Hello friends! I am so sorry i have been missing in action for so long. I’ve been somewhat depressed and tired from lack of sleep (i know that makes everything worse) that i haven’t felt like blogging. You may have seen me on Facebook or Instagram by the way i’d love it if you followed me! It’s easier for me to post quick little photos with a blurb rather than doing a full blogpost.
So I’ve decided to post some of the pieces i have been working on – mostly been working in my moleskine grid book – inspired by Suzi Blu and her Paint Chronicles. The first spread was inspired by Tammy Garcia of Daisy Yellow. If you haven’t already done so do check out Tammy’s blog – she’s full of inspiration and colourful art prompts to get your juices going.
I have been making tons of doodles for years which end up either getting tossed in the garbage or getting lost in my masses of notebooks (as i don’t like keeping a journal) but since i’ve been working a bit in the Moleskine book i have found a place for my little sketches and drawings to live. At least i can look back and see my process. You can see the little running princess and how i started off with sketches which i glued in my book?
The “Oh my soul” little piece came about because i was trying to paint a rock to replace the lovely painted found rocks and it wasn’t working so i swiped the loaded paint brushed on a piece of grid paper. I looked at it and thought “hey – there could be a face in there” so i began doodling and this is what i came up with.
Basically if i just begin then the drawing tells me what it wants next!
This has been a fun experiment (which i highly recommend) if you don’t want to feel like your journal page has to be perfect. Just sketch away and then glue the doodle in an art journal book or a notebook. You can add stickers like i have done here and use washi tape too. I’ve added some images and words from magazines that spoke to me too!
Oh – yes – there’s an art journal jam today at the Good Day sunshine cafe! Hope to see you there at 3!
Well that’s it for today.
I hope you are all well and happy.
Love, Violette xo
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!
Love, Violette xo
Hello friends! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. We celebrated a bunch of family birthdays on Saturday – my grandson Sam’s, son Ryan, stepdad Ron and nephew Adam. We had so much fun!
As you know I’m working on a Day planner/Calendar started by Suzi Blu on Facebook. Suzi gives us prompts to focus on every week. One of them the past week was “savour”. Since i receive much joy while watching the birds in the backyard I thought I would honour some of them by drawing them. I don’t usually draw birds and don’t feel comfortable doing so but i think these little guys turned out not too badly. Later I journaled around them.
Yesterday was a very dreary drizzly day and i was feeling kind of blue. So I asked Mr. G to come out to the park for a little walk. He grumbled, didn’t want to but finally obliged me. I’m so happy he did. I got to hug my favourite tree AND bonus………some magical little fairy people left painted rocks nearby for lucky recipients to find! I don’t know if you can see but there are several near my tree above, by my feet and in the hollow of the tree.
Here’s a couple in the hollow. I was sooo excited. Mr. G thought i was funny! I said to him “See! I knew there was a reason we should go out for a walk!”
There must have been at least a dozen rocks in various places but i only took two good size ones. One with a painted tree and one with a sunset. There were lots of painted bunny rocks which i’m guessing were created by a little girl. These ones were a bit more sophisticated. How lucky am i eh? Thank you Emily! (the signature on the back said Emily)
As we exited the park I noticed a Mom and a little girl wearing a long skirt (i’m guessing a fairy skirt). I pointed to them and told Mr. G that they were probably on a mission to spread joy in the park. I noticed they were carrying a bag with them which probably carried rocks. What a wonderful thing to do with your child – to teach them that magic exists in the world and we can also spread magic and glitter wherever we go!
Love, Violette xo
Happy Wednesday everyone! I don’t really have much to report or share right now apart from a couple of pictures i created in my planner. Here’s one sketch on a page called Savour – if you savour the goodness in your life you are apt to get more of it. It’s something to focus on. Speaking of which I am reading a great book on Happiness (and savouring) called Hardwiring Happiness by Rick Hanson. I highly recommend it if you are always trying to catch the elusive happiness or at least bringing more of it into your life. I think my default setting is on negative (like most people Rick Hanson will argue) so I need to make a conscious effort to pay attention to the happy moments and dwell on them longer.
Here’s another little drawing i did which attaches to my diary/planner……..it’s a reminder as well. I just want to say how much fun i’m having keeping a planner in this way – it’s like i can store my thoughts and dreams as well as appointments all in one spot! I hope i keep it up.
Love, Violette xo
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!
Love, Violette xo