I am so sorry for being absent from my blog for so long. I have been kind of depressed and have had difficulty getting back into the swing of things. Life is quite busy at my age and i have difficulty focusing on too many things at once. Life is different when you have grandkids and elderly parents and your hopes and dreams shift and change with each new age.
Overwhelm is a common theme for me as i’m sure it is for so many of you. With social media, blogging, and real life it’s difficult to find time for everything! I have also taken up the Ukulele as some of you know. One thing i have been keeping up is Suzi Blu’s Paint and Chronicles which is like a daily planner/gratitude journal/art journal all rolled into one. I know that there are many planner classes out there but this one seems to suit me just fine.
The above image was created yesterday at our Art Journal Jam. It reminded me of back in the day when i was about 20 years old and i had taken up Fashion Illustration. I really enjoyed it. During my teens I spent many happy hours drawing and coming up with different fashion designs.
Here are a couple of pages from my planner – the prompt was “Shine”. I like the fact that it doesn’t have to be perfect at all.
Queen of the Bees……….she sprung up while i was waiting for Mr. G at his work. I started drawing a face inspired from a woman’s face in a magazine. She morphed into the Queen of the Bees
Here’s a small piece of a heartfelt page – i was pouring my heart out – but first i drew my mood in the middle.
Well that’s it for today – Wednesday – hope you are all doing well. For those of you on the East Coast of Canada and the States – stay safe and Warm!
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Now it’s back to reality again. Like many people I have difficulty transitioning from the magic of Christmas to the mundane New Year. It’s always good to focus on what you are grateful for rather than on what you no longer have or what’s in the past. A planner or notebook is a good way to write down what you are grateful for. Every year I buy a new planner and every year after one or two months of writing in it i abandon it. So this year I’m trying something different.
Suzi Blu started a group (it’s closed now i believe) on Facebook called “Paint and Chronicle” which is a place where you can follow along with her as she creates a unique all in one planner – Suzi style. It’s got the month and the days in it but it also encompasses gratitude and journaling, art and more. I think I’ve been looking for something like this to keep me honest.
I’ve got lists, ideas, gratitude etc. written in a number of different places and am continually losing them and buying new books and starting anew. So i’m pretty excited to begin this one as a catch all for all the important stuff. The above book is created in a moleskin grid book. I collaged a front cover and protected it with a layer of packing tape. I wanted to make sure it was pretty enough for me to want to use it :).
I think if i allow myself to be real, messy and not worry about creating perfect art then this is something i can keep up with.
What kind of planner journal do you use for the important stuff throughout the year?
Wow – I can’t believe it – soon Christmas will be upon us. I’m not quite ready yet – I have several gifts to get. How about you? A good friend gave me this lovely Christmas arrangement which i thought looked smashing on my painted coffee table! I took a photo and posted it on Instagram. Which reminds me – if you are on instragram come and follow me. If you are following me and i haven’t followed you back (because i’m still trying to figure out how it works) please let me know!
LIFEBOOK 2015 Starts in 2 weeks!
This Christmas I am not wanting for too much apart from books (which i love) – artsy, spiritual and personal growth books are always on my list! What is most important to me are experiences……….especially creative experiences. I’m asking for Ukulele lessons (you may recall I tried a couple of years ago to learn how to play and ended up quitting but this time i’d like to be serious about it. My Uke sits in a basket staring at me and imploring me to learn to play!). I also like the gift of online courses. At my age – 60 – there is not too much I need as I’ve amassed so much – as I’m sure you have as well.Taking classes and learning from other creatives always gets my mojo going!
And speaking of which – there are just 2 weeks left before LIFEBOOK 2015 starts up! It’s going to be an Art Journaling extravaganza! What better gift to give to yourself or to a loved one – the gift of creativity!! I can’t think of anything better. LIFEBOOK 2015 is going to be awesome! With more than 2 dozen artists teaching a couple of classes each (i’m one of them! Yay!) your year will be full of joyful creativity and self-discovery.
I can’t wait to begin – in fact I’ll be shooting my first class this week so I’m super duper excited! So if you or your loved one are stumped for what to ask for consider the gift of this amazing year long workshop series. At the end of it all you’ll have a fab book of your adventures.
People are talking about the community that forms around LIFEBOOK and how encouraging the teachers and participants are. For many people this is the cherry on top! I hope you’ll join us!
Happy Wednesday everyone! In this video Mr. G and I show you how we made our Comfort and Joy Marquis sign for the magic cottage. I chose comfort and joy because I really strive for these two feelings and certainly don’t mind being reminded of them all year round!
Happy Monday everyone! I hope my American friends had a good Thanksgiving Holiday – you might be still celebrating too!
I have to go to the doctors for a bunch of issues and rather than go to see the Doctor for one issue at a time I decided that many of them might be related and the best way for me to demonstrate that would be to do a quick drawing of my symptoms (i left a few out which i will add later). I think if you go into the Doctor’s office and have less than 5 minutes to talk about your problems it’s good to be prepared.
I was not aiming for a pretty drawing or anything – just something which could be self-explanatory. You could probably do something like this in your art journal and make it much more elaborate on a mixed media background to document where you are now and then another page “where you are later”.
Over the weekend I was feeling rather listless and unmotivated. A little voice told me to draw a Unicorn so I decided to go for it. I felt a bit guilty since there was no rhyme or reason for it and i could have spent that time cleaning up.
In any case i had fun – I think i’ll incorporate it into a future journal page.
Lifebook 2015 starts in one months time! If you’d like to sign up to get access to many of your favourite teachers and transformative projects check this out! I’m really happy to be one of the teachers this year around!
See you later!
Love, Violette xo
P.S. I can’t believe we are already into December!