Hola my friends!
I hope you had a lovely weekend. I was very fortunate to have attended the Just for the Joy retreat on Saturday in gorgeous St. Mary’s Church in Vancouver. The all day retreat focused on bringing more joy into your life with sound, dancing (Nia), creativity – Soul Collage and great good for you food!
Here’s a photo of the singing bowls which put us in a meditative state! The Just for the Joy retreats happen a few times a year. I’m thrilled to be an instructor in the February workshop. I’ll be teaching a bit about getting your mojo going and finding your dreams. The retreats are a lovely mix of creativity, sound, dancing and nourishing food – what more could you ask for?
Me as a Carrot
me as a bored carrot
I’ll never understand Facebook. The other day my sister-in-law put up a post on Facebook stating:
” I know nobody will see my status but sometimes, when I am bored, I go into the garden, I cover myself in earth and I pretend I am a carrot.”
So i liked it but wondered what it meant. Next thing you know she said that i had to post that as my status. So i innocently did thinking it was late at nite and no one was going to see it anyway. But wouldn’t you know it that was the post that got the most “likes” and engagement than any other post i have made (i believe). Go figure. So a few folks posted that they wanted to see an illustration of me being a carrot so i created a quick little sketch you see above! When i really want folks to see what i post like the other day i posted an art journal jam video which really had meaning to me and i had hardly ANY engagement? What???
Gypsy Psychic Cartoon
Yesterday I decided to draw a face – when I started I had no idea if it was going to be a man or woman. I just very slowly and happily created a face. As this gypsy woman cartoon emerged I asked her who she was. She said she was a gypsy so that necessitated the drawing of a colourful scarf. Then basically she told me she was a gypsy psychic with a crystal ball. I asked her what the message was and she said “I predict you’ll be as happy as you decide to be.” Guess i needed to hear that yesterday :).
Has this happened to you before when you drew? I’m sure it has and if you are quiet and listen to that quiet voice within you’ll hear the message too! I’d love it if you posted the times that has happened in your life in the comment section!
Love, Violette xo
Holy Mackerole! We had over 432 entries to this contest giveaway (i had to choose a name from two blogposts as i originally had made a mistake)! I’ve been having contest giveaways for many years now and this is definitely the most entries I have EVER received!
I read each and every entry – i was so moved by many of your comments. Many of you shared your hopes and dreams and about why you so needed this class to feed your souls. I truly was blown away and many times even moved to tears. Each and every one of you deserves a spot however each teacher is allowed to give only one spot away! Just to let you know how incredibly generous Tamara Laporte is……..she gave away 10 spots! WOW!
The winner of my giveaway is Carol Mc! Here’s what Carol had to say:
I would love to win a seat in Life Book 2015. I have experienced some traumatic changes in my life this year. My husband and my sister both passed away in the beginning of this year. Now I am pretty much a full time caretaker for my mother who is recovering from a rare form of cancer called NETS. I’m trying to adjust to these changes and take stock of the blessings that I do have in my life. I’ve been having difficulty finding purpose and direction in my life now. My husband and I had been making plans together for 25 years; now I have to accept things and make new plans. I think this would be such a great class for some personal introspection that I could certainly use at this time.
Would love to learn from such a fantastic array of teachers; and have these lessons to look forward to every week. Thank you for the chance to win a seat in class.
If you know me at all you know that i have difficulty choosing one winner or even three for that matter. When my kids were little and I had backyard “art contests” or “bug finding contests” for the neighbour kids everyone always won a prize. I’d create catergories just so that the child could feel like a winner. Unfortunately I can’t do that today but I do hope that if you really want a spot in LIFE BOOK 2015 and you can’t afford it that you mention it to family members or friends who might be willing to gift it to you for a Christmas or birthday present. It’s definitely going to be well worth it – an entire year of soul-filled, artsy goodness. So good for your soul! For more information on all of the teachers and the course please click here.
Thank you soooo much to all of you for taking the time to enter and for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it!
Just to let you know I am also going to give away one of my Teens Dream Journal DVD’s to a woman who teaches Tweens art…….I just have to search and find her name again!
Love, Violette xo
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……..art 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
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
Happy Hump day!
As i mentioned the other day we were going to America for a full afternoon of art journaling. What fun we had. Joanne Swiss hosted the group in the Common’s room of her complex – thanks Joanne – it was such fun to come play in your inspiring spot of heaven.
When you mix food, beverages and art what fun you can have! Here are some of the ladies sitting down to eat. Joanne – our hostess is to the left and Satira to the right. I love that Satira wore a spunky green fascinator to our Journal Jam! You can see Nicci with her pink hair in the distance. There’s another Susan on the right working on a fairy village – so cute.
Nicci’s Mom came too and so did Nicci’s son Duran who enjoyed using the swimming pool while we were creating.
Supplies and art journal – you bring whatever you want to work on. We had a theme that was voted on – fairies. Apart from a few collage images I didn’t get too much done – i tend to have difficulty creating when lots of people are around – i talk to much and get distracted. I had fun though catching up on everything people were doing.
This is not exactly art journaling but these wooden shoes that Satira is beefing up by adding carved wooden heels will look fabulous in the end when she unleashes her artistic muse on the finishing aspect! Who knows – maybe she’ll combine art and words – a 3 D art journal project.
Susan Wade and the beginnings of her lovely textured canvas. She has used collaged elements and image transfer in this piece.
Maxine worked on a Scrapbooking/art journal hybrid page which was full of yummy texture! It would look great in a shadow box.
Satira did work on a Journal Page – an anthropomorphized cat . She owns four cats so I’m not surprised she chose this subject matter.
Debbie Humprey stuck more closely to the them and created this lovely whimsical fairyland scene.
All in all it was a fab day.
Have you considered getting together with your artsy friends this summer to have a play day?
Love, Violette xo