October 30, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge

#DoodleADay Challenge Day 30!

Thirty days of doodling daily has been fun- but there is at least one more day. At least because this is something I plan on doing more regularly rather than just at meetings or conferences.
#DoodlesADay Challenge at arttherapist.ca Day 30
If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

 

Morning Discovery

October 29, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, Doodleaday Challenge, inner muse, poetry

#DoodleADay challenge Day 29

#DoodleADay challenge at ArtTherapist.ca day 29

 

A few words about this morning’s doodle:

Rock froms mountain, and there she appears

resting quietly, gently reminding me of her presence

She was not expected

always welcome

waking

 

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

 

Creative Ideas

October 28, 2014 in art journaling, Doodleaday Challenge

 

#DoodleADay Challenge Day 28

#DoodleADay Challenge day 28

I never know what I am going to see appear before me on the blank page when I begin.  Though I generally work this way when I do my painting, doodles seem to free me up even more to express myself.  Surprisingly (or not depending on how you look at it) a good number of my doodles have turned out to be interesting enough subjects that I can see myself making them into bigger paintings.  So the doodle becomes the source of fresh ideas and new beginnings.  By taking the doodle further this way, I can explore its’ depth, symbolism and meaning in greater detail visually.

 

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

 

Breaking Out of Old Patterns

October 27, 2014 in art journaling, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge

 #DoodleADay Challenge Day 27

 

#DoodleADay Challenge day 27

 

After doodling for 27 days repeated patterns emerge in many of my doodles. Each time I doodle I have opportunity to observe them. Not just in my symbology of images, shapes and visual metaphors used, but also in the way that I approach the doodle.    I notice where I lean toward a certain style and my comfort level and have opportunity to shift this by trying new things.
Even when judgement mind steps in, the swiftness of the doodle allows me to bypass any blocks that might otherwise slows down and take me in a different direction.
If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Leaving Judgement Behind

October 26, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, Doodleaday Challenge, inner wisdom, mindfulness, Self-Love

 

 

#DoodleADay challenge at arttherapist.ca day 26 Leaving Judegment Behind

#DoodleADay Challenge Day 26

 

I have to admit that not judging my own art work is a work in progress.  Today’s doodle (and here comes the judgment) I’m not particularly fond of.  I thought I would try something that someone in the Facebook Virtual Art Circle group did: doodling with one continuous line.  She was right it was hard not to pick up my pen from the paper, but even more it was difficult for me not to judge the finished product as I had seen her example and in my mind was comparing the overall lack of (judgement) coherence.  It’s just a doodle right?

If we look at the process of making a doodle (for 25 days straight now) it’s clear to me that doodles can be many things: they can be:

  • Stress relieving,
  • Calming,
  • A release of tension,
  • Connection to self,
  • Connection one’s imagination,
  • Connection to one’s unconscious,
  • Connection to one’s playful side,
  • A way to focus
  • A way to gage one’s present state of emotions and
  • A way to practice acceptance of what is.

Today’s lesson for me was just that, an opportunity to practice acceptance of what is, leave judgment behind and trust the process.

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Follow Your Own Lead

October 25, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, inner wisdom

 

Here is my #DoodleADay Challenge Doodle for Day 24:

#DoodleADay Challange Day 24 at ArtTherapist.ca

 

Funny enough shortly before making this doodle I was watching a video for 21 Secrets Fall by Canadian artist Veronica Funk on “Finding Your Wild Spirit” about art journaling your animal totem.  I watched with delight as Veronica showed us her process and the unique way in which she uses her materials, but by the end I still was not sure about my animal totem.  So I began my doodle and this is what appeared.  I’m still not quite sure if it is one animal as it seems to have wolf in the head, ram horns and a dear body.  This is what I love about doodles, how they can access unconscious material so quickly: I did not know what to draw, but yet a part of me did.  I am excited to explore this creature further in Veronica’s lesson.

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Open the Doors to Your Imagination

October 24, 2014 in art journaling, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, expressive arts

Day 24 #DoodleADay Challenge:

The beauty of doodles is that they access your imagination each time giving you new stories and perspectives. When we create, whether it be doodles or other creations, we are giving birth to something new, shifting thoughts, shifting emotions, creating new life.  A simple doodle is a door to the imagination. Sometimes I look at my doodles and laugh.  Sometimes I am confused (when I think too much about them usually).  Regardless I treasure these little bursts of creativity as they remind me of my ability to create change in the smallest of ways.

 

#DoodleADay challenge day  24 Open the Door to Your Imagination

 

 

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Peace of Mind via Doodling

October 23, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge

Day #23 DoodleADay Challenge:

#DoodleADay Challenge Day 23

 

After a long day at work (I do clinical work during the day and on Wednesday evenings I teach), its nice to unwind mindlessly with doodling rather than T.V. watching.  The relaxing nature of the repeated lines in doodling, decorative patterns and scribbles make for a peaceful evening.  In the same way doodling in the morning can help me focus and have a creative start for my day.

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

There are No Rules for Creativity

October 22, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge, mindfulness

Day #22 DoodleADay Challenge:

 

#DoodleADay challenge, day 22 at ArtTherapist.ca

 

Some of my doodle’s look like templates for a colouring book.  I think I may go back and colour some of them in for relaxation.  Paint, markers, crayons, it doesn’t matter really.  And there are no rules about staying in the lines. This is an added bonus of the doodle!

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here

Harnessing Imagination

October 21, 2014 in art journaling, creative tools, creativity, Doodleaday Challenge

Day #21 DoodleADay Challenge:

#DoodleADay challenge day 21 Establishing a good habit with my imagination and creatvity

 

It has been 21 days straight that I have been doodling and I am noticing the good  habit  being established of wanting and making timeto create something everyday.  Because they are so quick they are easy to squeeze into the day and I really don’t worry about how they look.  Doodling consistently this way has opened up access to my imagination.

I marvel at the strange and curious figures that have been gracing my journal these past 3 weeks.  Their imagery rich in metaphor and symbolism from the depths of my imagination.

I feel like I can call on this pool of creativity for future expression and larger projects of self-exploration.  Until then I am happy to let them flow at their own pace, surprising me with each blank page being transformed by the doodle and my imagination.

If you are in need of some motivation to get started on the #DoodleADay challenge then you may want to read  my post 10 reasons to doodle , or the Doodle a Day Challenge here