As a graphic designer, much of the work I do for businesses is very precise and polished in appearance. These projects require planning and often require collaborating and coordinating with outside vendors.
Paradoxically, my doodle art is a solo endeavor and evolves on the page as I go. It is a valuable spiritual exercise about walking in companionship with my inner guidance. If I try to plan a doodle, I feel frustrated and anxious. If I use the act of drawing as a meditation for staying in the moment, the art becomes beautiful to me—even when I don’t find a line or color particularly appealing as I first add it to the page.
Doodling reminds me that life is an experiment. Just like my doodle, if I get to a point where it isn’t looking particularly good, I just keep going. Being willing to add new combinations of shapes and colors—and in life new knowledge, people, and experiences—the art, and my life, eventually come to a cohesive beauty.
My two avenues of art sometimes get the opportunity to play together. My collaborative book The 28-Day Thought Diet is an example.
I incorporated a doodle on the front cover and then used doodle elements at the beginning of chapters and to highlight other key areas.
I also doodled for The Joy Factor Recipe Book authored by Wendy Watkins. Here is more about Wendy’s book and her joyful journey of publishing.