Day 30 – AEDM 30

Day 30 – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Late evening play. How many different patterns can I doodle on an 8.5×5.5 playing field?  Stay open. Don’t think too much. Be imperfect. It’s OK.

What a month. How can it possibly be over? 30 days of art plus launching the second phase of my art biz. I did it all. Wowee.

I didn’t get to some of the things I wanted to do. My moleskin is still in its wrapper and so are the pitt pens. But they aren’t going anywhere. I will open them when I can relax a little bit more. I’ve so appreciated meeting new artists and the inspiration received from you all.





Doodlebug#2 – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.
– – – Richard Vaughan

This little guy appeared on my journal page last night. Since he appears to be missing a few legs, I appreciated his efforts even more! I’ll tell you a secret too.

I think bugs are fascinating.

This is my 3rd in a series of quick little doodles.



Birth © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

Soft curves birth jagged angles

Wholeness finally emerges

We birth completion

Again and again and again

~Sue O’Kieffe


I don’t know exactly what I’m doing with this blog. Mostly I want to have fun and play with color on paper. And show off! Maybe I’ll be clever and light-hearted. Maybe I’ll show you my soul. Maybe I won’t. You’ll just have to wait and see.

I went to an art opening of Native American art over the weekend. I know my color choices for this doodle were influenced by that art, especially the art of Brian Tripp . I hope you look at the link to his work. His art stops me in my tracks everytime.

But I had already laid down the lines of the doodle before the art show. I just put down the pen and out came all those jaggedy paths. I try not to over-analyze what it’s all about. I just want to play. I pressed hard on the crayon. I colored over and over and over. Nothing fancy schmancy, just Crayola. I discovered a crayon color in the process called macaroni and cheese. My late night snack. More color. Boldness. I want bold.

The circle called to me. Put me in. Let me come through. Born holy and secure and sound.


Have you ever seen Angeles Arrien‘s book Signs of Life? In the book Arrien proposes that all cultures have 5 common symbols (circle, square, triangle, spiral,equidistant cross). Interesting, huh? We are all connected, we all have commonalities. And our contrasts is what makes us all so fascinating.

How do you feel when you look at my doodle(s)? When I was creating this one, what I felt was strong and determined.

Thank you for visiting. Please share your thoughts with me.

~Sue O’Kieffe