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Eyes: Windows to the Soul

One of my eye drawings from last year.

One of my eye drawings from last year.

A misconception I have come across when discussing creativity with friends is that it is in its own category; it is not associated with other disciplines, such as psychology or science.

Well, I disagree.

People always have opportunities to be creative in everything they do, whether it is by being outwardly creative by making a piece of art, by solving problems creatively, or by incorporating an aspect of creativity into any analysis or experiment.

For example:

While looking back on many of the doodles that I have drawn both recently and in the past few years, I discovered a common theme: I love to draw eyes. I draw them absolutely everywhere and am highly interested in the prevalence of eyes in art throughout history.

Two examples of this stand out for me: Ancient Egyptian paintings and the symbol of the Evil Eye.

Ancient Egyptian Art. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

Ancient Egyptian Art. Credit: commons.wikimedia.org

I have always been fascinated by Ancient Egyptian mythology, and along with this came a great appreciation for their art. In their paintings, the Ancient Egyptians depicted people with their faces in profile, which, as I was once taught, was possibly to prevent evil spirits from taking over the souls of the people in the paintings. If the people had their entire faces showing in the paintings, the evil spirits would be able to invade by traveling through the people’s eyes. However, with only one eye showing, there were no visible entrances into the people’s bodies.

The Evil Eye, a symbol seen in many different cultures, is said to ward off any evil thoughts or looks that have been cast upon you. The Evil Eye is commonly worn as jewelry, but it can also been seen in art. I find it fascinating that, in this context, the eye is given power to protect the wearer from evil, something with which I would not usually associate it.

I soon began to wonder what it was about eyes that had captivated me (and my doodling habits) for much of my life, so I decided to research psychoanalyses of doodles. While I found a variety of answers regarding the meaning of doodling eyes, two analyses especially resonated with me:

My personal Evil Eye from Greece.

My personal Evil Eye from Greece.

Since eyes are often considered to be the windows to the soul, by drawing eyes, I may be either…

1. expressing my curiosity and desire to understand people and the world

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2. reflecting my inner self through my drawings.

Either way, doodling eyes is a consistent and enjoyable part of my life.

Creative challenge:

This leads me to today’s creative challenge: Draw an eye and keep working on it until you are satisfied. Then, look at the meanings of different types of eyes (yes, there are different interpretations for drawing big eyes and drawing small eyes, for example – but don’t look at the interpretations until you have completely finished drawing) and see if the interpretation that matches the eye you drew represents your personality!

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Do you think interpreting doodles is an accurate method of revealing your personality?

And which explanation of doodling eyes do you resonate more with?

Comment below to discuss.

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