Spring Things © Sue O’Kieffe 2012
Are signs of spring finding their way into your sketchpad?
Day 14 © Sue O’Kieffe 2012
I took a little breather from doodling. You know how it is when life has other plans. But last night, when Sharpie called Sue listened, and a face emerged. Now I don’t like drawing faces all that much, but I felt pretty good just letting her show up. Another limiting belief busted. I don’t think this is finished yet. I think she has more to say.
How are all of you doing out there in Doodleland? I’d love to hear from you, and I’m sure the rest of us would as well too. What’s new in your doodle worlds?
This is my very most favorite way to doodle — snuggled in bed with my iPod on, listening to uplifting music, and letting my pen wander all over the page. Last night I had the added layer of rain on the roof. I felt all connected to nature and spirit and the oneness of it all.
This morning, looking at the doodle, I like the swirlies and the leaves and what I felt as a certain freshness. Im not sure if I will add color to it or not. We’ll see.
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!
Journey – © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Creating this doodle over a couple of evenings was a lot of fun. Towards the end I remembered a post I had seen over at Daisy Yellow about slow journaling. I wanted a word n this doodle, and journey wanted to be added in the lower left hand corner. I have for sure been on a journey of the heart. It wasn’t until I scanned the doodle that I saw the outline of a bird…a parrot? a dodo? some feathered friend residing in my imagination? Yes, of course! Birds are messengers from spirit. I knew this one would be vibrant!
Journey in Color © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
I played with my prismacolors over the next few nights. Yellow beak and bright orange breast – yes! of course. Second night I was exhausted but still wanted to add a little more color before I turned out the lights. I thought of my friend Fabeku Fatunmise. Now Fabeku does this totally amazing stuff with sacred sound to help us get unstuck. And he’s generous too. And fun. So I decided to listen to the downloads I had of his sacred sound (which you can download here and here for free!). It was perfect with the centering vibes of the Tibetan singing bowl and his drum. And then I remembered the drumbeat of shamanic journeying and yes here I was in a journey with my doodlebird and it all made sense as the sound transitioned into the track from his CD. And I started to hear color — so wild — electric blue and magnificent magenta and color combos that go boing together. It was quite a ride, and when the track was over I turned out the lights and slept soundly. SOUNDLY!
Yesterday I completed the journey. I was operating mostly on vibe anyway after not much sleep, and I was deeply in touch with energetic presence. I’m still learning how to add color that represents the energy I see…the sparkles of blue and pink and yellow, the auras. I imagined the bird absorbing the energy of carnelian (the round orange orbs). Powerful stuff.
So do you listen to music when you do art and how does it affect you and what you create?
Repeating Patterns © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
I had an epiphany about patterns while working on this doodle, and it was such a perfect reflection on life as well. It goes something like this:
I love doodling. It calms and soothes me while opening and energizing me at the same time. But sometimes I get frustrated because I keep using the same patterns over and over again. In doodling, where everything is before me on that blank page, the repetition is easy to recognize. In day to day life, it takes willingness and a personal commitment to allow in awareness about the thought and behavior patterns I repeat that create that frustration in the first place.
Now on the surface, is recreating those familiar patterns in my doodles such a bad thing? It is only me giving myself a bad time that is the problem. Is being such a big meany to myself a pattern worth repeating? What about creating some patterns of self love?
It is fitting that this doodle is on the last page of my sketchbook. And it is with intention that I have decided to name my new sketchbook Healing Patterns.
We all tell ourselves stories that keep us in patterns which don’t serve our higher good. What can you do, just for today, to create something new for your life?
Raven Song © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Longish post ahead:
When I began doodling in 2007 for the November Create Every Day challenge, I had no idea how much it would change my life. It’s taken me a while to really own it all. What began as a way for me to create away from the computer (where I have another artistic life as a digital mandala maker), has now evolved into a passion of equal importance. I have healed a big part of me who believed she could not draw. I now believe know I could do anything creatively I wanted to do, as long as it was something I really wanted to learn.
But where I hadn’t felt entirely cozy inside was knowing what it was I wanted to do with all of this stuff I was allowing myself to express.
A couple of weeks ago I was at Starbucks drinking a vanilla rooibos latte ( tad too sweet for my tastes, but that’s another story), mulling over this Big Question (how do I combine all of my passions and share them in a way that makes sense to me) and I watched this doodle of Raven begin to emerge in the process.
And I heard Raven say to me there is no separation , and that stopped me dead in my tracks.
And in that moment a whole world of new possibilities opened up before me.
This is healing work Im doing. Art and healing is my passion. This is who I am.
My intention and goal is to have everything under the Big Top by the end of the year. One website, one blog, focusing on the themes of healing and art and creativity and embracing who we are For Real.
That is all I know for now, but Im excited and can’t hardly wait to share even more.
Stay tuned for further developments!!