Hello Again and the Importance of Doodling

Hello, it’s been awhile!  The last few weeks have consisted of preparing to move, moving and (the most important) unpacking and settling back in after moving.  As of about three days ago my studio is all unpacked and ready to be made into a (not really) controlled mess again.  It feels good to have my studio space back up and running.  I’m beyond ready to get started on new jewelry pieces, especially since two of the four I had up for sale at Artforms already sold and they’re asking me for more!

It still feels kind of strange.  I had a good seven years living in my last studio space, enough time to make sure every little thing was where I wanted it (or within a foot of that location at least!).  The view from my new space is fantastic, though.  I can see the sweet looking historic buildings across the street with their restaurants and outdoor seating of the restaurants on the sidewalk.  I can even see the river!  It will definitely be a perfect place for making and inspiration!  And as soon as I start the next project all my supplies are sure to migrate to their rightful spots once again.

I have also started something new – or, at least, revived an old passion:  I’m doodling again!  I have sketchbooks that prove a long term love of doodling.  But somehow, between starting back at school, art got a bit… serious. (Gasp!  The horror!)  Luckily, my professor at Bowling Green State University, Theresa Williams,  started a comic this summer called The Wanderers and set up a Facebook page for posting pages from the series and other creative community news and events like Doodle a Day!

doodle a day no. 1
doodle a day no. 1

It has been exactly what I needed.  Somehow I forgot how important it was to just play around with pencil and paper and draw something – anything.  Granted, I generally consider myself more of a three-dimensional studies type of artist.  I’ve always spent more time honing my metal and stone skills than anything else.  Painting pretty much escapes me except as a form of relaxation and drawing is usually relegated to the beginning sketches of a 3-D project.  But for me, and probably many artists and other creative types, drawing is where it all began.  Parents don’t usually give toddlers saws and drills, but they do give them crayons and paper.

doodle a day no. 2
doodle a day no. 2

And I’m not so sure fitting myself into such defined categories like 2-D vs. 3-D, jeweler vs. ceramicist, etc. is the right way to go.  Creativity can come in any form.  For me, I think the only part that matters is whether I get enjoyment or satisfaction out of whatever medium I’m working with at the time.

doodle a day no. 3
doodle a day no. 3

And doodling is good for everything and everyone!  My goal is to keep this going for a year like the other intrepid doodlers posting at The Wanderers.  Seeing their doodles inspires me and gives me the momentum I sometimes need to take time out of my day to just sit and draw, not for work or school or a finished piece, but just for the enjoyment of the process.  (Plus, I just love seeing what other people like to draw!)  And my hope it to keep it light and fun and free!

What do you like to doodle?  Do you have early memories of drawing, too?

Well, I’m off to do my doodle of the day!  Be sure to check out The Wanderers!  The comics are whimsical and insightful and well worth the read.  And while you’re there, check out the doodles under “posts to page” on the sidebar.  Join a community of doodlers, or maybe start your own doodle a day challenge!

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