I find doodling to be a creative outlet. When I doodle, I am drawing in an unfocused way with my attention occupied on other things. My doodles can be uncomplicated drawings with some meaning, they may be brainstorming, quickie designs for jewelry or paintings, or they may just be abstract or curly shapes. People like to doodle silly cartoons of people they know, famous comic book characters, made-up imaginary beings, geometric shapes, landscapes and flowers, textures and wandering patterns.
Growing up, I was called a daydreamer by my teachers; I used to doodle in my school notebooks and even the margins of my textbooks, mostly because I was not interested in class. To this day I doodle when I’m on long telephone conversations and when I’m in seminars.
I kept journals for many years and doodled in them. Sometimes I go back in with acrylics or watercolors and paint the doodles, which is a fun way to get myself to re-read my notes. Doodles can be a source of ideas for later drawings and paintings, so I keep a chunky file of doodles I’ve done that I liked, torn out of old notebooks or off of other pages of notes and doodles. Doodling can alleviate boredom or keep me busy while waiting for a meal in a restaurant, waiting for the train or a flight. And I even doodle in the airplane. How about taking a sandwich to the park and doodle for an hour as a treat for yourself?