Art and Nature: What’s inspiring me today

July28

I wondered what to blog about today and then it came to me – blog about what is inspiring you this morning. I stepped out onto the deck and surveyed the backyard full of blooming flowers and art intermingled with the plants.  As i took the photos i realized that what i really loved is seeing my art merging beautifully with nature Smile.

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I really loved how the sun was shining through the cutlery chandelier. Some of you may recall i made it last year with my sister, mom and friend Gina.

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Running lady next to the ferns and the Gunnera bush. You can’t see it here but the glitter on her hair and spiral looks stunning glinting in the sun.

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The glittergirl door nestled in amongst the ripening blackberries.

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The bottlecap birdhouse pole.

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The flying lady nestled under a small apple tree.

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The Driftwood – Shell hanging inspired me today too!

If you did know what inspired you what would it be?

I often ask myself – what is inspiring you now?  And when I’m in a funk i say “I don’t know”.  So the next thing i ask and this is a trick i learned from my NLP days so many years ago. “If you did know what inspires you what would it be?”.  Ha ha ha!  That used to frustrate the living daylights out of me. The thing is though, deep down we do know what’s inspiring us, what’s making us happy and what doesn’t.

So i’d like to know – what’s inspiring YOU today?

Love, Violette xo

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    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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      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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        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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            Anatomy of an Art Journal page

            July2

            A belated Happy Canada Day to all of my Canadian Friends! Yesterday we celebrated Canada Day in a quiet way.  We invited my Mom and Stepdad over for lunch in the backyard.

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            Here is Mr. G giving my Mom a wee bit of wine.

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            Yours truly with Mom and Ron – of course i had to wear my Dr. Seuss-ish Canada Hat to celebrate.

            Anatomy of an art journal page

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            After my folks left I pulled out some sketches i had made this past weekend and proceeded to put together an art journal page in the backyard – it was such a glorious day!

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            I really enjoyed drawing and painting in the backyard while listening to the birds.

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            On Sunday Mr. G and i were at a function (I’ll tell you about it later) where we had to be available for 10 hours. so needless to say we had tons of sitting down and waiting time. During this time i decided to sketch some elements for a possible journal page – all of the images you see (with the exception of the kale) were created during this period in pencil on a separate sheet of cardstock. Yesterday I cut the elements out, coloured them and adhered them to a painted background.

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            You might be thinking that this is an unusual journal page. I wanted to explain to myself the events of a rather unfortunate incident which culminated in me having a “pity party”.  I won’t get into specifics here (will do so on a later blogpost) but the entire mess happened because i don’t like having the “money talk” with people. So because of my lack of clarity and guts I get to work things out on a journal page. Lucky me!

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            After said incident I received a moment of clarity which made me laugh out loud (first the pity party though)!  All kinds of visuals and images were coming to me. I decided to draw them so that doing so could help me move forward but also to have a visual reminder of what happens when you avoid the uncomfortable conversations that need to occur.

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            The Cosmic 2 x 4 comes out and whacks you on the side of the head when you refuse to work on your stuff!  This is a lesson I have learned in the past repeatedly.  The money lesson and the lesson of being worthy enough are ones I believe I’m finally getting Smile. Thankfully!

            The reason why the journal page is in individual elements is because i kept hearing, “will work for kale”, Done, Baked, confused around the edges etc.  It came to me that there was a sequence which could be best illustrated by arrows going from one thing to the next. The cosmic 2×4 came at the last minute as i kept hearing “you forgot the cosmic 2×4”. As you can see it’s a bit of an intuitive process.

            Supplies used:  micron pens, pencil, acrylics, watercolour pencils, copic markers and Stabillo pencil.

            See you on Friday!

            Love, Violette xo

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