Have Heart © Sue O’Kieffe 2011
This figure, Im sure, is very much inspired by the early signs of spring we are experiencing here on the North Coast of California. I am excited by sightings of daffodil, plum, magnolia and calla lily blooms. She wanted to come out and say to all of you “Have heart. Those of you blanketed in snow will soon be uplifted by the joyous occasion of crocus peeking through.” Have heart.
The energies of this new year have been keeping me pretty busy, I must say –lots of business stuff to attend to, new plans to make. It’s all exciting and a little stressful at times, and those are the times I look for my pencils. I hope all of you, too, are finding ways to express yourself creatively whenever you can. It’s important to our heart health and spirit maintenance, don’t you think?
So Many Faces © Sue O’Kieffe 2011
I’m never sure who exactly is going to show up here in Doodleland, and this trio of faces stirred emotions in me I wasn’t sure I wanted to explore – let alone share in my blog. Who was this fiercesome kabuki actor or starry-eyed toddler anyway? The not quite masculine/not quite feminine third character was also a puzzle.
Sometimes I just don’t know what it’s all about, and the strength comes in accepting what is without judgment.
When I began doodling back in ’07, it was simply as a way to unwind. Even back then I knew that lots of my doodles came from deep within, allowing myself to express what needed to be expressed. I just never admitted that outloud. Here. On my blog. For the world to see.
Others, like Chris Zydel, who I admire greatly, have said things similar. It isn’t always about being pretty. It is about trust and faith in allowing the expression to occur.
One of the themes in my life right now is an exploration of who I really am. And so it is no surprise to me that I am looking at these faces as the masks we create to hide who we really are. The eye ( I ) of who we are shines bright lights of love on these false selves.
Aye, eye, I.
So that’s my interpretation through my filters. I would love to hear what you see through yours!
The Seeker © Sue O’Kieffe 2011
Wow. My first copyright mark of 2011. Feels kind of good! I don’t know about you, but I’m glad 2010 has gone buh-bye, so we can move on to new and better things. From some of the things I’ve been hearing and reading, 2011 sounds like good things are ahead. I’m ready! How about you?
This doodle was conceived last week, in 2010, during a power outage. I went and got fresh batteries for my flash light, propped it on my dresser so it shined on my sketch book, and had some fun for an hour or so. I couldn’t find a fresh black sharpie, so I decided the blue would do. And then I spent a couple of days adding color. I bought three new pencils for Christmas (poppy red, aquamarine, and light green), and they all have major roles in this doodle. I was also pleased that the quality of the aquamarine (oh, how I miss those Berol pencils) is almost as smooth and buttery as its predecessor. Perhaps Sanford has improved their formula. That would be nice.
I think it’s fitting that this figure seems to be carrying a lantern of sorts. Even doodles need help at times seeing in the dark!
To those of you who left comments on my last post, or let me know that I had been missed during my time away from here, I just want you all to know how much those comments meant to me. I am grateful. Very much.
Taking doodling to a whole new level. Doesn’t this look like fun?
Vermillion © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
I took a much needed break. I was putting too much pressure on myself to produce, and that’s never a good sign. I created this doodle sometime in December, but I was unhappy with it and had no desire to post it. My inner critic was wah-wah-wah’ing at me.
If I remember correctly, this doodle started out as an exercise in wanting to play more with watercolor crayons. I am not as confident with using these as I am with the prismacolors. I was not happy with the results. Today I am posting the doodle as a statement of it being ok. I told myself a year ago or so, whenever I started this series of what I call “spirit doodles” that whatever I posted was ok. And so it is.
I would love to hear your stories of how you make friends with your inner critics.
Authentic Movement © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Every week I am part of peer group that practices Authentic Movement. If you are interested in knowing more about this type of expressive movement, you can read this wikipedia article. Last night when I was doodling, some of the feelings that arose in me seeing the central image in the diamond shape take form, reminded me of how I feel when I am in this most authentic state. The line is luxurious, and that is often how I feel in my body. Allowing myself to play at last with my pitt pens was a treat. I deserve these things, to feel luxurious and to play with new toys. I like enjoying myself, on paper and in movement.
We are One – © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
How can we not love social networking when we are given the opportunity to connect with amazing creative lovebugs? This particular doodle came through while listening to singer/songwriter Athena Burke sing her jazzy bluesy song, We Are One. You can listen to her, too, right here.
For this particular mandala- inspired doodle, I used crayons, crayola markers and twinkling H2O’s (for the shiny white bits – hard to see that in the scan – and the green bits, which I see as windows to the heart).
So much fun to create, and even better, so much fun to remember that yes, indeedy, We Are One.
Reception © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Earlier this week I was doing some energy work with my coach. The energy coursing through my hands was amazing, and I made a mental note to draw what it felt like. I felt my hand chakras opening wide.
This is an outline of my left hand, palm upward, that I doodled in. Left hand is feminine and receiving side. Hence the name. Electrical currents bursting through my finger tips. Gosh, we are all so powerful this way.
On another note, in case you didn’t catch my earlier announcement, I have published my first Sue Doodles calendar this year. You can order directly from me up until November 30 and receive a bit of a price break on shipping.Ordering details are here. The calendar is a lot of fun. I enjoyed every minute of putting it together.
In the Spirit of Things – Final Version © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Turned out to be a nice little tribute to all things autumnal, don’t you think?
(Beginning and middle versions here and here.)
Less is More © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
As a lover of the involved and intricate, letting simple lines be enough is an exercise in allowing. My hand said this is enough, and so it is.