Turned out to be a nice little tribute to all things autumnal, don’t you think?
Sunshine Girl © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Phew! I had to pull down a whole bunch of cobwebs when I came to this blog tonight. I can’t believe it’s been over a month since I’ve posted anything. But during the time that I was away, you can bet that I have not stopped doodling!
I experienced a bout of insomnia a while back and the only thing I knew to do was to get out my sketchbook, which is always next to me in bed, to see if it could soothe me back to dream land.
I had already finished the body of the doodle. I asked what it wanted to share and the words scribbled around the periphery of the doodle came to me:
Awaken to the Glory that you are.
Feel it every day.
Rejoice in all that you are.
And to think some people think that doodles are simple!
How do you use your art to help in your healing?
Window of Opportunity © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power ~ Alan Cohen
Could it be? Yes it could. Something’s coming, something good. ~Stephen Sondheim (West Side Story)
I dont know about you, but I feel like things are getting ready to shift in a big way. This doodle just begged to be created, and who am I to say no to that? If you are in the journey of living your life to match your dreams, I think now is the time to take some bold action.
How are you feeling these days? I’d love to hear your stories.
Design4 © Sue O’Kieffe 2009
The latest study in line and color resulted in experimental excursions into the digital realm as well. Many of you know that I began doodling as a way to overcome my beliefs of not being able to draw. After two years, I’ve let go of that belief and now I’m just wanting to know how to do what it is that I want to do. But the digital realm is my first love, and I love being able to incorporate the two worlds.
Design 4b © Sue O’Kieffe 2009
I added digital paint, blurred that with gaussian blur , and created some texture with pattern overlay…
Design 4c © Sue O’Kieffe 2009
Removed pattern overlay, added outer glow …
Design 4d © Sue O’Kieffe 2009
Used overlay blending mode on main image layer. The light on all layers matches now.
I’m still restless though.
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?)
Spirit Guide – © Sue O’Kieffe
I was merrily doodling away one evening when I realized a figure was emerging among my spirals and curvy lines. She presented herself to me as a woman of color. It is a joy for me to bring her through and share her with you. She has a wise heart and says she is here to teach about trust.