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    Posting this from the SAI FB page where Allan brought the subject up. I know we have discussed this before, but one reason I include it here is because we do not have a page/thread for sketches or drawings; correct me if I am wrong there.

     

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    Chris Lock
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    To me, a doodle always has meant a drawing without theme or figuration, an absent-minded scrawl.

    The most common definition for “doodle” (Shorter OED), though Don has accurately quoted others, is “scribble or draw, esp. absent-mindedly.” The noun is such a scribble or drawing. Your drawings, sketches, or studies are hardly scribbles IMO, Allan. Artists are short-changed too much already. IMO we can do without short-changing artists talented sketches by referring to them as “doodles”. Originally “doodle” meant a foolish person. Ditch the word is my advice.

    Of course, an accomplished artist may well look upon their sketches as nothing more than doodles, but the sketches here are produced from observations and reproducing in some form what the artist is or was looking at, and that is not absent-mindedness. Quite the contrary; they are more acts of observation and mindfulness of what one is or was observing, casual though they may be.

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    Allan T Adams
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    After giving much thought to this Chris I have resisted the urge to refer to the sketches I did of an evening, or weekend afternoon, as doodles. The process of clearing my office in the lead up to early retirement was a time for reflecting on may things, not least because I was so tired I couldn’t bring myself to ‘doodle’ even in the mindless way that OED describes.

    Donna suggested I use the term ‘architectural study’. Often this will be apt as drawing the building, scene or component is a way of getting to the essence of what it is composed of and understadning it better.

    Chris Lock
    Chris Lock
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    Agreed. Donna’s suggestion sounds good to me, Allan.

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