automatic drawing

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A rainy Memorial Day is a great excuse to stay in and make art, and here's a little "art exercise" anyone can do - automatic drawing.  Pick something to draw and look only at it while you sketch, not the paper.  Whether it's doodling,  coloring books (they're not just for kids anymore),  Annie Dugan says we need to be encouraged to make things the way we're encouraged to journal.  "Permission to do it every day just because it's a good thing to do,"  she says.