Yesterday I went with my friend Nicci who is hosting the (Into The HeART Art Retreat)to Loon Lake in Maple Ridge. Oh my gosh…….i so fell in love with the log cabins and the stunning forest setting and the lake……oh gosh……the lake!! It was love at first sight!
Can you just picture yourself sitting here quietly with a cup of coffee in the morning writing in your journal? That’s the first thing I thought of when i saw this chair on the wharf!
I don’t imagine the water is too warm at this time of year – maybe in a couple of months it will be! It sure looks inviting though doesn’t it?
We went to the Retreat center so i could see the setting and also so we could take some photos and shoot a bit of a video which Nicci will be posting soon to promote the retreat.
Nicci brought along one of her frames so we could pose behind it. Next to me is the sign that says “Good Times” – you can see Loon Lake in the background. You can view a slideshow of the rustic accomodations here.
Nicci posing with the sign!
Carolyn met us there as well. She’ll be teaching Steampunk Madness at the retreat! Nicci has been wearing Carolyn’s amazing Steampunk necklace for a while now. You can see it pictured with the doll in one of these photos.
I brought along my Bohemian Bliss book (the class I’ll be teaching) so i could photograph it on one of the lovely weathered picnic tables.
I hope you’ll come and join us on this retreat – just being out in nature like this is a healing balm for the soul! Mix nature plus art and you’ve got a winning combination!
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have a great weekend. We’ll be celebrating my sister’s 60th birthday at the Magic Cottage as well as Mother’s Day.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the special Mom’s out there!
Love, Violette xoxo
I received my art journal pages i sent over a year ago to Stampington for possible inclusion in Art Journaling Magazine. They were my very favourite pages and to be without them for over a year was like farming out my children to a distant land . Ha! Funnily enough my favourite pages were not selected for the magazines two page spread.
Here are a few of the pages i had sent in – you may recognize some of them.
This is the Magazine my pages appeared in. It was pretty exciting to be featured in the same magazine as one of my favourite Art Journalers of all time – Teesha Moore!
You may recall that i was visited by a woman from the Netherlands last summer – Karla and her husband Rolf who had been inspired by my work – you can read about the visit here. Karla was inspired by my small papier mache ladder which you can see in the above link. Karla was participating in a year long workshop/creative/coaching program. I believe that the final large project was to create something meaningful in 3-D – this is what Karla came up with! Isn’t it incredibly amazing? She may donate this sculpture to a children’s school or hospital.
It really warms my heart to know that someone living so far away can be so positively affected by my work and then go on to create a unique piece of art that comes from their heart and soul. The internet truly makes us all indelibly connected!
I’m off to teach a Junk Journal Workshop at the Surrey School Districts Pro D day. Should be a fun time!
Have a great weekend!
Love, Violette xo
Happy May Day!
I’m happy to let you know about an upcoming workshop i have co-created with the talented Taslim Jaffer of Let Me Out Creative.
Inspired Mom’s Workshop
In this fun, jam packed workshop you will learn how to create a beautiful mixed media Girl using meaningful words unique to you. We’ll show you how to personalize your girl’s hair to look like YOU. You’ll learn how to create richly textured backgrounds that add depth and mystery. Best of all you’ll have time out to look after yourself, stretch and grow creatively and have a lovely keepsake to hang in your home to remind you and your family about what’s important to you!
Join artist, author and teacher, Violette Clark and creativity coach and author, Taslim Jaffer on Saturday June 1, 2013 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm at Create-It Emporium 17582 56A Ave, Surrey, B.C. The fee, which includes materials and light refreshments, is $70. You are welcome to bring your own lunch.
To register, or for more information, please email Taslim. Space is limited!
This mixed media piece is created on a wood cradle board which means you can hang your masterpiece without putting it in a frame! How cool is that?
I’m off to spend a bit of time with my grandsons Sam and Toby! Should be fun! See you on Friday!
Love, Violette xo
Hi there! I’m back from my trip to San Francisco – kind of tired and under the weather with a cold. My friend and I did lots of planning and creating – can’t give you any more details right now as this project is still in the formulation stage .
Because of all the intense planning and brainstorming I’m kind of exhausted with not too much to say here. Hopefully I’ll have more to share in the days to come.
In the meantime i just wanted to let you know there will be an Art Journal Jam at the Good Day Sunshine cafe in Surrey tomorrow at 3:30 pm – it’s free – come out with your favourite journal, pens and pencil crayons and journal with like-minded creatives!
Love, Violette xo
Yesterday I went into my local Chapters bookstore and began to peruse the magazine section. What did i spy but the latest Art Journaling magazine! I had been waiting for my copy to arrive since I’m one of the contributors but had not received it yet. So i was happily surprised to see the issue had come out already! I quickly snapped this photo of the magazine spread while in the magazine section.
Stampington and Co. featured 3 of my art journal pages as well as a little write up! Thank you so much to the folks at Art Journaling Magazine – the issue looks wonderful – full of juicy art journaling inspiration. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!
Happy Easter Everyone!
We’ll be celebrating Easter with family, having an Easter egg hunt for the little ones and enjoying a brunch! Should be a fun time!
What are you doing to celebrate Easter?
See you next week!
Love, Violette xo
I’ve been sick for the past few days but was happy to be coherent enough to be able to think and speak for this fun Video Interview with Martiel Beatty over at Things Crafty Link.
Video Interview I am having problems embedding the video here so hope you click on the link to watch it – it’s over one hour long but kind of fun and chatty – you can watch it while having tea – pretend we are having tea together . I spoke about art journaling and how it saved me, my book Journal Bliss – and how i got the book deal and much much more!
I’ve created a “Violette TV” Pinterest Board that you might like to check out! I’m not sure if i should put all of my videos on there or just my favourites!
I’ll be briefly blogging on Friday – I know it’s Good Friday but some of you might be popping over here. Guess what? In a couple of days it will be the 4th anniversary of my book Journal Bliss being published – so I’ll be having a contest giveaway next week – stay tuned!
Love, Violette xo