This is not a drawing of Joan Miró's little toe, my friends. I never got the chance to see it but I imagine it didn't look at all like an a. This is, in fact, my letter a for the a letter a week 2013 alphabet. To be more precise, these are my letters a and A, since each one of them appears in lower-case and capital form.
I am starting out with the free-style alphabet, that is inspired in my drawings for the Sketchbook Project 2013. After discovering the artistically liberating qualities of painkillers and the soothing effects of random doodling, it only seemed fit that I should use it to design my first twenty six letters.
Miró's work must have been strolling around in my subconscious for ages and its influence surfaced when I least expected it, as self-respecting Surrealist influences do. They just jump out of your head and onto your work surface without permission.
So I took out my watercolours, my graphite pencil and my china ink and started doodling again on a large sheet of fine-grain watercolour paper. I drew lines and dots haphazardly, paying no attention to the letters-to-be. Then I cut the paper in 26 7 x 7 cm squares and shuffled them like an expert poker player.
My dots and lines lost all initial connection and gave way to random marks and traces. Only then did I start looking for those forms that were willing to become letters. I reinforced them a bit when necessary and added colour. Everything here has been drawn and painted by hand and the colours are haphazard too, in line with the doodles.
I wanted my first alphabet to be dedicated to Peace but changed my mind in the process. Peace is not an easy task, either in real life or in art. Too many ideas, too many options, no time to think them out. I am very busy working for my solo exhibition in May, so I decided to start my alphabets with Miró's fun and subversive little toe. With a red-polished nail.