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Self-Portrait challenge–portraits galore!



What a whirlwind time i had in Seattle!  Many thanks to my host Kathleen for having me as a guest in her home – she has a lovely family!  I enjoyed making art at night with her two children Mick and Katy. I’ll post some photos tomorrow of the yarn bombing in Pioneer Square – Kathleen wrote an article about it! Fun Stuff!

Teesha’s class Little Journal: Big Intentions was great –held in the Annex which as you will see in a few days was a super colourful and creative place and was very conducive to creativity (obviously).  In a few days I’ll be creating a youtube video of the Annex and the class so please stay tuned! Notice i had leveraged one of my Self-portraits by copying it, shrinking it down and using it in this spread. 


It was fun being instructed by Teesha how to create a funky journal in her style.  What i especially enjoyed was listening to Teesha talk about the Law of Attraction and how she has created the life she has now by utilizing many of the manifesting principles.  She’s very passionate about her beliefs and i think she was relieved that she could share this passion in a class setting without being worried that people would judge her as weird or strange. After all the participants were taking the class because they wanted to make their dreams a reality by using art journaling as a tool.


Here is another section of my book (not finished yet) – you may recognize the face on the right – it’s from a Marie Antoinette journal page i made a couple of years ago – i colour copied her.  The little gal under the words “Amaze yourself” is my self-portrait for friday. I didn’t make one for Saturday as i was on my way home then and was pretty bagged by the time i arrived…..i know – it’s no excuse – tomorrow I’ll create 2 portraits to make up for it Smile!


Another angle of the book opened up – we made signatures. The sweet book is about 4 x 5 inches.  It folds into itself.


The crow with the tin can lid comes from the Marie Antoinette Journal page – i just gave him a hat to spiff him up a bit.


Another angle.


This is my self-portrait for yesterday (took close to an hour to make)– you can probably notice the Teesha Moore influence here – fantasy creatures…….me as a bird.  To be honest – i enjoy this way of drawing WAY MORE than trying to draw realistic pictures – but then that’s just me Smile. I will be using this image in some of my future journal pages!


This is today’s portrait created with a pen and ink – i rarely draw with a dip pen so this was interesting.  I used a small mirror to keep checking my face.  It took about 15 minutes to create. It wasn’t nearly as fun to make as the bird girl portrait.

A Wonderful art journaling video

Many thanks to my friend Kym of Blissartworks  for giving me the heads up about Danny Gregory’s video The Art of Breakfast. I hope you check it out – it’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL in every way!

See you all tomorrow!


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    8 Comments to

    “Self-Portrait challenge–portraits galore!”

    1. On August 8th, 2011 at 11:13 pm Cherie Says:

      Violette, I just love you and your art and your style and all the wonderful things you do!! This is looking awesome, great website!

      I just watch that wonderful video too, The Art Of Breakfast – FANTASTIC! I’m looking into reading up on Danny Gregory now!


    2. On August 9th, 2011 at 12:14 am Jodi Ohl Says:

      Lucky you for taking a Teesha Moore class! You did a great job of incorporating her style but with your signature flair for illustration. Your journal book looks fantastic! :)

    3. On August 9th, 2011 at 12:50 am gemma Says:

      Would you believe that I am still working on the 101 self portraits from a few years back?…I’m on #90 something. I have them all on a blog and when I am finished I’ll open the blog. I LOVE your birdie portrait. Think maybe I’ll try one of those.
      Love to you.

    4. On August 9th, 2011 at 9:22 am Bronny Says:

      Oh Violette, I LOVE Teesha’s style, and when I saw your post, I just had to have a look at your work…LOVE the fold out book!!! I love the bright colours, collage and especially the journalling……
      I recently did your workshop at 21 Secrets.. you have been a great inspiration to me!!! XXX

    5. On August 9th, 2011 at 3:00 pm Janet O'Connor Says:

      Hi Violette!!! Thank you for introducing me to Danny Gregory – he is an interesting artist. I haven’t been able to do your portrait challenge, but I enjoy reading about all of the entries and your new little book – so sweet :)
      Have a lovely day.

    6. On August 9th, 2011 at 7:42 pm Timaree Says:

      I have skipped some days in doing my portraits. I think there is less pressure this way.

      Your journal looks great. I think the idea of positive thoughts bringing positive outcomes is good. It might not happen but if we don’t dream and hope we’ll never get anywhere. Being positive makes the whole world happier too.

      Your bird woman is super!

    7. On August 10th, 2011 at 5:50 pm Inspiration packed vacation in Seattle, learning from Teesha Moore (& a giveaway). | Inner Voices Says:

      [...] I was kind of nervous to go, but it went so smoothly thanks to Kym (from Blissartworks) and Violette (who also came all the way from BC). Thanks ladies, it was wonderful to meet you in person, finally [...]

    8. On August 11th, 2011 at 5:24 pm Violette's Creative Juice » Blog Archive » Self-portrait Challenge day 10 Says:

      [...] big deal however if you want to make a portrait that takes longer and is rather meditative like my bird portrait then by all means do it.  The idea is to improve your drawing skills and to stick to something [...]

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