Posted on September 8, 2014 by Seymour
Summers tend to be inherently disordered. Because it’s Summer, because everyone else is on holiday, because there is a wedding to go to virtually every weekend, because it’s too hot to cook and a salad or sandwich will do, because being outdoors is possible and therefore compulsory, because the nights are too bright and warm to sleep normal hours, many habits and routines fall by the wayside and need to be resumed in the Autumn.
As I’ve begun to pick up threads of habit and find ‘normal’ life again in the last week, I’ve taken up mandalas. Jung used them with his patients not only diagnostically but therapeutically. Having noticed their appearance in many cultures and creeds, he went on to find mandalas a useful tool for centering and ordering the personality internally and situating it cosmically:
The severe pattern imposed by a circular image of this kind compensates the disorder and confusion of the psychic state—namely, through the construction of a central point to which everything is related, or by a concentric arrangement of the disordered multiplicity and of contradictory and irreconcilable elements.
This is evidently an attempt at self healing on the part of nature, which does not spring from a conscious reflection but from an instinctive impulse.
To begin with, I’ve just been ‘journaling’ by drawing one each day, usually using forms related to how I’m feeling or what I’m preoccupied about. Well, making pretty patterns and colouring them in is a great way to lose yourself for an hour and is obviously therapeutic. Each of these has become a meditation and a prayer that seems to have gathered and offered, directed and consolidated the day. I think this may be a new creative practice for the next season.
So here are the mandalas from the last four days:
05/09/14 – Potential
06/09/14 – Change
07/09/14 – Voyage
08/09/14 – Resurrection
If you want more, here’s a pinboard full of them from my Pinterest.
A good starting point for further exploration is Peter Patric Barreda’s MandalaZone website.
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Posted on August 18, 2014 by Seymour
Sometimes when my journaling habit collapses, squeezed out by the busyness that I perceive in my life (whether it’s really there or not), I still find time to doodle. I have very basic app on my phone that makes it easier.
I like to ask people the question: if you could swap your primary creative talent for another, would you? And what would it be? Most people say, ‘no, I wouldn’t.’ But I’ll admit I have artist’s envy for people who can draw as wonderfully as a couple of people I know. When you’ve looked at these phone scribbles, go and check out the work of a couple of pros:
Daniel Weatheritt – A very inspiring illustrator I’ve had the pleasure of working with recently.
Philippa Cappelman – A gifted draughtswoman friend who has recently launched out.
I’m still fairly obsessed with trying to draw swifts
Crustacean – I love these creatures and wish I could draw them
The Good Land
See some of my previous doodle posts.
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Posted on June 3, 2014 by Seymour
As we approach middle age, is it normal for birds to become more fascinating to us? We start feeding them, watching them, doodling them. Do they represent our longing to shed the earthbound web we’ve woven for ourselves and to be as light as air? Maybe it’s just me.
Once again my scratchpad (the notebook I keep strictly for rough work/business notes, lists of action items and phone calls) has been invaded by the doodling dreamer.
try to make a swift with as few strokes of the pen as possible.
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Posted on October 21, 2013 by Seymour
Posted on September 4, 2012 by Seymour
In lieu of a written blog post, here are a few more doodles that bubbled up from my brain in the last month.
Zimbabwe … I miss these rocks and trees very much.
Cup and Ocean
Other posts in the “Doodle a Day” series:
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Posted on April 10, 2012 by Seymour
Sometimes writing in my journal feels too much like work, so I turn to my storyboard Moleskine and doodle instead – it’s never difficult to fill a simple little rectangle with something that comes to mind. I never try to read too much into what comes out on the page and you shouldn’t either. I have to admit that some of this latest batch is influenced by Graham McCallum’s book “400 Art Deco Motifs“, which is a recent source of inspiration.
Research tells us that “doodling improves concentration” so we should all do more of it.
The world is not enough.
Fife and Drum
Want more? Here is a link to my other doodle postings.
- doodle art (doidoidagr8.wordpress.com)
- Doodle 38 | Bicycle Fun (doodlepack.wordpress.com)
- Doodle of This Week and Last (doodles.typepad.com)
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Posted on November 19, 2011 by Seymour
I have kept journals since I was about 15 years old and they have always provided a rich fermentation of ideas that has fueled various creative projects over the years. Earlier this year I found things getting a bit stale (as they do periodically) and I switched to producing a “doodle a day” instead of expecting myself to write (they now have their own Flickr Set). This is now an occasional activity rather than a daily one but since I try to do something visual on this blog at the weekends, here are a few of the more recent doodles.
Nature Vs. Nurture
- A Doodle A Day Part II (seymourjacklin.co.uk)
- Doodles (seymourjacklin.co.uk)
- A Doodle A Day Part IV (seymourjacklin.co.uk)
- A Doodle A Day Part III (seymourjacklin.co.uk)
- A Doodle-d Interview! (kinkychinkecreations.com)
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