I retired from my job just over two years ago. Approximately a year prior to that I decided I would like to find a way to create art while at work. So, I bought a drawing pad and put together a small drawing kit. It all had to be fairly portable. On breaks and during lunch I would find a quiet place to sit and doodle. At first it was somewhat frustrating - trying to come up with imagined subject matter. One day I had the notion to abandon the idea of a concrete mindful subject and just let the drawing happen. This was an epiphany - an awakening for me. I had read about psychic automatism (free association) as practiced by the surrealists and abstract expressionists, but had never imagined how I might incorporate it into my own artwork. Now, since retiring, I have also incorporated this method into my studio painting. However, I still like the spontaneity of the drawing process.
These are examples of my drawings from about 3 years ago:
In two of these drawings you will find figurative elements within the abstracted forms. The titles are my own narrative impression of the pieces.