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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 Creative New Year to you!

Happy New Year to you from me! Julie Hamilton Creative wishing you a very Happy New Year

My new year has been a bit late starting. I was fortunate enough to be away on the Big Island with family and friends over the holidays. While my intentions for goal setting and lots of productive time, writing, soul-searching and creating art were a top priority, reality got in the way and it was replaced with lots of meal making and carting kids around to hot surf spots. Oh woe is me:) Coral Hearts - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}

So here I am starting the New Year with no set plan in motion, but instead a feeling of gratitude and contentment. I would say that is a good start to any year! Tropical goodness in the sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I spent my spare time painting and cutting paper into shapes inspired by all the crazy, tropical foliage surrounding me. I played with some different textures and colours and I experimented with their placement. Tropical Goodness - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I will admit to running out of medium to glue it all down, but  soon discovered that I loved the freedom of being able to move it all around. Tropical papercut goodness in the sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I had more than one moment of frustration as the wind blew it all away.. Tropical papercuts in the sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I think I could be very happy playing with bright colors and designing this way everyday. I love that feeling of excitement that comes with the discovery of something new, a new idea, new colours...anything new. These will all be made into prints for art licensing soon. Tropical papercut art - Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} I am excited about the new year, but here I sit, almost 2 weeks in to the new year, with no set plan of action written down. I have lots of ideas and goals for this year, but right now they are flying around with no accountability whatsoever. My plan for this week is to take a half hour out daily to reflect and get these intentions in action. There is no time like the present. Just start! A little pep talk from me to you. Sharing with you a few resources that I always find helpful to help start me on my way: Word of the Year - created by Christine Kane New Years Revolution  - created by Do What You Love Wishing you health, happiness and lots of creativity in 2016! xoxo

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Happy Holidays to you!

It is a bit of a Winter Wonderland right now in Whistler. Everything is exactly like it should be. WHITE Whistler Blackcomb {artistically afflicted blog} We have had endless days of snow, the twinkly lights are all lit up and the skiers have arrived for what has proved to be the start of an epic season. So much fun hooting and hollering through the snow drifts. It restores my love for here. Whistler Inuksuk {artistically afflicted blog} Thankfully with all the snow has come a pile of Christmas spirit. I have been in Christmas mode over here designing and decorating. It makes such a difference doing it now, versus in April, when the sun is starting to shine and the grass and flowers are beginning to pop. My goal is to get as much created now while inspiration strikes.  Christmas Wreath by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} A series of wooded boughs and all things natural. I love the woodland feel of these. I am still painting and cutting daily and have enjoyed adding all of this Christmas flora and foliage to my portfolio. Holly Balls by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} A few colourful paper-cuts have been compiled all with a festive feel. I still like bit of traditional red and green for the holiday season.. plus it still sells well in the art licensing world! Christmas Bunting by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}   Happy Holidays by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} Wishing you a Happy Holiday season! Enjoy every minute of it. See you in 2016! xo
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A Little Art a.k.a #alittleart

A little art - Big enough to make your mark, small enough  so that you can finish in one sitting. I am loving Victoria Johnsons #alittleart project. Victoria started this personal project one month ago and invited others to play along. Like all good ideas, this one took off! The place to play along - Instagram. It even has its own Instagram site to showcase the work of a global bunch of designers. I  admire Victoria's work - there is a certain free spirit about it that I  just love. Her colour combinations are unique. Her style fun and playful. Below is a little grouping of a few of the experimental pieces she started out with. Visit her Instagram site for more insight on her project and a viewing of her current pieces. Victoria Johnson for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog} 

I asked others to share their work to give you a sense of the variety of options there are to play with. The only restriction here is size, 2.5" wide, other than that it is free game. There are so many reasons to participate. Here are my top five. (click on the images below to go directly to the artist websites) Studiobarabom for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog}  1.Little art is manageable. It can be completed in one sitting. If time is not on your side than this is a good way to get creative with little commitment. Tanasa Elena-Daniela for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog} 2.Watercolor, collage, paint, markers, mixed media - anything goes.If you are interested in trying something totally different, than this is the place to give it a try. Janet Broxon for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog} 

3. Experimental - small art is a perfect place to try new things! Maybe there is a new technique or a different way of expressing yourself that you are interested in experimenting with. Maybe some new colours,composition or textures. Small art is perfect to play with. Deborah Velasquez for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog} 4.Little art goes Big - I have been using my little art to explore composition and themes for Big art. Think of your little art as a thumbnail sketch for bigger things to come. Claire Wilson for #alittleart {artistically afflicted blog} 

5. Community - A place to ask opinions, get inspired and meet other like-minded creatives. I love seeing what others are posting and what they are using their little art for. A little Art - Julie Hamilton {artistically afflicted blog} #alittleart

My little art all lined up. I have been playing around with painted and collaged papers in a grid like form. I have been working intuitively just to see how things go together. From there I have started working on a larger scale with concentration on my composition. A little Art - Julie Hamilton {artistically afflicted blog} #alittleart

I have to admit I am loving these and excited about the possibility of re-working them into the world of art licensing. I can envision these as greeting cards, art prints, fabric panels, oh the list in endless (I hope!) More info on that creative process at a later date. Drop by and give #alittleart a try. If you have any revelations or insight to share about your process, I would love to hear them!

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My first podcast - Creative insights from Creative people

Excited to announce that I am Live on Kara Gott Warners Morning Cool Down Show episode 75. Creative insights from creative people. I spoke about my journey so far in the world of art licensing and surface pattern design. If you follow along here you will know it has been a long, but very enjoyable ride. Todays show is 45 min. long so grab a coffee and please have a listen. There is even a bit of show and tell. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmpH9Q-wCvA&w=560&h=315] It is good! I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive. I wasn't worried about Kara - she is all voice. She is loud and clear and interesting! I was just a wee bit worried about my performance. Would I hum and huh? Would I laugh too much? Would I provide too much or too little... Big worries as you can see! I am very happy to announce it all went well. Direct link to Karas website which is full of interesting creative podcasts from all types. Great to listen to while creating away because it never hurts to get inspired by others tips and tricks. My podcast (show notes) Morning cool Down Podcasts  Thanks! Another beautiful weekend is in the forecast. Hope you enjoy it!
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