I know I haven’t been sharing much lately but I am getting myself busy with several projects dear to me.
First, I am finally filming for my first solo online class (You may know that last year and this year, I have been a guest artist in several classes, and I am forever grateful for that. I am also one of the artist in this year’s Soul Food class, but my lesson will be released in a few months).
If you follow me on one or more social media, you can see some Sneak Peeks now and then (I love seeing behind the scenes from other artists, so I am sharing what I like seeing in others). Here is one:
I am bringing the Magic back, within me as well as around me. And my Studio is a sacred place to me so it deserves its own altar. I change the artwork, the candles, the gems. But everytime I began a creative session, I set an intention and clear myself, my space and my stuff with Sage. It is in serious need of decluttering, however. It will help me determine what I currently need and don’t need anymore, I love that this is an everchanging special space in my Studio.
I am so enjoying Micki Wilde’s latest online class, A Hermit's Compendium of Imaginary Creatures and had so much fun staining paper to make my own journal (she uses a Derwent one but it is impossible to find here so I decided that I would pair her class with my itch to make my own journals again. There you go, stupid Gremlins ! ;)).
Speaking of class, I told you how good timed Mindy Lacefield’s class, Primitive Portraits (you guys, I am so beyond words to call these two ladies close friends despite the geography). It inspires a new series I will share with you next week, called Beyond The Obvious.
Happy Monday my friends !
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I will soon be retiring a lot of the prints you currently see in the shop so now is your time if there is one (or several) you had your eyes on ;)
Head in the shop.
One thing that makes me really happy is sharing the love about what makes me happy. So I am planning on making this a regular series on the blog…
Sometimes, I need to get out of my comfort zone. This new class will make your imagination run wild ! Each of Micki’s previous class brought a new positive twist in my creativity.
Speaking of twist in my creativity, I am forever grateful for the goodness that happens in these classes. The people gathering with open minds to learn new ways of making art and expanding our toolbox. I am simply amazed at what is shared already, and the class only began two weeks ago. I see a new series in the work…
I am no vegan (I gave up meat at the beginning of the year though) but the food I eat is something I watch very closely and a vegan diet holds a lot of goodness. And because I am easily bored, even in my kitchen, I love trying different things I am obsessed by this blog (and her recently released cookbook).
For Koala's birthday, I made a vegan vanilla cake that blew our mind. Easy peasy, no weird ingredients and so delicious tasting. I used a recipe from this book. (I discovered her when she won, with her vegan cupcakes, the tv show Cupcake Wars»)
How do you process your feelings ? I write (when I let my Censor out the door of my mind) and I mostly use my Art Journal… You can watch me create, from start to finish, a simple art journal spread on a really hard day emotionally.
At the beginning of the year, I made a promise to myself: Let the Magic back in. Accept who you are. Own it. And Athena’s magical shop has been a huge help in that new step.
Art takes many forms. It’s no secret I am obsessional. And I love tattoos. I have my consultation appointment late june to plan my next tattoo and as impatient as I am, I am glad I did not fall into booking another artist just to get it done faster. Everything comes when it is the perfect timing. I just had an instant artist crush on her line work and color and everything. She is amazing.
What are you currently digging ? share in the comments, I’d love to discover it.
Note: A few of the links I shared are affiliates, it means I receive a small commission when you purchase from that online store.
… to Darkness.
Life is made of bright and dark. And I made a promise to myself to never let the dark experiences and feelings take over me for too long anymore.
How do I process them ? I acknowledge, first, that yes they are here, because I learned the hard way that ignoring them only makes it worst.
Then, I find a way to let them go. It sounds easier than it actually is for me, to be honest. But this is when my art journal comes as a life saver, for my sanity and for the well-being of those who live with me.
Here is the video for you to enjoy:
Here is the list of the supplies I used for this spread:
I can’t deny it anymore: my creative well is not empty but inspiration has not been my best friend lately…
I guess we all experience the «creative funk» once in a while. I want to create but nothing comes as I want it to. Or I simply stare at my surface and don’t know anymore what to do.
Being an intuitive artist, my sketches never end up as they are once I decide to make a painting out of it. Planning a painting is really not my thing (it used to, though, when I started my mixed media journey in 2008). Do you, too, sometimes wish that your process is different than what it is ? I surely do, and sometimes try to change it up. Sometimes it works, but most of my attempts finish as big failure. I can’t help but go with the flow once I start.
So what do I do ? I stop comparing my path with my fellow artist friends’. I decided to take the advice «change up the medium you use and see what happens» and started a clay figurine (thanks to Mystele’s lesson in our Soul Food Class) that I still have to finish. I play more in my art journal. I stop having expectations about what I should and should not create. It’s okay to use art to process negative feelings, it does not have to be colorful and bubbly all the time. I create projects following classes I love (I highly recommend Mindy Lacefield’s and Micki Wilde’s)
I decided to tackle my fear and I am starting again a project I had almost finished last year. But… it did not feel right so I am starting over, which feels amazing. And it changes my process a bit as I start each painting with an intention in mind, a theme, and then I surrender to whatever decides to come on the canvas.
I sketch. I practice my faces a lot lot lot. I am finally at a place where I am comfortable with how I do them and what they convey. This was part of my biggest struggle last year.
Right now, I won’t lie to you, I am torn. I know I have to continue painting and exploring and sharing. I just can’t stop. I am not a quitter. I don’t know which way to go in my creative career. I wanna touch more people. My shop is not doing well.
Here are a few lessons learned from periods of creative funk:
- When something is not working, shift your focus onto something else
- Creativity has many many faces
- It’s okay to have a change in the dreams I want to work on.
- Marketing can be heartful and spiritual. I have to figure it out. And make it work for me.
- Create something everyday, it does not have to be a finished piece. Keep your hands moving.
- Beating myself up does no good.
- Looking for inspiration can result in an inspiration overload, so be careful with that.
What do you do when you feel like nothing you create is good and inspiration seems to have gone on vacay without you ? Would love to know how you deal with it :)