how I work

Tuesday, July 22, 2014





1). individual collage or painted elements created by hand on watercolour paper & scanned 2). a few of my tiny, very sketchy thumbnails most often drawn in my journal or day planner when I'm enjoying my early morning coffee in bed - it seems that's where many of my best ideas happen 3). combining elements from several of my thumbnails I do a larger, more detailed drawing to scan in and have as my guide while building my layered Photoshop document 4). my final Lilla Roger's July Assignment Bootcamp illustration - a few of my most favourite things - Flowers, tea & a cat or two

The discipline of creation, 
be it paint, compose, write 
is an effort toward wholeness 
Madeleine L'engle

Learning to just be me, to trust me, to have faith in me - the discipline & practice of creativity is an ever evolving journey, it's not a destination, it's not about creating your ultimate masterpiece (hard as that is for my perfectionist tendency to swallow) it's about the process, experimentation & allowing - all good stuff.

To make my final artwork be the most adaptable to licensing, meaning my art applied to a variety of potential gift, stationary or home decor products I knew it was essential that I learn to build the layers of my collage work digitally (Photoshop CS6). To say it was a steep learning curve is a huge understatement. I knew I had to learn it, to teach myself through online tutorials, e-courses ... I somehow had to make this leap from collaging the traditional way (+ always working smaller to fit my 9x12 scanner) or my work would not be viable in this world of art licensing.

It's taken a year or more of working in Photoshop to get to the place I am now, much of it trial by fire (so often the best way) learning as I'm working on a specific piece & I'm quite comfortable building my art in Photoshop now but as I said in previous post about that crazy big 12x5 ft Starbuck's map mural project, the one where I professed my undying love of Photoshop, I also admitted that if Photoshop was a giant iceberg (which it kinda is) I know & am comfortable with the teensiest, tiniest tip of that iceberg and am SO looking forward to learning more & more about this amazing program.

I'm happy to answer any questions about my creative process  & I'm also curious, if you could answer in the comments - how many creative entrepreneurs read this blog or post ?? I hope to make this how I work a regular feature on this blog, with posts about materials, small tutorials, tips & techniques. This was the final assignment of 5 in Lilla Roger's Assignment Bootcamp - it was lots of fun, lovely to get to know the work of so many other amazingly talented (mostly women) from around the world but I'm happy to move on to 6-8 weeks of  personal creative projects (hooray!) after a year of non stop a-go-go client/customer work, & tres thankful for all it, it will be so much fun to create lots of new things just for me ;-)

dear me

Monday, July 21, 2014










wildness & yellows from this morning's early walk in nature with camera in tow ... always 

One day she finally grasped that unexpected things were always going to happen in life. And with that she realized the only control she had was how she chose to handle them. So, she made the decision to survive using courage, humour & grace. She was the queen of her own life and the choice was hers. Queenism

or maybe that should be Dearest Me ...

not the Oh, No Dear Me although the Dearest Me does come as a direct result from me thinking & overthinking & thinking some more Oh, No Dear Me in that worried, fretful voice.

Oh, No Dearest Me ... sadly there is much in life that hurts me, that makes me feel sad, frustrated, misunderstood (I could go on ;-) things that I know I have no control over. The fact that I have no control I'll admit drives me a more than a little crazy and though I may have come to terms with my complete lack of control it doesn't mean it's easy. I am struggling with this decision today, the decision to approach these things, events (and people) I have no control over ... to deal with them all with courage, humour, grace & kindness.

Being especially kind to me ... to dear me with the fragile but very brave heart.


weekend words

Saturday, July 19, 2014


















































found on Pinterest - a how-to kick ass & get stuff done ;-)