Monday, January 20, 2014

Doodles

There was an expert on television talking about people who doodle.  If you doodle during a meeting you are focused. ( I am bored and want to accomplish something even if it is emptying a pen of it’s ink on one sheet of paper.)

What you doodle says something about you. (Maybe)  I doodle flowers (the same old Daisy with rounded petals.)  I also doodle arrows, cubes and houses. (Why?)  Those are the only things I can draw that look like anything.

I would doodle peoples faces or cartoons if I had a lick of drawing talent in me.

When I was in  High School our Art Teacher was Mr. Windahl.  He was a nice man, I wanted to draw and learn about pencils, watercolors, chalks and shading and form… I was like a sponge ready to soak up whatever he taught me. Well he liked listening to himself talk and lecture about art, he also liked to paint.  I would have loved to learn how to mix colors.  I recall making some kind of clay pot. Big deal.

Years later my friend Susan and I signed up for an Adult Education class on how to draw…finally I bought sketchpads and special pencils.  WELL..that class was taught by an idiot. We were to look at something and then without taking our eyes off the subject we were to draw it.  Everything about that class was a dismal failure…including my sketches.

So yes I doodle…do you?  Don’t you love my purple pen?  I have a set of pens all different colors!

 doodling

Notice how large those flowers are but so stylized as I have been doodling them for years.  Don’t laugh at my fat arrow either it has texture, and the house well the door is always open so it obviously is not in Minnesnowfreezeyourbuttoffota.

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27 comments:

  1. How interesting. We seem to share similar doodles. Not sure what that says about us. In particular that cube motif is a central theme in my doodles.

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  2. I'm sorry you came across two bad instructors at the beginning of your drawing experiences. Instructors, teachers, lecturers have too much power over us. Children are open to drawing whatever they feel like drawing but somewhere along the way some adult turns them off. That "Doodler Expert" sounds full of himself and full of hot air.

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  3. Once a doodler always a doodler, I love your open door house, says welcome, Blessings Francine.

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  4. I am as doodle-challenged as you. Daisies, boxes and houses must be the go-to for people like us.
    Always wanted to be able to draw, never could. Even my handwriting is bad.

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  5. I just watched that doodle video last night and thought it was so interesting.

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  6. I am a doodler to lol I used to do sketches but now a days my hand shakes to much . I doodle when on a long phone call or just because there is a pen and paper near by lol ! My niece and sister in law are artists they like to sketch and paint and are both very good . I find that drawing is a personal talent either ya got it or ya don't I don't believe art can truly be instructed it more of a natural talent .Thanks for sharing . Have a good day !

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  7. I doodle cubes too. But mostly shooting stars with long tails. I draw so many shooting stars that I made a petit point lampshade with all over shooting stars.

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  8. Even your doodles are better than I could manage!

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  9. I don't doodle much but when I do it's almost always geometric shapes. I like your pretty little house with the open door. I sometimes have doodled houses like that, but the door is always closed. :-)

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  10. When I worked as secretary, I doodled a lot. These days, I have to look hard to even find a writing utensil!!!

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  11. I have always admired people who could draw and paint. I remember the art teacher in middle school giving us paper in shapes - - like a half-circle. Some kids were clever and thought it looked like a watermelon slice or an orange slice. Did I see anything like that - - nope.
    My doodling consists more of making a list - - grocery or things "to do". However, I do trace over my cursive writing sometimes when I am taking notes. Wonder what that means.

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  12. I think your doodles are very attractive! When I draw a door it always has a knob so that means it is closed I guess. Shirley H.

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  13. I love your purple-ink doodles. I'm a doodler at meetings, too. I also begin to doodle when I feel I've had enough and with to move on to something else. How disappointing to want to learn, and not have a 'teacher' - hate that! Stay warm!

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  14. I used to just completely fill in all the white space on a sheet of paper - like an army advancing into territory.

    Not sure what that means/meant - but your art is lots nicer than mine ever was!

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  15. My friend Nancy got me interested in your blog when during Christmas, I was wondering about your shiny bright tree. I have so completely enjoyed it.

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  16. Art was not offered when I was in school, so I never had the opportunity to take my primitive drawings to the next level. I rarely draw anymore, but I will doodle at boring meetings.

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  17. I'm a big doodler, although I don't usually doodle recognizable objects. A lot of lines and curves, usually stemming from the print on the page in front of me.

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  18. Ima sloppy doodler. Images all over the intended type on the page in the columns...

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  19. I also saw the show. I didn't really think of it before but I always doodled through hundreds of staff meetings. The doodling kept me sane and was fun compared to the meetings. I do think we do concentrate more as we doodle as I could be staring at the clock or whatever instead of rolling my eyes when someone said something stupid or a bad idea was being proposed. I have an Asian boy in my Sunday school who draws continually on his teaching packet and it is a marvelous art work to see with all the manga characters in between every column and back page. I do know he is listening as I can ask any question and most times he knows the answer and was listening.

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  20. Cool doodles. You even have flowers at each side of the door. Now I want to see hour house in winter?

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  21. I doodle to. Mostly boxes and flower. Mama taught me some fancy doodling when I was young. :) She was a doodler too.

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  22. Sitting in meetings or classes was doodling time for me, as I needed something else besides the speaker to occupy me. It has been a while now since I have been forced to sit and passively listen, but i think my doodles were mostly geometric shapes.

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  23. I thought your arrow was the Christmas tree you had taken out of the house. (ha!)
    I think you might like to try your hand at Zentangle. [Google it.]
    It raises doodling up to an art form ANY
    one can succeed at.

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  24. Yes, I doodle. Mainly because I can't sit still without doing something! I'm not sure it helps me to concentrate, but it does keep me in my seat.

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  25. I had some pretty mediocre to bad art teachers over the years, too. I had the desire, but never seemed to be taught much that was applicable for me--like the blind drawing your teacher had you guys do--awk! I learned more from the TV show when I was a kid called Learn to Draw with Jon Gnagy than from anyone I ever met in the flesh--LOL! Do you remember him? I still have the book I begged my folks to buy me and my dad framed the picture I made of a pumpkin and dried corn, etc--when I was eleven! He did teach about shapes and shading. What tiny bit I know about drawing came from Mr. Gnagy. My doodling when I was a kid was copying pictures or cartoons from the funny pages. Then it later turned into more of what they now call zentangles--LOL! I love your doodles!! :)

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  26. I doodle because I'm bored also. Drives me bats to just sit there while others talk on and on.
    Linda
    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

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  27. I don't doodle, unless making and remaking and remaking written lists count. I don't go to meetings anymore, but when I did, that is what I did, made lists. I'm positive everyone but the person looking over my shoulder was convinced I was an awesome attentive note taker.

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