In the Spirit of Things – First Colors © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
This is a DIP (doodle-in-progress).
Last night, reaching for my prismacolors, I remembered the beautiful (and possibly close to the last of) fall colors I experienced on my afternoon walk. Those are colors that fill me with joy, so now I will give myself time and savor them while I finish the embellishment of this doodle I posted first on Day 10.
It’s so nice to give myself the gift of time.
Expression © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
During last year’s AEDM, I vaguely remember saying I was going to open the moleskin journal I purchased in 2008. I never got around to it until last night. Whoo boy did that fill me with anxiety. Facing a blank page in a fancy schmancy sketch book. I just let the voices have their moment.
Who do you think you are?
What’s so great about these journals anyway?
Whaaaa I want my old sketchbook
Picasso used one of these? Well, c’mon Sue. You ain’t him. These books are for ARTISTS.
And then I had the chutzpah to open up the package of pitt pens I’ve been hoarding for as long as I have the moleskin.
Other voices took over.
It doesn’t have to be perfect, Sue. Just see what it’s like.
This could be fun to try something new.
Wow, the pen sure feels different on the page. And look. No blobs like the sharpies leave. I like that.
So this little guy appeared on the page, sort of a dancing gecko sprite dude. And that was all I needed for the night. Im sure I’ll be back to play some more.
Dancing with Life @ Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Sometimes we dance with our demons (they have horrid bad breath and terrible yellow teeth). Actually, demons are very good dancers, and all they want is to have a little fun. The best way to dance with your demons is to laugh at them. They don’t hear enough laughter, and get tired of roaring and growling just to get a little attention.
Sometimes we dance with kites and scarves and other things that flow in the wind. And sometimes we dance with sparkly things. Life has its rhythms and flows and dancing with life makes the day worthwhile.
Have fun with your dance and finding your inner beat. Wear your brightest colors and enjoy your day.
Good news! Stay tuned for information in the next few weeks about SueDoodles first ever calendar, Adventures in Doodleland 2011!
The Visitor © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
He came to earth and liked what he saw. He looks sad because large eyes often give that impression; but really, large eyes just make it easier to take it all in.
He was very happy to see how we all love each other. He loved seeing that we embrace our friendships with joy. He loved the beauty and the greenness of our planet.
His planet reveres creativity and he loved all the creativity present on our planet. He liked knowing that we use our minds and our hearts to solve problems as well as to create joy. This made his heart shine brightly.
All the symbols on his clothing have meaning. If you spoke his language you would know he was an emissary of wellbeing. He builds bridges between cultures and planets and countless solar systems. He didn’t stay long here because other places were in need of him more.
We were blessed by his presence. Let’s continue to carry on with the goodness he witnessed.
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!
Heart’s Transformation © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
You can transform your heart without losing your head!
Welcome to my Universe © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Whee. Are we having fun now?
I created the doodles and started the fun part of coloring, when I decided the background would look better black. First I used neocolors with water, but the black was too grey. Out came the black marker.
I’m thinking next time start with black paper, outline in white pencil and see what that’s like.
The black created a sense of mystery for me, of night sky and heavenly bodies. And these are the constellations of my imagination.
Welcome to my Universe.
Face of Freedom © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Another self portrait asked to be expressed. Maybe this is a theme that will continue for a while. We’ll see.
There is a mask like quality to this doodle. I love the colors, the birds flying over the mountain tops, and the freedom that comes with self expression, not needing to be perfect or having to please anyone but myself in this doodle.
Tech stuff. Im using a larger sketch book now – Canson XL Mixed Media 98 lb. I like the larger size book that allows me to use twinkling h2o’s and neocolors along with the dry media of prismacolor pencils. I was feeling a little cramped in the other book I was using so this is nice.
Eye Aye I © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
This doodle wiggled its way out of me last night, so wanting to be expressed. I could not stop drawing those eyes. These are shapes that repeat often in my doodles. It’s like some wise part of me keeps asking “what do you see, Sue?”
I believe that we have certain symbols personal to ourselves. Eyes and spirals and flowers show up most often for me. This is my doodling language, my alphabet, and is one reason why I decided to stop working so much with zentangle patterns; I wanted to express my own symbols and use my own language. I don’t care anymore if I keep repeating myself. It’s not about having to come up with something new everytime I put sharpie to paper. It’s about expressing what wants to be expressed from deep inside.
And so it was with great honor, amazement and pride that I received a wonderful validation thi smorning, learning that SueDoodles was named one of the top 50 blogs on the net for medical art therapy by Rachel Davis of RadiologyDegree.com Feels pretty darned good, I must say! You can read Rachel’s blog post here. Thank you Rachel, for totally making my day. Give this woman a standing ovation! Yeahhhhhhh!
The Lift © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Sometimes the smallest things can lift us to new heights