So What Is The Checkerboard?

This started out as an illustration for my writing project — a symbolic landscape. Then I ruined it. Which of course liberated me to play. Then it became kind of a meditation and I felt compelled to put my usual checkerboard in the background of all the leaping, the risk, the chaos and the lurking cul-de-sacs.

So is the checkerboard just me falling back on the safety of a grid, neatly ruled off? Or, hmmm… does it reflect a belief — a confidence — that behind all the craziness in the real world landscape, there is order to the universe?

I like it when doodling makes me think.

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5 Responses to So What Is The Checkerboard?

  1. Pat Price says:

    I liked to doodle in class all thru my academic career. Checkerboards were often involved. Don’t know why.

  2. I never did checkerboards, always stars, trees & flowers. I read the stars meant I was spiritually inclined…maybe?

  3. I can’t remember when I learned to draw a five-pointed star, but I’m sure it was one of those early “accomplishments” so I drew them a lot too.

  4. Sean Price says:

    “does it reflect a belief — a confidence — that behind all the craziness in the real world landscape, there is order to the universe?”

    They say this was a big part of Mondrian’s motivation as well.

  5. @Sean, for me, as of this drawing, it is less of a “motivation” (thx for the Mondrian connection) than a mini-kensho experience. Apparently this agnostic has conducted my life with the understanding that, when I step off into the chaos, I actually believe order will prevail. Either that or… being descended from carpenters, I can’t escape wanting the universe to be squared up and leveled off.

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