Works in Progress


Good Morning everyone!

I just wanted to share with you a few of the illustrations I have been working on.  I have no idea what they will be used for…… journal pages, cartoons, future projects, sketches for future projects?


Here’s a tribal face and a jellyfish.  Supplies used: Copic Markers, micron pens, gel pens, paint pens and pencil crayons. I had bought some new art supplies and wanted to test them out.



I was inspired by the little creatures Teesha Moore has been creating in her journals and so decided to make a few of my own. I can’t tell you how much fun i’ve been having!  I was sitting and watching TV drawing away!  Fun!


This will be the last reminder to enter to win a spot in LIFE BOOK 2015!  You will be able to enter over 20 times on the different artist’s Blogs.

Good Luck everyone!

Love, Violette xo


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    Pining for the Ocean!



    I don’t have much to say today except for I am still pining for the ocean (or like on Monty Python – Pining for the Fjords - 1:38)and the Sunshine Coast. Here i am drawing at Nancy’s Bakery in Lund.  What fun that was – i even got a super tasty gluten free treat from the Bakery.


    I was working on the unicorn and other bits on our deck overlooking the inlet.


    Here I am in Lund harbour in a little tourist kiosk enjoying the sunshine and a view of the harbour.




    Here are some gorgeous sunflowers and Cosmos lining the path to Nancy’s Bakery.



    Here are a gathering of sarongs i had to pick from – do you recognize the green, pink and purple one we bought? Love it!

     Blog giveaway!

    If you have not already entered to win the contest – one free spot in Life Book 2015 you can do so here.  Good luck!

    See you on Wednesday!

    Love, Violette xo


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      Sketching Clothes: A Visual List


      Hooray! I’ve finished my Visual list – Sketching my Vacation Clothes!  I hope you like them – i had such fun doing creating these journal pages. I really encourage you to do the same if you are a visual thinker like me.  I don’t know about you but whenever i go away i always begin panicking never knowing what i should pack. I start throwing way too much into my tiny suitcase………here’s a photo of the suitcase i used.


      (the folk art paint is there for scale)

      When Mr. G wasn’t looking I jammed a bit of the overflow into a knapsack he had brought along Smile.

      Here are the clothes i rolled and jammed into the little suitcase (i didn’t draw a dress and a pair of jammie pants – the dress i never wore).





      Mr G and me in front of Lund Harbour. I totally see now that i forgot to add that little green tank to my visual list – it was pretty small when you rolled it up and took up hardly any room at all. Can you see the sarong on my list?


      Here I am standing in front of a display of sarongs…….one of which i ABSOLUTELY HAD to have Smile……as you can see.

      Violette shown here wearing an illustrated t-shirt and one pair of yoga shorts.

      I have a very important announcement to make on Monday……..I’m so excited……..but can’t reveal anything until then!

      Hope you have a magical weekend!

      Love, Violette xo

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        Sunshine Coast Holiday and Clothes sketching


        Well we are back from our lovely holiday on the Sunshine Coast.  It’s been difficult coming back to earth after such a perfect holiday in a quiet and pristine environment. If you have been following me on Facebook you’ll have seen some of our adventure photos!


        Here’s Mr. G and me on the Agate Pass cruising Desolation Sound. We got to celebrate Mr. G’s birthday on the Sunshine Coast!


        Here i am in my happy place – kayaking in Okeover Inlet.


        On one of the beaches in Okeover Inlet we came upon thousands of Sandollars.  I have never EVER seen so many sandollars in one spot before.


        Here’s a closer shot of my polka dotted kayak – it even has glitter on it – you just can’t see it from this angle.

        Here is a video of the cruise we took on Desolation Sound.  I created it for our friends Joanie and Ted of Beyond the Road Adventures. There were a family of folks originally from Colombia with visitors on the cruise so we had a very lively group on board! So fun! Thanks Joanie and Ted for a most memorable adventure!

        Drawing vacation clothing

        Before washing all of my vacation clothes and putting them away i decided to lay them out on the floor and draw them. Every year I’m in a quandary as to what to bring with me. So i thought i would draw and colour in my clothes and then do a little write up about what i wore and what i didn’t wear. Of course that is also determined by the weather – because we had such amazing warm weather i didn’t have to wear long pants or sweatshirts.


        I could then put the 4 lists I made of stuff to bring in a plastic sleeve along with my coloured vacation clothes drawing (I’ll have two pages when I’m done). This time i brought too many clothes and tended to wear my favourites over and over again! Doing this will make packing for vacation next summer so much easier!


        I’ll post the completed pages for your to see on Friday.

        See you all on Friday!

        Love, Violette xo

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          Journal Page: work in progress


          Happy Wednesday everyone.

          Not too much to report today – I’m working on a journal page with these collage items………i am drawing a mermaid with possible wings and a unicorn – not sure how the page will come together. I’m sure it will reveal itself as i work on the page.


          It’s always a surprise to see what shows up! Just by doing things are revealed to you, phrases, ideas for images and thoughts which simply insist on showing up on the page.

          I have been greatly inspired as of late by Teesha Moore’s Artstronaughts Club.  Teesha is by far my favourite art journaler on the planet Smile.  So just viewing her videos is inspiring me to make a new page.

          I must say I’m very saddened by the passing of Robin Williams – he was an amazing comic, actor and human being.  The world has lost a bright and shining light.

          Well that’s it for today. I shall see you on Friday.  Just to let you know that Mr. G and i will be away for 2 weeks starting next Monday. We are going to the Sunshine Coast of B.C. to our favourite place – Desolation Sound Resort.  Yay!  So excited.

          Love, Violette xo

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            A bit of this and that, an art journal sketch


            Happy Wednesday everyone!

            My apologies for not blogging on Monday – it was a holiday here in B.C.

            I don’t have too much going on here right now.  My Mom fell down and hit her head so I ended up spending some time in the hospital with my Mom and Stepdad over the weekend.  My Mom has vertigo and lost her footing. Thankfully she didn’t have a stroke which the Doctor was concerned about. Also I’m so happy she didn’t break any bones as she has osteoporosis. You might recall she broke her arm about 3 months ago.


            Yesterday after visiting my Mom, Stepdad, daughter and grandson Cillian i went to Point Roberts, Washington to pick up a parcel.  I decided to go to the ocean for a 1/2 hour as a treat since i was so close by.  I always love dipping my toes in the water.  It feels so great on my feet and the negative ions from the water makes my spirit happy!


            Here’s a view of the water.  So serene! The rocks all around me were so pretty – i picked up a few to paint on at a later date.


            How lucky am i? My friend Tina Ferguson sent me this lovely crystal lamp as a birthday gift (that’s what i went to Point Roberts to pick up).  It looks so wonderful at night in the Sanctuary! Thank you Tina!


            Inspired by Teesha Moore and her Spirit Guide journal page I decided to try my hand at giving my guides a face too. I’m always afraid to do that since i feel I won’t get it right. Really? What does it matter if it’s not right? So this is the start of the page……just at the sketching stage. 


            Even though i don’t really draw animals since i’m not so great at it I decided to practise sketching a unicorn.  Be prepared to see a unicorn appear in one of my art journal pages!

            See you on Friday!

            Love, Violette xo

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