Friday, January 18, 2008

Doodle Girl

Girl - 2.5" x 3" - ink
What do you doodle when your hand just has to do something
on paper? Is it shapes? Flowers? Vines? Numbers?
Do you doodle when you are listening, when you are thinking,
or just when you are supposed to be doing something else?
For me, it is girls. Sometimes, guys, too, but usually girls.
I start with the eye area, that dent between the nose and forehead. Then I add an eye, the nose, forehead, mouth, lips, cheek, chin and neck. Then comes the ear followed by a curl or wave to top off the forhead. Curls and waves flow and I keep adding on to those. Jewelry such as earrings and a necklace finish off the drawing.
If I have more time, I add the body. I like to work with gel pens, or an extra fine tip Pilot Precise pen. I even like to use dip pens! But they aren't so easy to use during meetings or class.

I've Been Tagged!
Sandy Maudlin, , recently "tagged" me to play an internet tag game.
Accoring to the rules of the game, I must tell 5 obscure things about myself, then tag 5 other people.
1. I was the baby of my class-the youngest. As a result, when I went to college, I was the youngest person there for my first two years. Trying to look older was a priority. It was a surprise, when I realized, in more recent years, that I had become an old person, especially to my students. When I started teaching, I had students who were older than I was. I realized that I had finally become a "senior citizen" when I was eligible for some discounts, and when I caught myself telling my students stories about the "old days".
2. I'm a night owl. My most energetic time is 3 a.m. and the best sleeping time is after the sun comes up.
3. I really dislike vegetables. The closest thing to a vegetable that I will eat is a tomato or potato. Don't even like them at the same table with me. They are pretty in their natural state, but I would just as soon eat dirt or grass as a vegetable.
4. I guess you could say that I'm a news junkie. I just have to watch what is going on. I'd like to be right there when things happen. But, instead, I watch on tv. My daughter says that it is being nosey. In the little town where I grew up, if there was a fire or accident, everyone in town went to see what happened, night or day. I guess that's where my "nose for news" comes from.
5. I always wanted to have red hair! I thought that would look good with green eyes. Maybe in another life..... I was told that I would have to get the color removed from my hair in order to get the color I want. I'm not willing to do that. I tried wigs when those were popular, but they were too hot and uncomfortable. I thought that, if my hair ever turns all white, then I will get it done red. That's never going to happen. No one in my family had white hair, even at age 96! Gray was about it. An elderly "flaming red head" wouldn't be too cool.
Bonus - 6. I wanted to be a nurse (that is after I wanted to be an actress, dancer, and cowboy!). I think I was inspired by the Cherry Ames books. And I liked to take care of people and animals. But, I was too young to go to nursing school after high school, so I went to college. My English teacher told me that, since I was always drawing, I should major in art and minor in English. So, I did. By the time I was old enough to go to nursing school, I was half way through college, and had a mental block in chemistry class. So, I finished my degree, and taught. I kept trying to be a nurse, from time to time, until I knew that I no longer had the stamina for that field. Artist wasn't one of my career choices. It seemed to be more of an escape or something to occupy my time, than something that it would be possible to make a living doing. Writing was the same way. I liked to write stories and do pictures to go with them. They go hand in hand, to me.
And I thought that I wouldn't be able to think of anything for this game of tag!
As per Sandy's instructions, I'm tagging some artists whose blogs I read :
Virginia Vaughan
Toni Grote
Heidi Malott
Robin Cheers
Jim Thalassoudis


Sandy Maudlin said...

Thanks for sharing. I think you must be an over achiever since you posted 6! Have a wondeful weekend.

Cecelia said...

Thank you for your comments, Sandy. I just get carried away when I start typing!

Melanie said...

I've often thought when reading your blog that you should look into having your work, art and writing, published somehow. Your writing is so rich, it reminds me of articles I've heard read on NPR.

-Larry's daughter

Cecelia said...

Thank you, Melanie. I did put some things in the newspaper, when I was writing for those, along with a cartoon strip for a while. So, now, I'm putting it in a blog. I thought that this might give a wider audience. I do have some thoughts for having something printed, but nothing solid, yet. So, as my thoughts come, I'm putting them online for posterity and current readers to enjoy.