Emerging – Sue O’Kieffe © 2012
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).
Most of you know me as SueDoodles.
But did you know that I also create mandalas inspired by nature which you can see over on my other blog, Sacred Circle Mandalas. (Someday everything will be on one blog, and I will cease feeling so schizoid!)
In the meantime, though, I wanted to share with you what happens when the world of doodles and the world of mandala making collide.
I present to you my latest (drum roll please) — DoodleDalas! Ta-da!
If you want to play with mandalazing your doodles (or just about any image, for that matter), you will need a program such as Photoshop, Jasc PaintShopPro or Corel Photo-Paint. The kaleidoscope plug in, unfortunately, only works on Windows OS.
You can download it, for free, here!
Loosely based on the concepts of mandala creation described in this video, How to Grow a Mandala, this mandala flowed out of me last night before I layed me down to sleep. Listening to some of my favorite spiritual musicians (Krishna Das, Jai Uttal, Fabeku Fatunmise) aided in this creation.
Thank you for this most glorious day
For opening me to the wonders and newness of Spring
For lifting me out of despair
For bringing me relief
For putting me in touch once again with Faith,
For allowing Beingness.