Doodle Drawing #3 (or at least half of it)

So I closed my eyes and drew squiggle lines all over two pages in my journal thinking, “Today, I go big.” That was three days ago, and the doodle is only half done. The left page is buck-naked save for the original squiggles…feels like it wants to be a wing or something.

 I got this far, but the second half is mostly blank. Do you ever lose the thread?

I got this far, but the second half is mostly blank. Do you ever lose the thread?

Historically, I don’t self-identify as an artist. Give me numbers to crunch, and I’m your girl.

Fiction? Tough going, but in my wheelhouse.

Visual arts…not so much.

In my 20’s, I tried to improve a deficiency and read The Natural Way to Draw, by Nicolaides. While the book (which I highly recommend, btw) freed me from my need to judge progress, and I improve visual perception, and learned enough technique to copy to a reasonable degree, I never developed the ability to “see” images that weren’t right in front of me…i.e. I can copy, but not create.

Give me a photo…and I’m not that bad:

 Drawn by PK from an old copy of ZooNooz (a publication of the San Diego Zoo. I’d specify the month and year, but I’ve long since discarded the magazine.)

Drawn by PK from an old copy of ZooNooz (a publication of the San Diego Zoo. I’d specify the month and year, but I’ve long since discarded the magazine.)

 Drawn by PK from a face in a National Geographic magazine. Again, I’d be more specific but the magazine is long gone.

Drawn by PK from a face in a National Geographic magazine. Again, I’d be more specific but the magazine is long gone.

Proficiency in reproduction is not the same as the ability to execute a creative vision. When I write, for example, I draw inspiration from outside sources, but the finished product is not a reproduction. It feels authentically mine.

Doodle drawing is the closest I come to originality in drawing. There is no creative envisioning involved, yet it’s not a copy either. It’s a “let’s see where the moment takes me.”

Except, at the moment, I’m stalled along the side of a dirt road waiting for a spark of inspiration.

I’ll post an update when the situation changes.