Dancing with Life

Dancing with Life @ Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Sometimes we dance with our demons (they have horrid bad breath and terrible yellow teeth). Actually, demons are very good dancers, and all they want is to have a little fun. The best way to dance with your demons is to laugh at them. They don’t hear enough laughter, and get tired of roaring and growling just to get a little attention.

Sometimes we dance with kites and scarves and other things that flow in the wind.  And sometimes we dance with sparkly things. Life has its rhythms and flows and dancing with life makes the day worthwhile.

Have fun with your dance and finding your inner beat. Wear your brightest colors and enjoy your day.

Yee-haw!

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Good news! Stay tuned for information in the next few weeks about SueDoodles first ever calendar, Adventures in Doodleland 2011!

~SueDoodles

Dancing the Dancer

Dancing the Dancer © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Yesterday afternoon I came home after an exciting day in town shopping for groceries and spending time with a friend to an email with the subject line Top Blog!

After reading it a few times I realized SueDoodles had been awarded a top art therapy blogging award; and not only that this blog was  in the company of some other wonderful art therapy blogs. See?

Thank you, whoever you are, who voted for this blog. The one thing I do get is that it was based on reader nominations. This is totally awesome. Gosh. And humbling. But do I dig it? You bet.

I am not an art therapist in any kind of official sense to anyone but myself. I don’t have a bunch of initials behind my name or really any formal art training. I’m just fascinated by color and line and patterns. And Im happy to be part of a rather vibrant doodling community.

And I am delighted that you find my art inspiring and uplifting.

Three years ago I still ran the internal story that I could not draw. In November of 2007 I participated in Leah Piken Kolidas’   friendly challenge to create art every day during Art Every Day Month. I decided to doodle everyday for a month as a way of spending less time at the computer. (Did you know I have another very active life as a digital mandala maker?)

And I’ve been doodling, more or less every night before I go to sleep, since then. I’ve tried doodling away from home, during the middle of day, waiting in doctors’ offices, but really — doodling is my night time ritual.

So if you hold a story about not being good enough, would you be willing to suspend that belief long enough to get a pencil and paper and just see what happens when you put it on the paper? You could have a whole new life waiting for you!

It’s taken me three years to not care what I put in my sketch pad. Not caring is totally freeing.

Dancing the Dancer is also about freedom and moving from an authentic place in my heart and holding my arms up in love. Plus, I really love this color palette. Someday I’m going to design me some clothes in these colors.

Have fun out there. It’s so worth it!

~Sue Doodles

The Oracle

Oracle © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

It started with one long line looped around the page. As  I continued to fill in the spaces, the shape of a face began to emerge. I don’t normally draw faces, but this powerful wide eyed woman seemed to have something important to share.

Listening to her, I recognized what I have known for awhile.  She reminds me that I am shifting  the focus and intention of my doodling to embrace it as a healing activity. My heart has been touched many times by the comments left on my blog that my work inspires.  More and more I am owning that this art is a healing activity. My intention and my passion is motivated by a desire to express  heartfelt truth, and to assist others in finding theirs.

Art and creativity is such a great way to do this.

I speak from my  inner knowing and create using  intuitive symbols. When I listen to what The Oracle wants to share with me, I see all the stories and symbols and words of wisdom waiting to be expressed. We hold back out of fear.

My strength is in my sense of humor. I love being playful and funny and the way I express that best is through these doodles.

And so today I encourage all of you who play on paper to find your voice, your symbols, your special meanings. In the days to come I will share more of my process and offer suggestions so you can find what works for you.

I look forward to our playtime together.

Sue Doodles

A colorful journey

Journey – © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Creating this doodle over a couple of evenings was a lot of fun. Towards the end I remembered a post I had seen over at Daisy Yellow about slow journaling. I wanted a word n this doodle, and journey wanted to be added in the lower left hand corner. I have for sure been on a journey of the heart.  It wasn’t until I scanned the doodle that I saw the outline of a bird…a parrot? a dodo? some feathered friend residing in my imagination? Yes, of course! Birds are messengers from spirit. I knew this one would be vibrant!

Journey in Color © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

I played with my prismacolors over the next few nights. Yellow beak and bright orange breast – yes! of course. Second night I was exhausted but still wanted to add a little more color  before I turned out the lights. I thought of my friend Fabeku Fatunmise. Now Fabeku does this totally amazing stuff with sacred sound to help us get unstuck. And he’s generous too. And fun. So I decided to listen to the downloads I had of his sacred sound (which you can download here and here for free!). It was perfect with the centering vibes of the Tibetan singing bowl and his drum. And then I remembered the drumbeat of shamanic journeying and yes here I was in a journey with my doodlebird and it all made sense as the sound transitioned into the track from his CD. And I started to hear color — so wild — electric blue and magnificent magenta and color combos that go boing together. It was quite a ride, and when the track was over I turned out the lights and slept soundly. SOUNDLY!

Yesterday I completed the journey. I was operating mostly on vibe anyway after not much sleep, and I was deeply in touch with energetic presence. I’m still learning how to add color that represents the energy I see…the sparkles of blue and pink and yellow, the auras. I imagined the bird absorbing the energy of carnelian (the round orange orbs). Powerful stuff.

So do you listen to music when you do art and how does it affect you and what you create?

~SueDoodles

Wake up to Doodle Wisdom

Sunshine Girl © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Phew! I had to pull down a whole bunch of cobwebs when I came to this blog tonight. I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything. But during the time that I was away, you can bet that I have not stopped doodling!

I experienced a bout of insomnia a while back and the only thing I knew to do was to get out my sketchbook, which is always next to me in bed, to see if it could soothe me back to dream land.

I had already finished the body of the doodle. I asked what it wanted to share  and the words scribbled around the periphery of the doodle came to me:

Awaken to the Glory that you are.

Feel it every day.

Rejoice in all that you are.

And to think some people think that doodles are simple!

SueDoodles

How do you use your art to help in your healing?