I haven’t been able to do a lot of drawing and painting recently, mostly because I’ve been having problems with my vision. A couple of years ago, I had cataract surgery on my right eye and since then I was able to get around without my glasses which I’d worn for decades. The only thing I needed was cheap readers you can buy anywhere, so no prescriptions—yay!
However, my left eye has been giving me issues for the last couple of months and I’ve been inching closer and closer to the computer screen during work. So, off to the Doctors I went and, sure enough, I need to have cataract surgery on the left eye too, as well as some corrective lenses while they’re at it.
So, after watching Sandy Allnock’s Finding the zone by doodling nonsense video, I decided to just do just that. I grabbed a stretch book I made just for doodling, my TWSBI Fountain Pen, a pencil and started making some random lines and circles on a page..
Then the hard part (for me anyway) begins. I never know how to start. No matter if. I use a piece of copy paper or a pricey sheet of watercolor or sketch paper. I’m always afraid I’m going to mess it up. Well not this time! I just went for it and started doodling and tried not to think about it. I didn’t manage to do it completely mindless and abstract though, because there still are a virus recognizable shapes—leaves, flowers, bricks, etc—but I’m ok with that. The one thing I’m a little bummed about is that the lines are pretty thick and wobbly, but that’s because I see that well up close at the moment and I just have to let that go until I can get my eyes fixed. Other than that it pretty much is completely random nonsense 😊
I finished it off with just a little bit of Liquid Pencil, which I just got and hadn’t had a chance to try yet.