Thinking of my doodles as art is a new idea. Doodling started as a "learning tool" during law school. I started to doodle on my notes which allowed by mind to focus on what was being taught. While mindlessly "doodling", I was able to keep my mind from wondering and focused on the task at hand. Then, as stress increased, it became a relaxation tool, as doodling could clear my mind and release anxiety. The doodling has continued throughout my career as the way I focus and relax. It is certainly my "signature" and anyone I work with can tell something I have worked on by the telltale doodle. I have thought of many "uses" for the doodle, such as creating fabric for ties or socks to an adult coloring book. However, in the end I have just continued to use it as a way to focus, relax and escape. I had never thought of them as art until I was given the Sketchbook Project book for Christmas by my sister. It took my more creative minded sister see what saw as a compulsive need as a type of art. Though most of the doodles in the book were created in the normal need to focus/relax, it was fun to create some of them just for art. I intend to remember that, using more color and ideas to really escape into the art.
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