AEDM #28 We Are One

We are  One – © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

How can we not love social networking when we are given the opportunity to connect with amazing creative lovebugs? This particular doodle came through while listening to singer/songwriter Athena Burke sing her jazzy bluesy song, We Are One. You can listen to her, too, right here.

For this particular mandala- inspired doodle,  I used crayons, crayola markers and twinkling H2O’s (for the shiny white bits – hard to see that in the scan – and the green bits, which I see as windows to the heart).

So much fun to create, and even better, so much fun to remember that yes, indeedy, We Are One.

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Dancing with Life

Dancing with Life @ Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Sometimes we dance with our demons (they have horrid bad breath and terrible yellow teeth). Actually, demons are very good dancers, and all they want is to have a little fun. The best way to dance with your demons is to laugh at them. They don’t hear enough laughter, and get tired of roaring and growling just to get a little attention.

Sometimes we dance with kites and scarves and other things that flow in the wind.  And sometimes we dance with sparkly things. Life has its rhythms and flows and dancing with life makes the day worthwhile.

Have fun with your dance and finding your inner beat. Wear your brightest colors and enjoy your day.

Yee-haw!

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Good news! Stay tuned for information in the next few weeks about SueDoodles first ever calendar, Adventures in Doodleland 2011!

~SueDoodles

Dancing the Dancer

Dancing the Dancer © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Yesterday afternoon I came home after an exciting day in town shopping for groceries and spending time with a friend to an email with the subject line Top Blog!

After reading it a few times I realized SueDoodles had been awarded a top art therapy blogging award; and not only that this blog was  in the company of some other wonderful art therapy blogs. See?

Thank you, whoever you are, who voted for this blog. The one thing I do get is that it was based on reader nominations. This is totally awesome. Gosh. And humbling. But do I dig it? You bet.

I am not an art therapist in any kind of official sense to anyone but myself. I don’t have a bunch of initials behind my name or really any formal art training. I’m just fascinated by color and line and patterns. And Im happy to be part of a rather vibrant doodling community.

And I am delighted that you find my art inspiring and uplifting.

Three years ago I still ran the internal story that I could not draw. In November of 2007 I participated in Leah Piken Kolidas’   friendly challenge to create art every day during Art Every Day Month. I decided to doodle everyday for a month as a way of spending less time at the computer. (Did you know I have another very active life as a digital mandala maker?)

And I’ve been doodling, more or less every night before I go to sleep, since then. I’ve tried doodling away from home, during the middle of day, waiting in doctors’ offices, but really — doodling is my night time ritual.

So if you hold a story about not being good enough, would you be willing to suspend that belief long enough to get a pencil and paper and just see what happens when you put it on the paper? You could have a whole new life waiting for you!

It’s taken me three years to not care what I put in my sketch pad. Not caring is totally freeing.

Dancing the Dancer is also about freedom and moving from an authentic place in my heart and holding my arms up in love. Plus, I really love this color palette. Someday I’m going to design me some clothes in these colors.

Have fun out there. It’s so worth it!

~Sue Doodles

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

PLAYING WITH CIRCLES

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BURST OUT – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

One of the pleasures of Art Every Day Month is that I get to give myself permission to try out new things. I set out creating this design with a desire to experiment with watercolor frisket, and to play more with watercolor crayons and twinkling h2o’s.

What did I learn? Well,  you really do need the right tools (note to self:add that frisket nib and new brushes to art store shopping list). It probably takes experimenting to learn what those tools are. Oh yea, and it’s fun to burst out in new directions.

This kind of reminds me of one of those wall clocks from the 50’s, no doubt inspired by sputnik. (Does anyone else here besides me even remember sputnik?)

What do you see?

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Hey, why not come visit my mandala blog, where I continue to explore all things circular!