Sanity, Your Name is Doodling

Zenpattern8 ©Sue O’Kieffe 2010

doodling keeps me sane through the stressful times, through uncertainty, through life transits. this was fun, just playing with curves and angles. black and white. bold, dramatic. lots-o-fun!

doodle oodle oodle, doodle oodle oodle, doodle oodle oodle ooo!


What to do after an earthquake

We had a 6.5 earthquake up here on the North Coast of California. It’s probably been 10 years since I’ve experienced a quake of that magnitude, and I have experienced larger ones. They are a scary and fascinating at the same time. Other areas of the county had more damage than where I live, but I was without electricity for about four hours. God bless those folks who work for the power company, and thank goodness it wasn’t raining last night. I’m sure it made life easier for them as they made repairs.

As soon as I realized I was in no danger, I got out my sharpie and sketchpad and started doodling. What else is there to do? What people say about doodling being a calmative is true. I worked on my drawing until it got too dark to see, and then I decided (since I have electric cooking) to see if anywhere with food was open. I took my sketchpad with me. The restaurant was hoppin’ and I doodled away while waiting for my food. I had a very nice chat with another woman sitting at the counter next to me who was worried about her nesting finches, and shared  a good laugh with her imagining what they might have thought.

I came home after eating a pretty good chicken salad, lit a couple of candles, and finished my drawing. I’d never drawn to candlelight before. It was an interesting, almost eerie experience, as the light flickered against the page. My hand knew almost instinctively where to go.

About the time I decided to go to sleep, the power was restored. I finished my drawing, only adding the shading.

After an Earthquake © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

What I learned from this is that doodling really IS an excellent way to stay in the present, when really there is nothing left to do.



sore feet revisited

Sore Feet Revisited – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

My lady with sore feet has come to life. I love her colorful, eclectic taste in clothes.( If you didn’t see her first incarnation, you can meet her here.

I had some fun memories with this, remembering long ago dreams of designing clothes (my Barbie had beautiful ball gowns decorated with hand-sewn beads). I must say, I do love my lady’s beautiful black leather heels with red leather and grey suede trim. Killer!

And that’s why her feet hurt!

Do you think she needs a background?



the clown-web

tHE cLOWN – ©sUE o’kIEFFE 2009

She knew after an especially long week the best thing to do was to have a good time.


tweeple with a sense of humor (found on twitter)

@sargedunn1: If you can’t Laugh at Yourself, you give Others permission to do it for you.

@LaughItUp @umarnasir “It takes 10 people to change a light bulb because 9 of us are on Twitter” (1 to change, 9 to tweet about it)

@funnyoneliners: The only person who got all his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe.

@DiamondSharp: Bumper Sticker: “If space is a vacuum, who changes the bag?”

@comedybot: If there’s a will, prosperity can’t be far behind. -W. C. Fields

@fizzyduck: The Italian Govt is installing a clock in the Leaning Tower of Pisa. After all, what good is the inclination if you don’t have the time?


tHat’S all, fOlks!