Lighted Path Coaching Interview

July22

I”m so excited to share with you this video interview with Susan Stott Miller on Lighted Path Coaching. 

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Susan has such an easy manner about her – she made it easy to be the first her guest on her show!  Check out the interview here. In the interview I talk about how my intuition guided me to create the 60 in 60 cartoons.

Thank you so much Susan for taking the time to interview me. It was fun!

Love, Violette xo

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    Interview tomorrow with Susan Stott Miller

    July21

    Happy Monday! 

    I didn’t blog on Friday as I usually do as I had my grandkids (all three of them over), my daughter and daughter-in-law as well as my parents over for lunch and play time.  By the time they left i crashed on the bed and fell asleep!  I am a hands on Grandma and do run around a lot – guess i don’t have the stamina I used to!Sam_Toby_meme

    Here’s a quick photo of Sam and Toby wearing the muscle shirts we tie dyed a couple of weeks ago. Aren’t they adorable? We made a t-shirt for Cillian too but he wasn’t wearing it in the photo below.

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    I thought this shot was the cutest. I saw little Toby and Cillian (cousins) playing with matchbox cars. They looked like little mushrooms had sprung up from the grass!

    Video interview tomorrow!

    Tomorrow I’ll be posting an interview with Creativity Coach Susan Stott Miller so today’s blog is brief!  I had such fun being interviewed by Susan – i was her first “artists interviewee”! Yay!

    Love, Violette xo

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      Art Journal Jam in Birch Bay

      July16

      Happy Hump day!

      As i mentioned the other day we were going to America for a full afternoon of art journaling. What fun we had.  Joanne Swiss hosted the group in the Common’s room of her complex – thanks Joanne – it was such fun to come play in your inspiring spot of heaven.

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      When you mix food, beverages and art what fun you can have! Here are some of the ladies sitting down to eat. Joanne – our hostess is to the left and Satira to the right.  I love that Satira wore a spunky green fascinator to our Journal Jam! You can see Nicci with her pink hair in the distance. There’s another Susan on the right working on a fairy village – so cute.

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      Nicci’s Mom came too and so did Nicci’s son Duran who enjoyed using the swimming pool while we were creating.

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      Supplies and art journal – you bring whatever you want to work on. We had a theme that was voted on – fairies. Apart from a few collage images I didn’t get too much done – i tend to have difficulty creating when lots of people are around – i talk to much and get distracted. I had fun though catching up on everything people were doing.

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      This is not exactly art journaling but these wooden shoes that Satira is beefing  up by adding carved wooden heels will look fabulous in the end when she unleashes her artistic muse on the finishing aspect! Who knows – maybe she’ll combine art and words – a 3 D art journal project.

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      Susan Wade and the beginnings of her lovely textured canvas. She has used collaged elements and image transfer in this piece.

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      Maxine worked on a Scrapbooking/art journal hybrid page which was full of yummy texture! It would look great in a shadow box.

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      Satira did work on a Journal Page – an anthropomorphized cat Smile. She owns four cats so I’m not surprised she chose this subject matter.

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      Debbie Humprey stuck more closely to the them and created this lovely whimsical fairyland scene.

      All in all it was a fab day.

      Have you considered getting together with your artsy friends this summer to have a play day?

      Love, Violette xo

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        Painting the Sanctuary!

        July14

        Hi all – hope you had a wonderful weekend!  It’s been hot hot hot here in B.C. – over 30 degrees centigrade!  We don’t have air conditioning at the magic cottage so it can get pretty toasty inside!

        This weekend we finally decided to revamp the room off of the kitchen which i used to call the sanctuary which actually was a storage room for everything. When you live in a small space every room counts so I’ve decided to clear out the room, get rid of things (difficult for me) and redecorate it.

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        As you can see the room was a dark burgundy – I’m going more for a peaceful restful look so I’ll be painting it a lilac/mauve colour. 

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        Over the window are the words (To Thine Ownself be True). They were drawn on there by a sign painter about 18 years ago – i plan on painting around the letters since i love the saying so much!

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        It was so hot i felt like painting naked Smile – but i donned on my painters overalls instead. You just never know who might come around to the backyard and peep in the window!

