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Big Island


Tropical Inspiration for you from the Big Island

Very happy to be on the Big island of Hawaii again and very happy to report that life is still better at the beach. Heart Coral - {artistically afflicted blog } It's still 83F, sunny with cloudy periods,possible showers, an earthquake or two and the possibility of a tsunami. The lava is still flowing but, last I read, all is well. With 8 different ecosystems, mother nature is always up to something here! For us, as a family, it is time to recharge and get inspired after the winter season in the mountains. Tropical Foliage - {artistically afflicted blog }I love discovering new shapes, colours and textures over here. The flora and fauna is so unique and special to the Big Island.I am amazed to still be discovering new buds,seeds and pods after all of my years visiting here. Always thankful for my big straw hat that spends more time carrying my finds,than on my head. I find it hard to go for a walk or run without picking something up.Tropical Foliage - {artistically afflicted blog } Some tropical foliage for your drawing inspiration. Tropical is trending right now. Pineapples, flamingos and large-scale tropical leaves are everywhere. Tropical Foliage - {artistically afflicted blog } I have a love on for large tropical leaves. I love any kind of leaf, seed or pod but the more unusual and the bigger, the better. Sharing some of my favs with you all the way from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Tropical Foliage - {artistically afflicted blog } Tropical Foliage - {artistically afflicted blog } Tropical Floral - Julie Hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Tropical Foliage ~ Julie Hamilton Designs  {artistically afflicted blog} Beach time sketching.. Tropical Foliage - {artistically afflicted blog } ONE of these things I will not be using for drawing inspiration. Centipedes, ants and the occasional flying cockroach seem to go hand in hand with the tropics. Tropical Foliage - {artistically afflicted blog } Sending some Aloha your way!
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Finding Inspiration in Tropical Flora and Foliage

Sharing some inspiration from the Big Island of Hawaii. I love the assault of my senses here. The colours and shapes are bright and bold. The temperature and trade winds are gentle on the skin.The saltwater invigorating. And there really is nothing like getting pummelled by the Pacific to really feel alive Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage   I love sitting here listening to the sounds of seaside living. Lots of birds, crashing waves, the clatter of geckos and the early morning return of the fishing boats back to the bay. There are no boundaries between outside and in. It's a bit like living in a treehouse Everything is just so different from my usual back home in Whistler. I think that is what I love most about it here. Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage I can't resist the urge to pick up almost everything on my morning runs here. It makes for a bit of a run/ walk, but is always well worth it. This is generally how my hat returns home.. Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage I often entertain the thought of moving here one day. It's a topic of conversation that comes up often when we are here. It's hard to say whether it would lose some of its magic. Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage For now I will continue to be a dreamer, taking pictures of all that inspires me here. I know it won't be long until our next visit. Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage I was thrilled to wake up this morning and discover on Instagram that Michelle Osorio had also been inspired by my #florafoliage series posted there. (you can see them here) Look at her beautiful, delicate water-colour. I have to say it made my day!  You can find Michelle here on Instagram   Michelle Osorio WaterColour on the {artistically afflicted blog} I am going to milk out this tropical feeling for as long as possible - pineapples are up next week! Aloha
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Mushrooms in the sketchbook!

Mushroom - julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Mushroom season is slowly coming to an end here in Whistler. The temperature has dropped, the clouds have rolled in and snow is slowly creeping down the mountain. I will miss the whispering sounds of pickers scouring the woods. The different shapes, texture and colour peeking out from the most unexpected of places. There really is something special about the enchanted, woodland forest complete with toadstools and fairies that brings your imagination to life. Mushroom - julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Unfortunately, I have to admit I have still not picked any mushrooms for my own table.I am still a little unsure of what is good and what is not so good. I am not taking any responsibility for poisoning my family or sending a dinner guest on some wild, hallucinogenic trip. The latter could almost make a good movie though.. The Whistler Naturalist host a great weekend event full of talks and walks The Fungus among Us every October during the season. Next year I am attending. I have a bounty of goodness right here in my backyard and it's time to start enjoying them...not just drawing and taking pretty pictures though that is fun too.. Mushroom Sketch ~ julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Some sketchbook love and mushroom illustration for you mushrooms in the sketchbook - julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog}   It's time for the snow to fly in Whistler.  We have a month to fill up the mountain and valley with that white, fluffy stuff. Until then I will be off in my own little tropical world on The Big Island of Hawaii. Expect to see lots of  foliage mixed with beautiful, watery blues and shades of green here on my blog. I am bringing some watercolors and hope to learn how to use them. See you!
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Seeds,pods and a succulent or two

Bringing a little Aloha to you.

