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TED Tuesday: Sunni Brown: Doodler’s Unite

Doodle your way to creativity! Watch this fascinating and brief talk on the value of doodling. Like play, doodling gets lost as we move out of childhood, but may be no less essential. She defines doodling as, “To make spontaneous marks to make yourself think.”Sunni is committed to moving people into higher levels of visual literacy.

Doodling can be done mindlessly or as a way to bring us into the present moment. It’s a way to engage our hands in a meaningful activity, something that we don’t usually get enough of during our days (I’m not convinced pounding on a keyboard and moving a mouse qualifies as meaningful hand movements).

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In my own creative attempts, I have engaged a form of doodling. I think of it as a faux caligraphy, but these spontaneous marks are just that, marks that expresss the feeling of a moment. This is my recent piece, “108 Approximations of Truth.” (oil pastel and graphite on paper, 36″x48″)

108 Approximations of Truth

108 Approximations of Truth (detail)

 

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Emy

    We had a class at the Lyme Academy for the purpose of doodling. We were encouraged to draw whatever came to mind and take it as far as we wanted. It taught me how to allow things to happen in art-making. Some of my most interesting and unexpected drawings were a product of that course.

  • http://louellabryant.com Ellie

    I believe you doodled some of these doodles during some of our tedious conversations.

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