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Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Do You Doodle?????

Well, that title sounds almost naughty, doesn't it?

The point my local RWA meeting on Saturday, I found myself doodling again while the morning speakers were talking.

It has often been said by my nearest and dearest, that I have the "attention span of a gnat". Okay fine. I admit to a busy mind and imagination that insists on taking me away from a possibly boring situation.

But the doodling thing has been with me for ever. In school, the nuns were not amused. At work, the bank manager finally broke down and bought a tablet for me to keep by the phone in the hopes I'd leave the cover of his phone book alone. At meetings, I must have a blank sheet of paper and a couple of pens.

And I usually doodle trees. Can't say why and I do wonder if there's some psychological reason behind it. But mainly, I think my imagination refuses to be nailed in place when there are so many other avenues to explore!!

How about you? Are you a doodler???


  • At 3:35 PM, Blogger Kate Carlisle said…

    I happened to see what Maureen was drawing at the meeting and it was beautiful! She is so talented in so many ways!!

  • At 3:43 PM, Blogger Maureen Child said…, thanks, Kate!! That's my tree doodle.....

  • At 9:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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  • At 6:26 AM, Blogger Sandra D said…


    I am a doodler also!! I draw connected boxes alot..must be something that I am repressing:-)
    I draw trees too!

    I was sitting at an angle on Saturday and I was watching you draw. You are excellent. Not just a mere doodler...really.

    Have you done any charcoal drawings?

    I have no talent for brother and my youngest child (Dana) are very good artists.
    It passed me by....

    Have a great week...and Happy Valentine's Day!!!


  • At 7:19 AM, Blogger Christine Rimmer said…

    Maureenie, I don't doodle. But I know several authors who do. And their doodling is always amazing. As Kate said, just too much talent to be confined in one brain. That's clearly your problem, Maureen.

    Not such a bad one to have... ;)

  • At 8:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    You have to watch that doodling. It can get you into the most delicious trouble. LOL

    For instance, I sat doodling one day in art class. Yeah, at least I was in the right place for it, but I spilled my bottle of india ink across the paper.

    I had to make like mad to try to wipe off the swirling mess before my teacher saw yet one more example of my general goofy klutziness.

    Then I noticed something. We artsy types always do. A face looked like it was forming in shadow and light, positive and negative spaces aligned. So I worked into it with both pen and brush–and lo and behold–about fifteen minutes later I had an actual recognizable person created from a doodling mess.

    Ah, but here's the good part. About 10 years later, I met this guy, fell in love and eventually married him. And one day when he were dating, he saw the drawing. Oh, I had it framed and on the wall at my parent's place, because it actually turned out to be some of my best work! LOL

    And he said, that's ME! I was like, huh? You? I didn't know you then. I did that in high school art class.

    And when we got back to his place, he pulled out a photo album. And inside was a picture of him, cast in near silhouette, taken when he was in high school...and the likeness sent shivers racing over my goosebumps! At the time, I lived in California, and he lived in Oklahoma.

    Still want to doodle? LOL

  • At 8:34 AM, Anonymous Jen Apodaca said…

    Maureen, you can draw? Really? Cool! I doodle all the time but it's just boxes, butterflies and odd stick figures. I really admire anyone with real talent in drawing!

  • At 8:56 AM, Blogger Maureen Child said…

    Hi Sandy!

    I draw connected things too.... Mostly arrows going off in different directions from a central point. Hmmm...I used to paint, but it's been so long, I wouldn't know where to start, now!

    Chris, ah yes. Mega talent, LOL. That's my problem!! =)

    Cerri, what a FABULOUS story!!! That's so cool....and would make the start of a great book.......=)

    Jen, yep. I draw. mostly badly, but I admit my trees look pretty good!

  • At 5:25 PM, Blogger Sandra D said…

    Maureen...start with the first brush stroke! I bet you will remember..talent is talent:-)

    Have a wonderful weekend.


  • At 4:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger Darla said…

    Please pay for the use of my image or take it down. (doodle photo stolen from shutterstock) Darla Hallmark, the photographer, and the artist.


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