        Because the room was painted such a dark colour i have to first prime the entire room before adding the colour i want.  It’s a pretty daunting process as there’s all the furniture in the middle of the small room and working around it is challenging. 

        The room will be used as a guest room/a zen meditation/yoga room and also for me to place my laptop in.  It’s the only room i can i have a nice view of the backyard while i work – that’s going to be such a treat. The image I have is what keeps me motivated on such a project!

        Today I’ll be attending an extended art journal jam in Birch Bay – Joanne – one of the Journal jam attendees has organized a gathering at her place.  We’ll have food, art and lots of laughter for sure! What better way to spend the day!

        I’ll be reporting back on Wednesday about the Journal Jam!

        Love, Violette xo

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          Tie dyeing with toddlers and Gratitude

          July9

          Tie Dyeing Adventures

          Last Friday I had a craft day with my grandson’s Toby 2 and Sam 4 years old. I decided to do tie dyeing with them. Perhaps they were a wee bit too young for that craft. We had fun nonetheless. We used Tulip’s tie dye set – it’s a one step dye process which i like – the easier the better.  You just mix water in the squeeze bottle (dye powder is already in it), shake and apply the dye.  little Toby who is a natural born crafter didn’t even wait for me to finish the demo on how to do it.  He grabbed one of the squeeze bottles and proceeded to squeeze dye on the t-shirt and all over my hands Smile. When i get photos of my grandkids and daughter-in-law wearing their t-shirts I’ll post them here.

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          Here i am posing in my fairly-lame-attempt-at-tie-dyeing-t-shirt – i don’t think Duncan paints would hire me to demonstrate their dyeing techniques.  The instructions said to apply the dye to a dry t-shirt however online it says to do it to a damp shirt. I just might reapply the dye to a wet t-shirt.  Here i am at my happiest in my Hippie dippy outfit.

          Gratitude Journals

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          A couple of days ago I bought these composition books so Mr. G and I could have our own gratitude journals.  You have probably heard of this practise before?  You write down three things you are grateful for that happened that day.  Oprah is a big proponent of gratitude journals as well as numerous other self-help gurus.

          At first Mr. G was resistant as he said he didn’t have time to do it before going to bed to read for over an hour Smile.  HELLO???  So after i glared at him for a while he quickly wrote down 3 things he was grateful for.  The more you are aware of what you are grateful for the more good things will show up in your life! We both have been complaining a lot about things and I felt it was time to shift the energy.

          Here’s something else to be grateful for – yesterday i was interviewed by Susan Miller of Light Path Coaching.  It was a video interview – the first in a series where she features creatives on her show.  I can’t wait for the video to go live so i can share it with you here on my blog and on Facebook!

          See you on Friday!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Faces Art Journal page

            July7

            Happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a great weekend!

            Mr. G and i went to Harrison Hotsprings to celebrate his grandson Leium’s 7th birthday with his son. They were camping at a lovely Provincial campground.  But since Mr. G has a bad back and has difficulty climbing out of a tent we decided to stay at a small local motel. It was cloudy and rained part of the time but we still managed to have fun taking advantage of a local pool fed by the Hot springs.

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            I brought along some drawing supplies – pad of paper, pens and pencils. While sitting on the edge of the bed in our motel room i began to draw some faces…..just because.  I think drawing brings back happy memories of camping with my family and teaching my little sister Linda how to draw cartoons. Back then I was teaching her in our large 9 x 12 canvas tent which we loved! Our inspiration back then was mostly Archie Comic books.

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            I didn’t know where i was going with the faces but after a bit I received an image in my head of multiple faces on a page together. Last night while watching TV I continued on with my face project.

            This morning while cutting the faces out and gluing them to a grey background they began speaking to me and telling stories. So i wrote down what the people were thinking. Of course my inner critic began chiming in telling me some of the sayings were stupid. I persisted however and ended up putting down what the faces were telling me. Smile

            Pathfinder Motel

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            Here is yours truly at the front of the motel with a giant elk statue that caught my attention.

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            I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a fully functioning telephone booth by the Motel sign. I had to wade my way through spider webs to get to the phone though Smile.

            Well that’s it for today.  Hope you are having a lovely day!

            Love, Violette xo

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