When I was in the third or fourth grade (many decades ago), we would have a one hour art class, once a week. The particular class that came to mind was learning about abstract art. I found myself smiling as I recalled her instructions to “just draw a squiggly line all over and fill in the shapes with colour.” The more I thought about this, I felt it would be a very relaxing project, like doodling.
This is my ‘Squiggly Line’ all over the page, drawn with a conte pencil. I decided to use a monochromatic pallet of colour. It really was relaxing, just meandering around using pastels to fill in the shapes, and not staying within the lines.
After I had filled in most of the shapes, I began to see other shapes emerge. Shapes that appeared as beaks, imaginative birds, and insects. I gave them eyes and drew patterns to resemble a wing or a body, but not really. It was still doodling and their expressions made me laugh. I would work on this for a while, put it away, pick it back up, peacefully doodling. Soon I realized it had become picture.
I thought about how easy and fun this was to work on. Really, it created itself, and I was able to share in the adventure. Peaceful, mindful, doodling. Try it, you might really enjoy it, and be surprised with what happens!
Thank you Mrs. Barrett.