AEDM #14 – Nature Date

Playing in Photoshop with a photograph  I shot yesterday. I decided to let this be a simple sort of AEDM offeringAutumn Silhouettes

Autumn Silhouettes B&W

Autumn Silhouettes Blue

I’ve really been enjoying this challenge to post every day. I have another blog over here where I create mandalas from nature. Hope you come visit me there too.  It’s been so enjoyable to see new work from other people and get reacquainted with folks I haven’t seen all year.

Do it Now

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.


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.



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-w

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.

Have fun.



posi-doodley copy

posi-doodley – ©sueokieffe 2009

“ The Dipsy Doodle’s a thing to beware,

the Dipsy Doodle will get in your hair

and if it gets you it couldn’t be worse-

the things you say will come out in reverse,

like,You love I and me love you-

that’s the way the Dipsy Doodle works !” (Larry Clinton)

revi-posi-doodley-©sueokieffe 2009

rev-posi-doodley copy

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?



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!