Most believe Aloha is just a greeting, but the word is a way of life for most living here on the islands. Here, Aloha is an attitude, guidance towards living  a certain way of life ~ the Aloha spirit.

A, ala, watchful, alertness L, lokahi, working with unity O, oia’i’o, truthful honesty H, ha’aha’a, humility A, ahonui, patient perseverance

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I have written many times about the Big Island of Hawaii. It is one of my favorite places~ a place not too far from home  that has come to be my home away from home.Hawaii makes me feel alive -  a place that feeds the senses and the soul. Sweeping coastlines, fields of black lava interspersed with green grasses and wonderful flowering trees, sand and sea. Lots of delicious fruit from the tree. The sound of birds.. at all hours of the day and night.Coconut M&M's. Island life is good! One of my favorite pastimes here is early morning runs, camera in hand.These runs are sporadic with many stops along the way  to take a picture or pick up a pod..or two. I often arrive home my hands and  hat full of goodness. Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog}I don't usually get a lot of creative time here, as life is busy with family and friends, so sometimes a little floral arranging has to be sufficient to feed my fix. Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog} Mother nature has a very humorous side to her on the island. She is quirky and fun-loving. She has created the oddest assortment of seeds and pods to date. Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} I havent a clue what half of these are called, but you will be happy to know that I finally have a book. Unfortunately, I haven't had time to open it. Next time... Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog} I have yet to figure out the "seasons' here, but there is definitely lots of changes in between my visits. While one tree is flowering the next is on its way to hibernation. This island is so diverse with all of its different ecosystems. I am slowly learning more about it everyday. It's just so mysterious I keep wanting to come back for more! Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog} Beautiful colors, shapes and textures.Actually, thinking out loud here, I should do a post on all the textures and patterns in nature found here. Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog} Succulents grow very well on the Big island and are in nice contrast to flowering blooms. Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton Designs -seed and pod inspiration {artistically afflicted blog} I really do love my little bounty. I wish I could bring it all home and share with you... Signing off with a sunset.Wish you were here! Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}
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Finding inspiration in the spirit of aloha

julie hamilton designs Very happy to be spending time in one of my favorite places, the Big Island of Hawaii.The moment my feet hit the ground here I feel a sense of coming home. artistically afflicted blog Lush tropical flora and fauna,dark streaks of lava rock, sun, sand, a warm breeze and the neverending sound of birds and crashing waves all come together to feed  the senses and the soul. The Big Island is charged with tradition and culture that reaches deep. This island holds a very special place in our hearts. artistically afflicted blog I always love to do a post or two from Hawaii. Its a lovely place to share. Lots of inspiration and color. Mother nature also has a very good sense of humour here. The shapes, color and texture of the flora and fauna are so unusual.I am constantly in awe of some of the crazy things I find. julie hamilton designs-artistically afflicted blog My goal for this trip ~ lots of computer free time. Time spent observing, drawing and feeling present. julie hamilton designs-artistically afflicted blog My sense of urgency to do it all ~ designing, blogging #365 patterns ~ slowly takes a back seat to simply living life. I  will admit I find it very difficult to switch off and it takes more than a few days. I continue to feel like I am missing out on something, but with time I come to my senses and realize that everything I need is right here ~ family, friends, love and life. julie hamilton designs-artistically afflicted blog Most believe Aloha is just a greeting, but the word is a way of life for most living here on the islands. Here, Aloha is an attitude, guidance towards living  a certain way of life ~ the Aloha spirit.
A, ala, watchful, alertness L, lokahi, working with unity O, oia’i'o, truthful honesty H, ha’aha’a, humility A, ahonui, patient perseverance
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