Montalut Doodles are simple and fun. I draw them with a pen on paper before I work on them on the computer, and I think this gives the doodles a kind of rawness that I like. There is both a lightness and heaviness to them, a push and pull between playfulness and a quieting down. They are lifted from my journal, so every single doodle is a personal snapshot of a moment in my life.

While they are visual meditations, most of them are whimsical and fanciful.  Montalut Doodles lift up a space and bring joy wherever they go.  I’ve seen friends stick them on walls, closets, refrigerators.

I have over 500 doodles now, and am working on cataloging them.  I’ve just put up my first doodle story, A Widening, which is available for free download.  🙂

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If you’d like your very own Montalut Doodle, for now I encourage you to browse old doodle posts and let me know if you’d like any as a print (8.5″x11″ or half that size) or as a downloadable file, which you can then print on your own.

I’ve also put up selected doodles as prints, wearables, and homeware on my three Doodle shops (for shipping anywhere in the world!).  If you’d like a customized doodle, send me an email at montalut[at]gmail.com.    I’m also open to collaborative projects, just let me know what you’re thinking!

back on the road
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anticipation and the danger of happy memories
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mistakes and moving on
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Thank you and goodbye, 2014.
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what are your questions?
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No more previews, please.
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Pausing for relevance
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what do you do with anxiety?
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A widening.
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It’s time to go home.
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Spirit and practical
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Doodles to close 2013
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closing 2013: a visual diary
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Who are your mountains?
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two extremes
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2013 is a sponge year — possibilities again!
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go now…
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beautiful day, everyday
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A love interest
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Infinity and the perks of a barkada
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I say to you…
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Can you come out and play?
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Life as we know it
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Landing na.
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Look up
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what gets you out of bed in the morning?

What is the mountain of my life? It’s not money.

Is this why I’m not rich?

No amount of brainwashing will make me endure slaving over money. I wish I could’ve been wired otherwise. I see ambition on friends’ faces and hearts and used to wonder if I felt envious, but my truth is not in that space. I know with certainty that I don’t belong there, and that I will have to start really believing that when we do what we love, we are most successful and consequently, most rewarded (i.e. the money will come).

From an essay I read today:

…when a person is working in the area of his of her expertise, worries and cares fall away, replaced by a sense of bliss.

In Spanish, instead of asking someone you just met “What’s your work?” or “What do you do?”, the question is “A que te dedicas?” — To what are you dedicated?

The romantic in me would gladly volunteer “LOVE” as the answer, or maybe it would make more sense to answer with specific people to love …

But beyond this abstract motivation, what does get us out of bed in the morning? Is it to pay bills, to work to provide for our family, to put food on the table? Is it to count the hours until we get to go home and rest again, ready for the next day? Is it so we can meet up with friends after work, to unwind and watch a movie with our loved one, or to go on facebook and chismis the day away? Is it to pray and be accountable for our time and talents?

What’s your honest answer? Why did you get out of bed this morning?

It might not be the same reason tomorrow.

Climb your mountain, he will climb his, you meet at the top.
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Wishful thought: spring in the Philippines
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Quiet and bridges
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When words fail
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New year, new directions
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so…everything crumbles. now what?
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a passing
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a change of heart re TV?
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hush now
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un-happy
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what persists?
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back to quiet
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walking towards the light
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there are two fears — which is yours?
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what happens when the wanting ends?
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where, nowhere
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the days go numb
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forced doodles and rilke
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waiting for the world to change
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beyond the barren field are mountains
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why is sleep so inviting?
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what’s your truth?
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what makes a friend a best friend?
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loneliness
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memory vs. presence
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complements and distractions
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I say good morning to my God
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dead stars
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do you smile in your sleep?
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“Oh Thou, before whom all words recoil.”
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have the courage to die first
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frivolities
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show me the way
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oh sadness! here today, gone today
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flow like a river
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fall in love again in 2010
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i am a violent fire…
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My 30 before 30
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quietness
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