Days 8 thru 11 – New Moon Mandala

Day 8 – New Moon March 22 
The circle is a perfect container for something new.

Day 9

Day 10
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?

Full Moon Meanderings

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.



light my fire

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?)

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?



Joy and Passion Dancing – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Loving people live in a loving world. Hostile people live in a hostile world. Same world~Wayne Dyer

I inverted all the colors of my previous post’s mandala. White is black and black is white, and opposites on the color wheel are now displayed.  Wouldn’t it be dandy  to be able to apply an invert adjustment layer to our thinking about people and uncomfortable situations ?

~sue doodles



Yup, it’s true, Im still busily doodling mehndi patterns in mandalas and creating variations on those themes in Photoshop.  Not only am I currently captivated by these patterns, Im also loving lush green. Did you notice I redid the theme for my blog in a lovely spring green? I like this layout better and find it easier on the eyes, as well.

I’m thinking in a couple of days I will present a tutorial about making these images and how I transform them in Photoshop. Would that be fun? Learning new things is way up on my list of values. How about you?

I’ve joined Leah Piken Kolidas for another year of Creating Every Day. These Mehndi Mandalas fit in nicely with her monthly theme of play.

See you next Mehndi!




GREEN LIGHT MANDALA (Art Every Day series #22) © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

(source image: banana tree leaf)

I must admit this feels a little odd being a guest on my doodle blog. *Giggle*

I have been playing with photography for this year’s AED challenge, and over on Sacred Circle Mandalas I posted some images of a banana tree I often visit. Creating a mandala from one of those images was a natural progression in the flow of things. Why not add some little curley-que and spiral thingies to the image?

And for that matter, why not post here?


*Looking around.*

This place doesn’t look half bad.

Sometimes we just need a fresh perspective, yes?



Fold and Unfold – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

Saturday afternoon playtime. What happens if I do this instead of that?

Ohhhhhh, that’s what happens.

Oooooooh, I like that!

I am learning to give up perfectionism when I play on paper. I can color outside the lines if I want to! Oooooh my little kid can put all those teachers and my parents in the corners of the room and give them a time out.

How cool is that?