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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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    18Apr/130

    «Ameenah» & «Already Within», new original Mixed Media paintings available

    Yaay !

    I added two more new original paintings in the shop. If you follow Inner Voices on Facebook, you have already seen them around this week or so.

    «Already Within» was created on a 6x8" cradled wood panel. This is a very textured painting, and if you become her new owner I highly encourage you to run your fingers on the surface to also appreciate her by touch.

    This Nixie embodies the power of introspection.
    She knows in her bones and in her heart that she already holds the answers. That she already has the stregnth to move forward, to move pass the obstacles, that she is way greater than she thinks.

    «Ameenah» is slightly bigger in size, she was also created on a cradled wood panel, 8x10".

    She is very strong too. After living years in regrets, and then in putting every single drop of hope in tomorrow, she realized this patterns needed to stop because none was making her happy, fulfilled. When she wondered how come, to find a solution, it occurred to her that the answer was oh so simple: the only moment that matters is Now (you can hold the positive experiences close in your heart. you can dream as big or as little about tomorrow than you want, it does bring joy; however, you need to focus on what you can do now, what you need on that precise moment to find your long lasting happiness).

    16Apr/131

    Sketching

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    Sketching has never been natural to me. I've always thought it was only for people who can draw, and I don't really.

    I'm amazed at people/artists who sketch so beautifully daily life items, landscapes or whatever crosses their mind.

    I started to give it a try, just to see. I bought a simple sketchbook and began using it for collecting color combos, symbols that talk deeply to me... and little by little easy drawings.

    Now, I'm hooked :) most of my sketches won't make it on a painting, but it's because I suck at planning what I'll create in advance (funnyhow one's process can reverse over the years! ).
    I always date them, too. As I do in my Art Journal.

    Do you sketch?

    12Apr/131

    Gratitude Friday 04/12/2013, Thank you Mom

    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.

    It’s Friday !

    I am taking some time this morning while Mom is getting ready for our day. The girls are back to school today (we made them miss yesterday), Cheridoo is at work, so it’s our first day just the two of us. Lots of plans ;)

    I hope you’re having a good week, and counting your blessings. I know I insist, but it is important to me to also see the little moments, they are as essential as the bigger and more obvious ones. I hope you’ll take some time today to make your list, even just a simple mental list.

    This week, I am thankful for:

    • Mom is here from France, leaving in July.
    • We planned our meals for until the end of next week.
    • Grenouille, who told me what she wishes for me. She touched me deeply with her honesty.
    • The professional opportunities. Explorations.
    • Music.
    • The Polaroid Supercolor 635 that my Mom brought with her. It belonged to my Grandpa and it’s still working, but I need to find some films now.
    • The painting I created this week for Christy Tomlinson’s class «Behind The Art», out of my comfort zone but I totally love what came out.
    • Friends.
    • Dreaming with friends. Opening doors of new possibilities.
    • Trust

    I’m wishing you a wonderful week-end.

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      9Apr/132

      Sharing the Love. Online classes I’m taking

      You know I love sharing what I’m into.

      Learning has always been something dear to me. Even as a kid, teenager and now as an adult. In our era, it is a blessing to be able to learn from the comfort of your home so I decided to share with you the few online classes I am currently loving and why.

      True Free Spirit

      It’s the 3rd online class I’m taking from Mindy Lacefield. This is one is different as it’s a project oriented year long class. Meaning: each month, she shares a specific project with us, learning new techniques, working on a different surface etc. We also often have a bonus video mid-month.

      Watching Mindy create is a pleasure. One of these thing I am always looking forward to. Always.

      We don’t paint characters only, animals invite themselves, we play as much in our art journal than we do paintings outside.

      As usual, I love the community, some of the women I met through Mindy’s classes are now friends.

      It’s not too late to join ! Learn more here: True Free Spirit.


      Behind The Art

      Christy Tomlinson’s new class is all about what she uses in her creative process, and why, and how. She spills the beans like she never did before.

      Surfaces, paints, gels and things you would not even think about but that Christy loves and uses.

      She poured her heart into it, there is TONS of content. And it is not a only-for-beginner oriented workshop, even I learn new things, and can’t wait to get to it and try it for myself.

      I am one of the three guest artists (along with Danielle Daniel and Junelle Jacobson), so if you’re in the workshop, you’ll see me create some art along. Lots of fun.

      More info right here: Behind The Art.


      Mermaid Circus

      This is a collaborative workshop between online class extraordinaire Jane Davenport, and the amazing Teesha Moore. They combine two worlds: the circus, and mermaids.

      I have been waiting for Teesha to make her online teaching debuts for a long time, and I am very blessed to be in this class (thank you so much to my angel friend for making this happen, thank you).

      It is an 8-week class, so lots of things will be learned as well. I am very excited because Mermaids are fascinating, they are creatures Koala (my 6 years old daughter) keeps drawing again and again, and it will touch creative areas I am not comfortable doing (like drawing for example).

      Art journaling, journal making, story telling… so much juiciness ahead in this class !

      You can learn more about the workshop here: Mermaid Circus.


      Creative Goddess

      Ahhh Leonie Dawson is a gem in this world.

      If you read my blog regularly, you know that I am facing, now and then, some creative blocks. I am aware that growth always eventually comes out of them, but on the moment they’re riding along with me, I get afraid that it will last forever.

      I signed up last year to Leonie’s «Goddess Circle», which gives me access to ALL her past classes and all the new ones she releases for 12 months. And to forums filled with other creative women from all over the world. It allows me to do the classes at my own pace, but also to sign up for the live-versions if I want to.

      There is SO much, really.

      Right now, because I really really am looking for help about how not to stay in that hole that seems deeper and longer each time I fall into it, I am taking the «Creative Goddess» class again. It contains videos, e books (yes, plural), and even meditations !


      Are you currently taking classes ? which one(s) are you loving ?? Please, share away, I’d love to know

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