Bagatelle #1

I recently posted this bagatelle on Instagram. It's one of a series of daily useless writings made up of leftover paint and discarded papers. I've been making these as an antidote to the several long projects that I've been working on for what seems like forever. I can see the light at the end of this tunnel ... but for now I'm still in the tunnel.

Andrew Fox’s calligraphic animals

Calligraphic animal drawings by Andrew Fox
Calligraphic animal drawings by Andrew Fox

I’ve seen Andrew Fox’s calligraphy animals several times over the past year or so, and I now I see that he has an instructional book out. Not having read it, I can’t vouch for the book, but his animals — and bugs and robots and sushi and bombs and so on — are trés cute!

Most lately via Colossal.

Exchange envelopes: catching up

With all the chaos here, I had gotten behind in my exchange envelope commitments. Not anymore. I'm all caught up ... until July 1. In keeping with these hard economic times, the theme for these is Frugality. Recycled envelopes, a dried-up Zig calligraphy marker, and a re-purposed Zig Millennium mark cut to a chisel edge with an X-acto blade.

The envelopes frame a bit of doodling. I don't know what to do with it, so it just sits on the table reproaching me for my indecisiveness.

As usual, click on the image to get a closer look.

In Defense of Doodling

part of a doodle from last year

I always knew that doodling helped me concentrate in a meeting, but here's a scientific study that backs up my intuition. The new study, published in Applied Cognitive Psychology, shows that "people may doodle as a strategy to help themselves concentrate," says study co-author Jackie Andrade. Read more about it in the blog post at Wired.