The first Doodle I first shared on here about 6 weeks or so ago when I started doing Art for Arts Sake. Still my favorite, abstract, simple and colorful.

Listening to Sonic Youth Rather Ripped, brilliant album.

– Frank Allen

RP and Running – Truly Inspiring Blind Athletes Guest Story

Below is a really inspiring Guest Post by Simon a blind Extreme Distance Runner so I am going to run it again Today on the Doodle.
Special Guest Blog todays by Simon Wheatcroft, Simon has the Same degenerative eye condition as me Retinitis pigmentosa. Receiving his story today in my Face book inbox really cheered me up, The more people I talk to with the more inspired and moved I am to keep doing the things I do. Frank 07-11-11  

Simon Wheatcroft’s Guest Blog

RP and running Having dealt with the issues surrounding RP from my early childhood to the present day was a difficult journey at first. When first diagnosed I wasn’t sure what the future would hold, what would I be capable of? What would I be able to see by the time I was 30? I seemed to have many questions and no idea how to manage the answers. As I grew older I became more comfortable with my impending sight loss and carried on with my life. I drifted through college and found my way into a career in IT. After 10 years of career advancement I found myself in the unfortunate position of being made redundant. This gave me a great opportunity to assess my direction in life.

I decided it was time to truly test what I was capable of. I embarked on a new career and returned to college to gain the relevant qualification to attend university. I attended a regular college rather than a college that was targeted at the visually impaired. I believed it was important for me to adapt as well as the college in order to achieve personal goals. Around the same time I started college I wanted to challenge myself physically. The biggest issue I had been having over the past few months was with my mobility. Moving around unaided had become incredibly difficult. So I wanted to find something that would challenge my mobility and push me mentally and physically. I decided to start running, unable to afford a gym membership or a treadmill I only had one option: run outside. This was made slightly more complicated by the fact I didn’t have a guide runner. So despite being registered blind for over a decade I thought I would give running alone a try.

I started by running on a football pitch; I would position myself between the goal posts and run to the other side of the pitch. I tracked my position using audio based GPS and ran up and down the field. This proved very limiting and hazardous, so I thought I could translate the skills I had learnt on the fields to the road. I found myself a closed road and began to run up and down the road. Using audio GPS it was easy to track my location and pacing so began to build up the miles. After mastering the techniques I explored the local roads and began the transition to running on the open road alone. After memorizing a 2-mile route through the feel underfoot, audio GPS signals and using my ability to pick out certain visual elements such as a bus stop,

I wanted to set myself a challenge.

I decided to train to run at the ultra distance, which is any distance above and beyond 26 miles. For my first race I chose to run a 100-mile hilly route in the Cotswolds. I aimed for 100 miles but only completed 83. I ran till I couldn’t stand and with non-functioning legs I was carried off the course. Since then I have completed other races including ultras and still continue to train outdoors alone. Through running I was able to redefine my mental and physical limits.

I achieved something people perceived impossible. When I thought about losing my vision as a child I never believed once blind I would learn to run alone and compete in one of the hardest running disciplines. Not only do I run at the ultra distance I compete against sighted people and beat them. Proving to myself and hopefully others that, a disability does not define what we can do. Those limits are still determined by what we believe we can do. – Simon Wheatcroft

I’m really fond of todays Doodle had the usual inner debate over which way up to have it. A2 Sized makers on a sketch Pad.

Been listening to The Perfumed Garden’ the last John Peel show on Radio London before it was taken off  the air. Got to say the more Early TRex I heard the more I like it, essentially Marc Bolan is simply playing the Blues, extremely whimsical blues, but the real stuff never the less.

Please comment, discuss it makes my Day, Enjoy the Doodle.

– Frank Allen 15.12.11 18.21 GMT

“Eyebirds” by Frank Allen

I think this abstract conceived from a drawing Drawing I had done at a gig reflects in some ways the coming deterioration over the next decade or so from my De generative Eye Disease.

I’d say this is the first Doodle that made me think maybe these doodles might even be Art to someone.

All the Doodles are done Abstractly without me intentionally adding any lines until they begin to form into shapes with a life of there own.

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Think this would look really good on a wall
Art done on A2 as always by Frank Allen thats me. Sat round Mel’s Place in the usual abstract manor. Its growing on me each time I see it.

I think these post are getting Latter and Latter. Today is a Momentous Day got my first ever piece of Art in a shop. My Local book shop in Biggleswade Suzie’s. They have room allocated for more so I’m on to mounting them pronto.

So weird I only started doing Abstract Art for just Art sake, not some Graphic Design rubbish Course four Weeks back and I feel a lot has change. I’ve found a way to chill out and Let go with the prospect of something useful at the end. All the skills for finishing and mounting, scanning, like they have at last came together for a unplanned purpose.

The Music

The Art was done at Mels last Saturday night, took about an hour to draw, Markers on A2.  I cant remember what so here something as far offy from Zappa as aman can get but a great tune by Mathew Ryan, totally honest song writer and completely honest


Missing Nico 🙂

Thanks for looking, Tomorrow I guest On Arjun’s Blog and He guest’s on Mine so that will be super cool. – Frank 02 12 11 22.47

24 12 11 Daily Doodle Abstract Mucha Art Deco Spider Girl Doodle

Living off Sushi right now, forgot how much I love that stuff 🙂

Abstract Mucha Art Deco Spider Girl Doodle

The Art… Went for a walk in the bitting hail and rain and came back turned off the computer and finished this. This nothing Like being dry whilst walking threw bitting hail in the Dark listening to music.

When I got in I put on a rare vinyl and finished this off Marker Pens on A2 paper. Then this morning I recoloured some colours on photoshop ready to post. 

– Frank Allen 24 12 11 17.29

The Music… A Awesome colloborations of mordern musiciansVic Chesnutt’s album  North Star Deserter featuring heavily  A Silver Mount Zion, and another personal fave DC Hardcore ledgend Guy Picciotto from Fugazi. The music can not fail to move at some level.

When I Got in I put on a rare Velvet Underground Vinyl I picked up in Cambridge called Orange Disaster, It was pretty rough recordings but still really cool to draw to, John Cale was still there and that was the important thing. Here they are doing a Tract Nirvana would later cover, Enjoy.

23 12 11 Pyschadelia Fairy Tale Rampage NEXT SAHB


The Art

Not Completely happy with this image, but make what you will of it. I think after its uploaded to the blog I’m going to go no computers for at least 24 hours I’m feeling completely Irradiated.

I see some kinda psychedelic thing going on. My friend Mel saw a shrimp,  saw a fairy Tale mum saw a metamorphosis. Say what you see…

– Frank Allen 23 12 11 14.39 GMT

The Music Heres a Video of a cool tune from the Insane Alex Harvey. He used to be a teem Idol and he became a Rock and Roll Ledgend.