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Visiting family!




Hola!  Just a very quick post to let you know my little sister Linda is coming for a visit today from N.Carolina.  It will be my Mom’s 80th birthday so she’s flying in to help us celebrate Mom’s milestone.  This picture was taken about 22 or more years ago – my sister Linda, yours truly and my Mom…….she must have been close to my age in this photo!

Hopefully my creative sister Linda and I will be doing some crafting while she’s here if we can fit it in…’s going to be a jam packed vacation. So i won’t be around too much for the next ten days however if we do some fun crafting i’ll be sure to post photos here and on Facebook!

See you soon!

Love, Violette xo

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    New Art Journal page and on being a carrot


    Hola my friends!

    I hope you had a lovely weekend.  I was very fortunate to have attended the Just for the Joy retreat on Saturday in gorgeous St. Mary’s Church in Vancouver.  The all day retreat focused on bringing more joy into your life with sound, dancing (Nia), creativity – Soul Collage and great good for you food!



    Here’s a photo of the singing bowls which put us in a meditative state! The Just for the Joy retreats happen a few times a year. I’m thrilled to be an instructor in the February workshop. I’ll be teaching a bit about getting your mojo going and finding your dreams. The retreats are a lovely mix of creativity, sound, dancing and nourishing food – what more could you ask for?

    Me as a Carrot


    me as a bored carrot


    I’ll never understand Facebook.  The other day my sister-in-law put up a post on Facebook stating:

    ” I know nobody will see my status but sometimes, when I am bored, I go into the garden, I cover myself in earth and I pretend I am a carrot.”

    So i liked it but wondered what it meant.  Next thing you know she said that i had to post that as my status.  So i innocently did thinking it was late at nite and no one was going to see it anyway.  But wouldn’t you know it that was the post that got the most “likes” and engagement than any other post i have made (i believe).  Go figure. So a few folks posted that they wanted to see an illustration of me being a carrot so i created a quick little sketch you see above!  When i really want folks to see what i post like the other day i posted an art journal jam video which really had meaning to me and i had hardly ANY engagement? What???

    Gypsy Psychic Cartoon



    Yesterday I decided to draw a face – when I started I had no idea if it was going to be a man or woman.  I just very slowly and happily created a face.  As this gypsy woman cartoon emerged I asked her who she was. She said she was a gypsy so that necessitated the drawing of a colourful scarf. Then basically she told me she was a gypsy psychic with a crystal ball. I asked her what the message was and she said “I predict you’ll be as happy as you decide to be.”  Guess i needed to hear that yesterday :).


    Has this happened to you before when you drew? I’m sure it has and if you are quiet and listen to that quiet voice within you’ll hear the message too! I’d love it if you posted the times that has happened in your life in the comment section!

    Love, Violette xo

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      Winner of LIFE BOOK 2015 Giveaway!



      Holy Mackerole!  We had over 432 entries to this contest giveaway (i had to choose a name from two blogposts as i originally had made a mistake)!  I’ve been having contest giveaways for many years now and this is definitely the most entries I have EVER received!

      I read each and every entry – i was so moved by many of your comments. Many of you shared your hopes and dreams and about why you so needed this class to feed your souls.  I truly was blown away and many times even moved to tears.  Each and every one of you deserves a spot however each teacher is allowed to give only one spot away! Just to let you know how incredibly generous Tamara Laporte is……..she gave away 10 spots! WOW!

      The winner of my giveaway is Carol Mc!  Here’s what Carol had to say:

      I would love to win a seat in Life Book 2015. I have experienced some traumatic changes in my life this year. My husband and my sister both passed away in the beginning of this year. Now I am pretty much a full time caretaker for my mother who is recovering from a rare form of cancer called NETS. I’m trying to adjust to these changes and take stock of the blessings that I do have in my life. I’ve been having difficulty finding purpose and direction in my life now. My husband and I had been making plans together for 25 years; now I have to accept things and make new plans. I think this would be such a great class for some personal introspection that I could certainly use at this time.

      Would love to learn from such a fantastic array of teachers; and have these lessons to look forward to every week. Thank you for the chance to win a seat in class.

      Congratulations Carol!  

      If you know me at all you know that i have difficulty choosing one winner or even three for that matter. When my kids were little and I had backyard “art contests” or “bug finding contests” for the neighbour kids everyone always won a prize. I’d create catergories just so that the child could feel like a winner.  Unfortunately I can’t do that today but I do hope that if you really want a spot in LIFE BOOK 2015 and you can’t afford it that you mention it to family members or friends who might be willing to gift it to you for a Christmas or birthday present. It’s definitely going to be well worth it – an entire year of soul-filled, artsy goodness. So good for your soul! For more information on all of the teachers and the course please click here.

