A shift in perspective can be a good thing.
When you are feeling stuck or bored with your art, what kinds of things do you do that help?
I’d love to hear your suggestions.
Speaking What the Heart Sees © Sue O’Kieffe 2012
I’ve had so much fun watching people venture out in the world of doodling, as well as hearing about different ways that people play with sharpies. I’ve seen doodles on skin.
Another friend is adding doodling to course curriculum she is developing. She said to me, I doodle BIG so the actual motion of creating the forms helps to deepen the embodiment I’m inviting. And I intuitively choose the colors and let myself be guided by what I’m embodying (I’ve already engaged movement and sound before I move into doodling.)
I’d love to hear your doodle stories. Share your creations with me. What are you working on? Leave me a link in comments or come play with us on my Facebook page.
Day 13 – Enough © Sue O’Kieffe 2012
Truth? I wasn’t going to post this because I felt critical. Not enough, not good enough, not doodle-y enough. I was tired and I wanted to make a few marks on the page. Mostly I wanted to keep up with my commitment to do the best I could to doodle every day.
Sometimes just making a few marks on the page before turning out the lights is enough.
Some of you know that I have a digital identity as a mandala artist. (See HERE). I love the computer and photoshop. When I create hand drawn mandalas I prefer to do them intuitively and asymmetrically. I have never felt compelled to create hand drawn symmetrical sacred art because I’ve held a belief that working with math would just be too hard <insert whiny voice>.
I have become fascinated recently with the Flower of Life and Sacred Geometry. Yesterday this great in depth article prompted me to look for step by step instructions on how to draw this sacred symbol. I found it on this very well done video by my mandala buddy, Danny Frank (aka Cosmocto)
And parts of it were frustrating, but Danny was a good teacher; I got past my compass phobia and felt proud of myself for doing something my ego swore it would never and could never do! 10th grade math was never this much fun!
I’m going to do another and add color to that one.
Where are you holding yourself back in your art? I encourage you to take a few steps and try what you always thought would be too daunting. Let me know how it goes.
It’s time to get your doodle on!
Let’s Start at the Very Beginning- © Sue O’Kieffe 2012
Starting at the very beginning is a very good place to start.
Have you found your sketch book? Purchased a pen? Sharpened your pencils? I’d love to hear your doodle stories. A friend of mine on Facebook posted her first doodle and told me she had way fun. These are the words that bring me such amazing joy! May they bring you happiness as well.
I have a confession. I was never one of those people who doodled in class. Nor do I grab a pen when the phone starts to ring. But I have discovered that I am able to concentrate and remember better when listening to someone while my mind is occupied with coloring.
If you are on Facebook and we aren’t connected, come join in the fun on my new page Sue Doodles.
How are you getting your doodle on?
Unraveled – ©SueO’Kieffe 2012
I’ve missed this world of line and color.
I stopped doodling last summer because it stopped being fun. My inner critic was having a hey day. I had too much on my plate. I was in the midst of new adventures. There were many different reasons. But recently, the longing has returned. On March 11, I unearthed my art supplies and found a sharpie that wasn’t dried out. My prismacolors came out a couple of days later.
Then I found a new blog template that was bright and inviting.
I decided to create a 28 day project, because they say it takes 28 days to instill a new habit. I have not found my way back to the sketchbook every day since last Sunday, and that is ok.
If you are out there still and have been feeling a slump in your practice, come join me. This is a low pressure, not very well organized invitation to get back to something you have been missing (or have been wanting to try). This is a great time for newness with the Spring Equinox in just a few days.
I’d love to hear your comments. What are you doing that is New for You?
(Besides a return to doodle, I have recently begun an almost daily meditation practice as well).