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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

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

Growing your wings cartoon

A dear friend whom i have known since the 4th grade in Elementary School passed away yesterday. She lost her brave battle with cancer. She was one of my Yayas – a group of soul sisters who would come together and support each other and have fun. The day before she passed i felt compelled to create this cartoon about growing your wings…….


I feel certain that my dear friend Cheri had a hand in this one. It’s a Coco Channel quote i had never heard before but instantly fell in love with it. You now have your wings Cheri.


My Mom as you know broke her arm and it’s in a sling which she will not remove so putting clothes on is very challenging. So i bought a few tank tops at Target and cut the top part of the sleeves – Mr. G and i MacGyvered them by adding some Velcro strips so that the top could easily be put on and slid under the sling. We shall see if it works.

Well that’s it for today – due to the emotional day and spending several hours with my parents yesterday I’m behind on my cartoons again Sad smile. Hopefully i will come up with one today.

Love, Violette xo

The Journey of a Thousand miles cartoon

Happy Monday everyone!

The Cartoon challenge has been such fun!  I can’t lie to you though – some day’s I’ve been very overwhelmed and without any ideas. Like I mentioned before – simply sitting down with a pad and pencil gets those creative juices flowing.


Here’s day 44 cartoon – you’ve probably seen variations of this quotation.  The Universe will conspire to help you once you are clear and truly desire something! The vision i received was gifts falling down from the sky!


Lao Tzu quote: The Journey of a 1000 miles begins with the first step.

When you get overwhelmed with how to tackle a goal or simply with what’s put on your plate this quote will help you get going with even the simplest of steps.  I remember years ago reading my first Sark book where she spoke about micromovements – for example if you are overwhelmed with the thought of cleaning a very messy closet one micromovement would be to open the door. The next movement would be to organize the shoes – you get the drift?

I am behind two drawings on my challenge – my last day is on my birthday June 15 so I have to get a bit more inspired today and get busy.

Hopefully you are enjoying your day wherever you are!

Thank you for reading my blog xo

Love, Violette xo

Drawing and sketching cartoons


Continuing on with my 60 day challenge… i mentioned i am a bit behind in my cartoons because life sometimes gets in the way. But i feel greatly supported from the folks who read my blog or follow me on Facebook – all of the kind thoughts, vibes and words sent my Mom’s and my way after Mom’s accident are so appreciated. 

Yesterday i wanted to create a cartoon about friends but did not want to introduce another human character so began practising drawing foxes…….which are pretty cute don’t you think?


While mentoring Meg yesterday who comes to me for art instruction/mentoring I mentioned that I needed to draw an animal but wasn’t into dogs or cats so much. I also mentioned that I really don’t draw animals very well.  But i kept sketching until I came up with something that both Meg and I liked. I told her she was “magic” as i wasn’t able to come up with anything while on my own but as she was sitting next to me some of her fairy dust must have fallen my way Smile. This happened while she was drawing a cute unicorn.


I was happy with how my little fox turned out in this cartoon. Great quote by the Beatles!


I’ve been a great admirer of Roald Dahl’s quotes and especially this one – but kept pondering over and over “how can you illustrate sunbeams coming out of someone’s face without it looking silly?”. For days I wondered and so finally yesterday i just sat down and began sketching. The above cartoon emerged! “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely”. Feel free to pin this if it speaks to you! Or any of my cartoons for that matter.


Maya Angelou passed away a few days ago – she was a writer, artist, teacher and activist who inspired millions of people. In honour of her passing I wanted to illustrate one of her best loved quotes – “If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it change your attitude”.  Again i pondered how does one illustrate this concept.  Nothing came up until i began to draw……’s as if the pencil has it’s own intelligence Smile

I was saddened to hear that Robert Genn passed away a couple of days ago. He was an amazing artist and writer.  I’m very fortunate to have been mentored by him for several months.  His generous spirit and wisdom will be dearly missed.

We are going to see Totem tomorrow – a Cirque du Soleil adventure so that should be loads of fun!

Enjoy your weekend!

Love, Violette xo

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