The word LOLLYGAG was chosen by a member of the art game Monkey Side Bars and we drew this word for posting to Instagram on Sunday, February 16th.

The origin of this odd term lollygag is unknown but is an Americanism dating to the middle of the nineteenth century.  Jonathon Green, in his Cassell Dictionary of Slang, suggests it may come from a dialect word lolly, meaning “tongue”.  If it is, then it’s a close relative of lollipop, which is also thought to come from the same source.

Fooling around, spending time aimlessly, dawdling or rather doodling on the app Sketch Club has lately been one of my recent pastimes since being engrossed with Monkey Side Bars from when it began September of last year so lollygag was a perfect word choice for me as I can relate to it so well.

Here below are my contributions for the word LOLLYGAG which I drew on Sketch Club.  The girl on the beach was a black and white drawing I used as a reference and the other was a Christmas greeting card I believe, so I changed the note.  They both took me about an hour or so to complete and I mainly used standard brushes and a fountain pen to write the note from Henri Leclair (from the TV program Mr Selfridge)… lollygag dreaming of Henri.

Lollygag 1     Lollygag 2

I used to draw all the time... then there was a very long gap till I acquired a Draw Something addiction that began in March 2012 which threw me into the world of digital drawing. I now mainly use a drawing app called Sketch Club and have recently created a website for a drawing game my friend and I have invented called Monkey Side Bars. Monkey Side Bars is a twice-a-week drawing game where you are challenged to a piece of art on a specific theme. Players take turns selecting the theme for each round. On the reveal date for each round, we co-ordinate a mass posting to Instagram simultaneously across the globe (see posting times and collages). Be sure to check your posting time. The game is open to all who wish to participate. We welcome all levels of skill from beginners to hobbyists to professionals. All you need is a creative mind, a sense of humor, and a willingness to try. You might have heard it through the ape vine… This game will have you hooked on the monkey bars. Like a monkey likes a banana… it has that appeal. Come monkey around with us and see what all the fuss is about.

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