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?
Day 13 – Enough © Sue O’Kieffe 2012
Truth? I wasn’t going to post this because I felt critical. Not enough, not good enough, not doodle-y enough. I was tired and I wanted to make a few marks on the page. Mostly I wanted to keep up with my commitment to do the best I could to doodle every day.
Sometimes just making a few marks on the page before turning out the lights is enough.
Day 8 – New Moon March 22
The circle is a perfect container for something new.
Grateful for the time I give myself to explore and relax before sleep. The best sleep aid I know is a little doodling before bedtime.
Day 11 – New Moon Mandala
When is your favorite time to doodle?
Let’s Start at the Very Beginning ~ © Sue O’Kieffe 2012
Let’s Start at the Very Beginning WIP © Sue O’Kieffe 2012
Colors added at night, before my evening meditations and reiki practice.
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).
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!
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!!
Old Growth Doodle © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Life opens up for old growth and new growth
And we are sustained by that which we share together.
The earth offers wake up songs. We are alive with possibilities!
Revitalizing Mandala © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
Calming Mandala © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
The time that I most appreciate creating art is when I just want to color. This mandala was created during the full moon (in Virgo) this past weekend, I love that feeling of restoration when I allow myself to feel no pressure to create. Doing a little Photoshop inversation is always fun too.That’s what staying in the moment is all about.
For those of you who experience OCD while learning new tangles and can hardly wait for the Zentangle newsletter each month, you can now get your tangle on at the Zentangle blog. Rick and Maria’s blog is only a couple of days old, but I look forward to seeing what they post. And it is another great way to meet other dedicated tanglers.