I was on duty, hubby fell asleep. I read and I doodled. I love to doodle. I haven't had much time for it lately, but my fingers and my mind were itching to get back to it. It not only relaxes me, but it gives me down-time to think and to reflect. I'm sharing my New Year Doodle with you because my doodling process often becomes more than just a doodle. Sometimes, it is just mindless, artful fun. Sometimes it takes on meaning. That's what happened last night.
I didn't intend to blog about this doodle, so I didn't take any photos in the beginning. Somewhere halfway through, I knew I'd share it.....
I started out making several swirls, adding dashes, lines, circles and dots. Just filling the page. I like to use more than one size pen. I use Zig and Micron Pens, usually 03, 05, and sometimes 005 for really fine work. You can see the difference in the pen sizes here.
|About halfway done|
I try to add different types of lines, squiggles, and shapes throughout the page. I don't plan, I just keep going.
I finally fell asleep. The doodle would have to wait to be finished. I wasn't sure what it was, but something was missing.
I woke up very early this morning (New Year's Day) with two songs in my head. They kept "playing" over and over as if they were one song. I had already had some coffee, and I spent a little time reading Psalm 133. Not sure why I read that passage, except that's what I felt like I was supposed to read. (You can look it up if you'd like.)
I decided to doodle for awhile again, because everything was quiet and I wanted to "finish" the doodle.
The songs kept playing in my head...until....I GOT IT!
I began to incorporate the lyrics into the doodle. That's when the meaning came, that's when the doodle became an expression of my heart and a prayerful intention.
|Adding song lyrics to the doodle. At first, I put large black circles in the doodle as a filler. But I didn't like the way they looked so alone. So I connected them to the swirls.|
The songs had absolutely no connection with one another. In fact, they were worlds apart.
The first was:
"So this is love,
So this is love,
So this....is love"
Can you guess where it comes from? The Cinderella movie, Disney (the classic cartoon).
The second song is an old-time song I remember singing "in rounds" at church:
"Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us. That...we...should be called the sons of God. That....we....should be called the sons of God."
It wasn't until I was almost finished that it hit me! Psalm 133 is about UNITY. Brothers living together in unity. So, this is love. He has given us HIS love, that we dwell together in unity, that we may be called the sons of God.
Visually, I think I like it best without the words. But the words gave it life, gave it meaning.
And that's how I brought in The New Year. Doodling with a purpose. A purpose to love, to strive to live together in unity. It is the first HOPE of my new year.
A couple of notes: The black circles that were randomly placed around the page....I have been one of those little blobs at many times in my life. That is, until someone reached out to me, with love, and reconnected me to the bigger picture.
And something funny: I MISSPELLED manner! Do you see it? haha The word Manor is a part of my street name. I suppose I was more accustomed to writing manor, not manner....oops!
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