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Happy Friday everyone!
I hope you have a fun weekend coming up?
This is what I am working on right now for a client – some illustrations for her website. I had fun drawing this little gnome guy…….
Here are the sketches/drawings i start out with before colouring them in digitally.
I’m not usually cranked about drawing technical images like computers and such but being able to add a cute whimsical fairy made it fun!
When all of the drawings are complete and added to the clients website I’ll give you the link so you can check it out!
Enjoy your weekend! I’m off to make some Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts with my grandsons . I spent a little time on Pinterest getting some St. Paddy’s day inspiration!
Oh – stay tuned – on Monday I will be having a fun giveaway!
Love, Violette xo
One thing Creatives love to do is wander – wander in their minds and wander by travelling either close to home or afar. They love new experiences!
Creatives surround themselves with things that inspire them and make them happy!
If you want to be more creative take time to write about your experiences, things that pop into your head or simply to do a brain dump to clear your mind for what’s ahead.
Do more of what you love to do to get in the flow.
Meditation or a mindful activity is essential for tapping into that creative state or zone.
Don’t be afraid to shake things up, do things differently or be eccentric!
If you’d like to find out more about the habits of creative people here’s a wonderful article on 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently.
Love, Violette xo
Do you ever feel stuck and don’t know what to create? Do you feel blocked? I get that feeling quite a bit and when i do this is what i turn to the most!
I don my favourite pair of shoes or boots and go for a walk – rain or shine! It’s amazing what a bit of fresh air will do to your spirits!
I’m lucky enough to live near the ocean – so a visit to the beach is in order. If you live near a body of water go there for a quick pick me up! If not it’s always a good idea to walk where you’ll see “green” or life of some sort.
Sometimes i put on my crocs and walk to the nearest park…..
where i visit my favourite tree and often hug it too! Did you know that trees hug back too? They give off lovely energy and help ground you!
Here i am at Mount Shasta about 9 years ago hugging a tree.
Spending even 20 or 30 minutes of time out in nature is enough to help you get your Creative juice back! The next time you feel blocked – give it a try. You might want to bring along your camera or i-phone to snap a few photos that you can later use for inspiration for your art! A leaf, rock or small shell picked up on your walk can inspire a piece of art later that day.
Let me know what gets your Creative juice back when you feel blocked!
Love, Violette xo
Happy Friday everyone!
I have been taking an online class – Mindy Lacefield’s “Neat Stuff” and have been enjoying coming up with wonderful things from my childhood. Having grown up with a father who suffered from Schizophrenia was challenging so many of my childhood memories can be pretty negative. The thing is though there were many happy moments, many neat things which stood out which brought me joy that would be healthier to focus on rather than the negative ones.
Our brains tend to be wired for negativity – we seem to gravitate towards the negative (because of past programming). Doing so only creates neural pathways of negativity (like a groove in a record) where it’s easy to fall back into the pattern of negative thought more so than creating new neural pathways of positivity. So I thought that Mindy’s class would be the perfect way to remember the good – to conjure up the good and put it somewhere that i can see often so i can get some good neural pathway mojo going! Ha!
Here it is! (edited-Just remembered that i could scan the piece- doh!)
Unfortunately i am having technical difficulties and can’t seem to get a photo of the mixed media piece i created to show you! I sent it to myself from the i-pad and i-phone and nada – i don’t have it. Also my camera’s battery is dead so that won’t work. So sorry – i have no image to show you today. But if you click on the link in the first paragraph it will take you to Mindy’s site so you can check out the luscious mixed media pieces she creates.
Mindy has such a lovely style – naive and yet layered with so much depth, heart and soul. You would not believe how difficult it is for me to paint in this style – my style is so tight that i felt it would be good to loosen up a bit. In any case i can see i need to work on loosening up a bit and becoming a bit more free in my work!
Off to babysit my little grandson Cillian!
I hope you have a marvellous weekend!
Love, Violette xo
Hello everyone! I hope this post finds you in good health and a happy mood!
