L is for Lines: A-to-Z-Challenge

Not the lines a guy gives you at a bar.  Not the ones in the script you read for when you thought you wanted to be a movie star.

Doodles are lines.  Cartoons are linear.  Architects communicate with line drawings.  Lines are half of what creates visual images.

W DTX 1995 11 CLR DKPHORSE CALLING MOON EARTH 250I have couple of favorite line patterns I use in doodling, and sometimes as backgrounds in painting.   My all time favorite, and a comfort to draw, is the architectural symbol for ground.   I used it above to cover a background in acrylic, and right, as a decorative line in graphite.

When I was a kid, I put stars on EVERYTHING in school, always in the margins of my notes.  I still love gridded paper, and when I have it I tend to star when I pause to think, or in the margins, or to cover the entire top of the page.

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Lines in the hands of a good draughtswomen can tell a story.  I’m not one of those, but aspire to be.  I am moving from architectural precision to loose and expressive.  It’s a hard trait to break.  My 2am drawing of Jai captures the blissful sleep he is having after waking me to watch over him.  It also shows my third favorite doodle, the heart!

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hollywood baby turned beach gurl turned steel&glass city gurl turned cowgurl turned herb gurl turned green city gurl. . . artist writer photographer. . . cat lover but misses our big dogs, gone to heaven. . . buddhist and interested in the study of spiritual traditions. . . foodie, organic, lover of all things mik, partner in conservation business mpfconservation, consummate blogger, making a dream happen, insomniac who is either reading buddhist teachings or not-so-bloody mysteries or autobio journal thangs early in the morning when i can't sleep
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7 Responses to L is for Lines: A-to-Z-Challenge

  1. Sammy D. says:

    My first reaction to the Market drawing was ” that’s kind of like zentangling!” Which I am just learning and is making me see patterns everywhere! I,too, love gridded paper – orderly, logical, but allows “outside the box” when I allow myself that freedom.

    Great intro about what your lines are not – made me chuckle!


  2. Damyanti says:

    Love that heart image.
    Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2014, My Latest post

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z


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