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    Art and Nature: What’s inspiring me today

    July28

    I wondered what to blog about today and then it came to me – blog about what is inspiring you this morning. I stepped out onto the deck and surveyed the backyard full of blooming flowers and art intermingled with the plants.  As i took the photos i realized that what i really loved is seeing my art merging beautifully with nature Smile.

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    I really loved how the sun was shining through the cutlery chandelier. Some of you may recall i made it last year with my sister, mom and friend Gina.

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    Running lady next to the ferns and the Gunnera bush. You can’t see it here but the glitter on her hair and spiral looks stunning glinting in the sun.

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    The glittergirl door nestled in amongst the ripening blackberries.

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    The bottlecap birdhouse pole.

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    The flying lady nestled under a small apple tree.

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    The Driftwood – Shell hanging inspired me today too!

    If you did know what inspired you what would it be?

    I often ask myself – what is inspiring you now?  And when I’m in a funk i say “I don’t know”.  So the next thing i ask and this is a trick i learned from my NLP days so many years ago. “If you did know what inspires you what would it be?”.  Ha ha ha!  That used to frustrate the living daylights out of me. The thing is though, deep down we do know what’s inspiring us, what’s making us happy and what doesn’t.

    So i’d like to know – what’s inspiring YOU today?

    Love, Violette xo

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      Sanctuary revamp with me!

      July25

      Here is the video of the Sanctuary revamp if you’d like to see the finished version!

      Oh and by the way – it’s not the Flying Moroccan door it’s the Rocking Moroccan door!

      Here’s the view i have from the window

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      In the video i show you the little altar in one corner of the room.  I also do a bit of smudging (with sage) in the video to clear the room of all negativity and residual energy that is no longer needed in that room.

      Hope you enjoy it. I know the smudging scene is not very flattering as i propped the i-pad against the window so i was filmed from below! Yikes!

      Happy weekend everyone!

      Love, Violette xo

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        Lighted Path Coaching Interview

        July22

        I”m so excited to share with you this video interview with Susan Stott Miller on Lighted Path Coaching. 

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        Susan has such an easy manner about her – she made it easy to be the first her guest on her show!  Check out the interview here. In the interview I talk about how my intuition guided me to create the 60 in 60 cartoons.

        Thank you so much Susan for taking the time to interview me. It was fun!

        Love, Violette xo

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          Interview tomorrow with Susan Stott Miller

          July21

          Happy Monday! 

          I didn’t blog on Friday as I usually do as I had my grandkids (all three of them over), my daughter and daughter-in-law as well as my parents over for lunch and play time.  By the time they left i crashed on the bed and fell asleep!  I am a hands on Grandma and do run around a lot – guess i don’t have the stamina I used to!Sam_Toby_meme

          Here’s a quick photo of Sam and Toby wearing the muscle shirts we tie dyed a couple of weeks ago. Aren’t they adorable? We made a t-shirt for Cillian too but he wasn’t wearing it in the photo below.

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          I thought this shot was the cutest. I saw little Toby and Cillian (cousins) playing with matchbox cars. They looked like little mushrooms had sprung up from the grass!

          Video interview tomorrow!

          Tomorrow I’ll be posting an interview with Creativity Coach Susan Stott Miller so today’s blog is brief!  I had such fun being interviewed by Susan – i was her first “artists interviewee”! Yay!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Art Journal Jam in Birch Bay

            July16

            Happy Hump day!

            As i mentioned the other day we were going to America for a full afternoon of art journaling. What fun we had.  Joanne Swiss hosted the group in the Common’s room of her complex – thanks Joanne – it was such fun to come play in your inspiring spot of heaven.

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            When you mix food, beverages and art what fun you can have! Here are some of the ladies sitting down to eat. Joanne – our hostess is to the left and Satira to the right.  I love that Satira wore a spunky green fascinator to our Journal Jam! You can see Nicci with her pink hair in the distance. There’s another Susan on the right working on a fairy village – so cute.

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            Nicci’s Mom came too and so did Nicci’s son Duran who enjoyed using the swimming pool while we were creating.

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            Supplies and art journal – you bring whatever you want to work on. We had a theme that was voted on – fairies. Apart from a few collage images I didn’t get too much done – i tend to have difficulty creating when lots of people are around – i talk to much and get distracted. I had fun though catching up on everything people were doing.

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            This is not exactly art journaling but these wooden shoes that Satira is beefing  up by adding carved wooden heels will look fabulous in the end when she unleashes her artistic muse on the finishing aspect! Who knows – maybe she’ll combine art and words – a 3 D art journal project.

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            Susan Wade and the beginnings of her lovely textured canvas. She has used collaged elements and image transfer in this piece.

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            Maxine worked on a Scrapbooking/art journal hybrid page which was full of yummy texture! It would look great in a shadow box.

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            Satira did work on a Journal Page – an anthropomorphized cat Smile. She owns four cats so I’m not surprised she chose this subject matter.

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            Debbie Humprey stuck more closely to the them and created this lovely whimsical fairyland scene.

            All in all it was a fab day.

            Have you considered getting together with your artsy friends this summer to have a play day?

            Love, Violette xo

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              Painting the Sanctuary!

              July14

              Hi all – hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It’s been hot hot hot here in B.C. – over 30 degrees centigrade!  We don’t have air conditioning at the magic cottage so it can get pretty toasty inside!

              This weekend we finally decided to revamp the room off of the kitchen which i used to call the sanctuary which actually was a storage room for everything. When you live in a small space every room counts so I’ve decided to clear out the room, get rid of things (difficult for me) and redecorate it.

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              As you can see the room was a dark burgundy – I’m going more for a peaceful restful look so I’ll be painting it a lilac/mauve colour. 

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              Over the window are the words (To Thine Ownself be True). They were drawn on there by a sign painter about 18 years ago – i plan on painting around the letters since i love the saying so much!

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              It was so hot i felt like painting naked Smile – but i donned on my painters overalls instead. You just never know who might come around to the backyard and peep in the window!

              Because the room was painted such a dark colour i have to first prime the entire room before adding the colour i want.  It’s a pretty daunting process as there’s all the furniture in the middle of the small room and working around it is challenging. 

              The room will be used as a guest room/a zen meditation/yoga room and also for me to place my laptop in.  It’s the only room i can i have a nice view of the backyard while i work – that’s going to be such a treat. The image I have is what keeps me motivated on such a project!

              Today I’ll be attending an extended art journal jam in Birch Bay – Joanne – one of the Journal jam attendees has organized a gathering at her place.  We’ll have food, art and lots of laughter for sure! What better way to spend the day!

              I’ll be reporting back on Wednesday about the Journal Jam!

              Love, Violette xo

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