doodle again on A4 paper, to free up my hand on another level or scale using the medium of a ink marker, vastly different from a paint brush or piece of cloth. The tool determines a particular outcome, as much as the size of the artwork. In the samples shown below, these were all created on A5 card paper stock, thick enough to give the feeling that there was a level of importance to what I was doing, but small enough to not be too serious about the output. It was all the right elements in place for me to create without inhibitions and supposedly ‘without thought’. In my investigations I found that not knowing what exactly to do was beneficial to the level of creative output. I wasn’t afraid to draw spiders and insects, something I sort of fear on the daily basis — I hate cockroaches! I drew symbols like crosses, pluses and minus, and ones that did not make any sense. It wasn’t going to matter. I drew shapes and forms that looked like children’s work and latices and fill-in patters of dots and hashes that reminded me of my days working as an architect. At a charity doodle event, the lady across from me said my drawings were like the inner working of my mind, which was so true.

I am wondering if there is something more that can be gained from this particular experience of doodling, and letting things just go, where anything is allowed and nothing is taboo. Could this be something that the everyday person could benefit from? I know that colouring books have been the rage recently, but I personally don’t feel attuned to that. The blank paper and a pen/marker seems much more appropriate. I believe creating the shapes is by far more liberating, offering a more free and creative approach to the tactile experience than choosing colours to fill ‘within the lines’. If anything, we should be crossing and connecting the lines!

To see more of my doodles, please go to http://www.normyip.com/mishmash/

 

Freewill and the creative process

Wanted to do some smaller pieces as exercises. A few quick abstract sketches created using graphite and woodless charcoal pencils while listening to selected ambient music. Actually, beginning the pieces are hard because I feel as though I have to exert control over the paper. Once that hurdle is accomplished, then it’s letting the artwork take its own course and trying not to impose my own ‘will’ into the piece.

Scientists have discovered that it 7 seconds before we decide on a decision on what to do, brain activity is already making choices! Strange but true. So, the question is whether or not I ‘created’ the artwork, if the decisions to the actions were already happening before I laid graphite to paper. It’s the classic case of whether free will truly exists. Okay maybe a bit too conceptual, but that’s what intrigues me.

My blogname has changed: from ‘theasianmale’ to ‘normyipart’ and why the change….

Today, I decided to change the name of the blog name from theasianmale.wordpress.com to normyipart.wordpress.com. The move for this was churning around in my head for some time and finally, I changed it. I felt that ‘the asian male’ was slowly becoming a secondary element in the work that I do, as I will now focus more on my fine art, which includes painting, drawing and whatever I choose to use as my choice medium. [I will of course be still injecting whatever shoots I take on with beautiful Asian men, so don’t worry, that will all come at the right times.]

For those that are on my newsletter mailing list, I sent out the following image and words:

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This is going to be a long newsletter with more words that describe the events that have happened in the last while, and my re-positioning of priorities. Please bear with me….

Every now and then I have to go through my own personal satori, my own path of awakening when I have diverted from my true nature. And when that satori hits, it hits very hard and the circumstances leave me devasted inside. You see: I have enormous fear in me. I have several times pushed myself away from art and sought to have refuge in other places that do not resonate with me, and I end up paying the consequences.

Two years ago in 2013, I moved my studio from one suite to another in the same building where I am now. It was physical change that resulted from a change in mindset, a change in attitude towards my existence. Strangely, my fascination with science lead me to a youtube video about what is reality from the viewpoint of quantum physics, and that led me to Eckhart Tolle and the Akashic records. This all reminded me of something deeper within myself that I had touched on in 1999, when I had my first satori. It is not an error for when things happen.

My website http://normyip.com will now contain my most recent work in fine art. The artwork contains most importantly, my work in painting (acrylic and mixed-media) and my graphite pieces. My photography takes actually a secondary role (although many only know me in this capacity). The website will serve as my portfolio for galleries to approach me, and for me to showcase my work to them. [Yes, I am seeking representation from galleries outside of Hong Kong/Asia. If you know of any gallery that I should approach, please let me know, or forward my newsletter to them with a short message.]

Furthermore, I have also created a profile in Saatchi Art, at http://saatchiart.com/normyip. There, you will see my current list of paintings for sale along with the pricing. I have been fortunate enough to see one of my paintings sold within a few weeks of being posted. A nice little perk that tells me I am going in the right direction.

Chatting to a new friend today, he asked me: What would you say your happiest moment to date as an artist?

I replied: Every time I complete a new artwork that I find complete and whole. Now, I have happiest moments all the time.

Take good care, and until the next newsletter.

Norm Yip | Visual Artist