We had another art journal jam yesterday and what fun we had! What a fabulous group of women we have attending! Maybe next time we’ll have a guy join us – there was a young fellow who looked on with curiosity while we were creating so he said he might come along next month.
Here are the ladies hard at PLAY! If you look closely you can see a couple of balls of yarn – one woman was crocheting and another one knitting. One attendee – Debbie was unravelling a mess of yarn for Joanne who was knitting a cap for homeless folks in Vancouver. Most people were working on Art Journal pages. The art journal jams have evolved into an electric joyful atmosphere where creative community flourishes. It’s been so wonderful to watch friendships blossoming, sharing of ideas, swaps and kind acts occurring.
Snow at the magic cottage
We don’t usually get much snow in my neck of the woods – Surrey, B.C. so when we do get it – there’s lots of excitement! Here’s a shot of the dragonfly laden down with snow. I can tell that we will need to revamp him again this summer!
The Backyard – the Creative Juice sign and guardian crow covered in snow!
I thought this little birdhouse with a poof of snow on it looked like a Marie Antoinette birdhouse no?
I snapped this little selfie with my i-pad – can you say awkward? Since Mr. G wasn’t around to take my photo i did it myself holding the i-pad out at arms length . I needed MUCH longer arms!
I had a car decal made to promote my business and help you get your business mojo back. Looks pretty doesn’t it? It’s perforated with holes so you can see the pretty image and yet still see through the window – in theory that is. Unfortunately because of the angle of my back window I am unable to see through the window – well i can see but it’s like looking through fog. So I am going to have to get it removed . Hopefully we can come up with another solution!
I have been busy taking Mindy Lacefield’s online class called “Neat Stuff” – a fun mixed media class on capturing the stuff of our youth that made us happy. I’ll let you see what I come up with next week.
Love Violette xo
Happy Monday everyone! I hope you are all doing well! We are enveloped in a magical snowy Wonderland! So beautiful – I’ll post photos on Wednesday.
As promised though on Friday i let you have a sneak peek of what i was working on and here are the results!
My very artsy and colourful friend Debbie who i interviewed here on this blog a while back is turning 60 in a couple of days (we went to school together and so are the same age – I’ll be 60 in a few months). Since Debbie colours her hair in a rainbow of colours i thought it would be appropriate to call her the colourful crone – she’s okay with being called a crone so this was going to be fun!.
Her husband Pete was planning a surprise party and asked if anyone had theme ideas – so naturally i piped up and said “what about the colourful crone”? He was all for it so i went to town. As you see above I made a mixed media piece in honour of my friend and turned it into a bunch of fun products – tote bag, devotional candle stickers and notebooks. We even used one of the stickers to brand a bottle of wine for Deb.
The Colourful crone notebooks were swag for the ladies who attended the fun surprise party. And by the way – Debbie was really surprised!
I started off with a mixed media background using my usual scrape painting, old text and collage items – i even incorporated a few pieces of washi tape and a paint chip from our bedroom makeover.
I drew Debbie’s caricature separately as well as the words and super imposed them on the background. Deb was very happy with the results!
I also thought that we could decorate using HUGE tissue paper flowers and crepe paper. So I made these three tissue paper flowers – tutorial here to add where the crepe paper streamers all met.
This is what the pattern of the petals looked like before i cut the multiple pieces of tissues out. It was very time consuming and fiddly but fun just the same – an exercise in patience – i felt like yelling “DONE!” like my little grandson Toby shouts when he’s finished colouring or eating or playing. But I looked around me and no one was there to pick up the slack so I had to finish myself!
Unfortunately both Mr. G and I forgot to bring our cellphones to the party so didn’t take pictures of the decorations but I know Deb’s brother-in-law did.
One other thing we did was colour strands of our hair with multiple temporary hair dyes to mimic Debbie. Even Mr. G got in on it and dyed his white beard pink and green!
All in all it was a fun evening. It’s such a joy to be able to use my creativity in all areas of my life! I hope this post gives you some ideas as to what you too can do with your art to leverage it for fun events!
Love, Violette xo
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7:49 pm, November 28, 2010