Inspired by Sweet Peas
This is only my second time entering Illustration Friday, but when I saw the theme was Patterns, I couldn’t resist.
Follow Your Bliss © Sue O’Kieffe 2009
Sometimes the Universe sends us messages and we are asked to shut up and listen. Sometimes you ask what is most important in your life. Sometimes you discover you are a really powerful creator.
Sometimes you discover there is no going back; all you can do is grieve and move on, and sometimes that sucks. This going for your dreams stuff isn’t always really pretty. You are asked to take stock. Will you? What happens if you don’t? Sometimes it seems that Getting to Yes requires we say No a few times as well.
What you resist persists.
These are a few of my early morning musings as I consider a message I received this morning.
The only thing I know for sure is that Following My Bliss is where I want to be.
FRUITILY-DOO @ Sue O’Kieffe 2009
I have some resistance to trying out new things artistically when I’m not sure I will like the results. I have been thinking about this shadow part of myself the past few days and talking about it with one of my online groups. Then this morning I read Dan Goodwin‘s blog post today about allowing ourselves to get messy creatively. I don’t have any trouble recognizing my illusions of perfectionism, but owning up to the voices attached to that attitude takes some willingness to listen. Last night I was doodling ; the dragon emerged as well as the one-eyed tyrant sitting on top. It took a little more internal prodding to convince myself to use colored markers rather than my usual prismacolor pencils.
The initial image morphed into another idea once I brought it into Photoshop for editing.
FRUITILY-DOODLE-DALA © Sue O’Kieffe 2009
One of the things I felt when using these markers was out of control. But I think it was worth it, because I like the end results and will enjoy seeing how else I can play.
What we resist persists. Or as the Borg Collective used to say Resistance is Futile!
RISE UP MANDALA – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009
Don’t worry. Be happy. ~ Bobby McFerrin
Doodling makes me happy, captures my imagination, allows my creative spirit free reign. Doodling doesn’t care about perfection; it exists for its own sake.
I love choosing the colors and seeing how they play with each other. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could play with each other the way that colors do?
The more I focus on having fun, the less I worry about other people and what they think of me! (Now there’s an admission, and also a truth about life).
Got the blues? Go find some paper and put marks on it.