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!
In the Spirit of Things – First Colors © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
This is a DIP (doodle-in-progress).
Last night, reaching for my prismacolors, I remembered the beautiful (and possibly close to the last of) fall colors I experienced on my afternoon walk. Those are colors that fill me with joy, so now I will give myself time and savor them while I finish the embellishment of this doodle I posted first on Day 10.
It’s so nice to give myself the gift of time.
The Guardian © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
The Guardian showed up on my page a month ago when themes of creativity and communication seemed to be inspiring me.
Snakes on the brain? Wots up wit dat?
While snakes are symbols of creativity and fertility and transformation, and lightning speaks to me of flashes of inspiration, I still can’t quite get over the feeling that this being has control issues in a big way.
What message do you think this fellow wants to share?
Repeating Patterns © Sue O’Kieffe 2010
I had an epiphany about patterns while working on this doodle, and it was such a perfect reflection on life as well. It goes something like this:
I love doodling. It calms and soothes me while opening and energizing me at the same time. But sometimes I get frustrated because I keep using the same patterns over and over again. In doodling, where everything is before me on that blank page, the repetition is easy to recognize. In day to day life, it takes willingness and a personal commitment to allow in awareness about the thought and behavior patterns I repeat that create that frustration in the first place.
Now on the surface, is recreating those familiar patterns in my doodles such a bad thing? It is only me giving myself a bad time that is the problem. Is being such a big meany to myself a pattern worth repeating? What about creating some patterns of self love?
It is fitting that this doodle is on the last page of my sketchbook. And it is with intention that I have decided to name my new sketchbook Healing Patterns.
We all tell ourselves stories that keep us in patterns which don’t serve our higher good. What can you do, just for today, to create something new for your life?
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.
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.