Yesterday, when I started the first drawing of a hand holding a balloon I abandoned it immediately, because I realized it was positioned in the wrong place. It was obvious that I needed to start again with a fresh piece of paper.
This morning, searching for an idea, the false start from yesterday jumped out at me and became the idea for today’s daily doodle. As I imagined what the image should be, the words took shape first – “Picking up a false start and running with it.” I was excited to come up with this idea. I signed the paper in the usual spot in the bottom right hand corner and scanned it into my computer. It appeared upside down on the screen, but that’s when it became clear what the image should be.
I clearly saw that the line should be the tail of a kite. It made perfect sense for the image and words. Sometimes you have to turn something upside down to get the right perspective. This is something Zendictive has written about and drawn in his Etegami. It happened quite literally here, as you can see from the position of my signature in the final drawing.
Today’s doodle was inspired by Zendictive’s and Fergiemoto’s posts about Etegami – a Japanese word meaning the combination of pictures and meaningful words.
This is basically what I’ve been trying to do from the beginning with this blog, but the idea of Etegami helped me focus on what the leaf might have to say, rather than trying to impose my own words and feelings onto the leaf. For the record, I’m not as stiff and wrinkled as the leaf I drew this morning, but I am still here, so that’s at least one thing we have in common.