Spirit Guide – © Sue O’Kieffe

Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. ~Benjamin Spock

I was merrily doodling away one evening when I realized a figure was emerging  among my spirals and curvy lines. She presented herself to me as a woman of color. It is a joy for me to bring her through and share her with you. She has a wise heart and says she is here to teach about trust.

My Kid Loves All The Colors


All the Colors – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

It’s only in innocence you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage. ~Sean Penn

When days are long and all linear thought has disappeared from my brain, I am grateful for the comfort and calm of doodling. I love the sound and feel of my Sharpie scratching against Canson sketch paper.  My time with my sketchbook is a late night visit with my BFF.

And then I get to play with colors. Oh my. I love the choosing and then watching the interplay of my choices. I know it is basic color wheel theory, but I still love the magic… as well as the soft feel of prismacolors spreading like butter on toast.


All The Colors at Night – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Using the digital alchemy of Photoshop, I can turn my colored doodles into scratchboard with just one click. Remember doing that in kindergarten…laying down color on paper, covering  it with ink, and scratching out hidden colors underneath?

My doodling is pure expressive therapy. My thanks goes out to all you graphic designers  who have turned doodling into a respected art form. I groove on the joy.

How do you express yourself that puts you back in touch with your inner child?



Joy and Passion Dancing – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world~Wayne Dyer

I inverted all the colors of my previous post’s mandala. White is black and black is white, and opposites on the color wheel are now displayed.  Wouldn’t it be dandy  to be able to apply an invert adjustment layer to our thinking about people and uncomfortable situations ?

~sue doodles



Joy and Passion – © Sue O’Kieffe

Focus on the color purple this week and you will receive good luck~ found in a fortune cookie

I’m not sure I believe in luck, but I sure do love the color purple. I also like green and coral and turquoise and yellow and just about every other hue and shade in the prismacolor box.

Over at Creative Every Day, Leah’s focus for the month of April is on color. When I looked at my recently completed doodle-dala this morning (which just now made me smile  hearing that word in my head), I thought something about these colors beckoned me to celebrate…  celebrate celebrate dance to the music colors.  And then, (gawwwd, I love sychronicity), I discovered that Leah’s theme on her blog today is all about celebrating our creative sparks. Ohhhh yeahhhhhh!

You know what else I realized this morning? ….doodling is my joy and mandala making is my passion. And that, I believe, is real cause for hand clapping and laughter. (For those of you who do not know, I also have a mandala blog where I focus on my digital art making and my appreciation for  everyday beauty and the healing spirit.)

I hope you will all take the time to acknowledge and celebrate the glory of your  creativity.  No one else expresses it quite like you.