Doodling and the Right Mind

by Shannon Bowman

Laura Henderson is a doodler. Her art comes from a habit that was developed as early as the 4th grade (and probably sooner, but that’s as far back as she has proof). Henderson began doodling as a kid and, at that time, didn’t know why. In fact, it caused her a great deal of trouble in school. Henderson's teachers reported that she was not listening or applying herself. It wasn’t until many, many years later that she learned that her “doodling” wasn’t because she was bored, but rather, an unconscious tool to help her listen and focus.

Henderson began to use it to get through the many meetings she attended as an adult. It became accepted by everyone in meetings that she was going to doodle and still be able to participate. The volume of meetings, working for the Virginia Pilot and other businesses, allowed Henderson to create a tremendous collection of what she now calls DOODLES OF THE DAY. She has more than 500 pen and ink drawings in boxes, notebooks and on various pieces of paper. People began encouraging her to sell my “doodles”, which she still find perplexing, since she considers them nothing more than scribbles on paper.

Henderson's work can be seen live at The Paint Gallery and she will be at the Crafted Indie Arts & Craft Market show on Oct 11th.

 

A Sample of the Doodle Collection

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You can keep up with this growing collection Online or on Facebook