New year, new traditions! Annie's getting a creative kick in 2016 with a fresh new series: #365AnnieDoodles. Every day, she'll be posting a new entry to Instagram: a little collage, a little watercolor, a little pen-and-ink. We'll be doing regular round-ups here on the blog, and you can follow along on Twitter and Pinterest, too.
Hey Annie! How’d you get started with this epic new series?
I’ve always admired the commitment and have enjoyed it when other people like Lisa Congdon have done them, but i’s a little daunting to think of a daily challenge over the course of the year. I’ve thought about doing it in past Januarys and I’ve always chickened out.
I doodle all the time anyway so this year I figured: Let’s give myself this little fake deadline. I work better under pressure and this will keep me trying new things every day. I bought some new inks and have enjoyed working with them.
What have you learned about the process so far?
Well I’ve only done 14 as of today, but I’ve found that I’m playing with different materials—like painting on a few of Eric’s photographs—and I really enjoy that. I’ll definitely explore that more. And it’s been interesting to see what people respond to on social media; something I’ve noticed is that the ones I’ve put up that have been kind of funny have gotten the best reactions. It’s great to know that the stuff that makes me laugh makes other people laugh, too.
Do you have a goal for the series as a whole?
The most important thing for me is to play and explore. “Doodle” sounds totally casual and takes the pressure off, plus it lets me work with paint, pencil, printmaking, collage—or all of them! I want to give myself time each day to give myself fresh ways to approach my work but hey: They can’t all be winners. I’m looking forward to the process challenging me as the year goes on, then being able to build up a body of work behind me. I’ve also sold a couple so far: I will definitely sell the originals them if people want to buy them!
Do you have a fave from the past two weeks?
#12 is my favorite so far. I took one of Eric’s photographs that was printed out and cut it in half. I collaged a dress over one side for Doodle #10, then I looked at this side and I thought: Let’s paint a colorful shard coming out of this island. It’s not something I normally would have done, so this process is leading me to other things.
I also loved the heart with ink and stars (#9) so I made a whole bunch more, and those are going to be my Valentines this year.
Check out doodles #1 through #14 below! More to come....
KEEP IN TOUCH!