Deep in the forest he resides, wise and wizened.
If you knock on the door in his tree, he might come out and share a story.
What would you like to hear from him, if you had the chance to ask?
So Many Faces © Sue O’Kieffe 2011
I’m never sure who exactly is going to show up here in Doodleland, and this trio of faces stirred emotions in me I wasn’t sure I wanted to explore – let alone share in my blog. Who was this fiercesome kabuki actor or starry-eyed toddler anyway? The not quite masculine/not quite feminine third character was also a puzzle.
Sometimes I just don’t know what it’s all about, and the strength comes in accepting what is without judgment.
When I began doodling back in ’07, it was simply as a way to unwind. Even back then I knew that lots of my doodles came from deep within, allowing myself to express what needed to be expressed. I just never admitted that outloud. Here. On my blog. For the world to see.
Others, like Chris Zydel, who I admire greatly, have said things similar. It isn’t always about being pretty. It is about trust and faith in allowing the expression to occur.
One of the themes in my life right now is an exploration of who I really am. And so it is no surprise to me that I am looking at these faces as the masks we create to hide who we really are. The eye ( I ) of who we are shines bright lights of love on these false selves.
Aye, eye, I.
So that’s my interpretation through my filters. I would love to hear what you see through yours!
Wow. My first copyright mark of 2011. Feels kind of good! I don’t know about you, but I’m glad 2010 has gone buh-bye, so we can move on to new and better things. From some of the things I’ve been hearing and reading, 2011 sounds like good things are ahead. I’m ready! How about you?
This doodle was conceived last week, in 2010, during a power outage. I went and got fresh batteries for my flash light, propped it on my dresser so it shined on my sketch book, and had some fun for an hour or so. I couldn’t find a fresh black sharpie, so I decided the blue would do. And then I spent a couple of days adding color. I bought three new pencils for Christmas (poppy red, aquamarine, and light green), and they all have major roles in this doodle. I was also pleased that the quality of the aquamarine (oh, how I miss those Berol pencils) is almost as smooth and buttery as its predecessor. Perhaps Sanford has improved their formula. That would be nice.
I think it’s fitting that this figure seems to be carrying a lantern of sorts. Even doodles need help at times seeing in the dark!
To those of you who left comments on my last post, or let me know that I had been missed during my time away from here, I just want you all to know how much those comments meant to me. I am grateful. Very much.
I took a much needed break. I was putting too much pressure on myself to produce, and that’s never a good sign. I created this doodle sometime in December, but I was unhappy with it and had no desire to post it. My inner critic was wah-wah-wah’ing at me.
If I remember correctly, this doodle started out as an exercise in wanting to play more with watercolor crayons. I am not as confident with using these as I am with the prismacolors. I was not happy with the results. Today I am posting the doodle as a statement of it being ok. I told myself a year ago or so, whenever I started this series of what I call “spirit doodles” that whatever I posted was ok. And so it is.
I would love to hear your stories of how you make friends with your inner critics.
I have wanted to take the time to color one of Tammy Vitale’s images for quite a while. A couple of days ago she posted this image on her blog for us to download. It was so much fun to give myself a different kind of me time and imagine who this goddess was, what colors she would wear, and what her cat would look like. My inner clothes designer had so much fun. And of f course, this goddess was wearing some of Tammy’s fabulous jewelry. (Don’t you recognize the turquoise?)
Mountain Doodle © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
You may ask what this doodle has to do with mountains, and so I shall tell you. Recently I went on a much needed vacation to Mount Shasta California, which is one of those places on this planet where I feel most strong and alive. If you want to read more about my experiences , you can go here and here.
That evening after my journey, before sleep, I put sharpie to pad. I didn’t notice it at the time, but today I am noticing the proliferation of spirals, which symbolically have to do with growth. Other than that, I just had fun doodling and finding the colors. I played a little with my friend’s watercolor pencils, and would like to try some more of that down the road.
And I like the snake on wheels. He found a new way to slither.
I think this is one of those doodles I could spend time with and come up with many different stories the longer I got to know it. Just like life.
I’d love to hear what your story is about this doodle. Won’t you please share?
The Visitor © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
He came to earth and liked what he saw. He looks sad because large eyes often give that impression; but really, large eyes just make it easier to take it all in.
He was very happy to see how we all love each other. He loved seeing that we embrace our friendships with joy. He loved the beauty and the greenness of our planet.
His planet reveres creativity and he loved all the creativity present on our planet. He liked knowing that we use our minds and our hearts to solve problems as well as to create joy. This made his heart shine brightly.
All the symbols on his clothing have meaning. If you spoke his language you would know he was an emissary of wellbeing. He builds bridges between cultures and planets and countless solar systems. He didn’t stay long here because other places were in need of him more.
We were blessed by his presence. Let’s continue to carry on with the goodness he witnessed.