TRANSITIONS AND INTENTIONS

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Transitions – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

I doodled this around the time of Winter Solstice, thinking about seasonal shifts from darkness to light and what might be seen seen from above (way above!) during different seasons of the year. At the heart is change, of course. I love the wildness of winter as much as I love the expectancy that comes with spring.

On my mind right now is what I would like to usher into my life for 2009…not so much New Year’s Resolutions but New Year’s Intentions. 2008 was all about wonder for me. Here I am creating a daily doodling practice where a year ago I would have said I do not draw. Will wonders never cease?!  It’s good to let go of those self-defeating definitions, break out of the box, try out new things.

I have been reading  stories on Christine Kane’s blog, the stories of women who chose a one word intention for the year just ending and what has transpired for them.  Lisa Call’s story about courage was especially inspiring for me.

What about you? Do you have a ritual of setting intentions into place for the coming new year?

~suedoodles

MANIC MONDAY – TRADITION

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Mehndi is a form of skin decoration drawn with henna that is traditionally applied to brides(and bridegrooms)  in India and South-East Asia before a wedding. It is also used during any ceremony, after the 7th month of pregnancy, after the baby is born, and for family get-togethers.(from wikipedia) For those of you not familiar with mehndi, here is a link that will take you to an amazing gallery of images.

I am fascinated by these traditions and honor those who learn the craft. Over the weekend I had fun playing with the patterns used in henna art. After drawing the mandala, I brought it into Photoshop, played around with inversion adjustments and   gradient fills, as well as making photoshop brushes from the original design.

Manic Monday’s meme for the week is tradition and this is my contribution. Expect so see more Mehndi patterns in the future as well as an offering of the brushes I make .  How about Mehndi Monday, rather than Manic Monday? Hm. Manic Mehndi has a nice ring to it, too!

~suedoodles

DOODLE WEEK DAY #4 – ANGEL DOODLE

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Peace on Earth Goodwill to Everyone


This morning I woke up to the sound of rain and high winds. So far so good we still have power. A little while later we had thunder and lightening, hail, and rain. Im lounging around enjoying a lazy-ish morning doing art, answering e-mail, talking to friends. Good stuff.


This image was created using a scan of an angel I made a few years back when I was a paper maker. The background is one of my digital mandalas. Doodles by Wacom. Such fun.

~suedoodles

NEW DAY DAWNING

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New Day Dawning – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

There sure has been some mighty wild and wooly energy abounding in the cosmos the past few days. Have you felt it? The affect it has had on me has been insomnia. Well, not really insomnia, but no desire to sleep. I just couldn’t stop.

So the other night before I finally settled down at 3 am, I thought my mind was going to explode with all the synapses exploding. Wham. Bam. Zizzle. Pow.

Electric.

Yesterday, when I finished coloring (ooo rediscovering my prismacolors again…such yummy intense colors) and looked at the image, the message I felt it had for me was a lot of struggle and frustration was falling away to make room for new beginnings and a more expansive outlook. And there is something about this image that suggests to my mind, at least, of floating above it all, detached yet engaged in the process of life.

How does this image speak to you?

FOLLOW THE MUSIC

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Follow the Music – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

How many of you out there have seen the movie August Rush ? For those of you whose hands are not raised, I heartily recommend renting this dvd. The main theme is about how music connect us all together for those who are willing to listen…melodic psychic vibrations linking you to me and me to you.

While creating this zendala, I was struck by the thought of the music all around, in the air, in the water, beating in the earth, crackling in the fire. Tune your ears to all those sounds we tend to tune out on a day to day basis…water dripping, car horns honking, coins dropping on the floor, paper rustling, keystrokes tapping…such exquisite percussion! Just tune in to that sound and stop thinking of it as annoyance and more like…life.

~suedoodles

AEDM 30 – THE DREAM

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The Dream – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

I have perceived different messages in this doodle during the course of its development. I have turned the image upside down and right side up, this way and that, which way is up and which is down? First I saw Rapunzel letting her hair down, then I had a sense of ceremony and was going to call it The Wedding. I went away for Thanksgiving and was coloring this doodle while conversing about Life Dreams with my friend Lorlyn. One thing I noticed was I really did seem to be able to pay better attention to her while I was coloring. I could follow my desire to color my doodle yet stay attentive to my friend…the oft-sought and highly pleasurable Win/Win

So the conversation was about Living the Dream, Nursing our Visions. It’s so easy to get overwhelmed by thinking it all has to happen at once. What little steps can you make today to come closer to your vision of how you want to live your life?

I like posting this image on the last day of AEDM. It’s not the end, just the beginning of the next round. What is your Life Dream? How do you want to live it?

GOING BANANAS

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GREEN LIGHT MANDALA (Art Every Day series #22) © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

(source image: banana tree leaf)

I must admit this feels a little odd being a guest on my doodle blog. *Giggle*

I have been playing with photography for this year’s AED challenge, and over on Sacred Circle Mandalas I posted some images of a banana tree I often visit. Creating a mandala from one of those images was a natural progression in the flow of things. Why not add some little curley-que and spiral thingies to the image?

And for that matter, why not post here?

Hmmm.

*Looking around.*

This place doesn’t look half bad.

Sometimes we just need a fresh perspective, yes?

~suedoodles


PLAYING WITH CIRCLES

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BURST OUT – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

One of the pleasures of Art Every Day Month is that I get to give myself permission to try out new things. I set out creating this design with a desire to experiment with watercolor frisket, and to play more with watercolor crayons and twinkling h2o’s.

What did I learn? Well,  you really do need the right tools (note to self:add that frisket nib and new brushes to art store shopping list). It probably takes experimenting to learn what those tools are. Oh yea, and it’s fun to burst out in new directions.

This kind of reminds me of one of those wall clocks from the 50’s, no doubt inspired by sputnik. (Does anyone else here besides me even remember sputnik?)

What do you see?

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Hey, why not come visit my mandala blog, where I continue to explore all things circular!



RAINY DAY DOODLE

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Rainy Day Doodle – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

What better activity is there on a rainy day than doodling? This doodle is actually a work in progress. I thought I would post changes over the next couple of days. I am not a quick sketch kinda gal. My doodles often take a few days to complete. This time I’m thinking outside the circle. Im gonna drawl all over the page!

I’m down with a cold. Sympathy and chicken soup are always appreciated. Doodling is a great between naps pasttime!

This post is part of Leah’s Art Every Day Month 2008 challenge. Be sure to come visit me at my mandala blog, Sacred Circle Mandalas, for an inspiriting dose of digital art

~sue doodles

UPDATE:

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Well, she called out finish me, and so I did!