Sunday, September 30, 2007

Various doodles

Anyone who has read this blog knows that I like to doodle. In fact, I am a bit of an advocate for the doodlers out there. Almost all of my doodling occurs while I am in some sort of meeting - leadership, church, etc - and I believe that doodling actually helps me to concentrate on what's going on and what's being said. It's interesting that I can look at the shapes drawn below and remember what the speaker was saying at the time. Not sure why that is, but it is.

Once again, this doodling of mine is a creative release - a way to "unstring the bow."
Last thing...what does doodling reveal about the doodler? (Have you seen that book about Presidential doodles?) Why are almost all of my doodles geometric? And what are those shopping bags doing showing up again?? Weird.
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Saturday, September 22, 2007

Grocery store goodness

I took these pictures today at the grocery store in France. Such amazing variety. The creator knew what He was doing.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

A sketch a day

I did this today - just doodling. I had no idea what this would be when I started. I was drawing a series of boxes on the page (not shown). Then I drew a paper shopping bag, then a jar, then a cereal box, then a milk carton, soon it called for a table-top, the table-top needed legs... There you go. Surprise.

Media: "Uni-ball signo RT gel 0.38" pen on plain paper.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Two Sermons, One Page

Two sermon doodles on the same page. Both messages were given by David Harrop, pastor of Black Forest Christian Fellowship.

I like the picture of David vs. Goliath - and the possible four other giants. Why did David have 5 smooth stones unless maybe he took out more than one giant that day? Click on the picture to read the notes.
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Sunday, September 9, 2007

Venazza, Italy

This was a quick sketch that I did one quiet morning on holiday in Vernazza, Italy. I don't usually do "live" sketches. Normally, I take a picture with my camera, print up a print for myself, and then make the drawing. I had extra time with this sketch and so I thought I would try to do it right there.

This is a reminder that all of us need to find time to be quiet and look to make God-memories. I loved sitting there in the cool morning air, listening to the little waves lapping along the rocks, and enjoying the deep sound of the church bells in the village. Sketching is a very relaxing activity - God meets you there.
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Early watercolor

I made this little painting 10 years ago. I did it shortly after a trip we made to England. This little street scene only exists in my mind and was a kind of compilation of images in my head upon our return home. Notice the names of the stores - I used the members of my family for the names. Click on it to see a larger view.

I really loved London, the main city, but also the back streets. Only problem was the high cost of everything.
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Monday, September 3, 2007

Notes on Count Zinzendorf

I actually like to take notes this way occasionally. This is a system called "Mind Mapping". I know it looks a bit strange at first, but it is a very logical way of organizing your thoughts. These are notes I made in preparation for a talk I gave recently on the life of Count Zinzendorf (1700-1760).

There is a free computer program that will do this for you on a PC called "freemind". Search for it. I "drew" this mind map in my blank moleskine notebook. I love the heavy smooth paper in this book. Highly recommended.