Up until now I’ve labelled a lot of my day to day drawings as “doodles”. I wanted a way to mark them as different to what I thought of as a drawing – which always seemed to me to be something drawn from life with skill and attention. That is not what the majority of my drawings are these days (my ME/CFS makes it difficult for me to draw from observation – something to do with processing the information).
But I realise that “doodles” are considered by most people to be something you do with a certain absence of mind, where the pen or the subconcious lead. So, that’s not what these drawings are either.
I very much enjoy the drawings of many other artists which are also not observational drawings in a traditional sense. They call theirs “drawings”. (I know it’s a revelation!).
So after all these months I’m going to call my drawings – drawings. No more wrestling with what labels mean. for now. Maybe.