The Daily Doodles continue apace. Some I like, others are real scunners.
A doodle isn't meant to be a depiction of a realistic thing, or more acurately, it isn't meant to be a finely drawn example of a real thing. It is meant to allow for changes of the mind, for an expression of a tentative idea. It is meant to doodle about, to capture an element of something, or to use line work to do what colour might otherwise. True, this is my definition. I didn't bother to look it up in the Oxford. I like this doodle because it isn't anything. I've played with shading, with 3 dimension, and used a grey pencil crayon to see if it helps or hinders. I like the grey pencil. The perspective is a bit of a mess, but I'm learning.
Some people doodle in order to develop an idea. Maybe an outline of an image, or maybe a series of placement options. I was recently at Pencil and Leaf, written by Valerie Littlewood
Pencil and Leaf
and she showed how she had to create a map of where the plant would be on the page and where the bee would be. In her case, she used a sketch of the bee with some colour work added, all on tracing paper. Then she moved the bee around on the line drawing of the plant, until the two images worked in harmony.
I use my camera to sometimes do the same. Here are three images of a foxglove. This foxglove is tremendous. It found its way between where the peas and snap peas usually go. Last fall when I tidied up, I thought maybe it was the sage I had transplanted and it had grown into a nice plant. I was in a hurry and didn't stop to look closely. This spring, I knew it wasn't sage, but it was very pretty. I left it, in the spirit of mad discovery. Last week, it finally bloomed.
O handsome foxglove.
So while the rest of life is heaving it's way around me, the daily doodles with pencil or camera help to keep me from running screaming into the streets.