Too Much Time in the Office

I was stuck late in the office a couple of nights ago, waiting for Hubby to finish working on reports to meet a deadline.  I didn’t have any deadlines to meet, and I didn’t want to work any more.  My brain had already shut off at 5 pm, so it wasn’t accepting reading any work emails, anyway.

But my fingers wanted to be doing something.  I did have a crochet project with me, but I didn’t want to work on it.  I wasn’t feeling it – it’s probably going to be frogged and I will be looking for another pattern to work on.

So I started doodling.  Well, I guess you could call this ‘structured’ doodling, because I was using a ruler, and trying to measure out equal spaces free hand (no protractor on hand).   I thought maybe I could come up with a decent mandala this time, I had all the time to work on it now.

I had something in mind, but I forgot what I wanted to do by the time I started drawing.  I wasn’t planning on any shading until I had finished drawing it out, but then there was a little mistake here and there, so I started to draw over the lines, and now there’s shading.



This is how far I’ve gotten.  I’ve cleaned it up a bit, and will start shading and blacking, until I decide whether to cover up the whole sheet, or stop here.  It’s not perfectly round with symmetrical designs – so much for drawing lines and measuring out spaces, lol –  but I’m getting there.

Have a good weekend, everybody!







Nostalgia … By the Pool

A couple of years ago, my brother unearthed a treasure trove of old slides from our early years in Nigeria.  Impatient to see what they showed and not having slide projectors on hand, he somehow improvised with what he had to see what memories they would hold.

This is my favourite photo, taken by my father.

My brother  and I, sitting on an inner tube, sitting by the pool.

This was in our early years in Nigeria, and no doubt we were still adjusting to suddenly living in a foreign country, and the way of life, and staring at everything … Although being kids, I’m sure we behaved exactly the same as we always did and didn’t think twice that we were on a different continent.

This was taken a half century ago.  But each time I look at the photo, it just makes me happy .. and nostalgic for the way we were.


It’s an Orange Day 

You know how sometimes everything just lines up, but it’s not really coincidence?

Well, today is one of those days.  Appropriate too, I suppose, since we’re in the middle of summer now, and it’s nice, glorious sunshine outside !

What’s orange today?

I saw an orange flower …

I was wearing orange today …

A colleague is also wearing orange …

My wall calendar, composed of photos I took, shows a flaming orange sunflower …

I helped catch an orange Pokemon for hubby … a Magmar, and it’s orange …

And I’m adding the red-orange skies too, just because 🙂

And how is your day?



In progress … And stuck on what to do with the background.  

Tin says to colour the background red … Hmmm ….

In the meantime, since I had  started this as a four-panel doodle, there are now creases showing up overall. 

How do you get rid of the creases?  


In the meantime, I’ll mull over whether to add more flowers or just tangle in the background. 

Any thoughts? 

Dark Drafts

A little dark, but this is my ‘draft’ drawing, if you can call it that.

I can’t believe I’m working on a draft before working on the ‘final’.  I told myself last year that I had to branch out and be a little more spontaneous and free-form, instead of planning out a drawing.  And for the most part that’s what I was doing, mistakes and all.


I used to sketch or draw in pencil first, then ink it over.  At some point, I decided that it was taking too much time, so I should just learn to draw in ink and go with the flow.  It’s not as if I’m working on a commissioned work that will need to be perfect.

But still … there’s those times such as this that I don’t want to spoil the final piece.  So … sketch and experiment away, I say, before working on the final piece.

What do you do?  Sketch in pencil first, or just put pen to paper and go with it?



Tile 10: Rushed Drawings

During one of our meetings in the DRC, I drew a border around boxes and paragraphs to highlight the content.  As the meeting progressed, I kept drawing lines around it, and then eventually criss-crossed with more lines … and more lines … The colleague next to me liked it and asked me to sign it.  I told him I had better drawings for him to keep, and not scribbles on the agenda sheet lol

So then I had to come up with something before we left the Congo.  I had brought WIPs with me just in case, and thought it would be easier to finish one instead of starting something new, but I rejected those as I wasn’t coming up with anything to finish the doodlings.  Needing to come up with something, I started out with the basics, from the beginning.

Two days later, this is what the finished piece looked like.  Pressed for time then, I didn’t work on the shading too much.  I see little things now that I could have worked on some more, or shaded to make darker for contrast, but it’s done.  The recipient liked it – of course, an original signed piece from me! lol – but if he liked it, then it was good enough.


And then … he said that he actually liked one of my other half-finished pieces, and if he could have that too … Why didn’t he say that from the beginning?  lol  So another rush drawing overnight, to finish just in time for our last morning in Goma.

I thought I had taken a progress pic, but I can’t find it now.  But here’s the finished piece, after I added four more rounds and a little shading.


What did I learn from these rush drawings?   That my mind isn’t free-flowing enough yet, and it still looks for the structure and symmetry under pressure, instead of just letting go and never mind what comes out on paper.  I didn’t have any designs in mind when I started, anyway, so maybe that’s why I couldn’t think of what to do next when trying to finish it.

How do you come up with your doodles?  Do you have something in mind when you start?  Or do you just put pen to paper and start?

So that will be the doodling goal for the year … free up the mind and just draw.