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!