I look at trees, the way they grow if they’re sheltered and what happens when they’re buffeted by the predominant wind. They’re like people.Bent, broken, misplaced, alone, determined to survive.
I think about trees as metaphors for people a lot as I drive. Trees cut back as shelter belts, never achieving their own form, or bent out of shape by the demands of their environment.
There is something truly beautiful about a mature tree, having survived the inevitable challenges of time. Yes, trees are great metaphors for people.
Life has been very busy but still I managed to squeeze in a little time to doodle . . . not a lot of time but at least it was regular.
I often work with teachers and students to develop SMART goals: Specific, measurable, Achievable, Realistic and within a Timeframe. On this occasion I made one for myself. Often my goals are achievable but unrealistic so this time I kept to the KISS principle and Kept It Simple Sweetheart! My goal was to do a very small doodle a day for a month . . .OTD stands for On The Day. There were only 5 occasions when I was late so I feel really good about the other 25. Why would I beat myself up about the 5 late ones?
Not long after I began this, Violette Clarke was encouraging everyone to do Messy Art Daily for much the same reasons . . . a little and often is the trick.
I’ve also attended a conference in Auckalnd recently and managed to squeeze in some creative work there as well. I seldom take notes because I know I won’t refer to them again. I tend to listen intently, perhaps jot down some key words or references and follow up with reading more on the subject later . . . this time I doodled as I listened, pages and pages in my Black and White Journal!
When I go away I take a minimum of materials. The Doodle a Day needed just some pens and one Copic Marker (the damn thing bled through the page, most annoying!) however my watercolour crayons and pencils smuggled a ride along with a small Moleskine and spray bottle.The pencil-case is one of several that I made recently after borrowing Alisa Burke’s book, Canvas Remix, from the library.
So, how do your squeeze in some creative time when you’re run off your feet?