Mountain Doodle

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?

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.


The Guardian

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?


The Oracle

Oracle © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

It started with one long line looped around the page. As  I continued to fill in the spaces, the shape of a face began to emerge. I don’t normally draw faces, but this powerful wide eyed woman seemed to have something important to share.

Listening to her, I recognized what I have known for awhile.  She reminds me that I am shifting  the focus and intention of my doodling to embrace it as a healing activity. My heart has been touched many times by the comments left on my blog that my work inspires.  More and more I am owning that this art is a healing activity. My intention and my passion is motivated by a desire to express  heartfelt truth, and to assist others in finding theirs.

Art and creativity is such a great way to do this.

I speak from my  inner knowing and create using  intuitive symbols. When I listen to what The Oracle wants to share with me, I see all the stories and symbols and words of wisdom waiting to be expressed. We hold back out of fear.

My strength is in my sense of humor. I love being playful and funny and the way I express that best is through these doodles.

And so today I encourage all of you who play on paper to find your voice, your symbols, your special meanings. In the days to come I will share more of my process and offer suggestions so you can find what works for you.

I look forward to our playtime together.

Sue Doodles


cosmic dolly

Cosmic Dolly © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

I’ve just had one of those mornings where technology has not been on my side. So let me try this again.

I’m back for my third November of AEDM, the community building, no pressure  creativity encouraging annual November event begun by  Leah Piken Kolidas. I’m looking forward to focusing on trying new things, just having fun, and practicing imperfection during the next 30 26 days .

I actually created Cosmic Dolly last month, and she was lots of fun  to bring to life, with her colorful, mandala-inspired clothing and springy blonde ringlets. I think she’s fun and powerful, what with her snake and bluebird allies and spiral shield decorated with Christmas tree lights.

I ran into a snag when it came to drawing her face and found Milliande’s video on the subject really helpful. I’m having some trouble getting the video to  post on my blog, so I hope you will go to the link and take a look at her great suggestions.

Im going to practice faces this month, and play with my doodles in different ways and who knows what else I might try? I want to play some more with my photography, and maybe try my hand at writing haiku.

This is gunna be a fun month. Yee-haw!




Convo © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

I bought a new sketchbook on Friday made by BeePaper. I like this premium recycled paper. Sharpie marks lie down well. Prismacolor doesn’t go on quite as smooth as with  the Canson sketch book I had before, but that’s ok.  The book is a little bit smaller, which makes it easier to hold onto, cuz I mostly doodle in bed.

When I color my doodles, what I really like is imagining the conversations the colors are having with each other. Ultramarine shouts out Hey Violet Blue, you look pretty mysterious. Wanna hang out for a while? Aquamarine gives Neon Pink a high five and cheers Smashing. Lavendar whispers to Turquoise Here’s looking at you, kid.

Can you hear them too?


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RISE UP MANDALA – © Sue O’Kieffe 2009

Don’t worry. Be happy. ~ Bobby McFerrin

Doodling makes me happy, captures my imagination, allows my creative spirit free reign. Doodling doesn’t care about perfection; it exists for its own sake.

I love choosing the colors and seeing how they play with each other. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone could play with each other the way that colors do?

The more I focus on having fun, the less I worry about other people and what they think of me! (Now there’s an admission, and also a truth about life).

Got the blues? Go find some paper and put  marks on it.

Have fun.