A BREATH OF FRESH AIR – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

There is a shift in the cosmos. Can you feel it? Is it just that Mercury has  blessedly gone direct again, inviting movement? I don’t know, but I do get this message:  Let’s start acting on those ideas, girl!

I have a recurring dream:  I am in a dark yet comforting basement of a big old house. I spend enormous amounts of time getting out of the basement, climbing stair case after staircase, often winding, to get out of the darkness and into the light. When I reach the attic I feel enormous freedom.

Right now I am in the middle of cleaning out stuff  in my own house that I don’t want any more, making room for the new. Decluttering is a powerful exercise in manifesting.  I love it!

This is the second in a series of daily doodles, done in an evening, just for fun.




Balancing Act – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Some days are like this. Strong foundation with precarious footing. Ever have one like that?

Right now I am focusing a lot on my doodles. Any day now the next layer of spring will begin to erupt on the North Coast of California,  and I will be out with my camera to capture more beauty for mandala making (you do know about my mandala blog, don’t you? Hope you come visit!)

Healingmagichands made the observation that I use a lot of eyes in my doodles. How many of you out there practiced drawing eyes when you were young…beautiful eyelashes, arched eyebrows, perfect shading? Always striving to capture the soul within? Ya, me too!

I don’t really have much of a story to go with this doodle. I just put down the pen and this is what appeared. It’s a nice way to spend some time before I go to sleep. Who needs pills? Not me!

And with that, I am going in search of my pillow.

Sweet dreams.

By the See


By the See – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

This doodle was birthed while waiting to see my doctor earlier this week. Everything is fine and I thank you all for your wishes of well-being. I am learning that when the body is out of balance it rebels until balance is restored. So one thing I’ve decided to do is  give up coffee. It’s day ten without coffee-bean caffeine; Im learning to love this new even-keeled calm. I like green and white teas and will probably go back to yerba matte for a while too. The good thing about coming off coffee while not feeling up to par is that the withdrawl headache is indistinguishable from the not-feeling-good one.

Doodling and coloring is calming as well. While there are certain shapes that reappear often, I never have any idea where I am going until I am done.

I love that. No preconceived notions except for the wholeness of the circle. There must be a lesson about life there, too!

What do you see?




its been quite a long time since ive had a bout of the flu. betweeen those power naps ive been taking, i was able to finish embellishing this doodle, which went this way and that way in my mind without any particular way to go.

coloring is perfect rainy day sick in bed  activity. don’t you think the smell of crayola MUST be healing, in an aromatherapeutic kind of way?

stay healthy, everyone.




Promise – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Over at Creative Every Day, Leah has chosen play as the theme for the month. It doesn’t take too much to encourage me to play in doodle-land.  So I drew me a doodle, got out my neo-colors and just had fun. Neo colors are a delight for me, and right now is my favorite coloring agent. (Color first, paint with water later…something almost magical and definitely captivating!)

Where the name for this doodle came from Im not sure. I looked at it and the middle flower seemed to offer up a promise…


Dark Promise – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

…inverting the colors in photoshop adds a batik feel to the design. I like it!

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.  ~Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

Have fun playing!




Yup, it’s true, Im still busily doodling mehndi patterns in mandalas and creating variations on those themes in Photoshop.  Not only am I currently captivated by these patterns, Im also loving lush green. Did you notice I redid the theme for my blog in a lovely spring green? I like this layout better and find it easier on the eyes, as well.

I’m thinking in a couple of days I will present a tutorial about making these images and how I transform them in Photoshop. Would that be fun? Learning new things is way up on my list of values. How about you?

I’ve joined Leah Piken Kolidas for another year of Creating Every Day. These Mehndi Mandalas fit in nicely with her monthly theme of play.

See you next Mehndi!