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Artist Interview: Maria Greene

I am thrilled to be interviewing the very talented writer and artist Maria Greene today.

I know i have been missing from my blog for a while but i think this interview is worth the wait.  Maria was kind enough to interview me a while back – you can read the interview here.   You might just want to go back and sift through the many inspiring posts Maria has up to get your creative juice going again!

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1. Tell us a bit about your life with art.

I have always made some kind of art since I was seven years old, but I really committed to it in 2003 when I started painting and selling my art on eBay. I had so much fun trying out different styles, but I could never stick with one for very long. I envy those who can paint the same motif over and over and enjoy it. I come from a pretty creative family. Mom was the happiest when she dove into her crafts, weaving, knitting, crocheting, and sewing. She used to sew all of my clothes. Dad played various instruments, and my brother is a lifelong artist with many exhibitions over the years. Our styles are totally opposites, and that’s a good thing.

I was never truly interested in going the traditional way of being an artist. Exhibitions never called to me, but I have displayed my art in shops and coffeehouses. Art to me is something that is down to earth and should be easily accessible to everyone.

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2. What is art to you?

Art is a way of expressing my soul; that’s how it feels. Art is a constant exploration that never ends. If I live to be 100 I know I won’t say I have explored enough art expression. It is an endless journey and the satisfaction lies in that journey. What comes out on paper and canvas sometimes truly surprises me, and it is as if my art is telling a story about me that is so much deeper than everyday living. I realize I know so little about the subconscious part of me, but art channels that aspect very well. I think art can be a great way to solve emotional problems and other obstacles in life.

Unfortunately, we have so many expectations and we judge our art and others’ as good or bad. That tendency makes us stop making art and we never get to the point of pure exploration. The vein of gold appears when we dare to explore freely.

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3. What methods do you use?

I find that art journaling is the least challenging method for exploration. It’s hard sometimes not to judge what appears on the page, but it’s a personal diary that no one needs to see. With that comes freedom.

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4. What advice do you have to give to new artists?

Throw caution to the wind! Let yourself be free to explore what art wants to do for you. Art will lead you along. I suggest getting an art journal for mixed media (a minimum of 90lbs paper.) Maybe you don’t plan to use other media than paint, but before long you will find yourself adding bits of paper or other scraps to your page. In one art journal spread I used a lot of lace. I wanted to see what it would look like on top of paint.
As far as other materials, stock up on some cheap acrylic paints and brushes. If you start out inexpensive you won’t be afraid to use the tools, but it’s the opposite with expensive tools. As you get more experienced you can upgrade your tools.

Put no pressure on yourself, just play as if you were four years old again. If it turns into a brown muddy mess, turn the page and start over. By the way, ugly is okay! It’s good because it means you’re creating.

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3. What is your favorite style?

I’m very partial to intuitive painting since that truly opens the door to deeper exploration. I have posted some videos on YouTube about making art journal pages without having any plans for the outcome. Link at the end of this article.

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4. How did you begin to explore intuitive painting?

Back in the 90s I read a book by Michele Cassou, POINT ZERO, Creativity Without Limits.She also co-wrote LIFE, PAINT and PASSION, and her incredible writing triggered a deep resonance within me. Then I came across Aviva Gold’s PAINTING FROM THE SOURCE, and I used her suggestions to delve deeply into my art. I still have some of those old paintings. They are huge and painted on poster boards, some of them glued together. She challenges you to paint on one painting until there is absolutely nothing more to explore. It can be truly challenging to stay with one painting and let it lead you until it is finished. I enjoyed the process. When I had finished the piece I could SEE (and feel) my energy in the art. It was authentic.

Nowadays, intuitive painting has a wide following and many great artists as teachers.

Learning traditional art techniques can be very helpful, but what I’m talking about is free expression that comes from one’s inner life.

To be honest, I can’t draw a straight line, but I love color and composition. Even with art instruction, painting a face for instance, I make one eye larger than the other, and I can never get the angle of the mouth down correctly. Other artists are great at drawing, like you, Violette. We all have different gifts.

5. What is in store for the future?

I’m creating free and paid e-courses. I will have a mixed media tutorial up on the Create Mixed Media site this month, and my art if featured in Laura Probert’s wonderful WARRIOR SOUL: a journal to inspire your fiercely alive whole self. This is a book filled with art, poetry, and blank pages for your own addition. So it’s a journal and inspiration rolled into one. It was released last week and can be purchased on Amazon.

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My last suggestion: it would be a shame not to explore, to ignore that urge that wants you to paint. What is your gift to the world? What is pushing from within? Go do it now!
My links.

My website: Maria Greene

My art blog: Green Earth Originals

My YouTube channel: Maria’s youtube channel 

My etsy shop. Maria’s etsy shop 50% off all original art until December 20!

Thank you so much Maria for your inspiring words today.

Love, Violette xo

Art Journal Summer School Giveaway Contest closed!

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We have a winner – Roc – congratulations you win the spot on Art Journal Summer school. Thank you so much to all of you who took the time to leave a comment xo  So sorry i couldn’t give you all a spot.

You’ve probably heard by now about the latest art journal workshop! Yay!!!  Marieke Blokland is gifting all of the teachers with one spot to giveaway to the Art Journal Summer School. How fun is that?

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If you would like to know more about this awesome Art Journal Summer School please click here.  In this fun online summer school workshop you’ll have access to 11 teachers – I am so thrilled to be one of them!  Just a little hint……….my workshop will include Quirky faces!

In order to enter the contest to win a spot for this summer school please leave me a comment here about whether or not you are going away on holidays this summer (or winter) and if you plan on bringing art supplies. I hope you do!

I’ll be drawing a winner on Friday June 5 at 9 am PST.  Good Luck everyone!

Love, Violette xo

 

New Art Journal page and on being a carrot

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!

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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

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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

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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

Winner of LIFE BOOK 2015 Giveaway!

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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.

Congratulations Carol!  

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

Neat Stuff by Mindy Lacefield

Happy Friday everyone!

I have been taking an online class – Mindy Lacefield’s “Neat Stuff” and have been enjoying coming up with wonderful things from my childhood.  Having grown up with a father who suffered from Schizophrenia was challenging so many of my childhood memories can be pretty negative.  The thing is though there were many happy moments, many neat things which stood out which brought me joy that would be healthier to focus on rather than the negative ones.

Our brains tend to be wired for negativity – we seem to gravitate towards the negative (because of past programming).  Doing so only creates neural pathways of negativity (like a groove in a record) where it’s easy to fall back into the pattern of negative thought more so than creating new neural pathways of positivity.  So I thought that Mindy’s class would be the perfect way to remember the good – to conjure up the good and put it somewhere that i can see often so i can get some good neural pathway mojo going! Ha!

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Here it is! (edited-Just remembered that i could scan the piece- doh!)

Unfortunately i am having technical difficulties and can’t seem to get a photo of the mixed media piece i created to show you!  I sent it to myself from the i-pad and i-phone and nada – i don’t have it.  Also my camera’s battery is dead so that won’t work. So sorry – i have no image to show you today.  But if you click on the link in the first paragraph it will take you to Mindy’s site so you can check out the luscious mixed media pieces she creates. 

Mindy has such a lovely style – naive and yet layered with so much depth, heart and soul.  You would not believe how difficult it is for me to paint in this style – my style is so tight that i felt it would be good to loosen up a bit. In any case i can see i need to work on loosening up a bit and becoming a bit more free in my work!

Off to babysit my little grandson Cillian!

I hope you have a marvellous weekend!

Love, Violette xo

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