Do you do the doodle? I do. I love to doodle. It is the mindless renderings of a free mind. Think about it. We take vacations to get away from the drudgery of our physical lives. Where does our mind go when it needs a vacation? Well some would say to the television which used to be known as the idiot box. And in some cases, yes that’s right, it can be mindless. But I like the alternative. I doodle.
By definition doodling is to sketch aimlessly while preoccupied. And yes some of my drawings fit that definition perfectly. But I also find that there are times when I’m looking for a particular image that I either can’t find what I want or I hate the idea of using someone else’s image. So I doodle.
A friend was thinking about starting up a new business cleaning. I suggested that I could make her business cards to keep the costs down in the beginning. So I went to the paint program on my computer and rustled up a vacuum cleaner. It was so much fun.
Another friend was going to start doing reflexology sessions and I offered to make her some business cards. Enter my doodled feet.
Sometimes I need a little bit humour for whatever reason and I go and doodle to my heart’s content. I am able to turn my mind off and play with lines and colours. It’s the mini vacation I need. And it is at my fingertips.
When I was a child there was always a pen or pencil in my hand. It’s almost as if I was being controlled from outside my body. I would be in the midst of a wonderful conversation with someone I liked and my hand was moving of its own accord. Sometimes the images were recognizable and sometimes it looked like a Rorschach test. Some I have kept, some were quickly destroyed! Those Rorschach tests can be quite illuminating!
What do you do when you need a break? A long walk in nature perhaps or some painfully bad reality TV? I think we all need that downtime. I think that as writers our minds are constantly working on our craft and for that reason it is our mind that needs to take a vacation and our body can just toddle along with us. I wonder where I would like to go next?