Sunday, October 26, 2014

Pen & Ink Fine Art By Doug Ashby
While a great deal of my work deals in abstraction, specifically abstracting nature, there are times when I deal in a more pure form of it. Working simply with shapes that contrast one another, or lines that interweave a piece into a more complete whole.

This piece is one such artwork. It is nothing more then a play on contrasting geometric shapes and the use of line to bring it all together. It is part of a larger group of work I call my "Geo Abstract Series."

Truthfully I am not absolutely sure of where the inspiration for this series comes from. In addition to being an artist I am also an art teacher. Perhaps it sprung out of lessons I do based on the elements and principles of design. Specifically shape, contrast and movement. Perhaps it emerged out of my incessant need to put circular objects in so much of my work? I can't be sure but I do find the work interesting.

And of course I hope you do as well. The original drawing is for sale on my etsy page. If you are interested in purchasing it simply click here. You do not need an account to purchase the art and all major credit cards are accepted.



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Scratchy Brain Cell

Scratch Board Illustration By Doug Ashby
The scratch board. Oh how I love thee......let me count the ways. Well I guess that is a bit dramatic. Anyway I do enjoy working in this particular medium. However, I do not do nearly enough of it.

It is harder to come by in many ways then the simplicity of paper and pen, and in the end it is much more precious. If you mess up there really is no turning back and your investment in seems greater then simple pen and paper. However, I feel that my artwork translates very nicely to it.

This artwork is a depiction of a brain cell. A simple neuron. I have done a few of these and I have a feeling I will certainly be doing more in the future. There is something so very fascinating to me about creating art about the very thing that in the end creates the art. Sort of paradoxical in many ways. Perhaps in the past you have seen some of the other work I have done on this subject. If not, please stay tuned.

This artwork is for sale if you are interested. If you are then please have a look at it on my etsy page. I use etsy because it has been around a long time and quite honestly their system for presenting artwork to the customer, engaging with a potential customer and doing a transaction is very good. So if you would like, please have a look.

As always I hope you enjoy the art. I would love to hear your thoughts on that so please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Thanks, Doug.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

New Myth's

Pen & Ink Fine Art By Doug Ashby
This is an older artwork that I did. In fact it is one of the first stipple illustrations I have done. It also was one of the first that departed form doing comfortable subject matter. Prior to this piece I had been honing my craft on flowers, hence the it's presence in this piece. I still do flowers and a lot of nature art, however with this piece I was striving for something different.

The inspiration for it came from watching a PBS special on Joseph Campbell. If you do not know who he is then I suggest a google search. He is a fascinating subject. He is probably the most significant American philosopher to come along in a long time and might remain that way long after his death. The majority of his work focused on the idea of "the hero" in the great historical writings. He has influenced many contemporary writers, artists and filmmakers. In fact one could argue that without him Star Wars might never have come to be.

In the Interview and PBS special I speak of Mr. Campbell spoke on a topic he was recently thinking about and it is one that stuck with me. It was the idea that new myth's, to deal with our changing world, must be invented. He suggested that it was up to to the writers, musicians and visual artists to do this. Needless to say I heard what he was saying and this is the first artwork to come from that inspirational path.

I actually have not done many works based on this path. Sometimes it is just easier to stick with safer subject matter and draw flowers.....and frogs. But I know that in the end that will not completely satisfy me. In the end I will have to once again delve deeper and attempt to be a part of shaping these new mythologies. Perhaps a few of my fellow creative types would like to have a go at it.

As always. I simply hope you enjoy the art.



Thursday, October 16, 2014

She Moved With Grace......

Pen & Ink Fine Art By Doug Ashby
Solitude was always something profoundly important to her. It is at these moments when clarity could be reached and a wishful hope of understanding might be found. The danger always was though that in these moments she would get lost and further isolate herself from what was expected.

The fear of course lied within that thin veil between what she needed, what she wanted, and what she might gain and or lose. For there was much at stake and often she wondered, what did it really matter.

I often like to write some fictional words to go along with my artwork. Sometimes while creating them I dream up an accompanying story, then those words flow from those thoughts. Often I do not and the words happen spontaneously when I sit down to write the blog entries. Often I do dream of expanding on the ideas created along the way, then life often gets in the way.

Needless to say the art goes on and a new piece emerges. This is one in a series I am developing that sprang out of my interest in the Japanese Ukiyo-e, or floating world art, of the late 17th and 18th centuries. I have always been fascinated by this genre and a while back I thought to try my hand at it. Of course nature factors heavily into it and in this one I wanted to bring in the element of humanities tenuous connection to our natural world. For we both are a part of it and in many ways are becoming the controller of it.

This artwork is for sale. It is an original pen and ink stippled drawing. It is drawn using Micron Sakuru archival ink pens and is drawn on Canson heavy weight, acid free, fine art paper. The size is 6" x 9". If you are interested in more details or have any questions at all do not hesitate to contact me at

Once again I hope you enjoy the art.

Thanks, Doug.