Inner Voices
2May/131

Around the studio lately

Hey ohhhh

It's been almost a week now since I've been plagued with some health issues that kept me away from creating. But I am back, little by little. So I wanted to share with you what I've been working on lately :)

A few years ago, my Mom created a scrapbook album for documenting Grenouille's first year. But we did not have one for Koala.
So we decided to tackle both our computers to sort through all the photos we have, find the more significant, funny, beautiful ones and get going on making her album together.
As you know though, I am not a scrapbooker. I use Project Life to do our memory keeping and simply love love love it. And trust me, it makes the process easy, hussle free but still fun and creative (or I would get bored...). I ordered the «Baby kit for her» and we are now almost done (I need to print some pregnancy prictures, do some research to complete some of the prompt cards and do all the journaling).

Can't wait to see the finished project (and we are keeping it a secret from Koala, who has no idea for now. She keeps asking if she'll have a «baby album» too :D).

I am participating in an ATC swap with some women from Mindy's class «True Free Spirit». I have always been intrigued by these small little piece of art and never dared finally trying. So this was the perfect moment to do it. Having fun starting them with my Gelli Plate and then continuing from there.

Started filming a new {Painting In Motion} video. And when I finally had my juju flowing, my camera battery died on me ! how frustrating...
Can't wait to see how it will turn out and share it with you,

26Apr/130

Gratitude Friday 04/26/2013, thank you

Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

Hello !

I hope everything is well in your part of the World.

Spring seems to finally be there in our North West coast, and I cross my fingers the beautiful sunshiny days will last for a while (here... you never know).

This week, I am thankful for:

  • Feeling the sun warming my skin.
  • Our neighbors kindness.
  • Kids.
  • The art I create.
  • The love of making new videos to share.
  • Walks.
  • Laughter.
  • Game nights with Cheridoo and Mom, and the days we can squeeze a game with the girls before they go to bed too.
  • Speedbumps currently being installed in our complex so we will have a safer place again for our kids to play outside.
  • Witnessing artists I feel connected to taking brave steps toward their dreams and their purpose (heard about Danielle Daniel new stuff ??).
  • Knowing my friends are in a good place in their lives, or doing what they can to get there.
  • Working in an area I am deeply passionate about.

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    25Apr/130

    New painting «Lost In the Echo» | {Painting In Motion} video

    When I recently asked on Facebook what you’d like to see from me on my YouTube channel,  most of you asked for a painting video, so here it is :)

    «Lost In the Echo» -- Original painting for sale

    My mom was in my studio the whole time I was recording (she is making me beautiful stencils ! I’ll share more about it soon) and at one point, she said to me «I am amazed at how easily and quickly you see your subject appearing when you create». I stopped the camera for a few minutes to show her that I do struggle too, and pulled out some of the paintings I’ve been working on that I don’t know what to do with for now… And I told her that I find it weird that it seems easier when I am on camera than when I am not (should I record more ? ahah).

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    I chose to use a 8x10” canvas board. As usual, I started with the surface oriented as a portrait size, maybe only because this is an habit, I don’t think about it when I start and this is what I am comfortable doing. But you know… there are always surprises showing up in the process, and seeing the Nixie’s face emerging in another orientation was one of them…

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    I am currently loving using my Gelli Plate with Deli paper. Making marks with the different Catalyst Blades I have makes me happy too. So I used one on the first layer of collage for this painting.

    Watch the process (click on the little gear logo to watch in full HD):

    Supplies I used:

    19Apr/133

    Why I create (anyway)

    For more than a decade, I banished creativity from my life (the only form I did was cooking). It was not really a conscious choice, but I guess as many young adults, the result of thinking I simply can not draw, or whatever. And for me, it was all about being able to draw properly… realistically.

    Oh was I wrong ! I guess we all carry these ideas about what creativity should be, what an artist does etc.

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    In the summer of 2008, I discovered Creative Journaling with a book from art-therapist Anne-Marie Jobin (she is in Québec, Canada). It is blending writing and collage and drawing in order to help us go through the hard moments of life, but also to help us in the discovery of who we truly are. This is how I got started again (after a failed attempt with oil paint).
    This really was for me the starting point: from there, I wanted to know more about this way of healing and letting it out so I googled and found Suzi Blu, Tamara Laporte (aka Willowing) & Samie Kira on Youtube (thank you girls for the lessons, for the fun and for the Love you pour in your videos !). I got obsessed and watched video after video, eager to know more, to learn, and… eventually to try *you know how sometimes it is hard to go from theory to practice. yup. Fear is there again*.

    I was creating just for me, sharing now and then on my blog (the francophone one) because I wanted people to discover it as well. Then I discovered Art Journaling, that is a bit different. It made me fall in love with painting and acrylic. It made my heart sing, all the possibilities and the tangible shift in how I was actually feeling. It was the way I found to help me cope, to rewrite the stories I could not hear myself telling anymore.

    My style is a neverending experiment. Blending what I learn from others with what is natural to me. I have so many creative styles in me, I sometimes wonder if this is normal, what people would think of it (for example I create my Nixies who look like girls, my Sprixies who are creatures that do not exist in real life, but I am also drawn into abstract painting more and more as well, that come in my «Deep Beyond» serie now and then)

    As of today, I still create. Almost everyday. I found my passion. What moves me beyond what I thought was possible (and as a passionate woman, trust me). And I really hope that sharing with the World what comes through me unto my paintings move someone as well, inspire, gives Hope somehow.

    This is why, despite the sometimes very deep creative holes I fall into, I always rise eventually. I stand taller and taller, knowing in my guts that this is what is meant to be.

    19Apr/130

    Gratitude Friday 04/19/2013

    Gratitude Friday is a weekly ritual I started in order to focus on all the small and big positive things that happened during my week. I invite you to join me, you'll see how much being thankful can change your life. If you want to know more about it, read my introduction post.

    Darling Soul,

    I find it sometimes so much easier to stay in a complaining pity party, and then I remind myself to look around for what makes me happy, and to appreciate the little things. Such a powerful shift happens then.

    This week, I am thankful for:

    • Friends. The ones who know your heart and love you anyway. The ones who stick around no matter what. 
    • Daily walks with Mom.
    • Making new paintings and falling in love. This feeling of «I am meant to do that (anyway)».
    • Raw Bliss Cacao Balls, made them twice this week.
    • Catching up with Nancy, even under the pouring rain.
    • Grenouille's new shorter haircut.
    • Cooking.
    • Reiki.
    • New ideas sprouting.
    • Releasing new paintings in the world.

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    What's on your list this week ?

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