Welcome to my Universe

Welcome to my Universe © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Whee. Are we having fun now?

I created the doodles and started the fun part of coloring, when I decided the background would look better black. First I used neocolors with water, but the black was too grey. Out came the black marker.

I’m thinking next time start with black paper, outline in white pencil and see what that’s like.

The black created a sense of mystery for me, of night sky and heavenly bodies. And these are the constellations of my imagination.

Welcome to my Universe.

SueDoodles

Self Portrait – Face of Freedom

Face of Freedom © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Another self portrait asked to be expressed. Maybe this is a theme that will continue for a while. We’ll see.

There is a mask like quality to this doodle. I love the colors, the birds flying over the mountain tops, and the freedom that comes with self expression, not needing to be perfect or having to please anyone but myself in this doodle.

Tech stuff. Im using a larger sketch book now – Canson XL Mixed Media 98 lb. I like the larger size book that allows me to use twinkling h2o’s and neocolors along with the dry media of prismacolor pencils. I was feeling a little cramped in the other book I was using so this is nice.

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Self Portrait – Grounded in Gold

Self Portrait – Grounded in Gold © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

A power outage over the weekend took me to Starbucks with sketchbook, sharpie  and iPod in hand. Sipping on some incredibly sweet Vanilla Bean milk shake concoction and listening to Krishna Das, this image began to emerge. A recent renewal of psychic healing techniques came to mind, and I realized that a visual expression of those spiritual gifts is what wanted to emerge in this doodle.

I am relearning the importance of grounding and letting go as part of my spiritual practice as well as renewing and replenishing my energy. The demonstrations of how much grounding deep into the earth and letting go of unwanted gunk has gotten me through some pretty challenging times this past week.

When I began filling in the details of this doodle with color, I gave myself permission to be imperfect. I know where the shortcomings are in my painterly abilities, but I also knew it was more important to lay color on paper than be a perfect little artist.

Sometimes when I look at this image it feels a little dark and heavy and weird, but mostly it is playful. We view our work with such critical eyes. It’s freeing to just let what comes out speak for itself.

How does your spiritual practice interact with your art?

Sue Doodles

Thoughts on Doodling

Love Drops and Bubbles © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Last week someone left a comment about how to begin doodling.   The simplest answer I can offer is to just begin. Go to an art supply store and find a sketch pad. Do you like how the paper feels? Get some pens. I’ve experimented with microns and sharpies and stay with sharpies because I like the line it produces. Find some markers. Crayola has some good ones that aren’t expensive. My art splurge is prismacolor pencils. I’ve had a set for a long time and 48 colors just weren’t enough. Yesterday I bought more colors. A girl cannot have enough colors.

Put your pen to paper and see where your hand takes you. There are no rules except for the ones you make for yourself.

Find inspiration. You will find tons of inspiration on my blog roll. Flickr and YouTube are other great sources. Google *doodle*. The internet is your playground.

Be willing to explore. Two years ago I believed I could not draw, and what I have learned in the past two years is that I love to create abstract patterns. Doodling feeds that love.

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I am quite methodical  and a little obsessive when it comes to learning a new skill. It is my way of gaining confidence. And so for the past couple of months this is how I have been learning the zentangle patterns that Zentangles offers in their monthly newsletter. I’ve been drawing the patterns over and over.  I’ve been doing this because I was a little bored with what I was doing and wanted to learn a different approach to line drawing. Eventually I want to incorporate these patterns into my own doodle style.

~SueDoodles

Grow in Love

Grow in Love ~ © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Trees are one of my favorite symbols. When I was drawing it, it asked to have hearts for leaves. Love is one of my favorite themes. In fact I would say that  my art — my digital mandalas and my line drawings –are all about love. I create with Love, I share with Love. My creative impulses are heart- centered.

I decided to play with neocolors in this mandala. It’s a medium Im not as comfortable using as I am my crayons or colored pencils. I think I’d like to take a watercolor class just for a little more confidence, learn the right brushes, and when to stop. But overall I like how the basic image looks and the feeling it conveys.

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Metamorphosis

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.

SueDoodles

Welcome to My Happy Place

Design #3  © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

The black and white drawing reminded me a little of a rolling ball kinetic art sculpture, with all sorts of gears and gizmos, stainless steel balls and dinging bells, but I just couldn’t resist coloring in this design. And now it is my happy place.

We all need a happy place.

I’m not sure why the snakes appeared, but from the hearts around them I would say they found their happy place too!

SueDoodles

AEDM Afterglow

Doodle Design 1 – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

I’m in  AEDM afterglow. I’m still processing a lot; mostly what I’m thinking about right now is all the great work I witnessed this past month. How lovely to be a part of it all.

One thing I want is to have more fun with my doodles, to just play with patterns and colors and not necessarily have to create a story around my work. I’m also wanting to play around with different color palettes. Oh yea, and there were a couple of things –playing with my moleskin book and pitt pens and drawing faces that I never got around to last month.

This is the colored in version, using prismacolors, of Day 30 AEDM. I like its semi-structural feel.

Thanks to Daisy Yellow and Eden for inspiring and influencing some new directions. Don’t ask me how; you just do! (And I wouldn’t have it any other way…)

~SueDoodles

I Just Wanted to Color – AEDM 29

I Just Wanted to Color © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

I can’t believe AEDM is almost over. This has been the funnest month for me, and I love how it kept me busy with my art. There were things I wanted to do that I didn’t get to, and I hope I get to those want-to’s sooner than next November.

I didn’t really have anything in mind when I created this doodle except coloring it in. Choosing the colors is the best part of a project anyway, don’t you think?

I’ve loved meeting so many wonderful creatives this month. You’ve inspired and wowed me.

SueDoodles