New Growth for Old Growth

Old Growth Doodle © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

Life opens up for old growth and new growth

And we are  sustained by  that which we share together.

The earth offers wake up songs. We are alive with possibilities!

~SueDoodles

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Sanity, Your Name is Doodling

Zenpattern8 ©Sue O’Kieffe 2010

doodling keeps me sane through the stressful times, through uncertainty, through life transits. this was fun, just playing with curves and angles. black and white. bold, dramatic. lots-o-fun!

doodle oodle oodle, doodle oodle oodle, doodle oodle oodle ooo!

SueDoodles

What to do after an earthquake

We had a 6.5 earthquake up here on the North Coast of California. It’s probably been 10 years since I’ve experienced a quake of that magnitude, and I have experienced larger ones. They are a scary and fascinating at the same time. Other areas of the county had more damage than where I live, but I was without electricity for about four hours. God bless those folks who work for the power company, and thank goodness it wasn’t raining last night. I’m sure it made life easier for them as they made repairs.

As soon as I realized I was in no danger, I got out my sharpie and sketchpad and started doodling. What else is there to do? What people say about doodling being a calmative is true. I worked on my drawing until it got too dark to see, and then I decided (since I have electric cooking) to see if anywhere with food was open. I took my sketchpad with me. The restaurant was hoppin’ and I doodled away while waiting for my food. I had a very nice chat with another woman sitting at the counter next to me who was worried about her nesting finches, and shared  a good laugh with her imagining what they might have thought.

I came home after eating a pretty good chicken salad, lit a couple of candles, and finished my drawing. I’d never drawn to candlelight before. It was an interesting, almost eerie experience, as the light flickered against the page. My hand knew almost instinctively where to go.

About the time I decided to go to sleep, the power was restored. I finished my drawing, only adding the shading.

After an Earthquake © Sue O’Kieffe 2010

What I learned from this is that doodling really IS an excellent way to stay in the present, when really there is nothing left to do.

SueDoodles

Playtime

Fold and Unfold – © Sue O’Kieffe 2008

Saturday afternoon playtime. What happens if I do this instead of that?

Ohhhhhh, that’s what happens.

Oooooooh, I like that!

I am learning to give up perfectionism when I play on paper. I can color outside the lines if I want to! Oooooh my little kid can put all those teachers and my parents in the corners of the room and give them a time out.

How cool is that?

*grin*