      Thank you soooo much to all of you for taking the time to enter and for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it!

      Just to let you know I am also going to give away one of my Teens Dream Journal DVD’s to a woman who teaches Tweens art…….I just have to search and find her name again!

      Love, Violette xo

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        Works in Progress


        Good Morning everyone!

        I just wanted to share with you a few of the illustrations I have been working on.  I have no idea what they will be used for…… journal pages, cartoons, future projects, sketches for future projects?


        Here’s a tribal face and a jellyfish.  Supplies used: Copic Markers, micron pens, gel pens, paint pens and pencil crayons. I had bought some new art supplies and wanted to test them out.



        I was inspired by the little creatures Teesha Moore has been creating in her journals and so decided to make a few of my own. I can’t tell you how much fun i’ve been having!  I was sitting and watching TV drawing away!  Fun!


        This will be the last reminder to enter to win a spot in LIFE BOOK 2015!  You will be able to enter over 20 times on the different artist’s Blogs.

        Good Luck everyone!

        Love, Violette xo


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          Pining for the Ocean!



          I don’t have much to say today except for I am still pining for the ocean (or like on Monty Python – Pining for the Fjords - 1:38)and the Sunshine Coast. Here i am drawing at Nancy’s Bakery in Lund.  What fun that was – i even got a super tasty gluten free treat from the Bakery.


          I was working on the unicorn and other bits on our deck overlooking the inlet.


          Here I am in Lund harbour in a little tourist kiosk enjoying the sunshine and a view of the harbour.




          Here are some gorgeous sunflowers and Cosmos lining the path to Nancy’s Bakery.



          Here are a gathering of sarongs i had to pick from – do you recognize the green, pink and purple one we bought? Love it!

           Blog giveaway!

          If you have not already entered to win the contest – one free spot in Life Book 2015 you can do so here.  Good luck!

          See you on Wednesday!

          Love, Violette xo


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            CONTEST CLOSED! Life Book 2015 Blog giveaway!



            I am sooo jazzed, excited and honoured to be a part of Tamara Laporte’s Life Book 2015!  I met Tam several years ago online and became a member of her Ning forum.  I loved Tam’s artistry but even more so her deep authentic and caring nature.  I resonated with her back then and still do today. So I’m super duper happy that Tam asked me to be one of the teachers this year. There’s an incredible line up of instructors for you to learn from! Woo hoo! This is such an amazing opportunity……………and the goodness goes on for a whole year!

            Click here for more details.



            If you would like to win a spot in Life Book 2015 please leave me a message in the comments below letting me know why you’d like to win.  I’ll draw one lucky winner on Friday September 19th at 8 am PST.  Good Luck!

            Let’s celebrate with a blog hop that includes all of the wonderful teachers in Lifebook!

            Each teacher will be giving away a spot on Life Book 2015:

            8th September 2014 – Tamara Laporte –

            9th September 2014 – Jane Davenport –

            10th September 2014 – Joanne Sharpe –

            11th September 2014 –  Jenny Lee Wentworth –

            12th September 2014 –  Violette Clark –

            13th September 2014 –  Chris Zydel –
            14th September 2014 –  Danielle Donaldson –
            15th September 2014 –  Effy Wild –
            16th September 2014 –  Flora Bowley –
            17th September 2014 –  Alisa Burke –
            18th September 2014 –  Rachael Rice –
            19th September 2014 –  Jeanne Oliver –
            20th September 2014 –  Andrea Gomoll –
            21st September 2014 –  Kristin van Valkenburgh –
            22nd September 2014 –  Jill K. Berry –
            23rd September 2014 –  Alena Hennessy –
            24th September 2014 –  Juliette Crane –
            25th September 2014 –  Jenny Doh –
            26th September 2014 –  Mati Rose McDonough –
            27th September 2014 –  Patti Ballard –
            28th September 2014 –  Lynzee Lynx –
            29th September 2014 –  Roben Marie Smith –
            30th September 2014 –  Andrea Schroeder –
            1st October 2014 –  Lynn Whipple –
            2nd October 2014 –  Donna Downey –

            To find out more about how you can take part in this amazing year long art journaling adventure click here!

            Love Violette xo

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