Ain't No Ninny

Where Creativity and Everyday Life Collide

Do Scribbles Count?



Sometimes your Muse goes on vacation.  You feel blocked or uninspired.  That’s the time to let your inner kidlet out.  Do something that you think does not count as real art, something that maybe you think is just for school children.  Young children love to create and they have no inner critic to tell them that what they do is not art.

For many months, I did a ‘scribble’ drawing every morning because all inspiration for my poetry had gone bye-bye.  I did it with an online app, but you can do it with a piece of paper and some crayons, colored pencils, or markers.  Close your eyes and make a scribble.  Open your eyes and look at the scribble to see what it reminds you of.  You may have to squint or turn the paper upside down or sideways to ‘see’ the picture-in-the-scribble.  Complete the drawing just as a child would, using whatever skill you have but without censoring anything you do.  It should be FUN, not work.

The odd-looking water bird above is the result of one of my scribbles.  And you don’t have to leave it at just a drawing.  I sometimes post my ‘scribble’ art in an online poetry group asking that the poet-members write a poem inspired by the drawings.  I wrote the silly poem below to go with the scribble drawing in the photo.  Doing something silly and fun will often kick-start creativity in more serious ways.  Try it!

the ugly cluckling

what do you get
when you cross a puffin and a dodo bird?
something wet and hunchback-heading
a quasimodo fowlish thing
lacking grace in form and face
a spinster howling in the wind
looking down
ashamed, chagrined
an ugly cluckling
(that’s the word)
no teal-necked duckling
no swan-to-be
and yet we see
how fine she is
a feathered friend
a diving whiz
a webb-ed swimmer
at ease at sea
and, in the end
she will fly free
(which is more than
either you or me)


Author: aintnoninny

I write poetry and fiction; create doodle art; do genealogical research; take photographs of the world around me; think about odd things; hike the red rocks; and obsess on food.

4 thoughts on “Do Scribbles Count?

  1. Excellent scribble! And I love poetry. Please keep posting because I’m loving what I see so far!

  2. This is one of the finest, alivest images ever. It is WONDERFULLY childlike, yet at the same time informed by a sophisticated color sense and compositional soundness. And the poetry–so true! so sad! illustrates the illustration with a heartbreaking poignance.

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