Art and Nature: What’s inspiring me today


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.


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.


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.


The glittergirl door nestled in amongst the ripening blackberries.


The bottlecap birdhouse pole.


The flying lady nestled under a small apple tree.


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


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


    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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      Tie dyeing with toddlers and Gratitude


      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.


      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


      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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        Magic Cottage Backyard video and 60 cartoons!


        Happy Friday everyone!

        I shot a little video of the backyard and flowers – giving you a little tour or what it looks like and where i often sit to create my 60 in 60 cartoons! You’ll note while i am hula hooping it started to rain a bit and a few drops of water are spinning off the hula hoop Smile.

        I hope you like it.

        60 in 60 cartoons are finished!  Hooray!

        I made a request on Facebook for people’s favourite quote and I received a bunch of great ones…….i chose the following 3 ones from the fab quotations. The last one i found myself.


        Day 57 “Better to light a Candle than curse the darkness.” – Chinese Proverb


        Day 58 “We have 2 ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak” – Epictetus


        Day 59 – “You don’t have to see the whole staircase.  Just take the first step” – Martin Luther King


        And the finally cartoon………drumroll please…….Day 60 – “The Soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” – Emily Dickinson

        I’m pretty proud of myself for completing this series.  I have difficulty sustaining interest in anything for too long (ADHD anyone?) but I did manage to complete this even with a few crises happening.  Art really does sustain me as I’m sure it does the same for you.

        Enjoy the weekend.

        Love, Violette xo

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          A Plethora of Inspirational Cartoons!


          Happy Wednesday!

          As you can see I have past my 60th birthday and am not quite finished my cartoons – so I’ve given myself a reprieve until Friday – I decided to postpone turning 60 until then Smile. So over the weekend i was scrambling to get a few extra cartoons in…….here are a few of them…..


          “Even a snail will eventually reach its destination – Gail Tsukiyama”.  I liked the idea of a cute snail pulling a tiny letter!


          While mentoring young teen Meg (in art) i was mentioning that i needed some new quotes to illustrate. She suggested Maya Angelou – so i looked up her quotes and this one resonated with me. “If you are always trying to be Normal you will never know how amazing you can be!”


          I have embraced the Law of Attraction principles for many years now and wanted to illustrate a faucet. So i searched Abraham Hicks quotes to find one that fit the bill! “Appreciation is the purest vibration on the planet today”


          William James the fabulous philosopher and psychologist came up with this quote – I’ve always admired him so was thrilled when this quote came across my desk! “Believe that life is worth living and your belief will help create the fact.”


          My friend Susi (teen coach) thought i should illustrate this quote.  I struggled with it for a while – not unlike the butterfly trying to emerge from the cocoon Smile but finally decided upon this image. “How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar. – Trina Paulus”


          Always a fan of Rumi – this quote really spoke to me “The Door is wide Open, don’t go back to sleep. – Rumi”  This quote reminded me of an astrologer friend’s favourite saying “Once you get on the Universal flypaper you can’t get off”.  It’s so true – once you have the knowledge if you try to deny it and go to sleep you’ll experience much discomfort – i have tried it and ended up getting back on the path.


          Marcus Aurelius has gifted us with many fine sayings – here is one of them “The Soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts” I felt a rainbow would be a great way to illustrate a rather abstract concept.


          Birthday Contest Giveaway!

          Remember i have a fun birthday contest giveaway happening – if you have not already entered to win go here and leave a comment! Good Luck!

          See you on Friday!

          Love, Violette xo

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            Nature Heals the Weary soul cartoon


            Hello – sorry I’m late posting.  It was visiting grandson time and ended up being a visit to my folks too! Life happens right?  So I’m still behind on my cartoons and this weekend I’ll be off to a Celebration of Life for my good friend who recently passed away.  I’ll be going out of town for the celebration so i doubt I’ll have time to do some drawing. We shall see. These cartoons are for my 60 cartoons in 60 days Challenge.  My birthday is on June 15 and i was planning on having all of the cartoons done by then.


            I’m a huge Joseph Campbell fan and while looking for his quotes online i came across this one “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us”.  Often times we set off thinking our life will unfold a certain way but then our path veers off and takes some surprising twists and turns.  Often the life that is waiting is even more magnificent than what we had imagined.


            Nature heals the weary soul – I think i invented this saying – it came to me while grieving in the backyard and looking out onto the yard of magnificent flowers and greenery.  It reminded me of my dear friend Cheri who passed and how much solace she derived from her last few months on earth from her garden. Her wonderful family created this sanctuary for her.  On our last conversation just over 2 weeks ago she was telling me about how much joy it brought her to simply sit out in the garden, listen to the birds and look at her flowers.

            That’s how this cartoon evolved.

            I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

            Love, Violette xo

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