doodle by andre: oh happy day! (and a giveaway)

OH HAPPY DAY (OH HAPPY DAY…). That Edwin Hawkins Singers song from 1969 is what this doodle by Andre Jordan reminds me of, though my gospel here on the blog is gardening, and our shared church–yours and mine–is the outdoors. To celebrate the feeling of gardeners in sunshine (oh happy day!), I’m adding a little incentive to comment on this week’s gorgeous doodle: a giveaway of three copies of Andre’s doodled memoir, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now.” How to win one of my favorite books ever:

Simply comment below, telling us what aspect of Andre’s work touches you (naughty? nice? wacky? wonderful?–use your own words). If you’re not sure, review all his doodles (!!!!) at this link.

As the holiday weekend ends at midnight Monday, May 31, I’ll select three winners at random using random.org’s random-number selector.

By the way, Andre’s wife, Mrs. Andre, says this doodle would make the nicest wallpaper, and she is just exactly right. Oh happy day! (Which see, below. Or more precisely, which hear.)

  1. Lisa says:

    I always love to see what Andre will do next. This is one great doodle! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could become small enough to climb up the stems of the flowers in our gardens and enjoy them from that perspective! This would make a very cheerful fabric to make curtains with. Thank you Andre, and Margaret!

  2. Pat says:

    To both Margaret and Andre, thanks for the good work and this opportunity.

    I appreciate Andre’s astute observation and the way he combines sparse graphics and clever words to convey more than either offers alone. His work is often a springboard for more contemplation or a recognition that he nailed something…..exactly.

    I’d love to see the whole collection in print.

  3. Deb Clarke says:

    Thanks for the creative, inspiring doodles that make me smile. We need smiles in our days don’t we? Like this one today and it is a double whammy with the flowers also reminding me of the “suns” children draw in their art work!

  4. Jim says:

    I’m learning to expect an Andre doodle in my email from my wife who forwards them to me. She is so taken with the Sisters Roach and BroAndre..how can I not be charmed by him too?

  5. Marilyn says:

    Andre is a genuis – makes me wish I were a child again and happy that I am an adult to appreciate his amazing work. Please include me in the drawing.

  6. Sharon says:

    Stuck on a runway at LaGuardia, waiting impatiently for thunderstorms to clear Chicago so I can get home — I’d hoped to finally plant my annuals this afternoon — Andre’s charming doodle reminds me there WILL indeed be sunny warm days ahead for this gardener to savor.

  7. Deidre says:

    I love how Andre’s doodle’s capture the quiet thoughts that everyone has, but we never quite find right words to express them. My husband doesn’t understand all of the doodles, but I just say “You don’t spend enough time outside.”

  8. Katie says:

    I love Andre’s doodles. They are simple, profound, and oh so true! How fabulous to have the collection of doodles in a book.

  9. ann says:

    Why Did My Plant Die?
    Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
    You walked too close. You trod on it.
    You dropped a piece of sod on it.
    You hoed it down. You weeded it.
    You planted it the wrong way up.
    and on and on goes the lament
    Andre get inspiration somewhere
    spose it is the same for all of us
    but he can put his pencil to it.
    but some of us will never do it.

  10. Ereuyi says:

    I especially like the …. social commentary? for lack of a better term–lawn mower rivalries and what-will-the-neighbors-think-of-our-fence.

  11. Penny says:

    Andre captures the soul of this gardner – and he makes it tickle so I laugh aloud. If I were at a desk and you were the teacher, I would have my hand way up in the air, waving frantically, shouting “pick me, pick me”. I’m not, so I will just comment and say here , please pick me.

  12. Helen says:

    I don’t know what one aspect of Andre’s doodles it is that always makes me smile, but I do know that I can’t wait to see the next one. Maybe it is that the doodles always seem to capture a private thought, one that we might not want to admit we have. They all have an edge to them also which I love! Thank you and I would love to have a copy of Andre’s book!

  13. Mary Ellen says:

    Andre’s doodles are unbelievably cute, a bit twisted, definitely succinct, right-on target, adorable, so true, and I just love them!

  14. brenda says:

    I think that doodle would make a great dress. Can’t you see a simple yellow dress with the pattern starting at the waist and going to the hem?

    I like when Andre talks about the dark side of us gardeners – plant envy, etc.

  15. Mark Raymond says:

    Andre’s gardener’s interpretation of that old beanstalk and Jack tale, perhaps? No castle and magic hen at the top of my stalks…only missing sunflower heads thanks to the hungry squirrels. (It’s still a cute doodle though).

  16. Betty says:

    Andre’s doodles can crack me up in a laugh out loud way & sometimes his doodles cause a snort & then there are others that evoke a smile of recognition. Why these responses? Because I recognize my ‘mad gardener’ elder self in all of them. And yes, I would love his book too.

  17. Marti Wall says:

    I love political cartoons and Andre’s gardening version, expressing in doodles and words what we all feel and experience in our love of gardening. Right on!

  18. Carol says:

    Andre’s doodles . . . I love the way he sees ordinary things in new ways; the childlike, to-the-point graphics; & minimal colors. They’re wonderful!

    1. Margaret says:

      THE ENTRIES ARE NOW CLOSED. (Though you may continue to tell us why you love Andre anytime, 24/7, here on my blog…tee hee.)

      First, the group welcome to first-time commenters (whom I normally welcome personally but can’t during these giveaways or it will mess up the random drawing). Hello to Amanda. Andrea, Barbara, Maariku, Majda, Sara, Mavis, EBell, Kelly, Sheila, Jo, Deana, Zom G, Sassafras, Mandy, WHP, Joyce, Joanne, Deb, Mari, Marilyn, Jim, Deidre, Carol, Donna, Marti, Betty, Mary Ellen, Mary Raymond. Glad to have you jumping in and not just lurking, and particularly this time, in praise of my dear doodling friend. Andre, Mrs. Andre and I really enjoyed reading what you all love about him, so thank you.

      And the winners of Andre’s doodled memoir, “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now,” generated by the Random Number Generator tool at random.org, are:

      WHP, Fred and Joan.

      I will email you separately.

      Congratulations, and thanks for joining in our holiday-weekend giveaway.

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