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Cartoons from the past


Resurrecting a few cartoons from years gone by….


This cartoon is from several years ago – it demonstrates that even back then i was still searching for balance in these areas.  So much remains the same Smile.


One day several years ago i was shocked to find out that those adorable packages of baby carrots that you find in grocery stores are not really baby carrots.  They are mined from real big carrots and whittled down to a cute size. You’re probably better off buying regular carrots and peeling them yourself into non-perfect chunks.  Naturally i had to create a cartoon around that realization.


About 8 years ago before i knew i had Attention Deficit Disorder i created this art journal page called “The Blurt Factor”.  I was constantly offending people by saying what i was thinking – blurting things out without thinking whether or not it would hurt someone’s feelings. I have learned that sometimes folks don’t want to go deep and if you try to engage them in meaningful conversations they will be offended. I’ve never been very good at small talk (most folks with ADD don’t like small talk).


Going thru the Motions



I’m particularly fond of this cartoon strip i did about 7 or 8 years ago when i was having a major meltdown.  I had to go away by myself for a few days near the ocean.  Of course nature and art saved me once again. Ya gotta love it!


I created the peace princess several years ago and converted this illustration into stickers. Always searching for peace inside and outside myself –  this has been a common theme.

Looking at these cartoons reminds me that creating art helps us make sense of our world.  Sometimes as in the case of “Going through the Motions” the art gave me a solution to the problem as i kept drawing. It’s just one big adventure if you simply let go and trust!

Well that’s it for today.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip down memory lane!

Love, Violette xo

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    6 Comments to

    “Cartoons from the past”

    1. On January 21st, 2013 at 10:24 am Chris Says:

      Wonderful! I am always blown away by your talent-filled illustrations, it is a bonus that they come with such thought provoking and lovely lettering too!! You inspire me!!

    2. On January 21st, 2013 at 10:31 am Wendy Fedan Says:

      Absolutely delightful!!!

    3. On January 21st, 2013 at 10:58 am Diana Says:

      Love the blurt factor one! I’m not ADD (I don’t think), but . . . . And I think the internet has magnified the danger! I’m constantly having to tell myself sternly “step away from the keyboard, they do NOT want to know what you think about it!”

    4. On January 21st, 2013 at 11:43 am Wendy @ the Late Start Studio Says:

      Searching for balance? Watch a tightrope walker and you’ll see they wobble all the time and yet come back to that point of equilibrium, it’s even more obvious with slack-rope walkers! Getting the wobbles as fine as long as you know where your centre is . . . I think I’ll journal that last sentence! :)

    5. On January 21st, 2013 at 5:44 pm un-shelving and 3 insights before lunch | late start studio Says:

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    6. On January 22nd, 2013 at 5:03 pm Suzana Says:

      Loved this trip down memory lane, Violette! Your cartoons always make me smile. Profound truths wrapped in whimsy… :)

      Oh, I’m SO relating to the ‘blurt factor’ today! There was a situation last night that really had me ‘blurting’ (I kept most of it in check – and luckily, I have a lovely husband who calmly listens to me vent about what I’d really like to say to certain people – but I did have to take myself off for a walk…) It’s kind of good to know that I’m not alone. :)

      Really needed to read Wendy’s comment about ‘keep away from the keyboard’ today. Ladies, be warned: blurt ahead! There’s an online course I’m participating in. It has numerous people posting lessons. Yesterday, I discovered that a lesson had been posted by a guest ‘teacher’ which was not just ‘based on’ but literally EXACTLY the teaching and process of a well-respected professional in the field (who died a couple of years ago) who has TWO published books on the subject. In my own work, I actually teach this work too – with the proper credit. What bothered me (and should bother anyone in the ‘art community’) is that there was NO reference to the original creator either in the video or the pdf. There are numerous comments from participants about how wonderful this lesson is, etc… and people clearly have the impression that it is the presenter’s work. Now, I’m not assuming anything sinister – perhaps it was just a little unintended ‘oversight’ – but I deeply respect the work of the original artist/ teacher and this is the 2nd time I’ve seen people using her work and passing it off as their own (in the first instance, in an art therapy course and in this case, making money from it). What am I supposed to do about it? I’ve tried to think about this from every possible angle but I know full well that people don’t really appreciate any feedback – no matter how gently or diplomatically delivered – which ‘hurts their feelings’. So far, I’m keeping my ‘hands off the keyboard’…

      I really loved Wendy’s comment about ‘wobbles’ too… nice quote! We do often forget that wobbles are ‘allowed’. ;)

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