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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          Sketching Clothes: A Visual List


          Hooray! I’ve finished my Visual list – Sketching my Vacation Clothes!  I hope you like them – i had such fun doing creating these journal pages. I really encourage you to do the same if you are a visual thinker like me.  I don’t know about you but whenever i go away i always begin panicking never knowing what i should pack. I start throwing way too much into my tiny suitcase………here’s a photo of the suitcase i used.


          (the folk art paint is there for scale)

          When Mr. G wasn’t looking I jammed a bit of the overflow into a knapsack he had brought along Smile.

          Here are the clothes i rolled and jammed into the little suitcase (i didn’t draw a dress and a pair of jammie pants – the dress i never wore).





          Mr G and me in front of Lund Harbour. I totally see now that i forgot to add that little green tank to my visual list – it was pretty small when you rolled it up and took up hardly any room at all. Can you see the sarong on my list?


          Here I am standing in front of a display of sarongs…….one of which i ABSOLUTELY HAD to have Smile……as you can see.

          Violette shown here wearing an illustrated t-shirt and one pair of yoga shorts.

          I have a very important announcement to make on Monday……..I’m so excited……..but can’t reveal anything until then!

          Hope you have a magical weekend!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Sunshine Coast Holiday and Clothes sketching


            Well we are back from our lovely holiday on the Sunshine Coast.  It’s been difficult coming back to earth after such a perfect holiday in a quiet and pristine environment. If you have been following me on Facebook you’ll have seen some of our adventure photos!


            Here’s Mr. G and me on the Agate Pass cruising Desolation Sound. We got to celebrate Mr. G’s birthday on the Sunshine Coast!


            Here i am in my happy place – kayaking in Okeover Inlet.


            On one of the beaches in Okeover Inlet we came upon thousands of Sandollars.  I have never EVER seen so many sandollars in one spot before.


            Here’s a closer shot of my polka dotted kayak – it even has glitter on it – you just can’t see it from this angle.

            Here is a video of the cruise we took on Desolation Sound.  I created it for our friends Joanie and Ted of Beyond the Road Adventures. There were a family of folks originally from Colombia with visitors on the cruise so we had a very lively group on board! So fun! Thanks Joanie and Ted for a most memorable adventure!

            Drawing vacation clothing

            Before washing all of my vacation clothes and putting them away i decided to lay them out on the floor and draw them. Every year I’m in a quandary as to what to bring with me. So i thought i would draw and colour in my clothes and then do a little write up about what i wore and what i didn’t wear. Of course that is also determined by the weather – because we had such amazing warm weather i didn’t have to wear long pants or sweatshirts.


            I could then put the 4 lists I made of stuff to bring in a plastic sleeve along with my coloured vacation clothes drawing (I’ll have two pages when I’m done). This time i brought too many clothes and tended to wear my favourites over and over again! Doing this will make packing for vacation next summer so much easier!


            I’ll post the completed pages for your to see on Friday.

            See you all on Friday!

            Love, Violette xo

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