Tag: doodling

Doodling is more than a distraction

Sketchbook cover

I love to doodle. Doodling — the spontaneous act of drawing, typically in the margins of whatever one is really supposed to be working on — is more than a distraction. It helps with better learning, creativity, and performance.

Here are three of doodling’s benefits:

1. Doodling helps me concentrate. It keeps me focused. Doodling seems to occupy my frontal lobe (the area that would otherwise be making to-do lists, or planning my next vacation) so the rest of my brain can be present and engaged during meetings or phone calls.

2. Doodling helps me generate ideas. When I’m stuck on a painting, I find solving the problem head-on doesn’t always work. Doodling distracts me from consciously thinking about the problem, allowing my subconscious to work on a solution for me. The same thing can happen when sleeping. I’ve spent all day trying to solve a problem without success, only to wake up in the morning with the perfect solution.

3. Doodling makes me more creative by opening up more exploratory avenues of thought. Doodling lets me consider new ideas without a big investment of time. I just let myself be creative; not worrying about the work being good or that anyone else has to see. It lets me consider ideas in fresh new ways.

I doodle on the cover of my sketchbooks. Where and when do you doodle? What benefits do you derive from it?

Postal carriers love artwork too

When a painting sells, the next step is to pack it in a box for shipping. Packing artwork for transport is a little more complicated than just plopping the canvas into a box.  These are the steps I use to pack my artwork.


  1. Wrap the paintings in glassine (a smooth and glossy paper that is air, water, and grease resistant) to protect the painting’s surface.
  2. Add corner protectors for extra protection.
  3. Wrap two layers of bubble wrap around the whole thing
  4. Take the bubble-wrapped bundle and sandwich it between two pieces of foam core or double-ply cardboard
  5. Place all of that into a heavy-duty shipping carton with extra paper padding around the sides.
  6. Tape it up and add the shipping label.

Now the artwork is safely boxed up for shipping, but it doesn’t convey the excitement of buying a new piece of art. I wanted to make the collector feel the thrill of receiving their new purchase! I decided to add a little something extra on the outside of these boxes. On the first one, I painted some fun, colorful abstract flowers. On the next, I added some collage papers. I hope the postman enjoyed them too!

Of course, I have started decorating my mailing envelopes now too!



Jury duty has some surprising benefits

Working in my sketchbook

I spent two days on jury duty at New York’s Criminal Courts building this week. Sixty-four other potential jurors and I spent the first seven hours of the first day waiting for someone to remember that we were there.

But it wasn’t a total waste of time as I managed to get a little sketching done, complete four crossword puzzles, read half a book, play two hours of Farmville on my phone, and clean out my purse. How would you spend seven free hours glued to a chair?