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Interview on Willowing’s Blog! Tea and Cake with Gracie




Hello friends!  Longtime no hear!  So sorry i have not blogged for what seems like forever.  You may wonder where i have been. Well we moved from the magic cottage to beautiful Sechelt. It had been one of my dreams to move to the Sunshine Coast and now finally we have.  I am totally in love with it here – the nature, peace, slower pace of life, less crime …..i could go on and on. It’s been good for my soul. Mr. G has been busy building shelves, erecting a shed and doing tons of other things (with wood) in our new home!


In the meantime i have been making art, putting on a workshop here in Sechelt, making new friends and commuting back and forth to the mainland via a ferry to visit family.


So what’s new?  I was interviewed by Gracie from Willowing and Friends – my first interview in a while.  If you’d like to read a bit more about what i’ve been up to please go here. 



I’ve created a special video just for the interview – a how to create a quirky caricature too!  You’ll have a high resolution image of my art to download and the opportunity to enter to win some swag. Please watch the video and enter the contest here.  Thank you so much Gracie for interviewing me and thank you Tamara for having me on your blog. I appreciate it!

I would love to know what you would like to see me blog about – just leave me a comment.  Thank you so much.

Love, Violette

Studio clean up, a bit of this and that


The studio clean-up continues ……


I have trouble doing things like this on my own – i can’t maintain a level of enthusiasm by myself.  It helps if i have someone with me cheering me on.  I tend to welcome any distraction like the other day my Mom and Stepdad dropped by and we went out for lunch – rather than return to cleaning i got onto other chores.  The biggest problem is that i have amassed a ton of supplies with no room for everything – i do need to purge but don’t have the time right now.  I am babysitting my grandbaby Cillian this afternoon.

The supplies i use for my workshops don’t have a home so they will simply have to be piled up in a corner during the Art Party on Saturday. Smile

If you haven’t entered the May Contest giveaway go here.

Over at Creativity Portal they have a 20 Question Interview you can take part in – it’s all about your creative life.

Chris Dunmire has a review of Pattie Mosca’s Permission Slips book and how it has helped some of her clients and friends.  While you are over at Creativity Portal check out Pattie’s interview here.

Thank you for all of the great ideas on future videos. Judging from your comments i can tell that many of you would like to see videos of me drawing faces!  In the meantime i thought you would enjoy this video of Tam – (Willowing) creating a face in 20 minutes. It’s a lovely painterly face.  Tam demonstrates that it truly doesn’t take long to add a bit of creativity to your life! Enjoy! Do check out Willowing’s gorgeous May Calendar.


How to Choose an Online Class



Tamara Willowing has a new Class out soon which I’m sure is going to be AWESOME!  Tam is wonderful – very giving, kind and talented.

Are you overwhelmed as to how to begin to choose an online class? I know I often am since today we are inundated with an array of wonderful classes to pick from. First of all I think it’s important to sit down and write out what you are in fact looking for. Are you looking for creative business workshops? Are you looking for techniques? Are you searching for inspiration more than technique to get your creative mojo back? Is finding a creative community on the list of your desires – that’s why you want to join a particular workshop? When you establish what your top needs are then you can fine tune your search. You might want to learn how to create a book from start to finish – then you might sign up for Mary Ann Moss’ very popular “Remains of the Day” or my “Bohemian Bliss” class (both totally different classes). You might like to learn photography techniques so you would search for photography online classes. Ask your blog readers for recommendations (that’s if you have a blog of course!). You can do the same on twitter and facebook – it’s a great way to receive targeted feedback.


Know yourself and what your needs are

Are you into whimsy or serious type art? Are you a visual learner? It’s important to know your learning style – do you prefer reading the lessons as you would on an online blog or PDF file or are you a visual learner and need to view videos in order to understand the project and ideas? I’m a bit of a combo learner so I really appreciate videos, PDF files and also the occasional audio clip thrown in for fun! If you are community minded and want feedback then make sure you sign up for a class that has a site (like where you can post your progress and receive feedback from the instructor and your peers.

Are you very specific about what you want to learn? There is even a class on How to Paint an Owl! It looks like such a fun class!

Sharon Tomlinson has a DVD you can buy on how to paint faces! She also has online classes!  I am often asked about how to paint faces. I do show a bit of face painting in my Bohemian Bliss class.


Mary Ann Moss’ Remains of the Day

I’m part of the 21 Secrets Art Journaling Playground. I believe taking a class like this where you have the incredible opportunity to sample 21 different artist’s workshops is a great way to find a teacher your resonate with. Many of the 21 Secrets instructors have online classes.

A great way to sample whether or not the artist resonates with you is to watch their promo videos – many online classes have a promo video where you can sample the class and see what the instructor is like before committing to purchasing.

Traci Bautista has many classes to choose from including a Creative Business type class called Discovering YOU (i took this class and really enjoyed it)

Leonie Allan (goddess Leonie) Creative Business.  Leonie has such a heartfelt way (and whimsical too!) of imparting her secrets and help move you closer to your dreams.

ARTrepreneur : the art of turning creative dreams into reality– April Bowles Creative Business (lots and lots of goodies here!)

Kelly Rae Roberts Flying Lessons: Tips and tricks to help your creative business soar. Not actually a class anymore but a downloadable e-book with lots of links and helpful ideas.

Sharon Tomlinson – painting faces

Tamara Laporte – digital, faces, collaging and more….

Mary Ann Moss – Remains of the Day

Suzi Blu La Petit Academy fun and wacky – lots of great techniques.  Suzi was one of the first people to create online classes – many folks followed after her.

Pam Carriker – great artist and  teacher – had a series of workshops with Strathmore.  Now she has an Art Journaling DVD out with Interweave.

Paula Phillips (aka Journal Artista) has a DVD coming out with Interweave as well – even though that’s not an online class it’s sort of like it only you can keep the lessons forever and watch them over and over. Paula also has a live stream weekly of  art journaling demos– she is very generous with her expertise! I love Paula!

Alisa Burke – fabulous artist – very versatile– offers a number of different classes

Crafty Chica – Even the effervescent Crafty Chica – Kathy has an online class Called “Kamikaze PR for Indie Artists” Doesn’t it sound like fun?

Brave Girls Club “Soul Restoration Workshop Creating the life you want to live.

This is by no means a comprehensive list at all – if you search the Scrapbooking sites I’m sure you will come up with many more online classes……oh one more i heard about was Claudine Hellmuth’s Composition for Collage online workshop.

Taking an online class from one of your favourite artists will also help you decide if you would like to take a LIVE class with them at one of the Art Retreats. We resonate with different people – be sure to sign up with someone who speaks to you on different levels.

I hope this helps you a bit in your search for an appropriate online class.  Have fun and learn something new today without having to get out of your jammies!  Yay! 

Don’t forget to sign up for my birthday giveaway here!