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Half Time Show for the #100dayproject

It's the half time show!  We are 50 + days into the The 100 day project #the100dayproject! Whoop Whoop!

I have loved playing and following along. I am always amazed at just how crazy creative people are. So impressed.

Here is a little round up of some of my favourites that I would like to share with you.

 

Julie Hamilton Creative - #the100dayproject

Mine first because I am writing the blog!  

My #sketchbook_studies project is coming along nicely. Thanks you! I have explored gouache paint, some new flowers and abstract compositions, pattern making and color play. I am having quite a bit of fun with it and have managed to use a bit of what I have learned and created in some of my art licensing projects which is a win win for me.

Allison VanGruen -#the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Next we have Alli VanGruen, my friend and neighbour here in Whistler. She has taken on #100daysofmepainting Above we have her chair series which I love, love, love, but she also has some wonderful animals and portraits. If you look closely through her feed you may even find a painted one of me! In a bikini no less..

Janice Law -#the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Illustrated food is always a favourite of mine. Janice Law of @100eats is doing just that for her project #100_eats. Lots of great images and lovely dark backgrounds.

 

Pauline Van Eijle - #the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Botanical loveliness and awesome color is what Pauline is all about for her project #100daysofgreenery. Love all of her sketchy, stamped and painted images.

Heather Almeda - #the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Heather had me at Aloha for her project #100daysofpaintingaloha She inspires me to pick up a paintbrush and paint bold, colourful scenes from my happy place. I have yet to do so, but for now will happily spend my time looking through her feed.

Rebecca Howdeshell -#the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Next up we have Rebecca and her project #100daysofredart. A lovely mixture of collage and pen work on watercolour paper. I love all of her shapes and linework. She manages to keep it all beautiful while leaving just the right amount of white space.

 

Very berry Handmade - #the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Ali of Very Berry Handmade creates compositions using material, coloured threads and pattern to create #100daysofcuratedcolor. I love all the texture and color combinations she comes up with. I also love things organized nicely into flatlays. 

Lisa Ekstrom -#the100dayproject blogpost by Julie Hamilton Creative

Finally we have Lisa and her project #100daysoabstractstorybook. So much wonderful color and mark making. Every time I look at them I find something new to see. Her project is actually 900 + days long! She has an instagram feed full of  inspirational goodness.

These are just a few of the awesome creative projects going on. Pop on over to the hashtag #the100dayproject for more inspiration.

Enjoy the week everyone! I hope you  have a bit of time to pull out the paintbrushes:)

Julie

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A little Mix & Mingle

Some more mark making in the sketchbook. I love making marks. I could sit and make marks all day long..

It gives me an opportunity to play with different colour combinations, new brushes and lots of different medium.

It's fun. Stress-free and simple.

Don't worry about the outcome - just make them knowing that the ones you love can always be re-created by you. They are a great resource to have for inspiration when it comes to any art making.

Julie Hamilton Creative - mark making artblog

I generally work on large pieces of mixed media paper. These can then be cut up into smaller compositions. If I find something I really like then it can easily be transferred or glued onto a wooden cradle board. More to come on that later!

 In search of the perfect composition....

Julie Hamilton Creative - mark making | artblog

Often I don't find the perfect composition....

That is when the scissors come out.

 

Julie Hamilton Creative -mark making | artblog

Marks all cut up and then re-arranged to find something pleasing to my eye.

I played around with this one for awhile until I felt satisfied with the outcome. It's interesting and there are definitely parts that I will take away with me for the next try, but I don't love all of it. That's just part of the game.

Julie hamilton Creative-mark making | artblog

If you are interested in playing around and getting your creative ya-ya's out this summer then pop over to The Jealous Curator.

Danielle has a fun summer camp program full of artist interviews, creative exercises, interesting arty tidbits and good old general fun on her podcast. Come play along - you can start anytime! Hashtag on Instagram is #AFYECamp. This week is all about mark making. Did I mention it's free?

It came about at a good time for me as I hit the 50th day mark of The 100 Day Project. I am definitely in need of a  bit of inspiration for my #sketchbook_studies project

The sun is finally shining here in Whistler. Wow - wet, very wet winter. All the snow was awesome, but the April rain showers were a bit much!.

