An unexpected book arrived in the mail the other day. A gift from my friend’s at Wisdom Publications. Zen Master Raven: The Teachings of a Wise Old Bird. by Zen Master human form, Robert Aitken. Here the koans are told by and to animals of the forest: raven, porcupine, owl, woodpecker, badger, black bear, and […]
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).
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″)