The Duchess – AEDM 25

Today I am giving thanks to my mother who gifted me with her color sense, her love of elegance, and who passed down the gift of intuitive knowledge through her family lineage. Thanks, Ma!

The Duchess – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

I have been busy preparing for my first Black Friday/Cyber Monday both off and online, getting my Etsy shop as ready as can be and talking to local shop owners about carrying my mandala prints and cards in their shops. Last night I was sooooo tired I crashed into bed at 6:30.  I still had energy to play, and I just wanted to drift on the page.

I got out my neocolor crayons, layed down some color, then got out my brush and water and played. I’ve always loved watercolors, and neocolors allow me to do artwork in bed with out making a mess! Pretty soon The Duchess appeared.

This morning I’m hearing the Beatles’ tune:

Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl but she doesn’t have a lot to say.

Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl but she changes from day to day.
I wanna tell her that I love her a lot but I gotta get a bellyful of wine.
Her majesty’s a pretty nice girl someday I’m gonna make her mine,
Oh yeah, someday I’m gonna make her mine.

I get so silly when I’m tired. And it feels soooo gooood. Oh yeah.




Promise – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Over at Creative Every Day, Leah has chosen play as the theme for the month. It doesn’t take too much to encourage me to play in doodle-land.  So I drew me a doodle, got out my neo-colors and just had fun. Neo colors are a delight for me, and right now is my favorite coloring agent. (Color first, paint with water later…something almost magical and definitely captivating!)

Where the name for this doodle came from Im not sure. I looked at it and the middle flower seemed to offer up a promise…


Dark Promise – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

…inverting the colors in photoshop adds a batik feel to the design. I like it!

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.  ~Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876

Have fun playing!




BURST OUT – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

One of the pleasures of Art Every Day Month is that I get to give myself permission to try out new things. I set out creating this design with a desire to experiment with watercolor frisket, and to play more with watercolor crayons and twinkling h2o’s.

What did I learn? Well,  you really do need the right tools (note to self:add that frisket nib and new brushes to art store shopping list). It probably takes experimenting to learn what those tools are. Oh yea, and it’s fun to burst out in new directions.

This kind of reminds me of one of those wall clocks from the 50’s, no doubt inspired by sputnik. (Does anyone else here besides me even remember sputnik?)

What do you see?


Hey, why not come visit my mandala blog, where I continue to explore all things circular!


zentangle inspired doodling

Meanderings – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

Over at the Mandala Oasis, different members have been showing off their zentangle-inspired mandalas. Me wanna play too!

Zendalas? Mandoodles? Whatever we choose to call them, they are a great opportunity for playing with lots of different color media (crayon, neocolors, sharpies, oil pastels, twinkling h2o’s)

Hey! while you are at it, check out Milliande’s way-inspiring video on zendala-making