Facing Day 14

Day 14 © Sue O’Kieffe 2012

I took a little breather from doodling.  You know how it is when life has other plans. But last night, when Sharpie called Sue listened, and a face emerged. Now I don’t like drawing faces all that much, but I felt pretty good just letting her show up. Another limiting belief busted.  I don’t think this is finished yet. I think she has more to say.

How are all of you doing out there in Doodleland? I’d love to hear from you, and I’m sure the rest of us would as well too. What’s new in your doodle worlds?

 

Day 13 – Enough

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Day 13 –  Enough © Sue O’Kieffe 2012

Truth? I wasn’t going to post this because I felt critical. Not enough, not good enough, not doodle-y enough. I was tired and I wanted to make a few marks on the page. Mostly I wanted to keep up with my commitment to do the best I could to doodle every day.

Sometimes just making a few marks on the page before turning out the lights is enough.

~Sue Doodles

28 Days

Day 1

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Unraveled – ©SueO’Kieffe 2012

I’ve missed this world of line and color.

I stopped doodling last summer because it stopped being fun. My inner critic was having a hey day. I had too much on my plate. I was in the midst of new adventures. There were many different reasons. But recently, the longing has returned. On March 11, I unearthed my art supplies and found a sharpie that wasn’t dried out. My prismacolors came out a couple of days later.

Then I found a new blog template that was bright and inviting.

I decided to create a 28 day project, because they say it takes 28 days to instill a new habit. I have not found my way back to the sketchbook every day since last Sunday, and that is ok.

If you are out there still and have been feeling a slump in your practice, come join me. This is a low pressure, not very well organized invitation to get back to something you have been missing (or have been wanting to try). This is a great time for newness with the Spring Equinox in just a few days.

I’d love to hear your comments. What are you doing that is New for You?
(Besides a return to doodle, I have recently begun an almost daily meditation practice as well).

~Sue Doodles

So Many Faces

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!

SueDoodles

 

The Seeker

The Seeker © Sue O’Kieffe 2011

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.

~SueDoodles

AEDM #10 In the Spirit of Things

In the Spirit of Things © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

This is my very most favorite way to doodle — snuggled in bed with my iPod on, listening to uplifting music, and letting my pen wander all over the page. Last night I had the added layer of rain on the roof. I felt all connected to nature and spirit and the oneness of it all.

This morning, looking at the doodle, I like the swirlies and the leaves and what I felt as a certain freshness. Im not sure if I will add color to it or not. We’ll see.

~SueDoodles