Hi. Jane Davies here. I want to share with you some of the "doodling" I do. My mediums of choice are collage and paint, so line does not come easily to me. Though, like most people, I doodle while on the phone or in a meeting with a pen on whatever paper is accessible, but for my art practice I do a sort of collage doodle. Here are a couple of examples:
In the first phase of doodling (below) I just gather a group of papers and start tearing and pasting (using acrylic matte medium) without thinking about composition or meaning. This is a time to get loose and play. I do this in my sketchbook because otherwise it feels like a "piece" I have to finish or resolve in some way.
Then I do something to it. On this doodle I squirted out some Pyrrole Orange (Golden Fluid Acrylic) and then blotted it against the facing page in the sketchbook:
This is the facing page, which also had a collage and paint doodle on it:
Here is another collage doodle. I used my hand-painted paper, some magazine paper, joss paper, and a piece of the paper that covers my work table (the circle):
I painted over parts of the page, then used fine-point markers to do a little line work:
On this one I started spare:
But ended up doing my usual overkill of layering:
This kind of playing is absolutely essential to my art practice. It keeps the creative gears well oiled, and it keeps my eye in shape. It also is a practice that silences the inner critic. And, as many of you may well know, this does take practice! I like to consider doodling in the broad sense of playing around with visual stuff. It doesn't have to be drawing on paper!