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.
Light My Fire – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009
I was inspired to create this doodle after experiencing a really intense coaching session with the wonderful Laura Bly.
It feels so good to cast off all the negative energy that has clogged up the pores of my naturally positive self and throw it all in the funeral pyre. May the ashes be transformed to rise again just like the phoenix . Hot damn.
My own interpretation of this doodle is — first the fire, then the rain to cool and relieve; sweet peace follows along with incredible growth.
(Unfortunately I can’t embed a music player on my blog to go along with this post. Wouldn’t that be perfect to play Jim Morrison’s iconic song for Creative Every Day‘s June theme of sound?)
Surrender – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009
Surrender to the Night -© Sue O’Kieffe 2009
All day I think about it, then at night I say it. Where did I come from, and what am I supposed to be doing? ~Rumi
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 ?
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.
Yup, it’s true, Im still busily doodling mehndi patterns in mandalas and creating variations on those themes in Photoshop. Not only am I currently captivated by these patterns, Im also loving lush green. Did you notice I redid the theme for my blog in a lovely spring green? I like this layout better and find it easier on the eyes, as well.
I’m thinking in a couple of days I will present a tutorial about making these images and how I transform them in Photoshop. Would that be fun? Learning new things is way up on my list of values. How about you?
I’ve joined Leah Piken Kolidas for another year of Creating Every Day. These Mehndi Mandalas fit in nicely with her monthly theme of play.
See you next Mehndi!
Transitions – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008
I doodled this around the time of Winter Solstice, thinking about seasonal shifts from darkness to light and what might be seen seen from above (way above!) during different seasons of the year. At the heart is change, of course. I love the wildness of winter as much as I love the expectancy that comes with spring.
On my mind right now is what I would like to usher into my life for 2009…not so much New Year’s Resolutions but New Year’s Intentions. 2008 was all about wonder for me. Here I am creating a daily doodling practice where a year ago I would have said I do not draw. Will wonders never cease?! It’s good to let go of those self-defeating definitions, break out of the box, try out new things.
I have been reading stories on Christine Kane’s blog, the stories of women who chose a one word intention for the year just ending and what has transpired for them. Lisa Call’s story about courage was especially inspiring for me.
What about you? Do you have a ritual of setting intentions into place for the coming new year?