Hope the sun is shining wherever you are!

Julie x

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The 100 Day Project!

It's that time of year! The #the100dayproject is back.

I am happy to say that I will be participating again this year. My project will be a little bit smaller in scope this year, but it will still be a great opportunity to play, explore and learn new things. It's all about the creative process!

#the100dayproject

For those who don't know - last year I collaborated with Tracey English to create #100daysofcollagecreation. One hundred days of animals, plants, food..well, you get the idea. It was a great project and I enjoyed the challenge and the awesome community. There were days I had to admit that I may have taken on a bit more than bargained for. Some nights drifted into early mornings as I tried to get my daily piece out.

This year I am rolling things out a bit differently.

100 days of #sketchbook_studies

Shortly after finishing my project last year I turned my interest towards my art journal and the loads of possibility for pure play that it offers - A perfect recipe to discover new things. I am also a believer in that the more art you make the more creative ideas arise. 

I started my own personal project #sketchbook_studies that I have been working on consistently over the past year. It is my opportunity to explore and work on my randomness. It is an opportunity to play with colors. It is the perfect spot to get my hands dirty and just try something that has inspired me.

Julie Hamilton Creative #sketchbook_studies

For this years project I  have decided I am am going to continue on with my #sketchbook_studies. I have learned so much about me, my style and what I love to do. I will be sharing the process and smaller snippets of work. Hopefully it will be a bit random and always hoping it will be inspirational to you.

Sketchbook Studies  - A Little art

 There is still time to join in! Have a visit here  for more information.

To watch my progress, pop by my Instagram site Julie Hamilton Creative . That's my daily hang out:)

Thanks for popping by!

Julie

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Mark Making to Mandalas

My idea of Morning Pages -  a Morning Mark Up.

I love Julia Camerons concept of morning pages. I enjoy writing and there have been many times in my life that it has been very helpful for me to sit, at the beginning of the day, and get my thoughts in order.

I felt this could easily be applied to art and art making. Random 15-20 minute markups to get the creative inspiration flowing. Trying some new mediums, new shapes and really just getting started..

Playing with my favourite colours, some new shapes and textures and a pattern was definitely meditative and helped produce lots of inspiration for other pieces.

My mandalas below are just one example. A bit of pen, paint, paper and pattern - well it was pretty obvious that I would be intrigued.I love them!

 Julie Hamilton Creative RoseGold Mandala

I was introduced to mandala making through Flora Bowleys new Creative Revolution art course. That is another blogpost in itself - lots more goodness to come over here!

I am very new to the process of mandala making, but I have to admit that they have caught my attention.

They have a very rich and colourful history. They symbolize the journey through life.They represent wholeness and remind us of our relation to infinity.

All I really know right now is that they are very meditative and very satisfying to make. They are never-ending and the discovery within each piece is endless. The beauty is that you can go right back into it and just keep adding.I see many more of them in my future.

Some more marks, but this time mixed into a few geometric florals.

papercut floral geometrics by julie hamilton creative

Hopefully that all inspires you to start making marks to discover some new shapes and patterns. Hopefully it gives you some fresh ideas!

The sun is out and shining bright here in Whistler. I almost have to wear sunnies in my studio! 

Enjoy the week!

Julie

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Chalky Color Love

Chalky pastels are making me happy this week.

I don't know if it is the endless daze of gray here in the mountains or the hint that spring is right around the corner, but I am craving some warm, dry and dusty.

These colours remind me of long, warm, summer nights. They remind me of the desert. They remind me that summer is in my future. Most importantly though they satisfy the need for a little colour in my life.

 Artist - Matt Connors

Artist - John Hoylan

Finding my own inspiration from above -  a little visit to the desert on my desk today. Paper cut pieces randomly scattered and then played with like pieces of a puzzle until I find a composition I am happy with.

More pieces of my painted papers - colours, textures and shapes I was drawn to. Nothing solid, or glued down yet, but the ideas are there.

Eventually it will all come together. I love the randomness of it all and the life it has before being glued down.

I often prefer it this way!

 I have to say I am quite happy being back here blogging. I really enjoy sharing the creative process, both mine and others.You just never know how and where inspiration will strike.

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Enjoy the week!

Julie xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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