My Kid Loves All The Colors


All the Colors – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

It’s only in innocence you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage. ~Sean Penn

When days are long and all linear thought has disappeared from my brain, I am grateful for the comfort and calm of doodling. I love the sound and feel of my Sharpie scratching against Canson sketch paper.  My time with my sketchbook is a late night visit with my BFF.

And then I get to play with colors. Oh my. I love the choosing and then watching the interplay of my choices. I know it is basic color wheel theory, but I still love the magic… as well as the soft feel of prismacolors spreading like butter on toast.


All The Colors at Night – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Using the digital alchemy of Photoshop, I can turn my colored doodles into scratchboard with just one click. Remember doing that in kindergarten…laying down color on paper, covering  it with ink, and scratching out hidden colors underneath?

My doodling is pure expressive therapy. My thanks goes out to all you graphic designers  who have turned doodling into a respected art form. I groove on the joy.

How do you express yourself that puts you back in touch with your inner child?