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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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Lessons Learned in my Creative Life ~ 2014

Happy New Year Illustration and Greeting Sitting here surrounded by paper.Step by step instructions on how to improve Me. Things I have accomplished.Things I want to accomplish, Things I need to change. Things I need to do.. I love this process of delving deep into my life and assessing what needs to change in order to move forward. I am very good at assessing, not so good at doing. I cannot lie..change is exhausting. When I look back at 2014 in all its glory..and failures, I can't help but notice that a lot of my behaviour is still the same. I still need to change my daily habits in order to move forward. Daily Creative Life - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} In a nutshell - I think I need to get out of my comfort zone. Oh, how I love my comfort zone...Nothing that a few glasses of wine can't tell you. It will take more than one sitting to figure out my plan of action. I have been jotting things down over the past months, but a plan needs to be formulated in order to execute. Daily sketch - flower vase Today, instead of sharing my deepest, darkest fears, I will share some lessons learned in 2014. Lessons learned.. 1. Learning - I love learning, I love new things and I love starting. Unfortunately, while these are all positive, they sometimes lead me astray. I need to focus on one thing at a time. I have too many ideas and I want to get them all down at once. I end up doing a lot of everything. I am good at lots of things, I am not great at one thing. I need to be great at one thing. 2. Focus - explore a theme in its entirety. Make a game plan and follow it through. In art and In life.No more willy nilly half efforts trying to learn handlettering or skate skiing. A commitment is in order. 3. Art - Motifs need to be clean and concise. They need to be read well. All of your art needs to come across loud and clear. Your style, your colours and your brand. In the world of art licensing this art also needs to be commercial. So while I have my style and some quirkiness mixed in, I still need it to be sellable. 4. Opportunity - Sitting here and waiting for people to knock on my door will not have people knocking down my door. I need to be proactive, show my work and actually do some of my own door knocking. 5. Show up everyday - show up, start, create. It may not be great, but all work leads to something. No art is ever wasted. Practice makes better. recognize when rest is needed, but otherwise forge onwards. 6. Time - there is enough time in the day to do it all, it just takes some planning. Map out your day and divide your work into do-able time slots. Concentrate on one task. Prioritize what is most important - do it. Then move onto the next task with a feeling of accomplishment. 7. Uninterrupted workflow - My best work comes with no distractions. Blocks of time creating with no pings, tweets or wandering thoughts. I have tried the Pomodoro technique, tweaking it to be my own. I find these small segments of time useful for starting projects that I am feeling a bit stuck in. 8.  Personal projects - A fun, personal project, be it a daily sketch or a painting a day, with the right hash tag, can get you lots of leverage.Share your work! 9. Agent - I think this was the best decision for me this year. I love the challenge of working to a brief. I love the feedback and  love  the variety of creating from home decor down to digital greetings. They also introduced my work to a whole cast of others that I wouldn't have had the time to search out. Art licensing is a slow process, but I have faith that it works for those who persevere. 10. Website/blog - keep it updated. I cringe when I look up and know that mine is so out of date. It is YOU! It is your story. Keep it current. (sorry...promise to prioritize this one..) So, here I sit mapping out my game plan. I have my fingers crossed that I am working in the right direction and doing the right thing. Feeling a wee bit nervous, but knowing in my heart that it is time to move up and onwards. I have included a few online resources which I pop in to help me on my way. I take what works for me from both and combine them to make it my own. Christine Kane   Word Of The Year Do What You Love  New Years Revolution Write everything down. Share it with your friends and creative partners. Shout it out loud! Nothing like the world holding you accountable for it all. Be honest. Have fun.
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Thank you Artful Blogging!

I have some exciting news that I have been looking forward to sharing with you! I was a little hesitant to share it with anyone at first, I didn't want to jinx it, but here it is in all of its glory. Ta da! Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog} Thats right! I have been featured in the summer issue of  Stampingtons Artful Blogging magazine. It is a publication I have been admiring for some time now and am thrilled to be a part of it! It is a little hard to come by in my neck of the woods, which makes it very special when I do get my hands on a copy. I have many a Stampington publication all lined up nicely under my coffee table. Their magazines cover many topics - art jornaling, photography, jewellery and lots of other topics all to do with handcrafted goodness. They do a wonderful job offering inspiration to artists everywhere. Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog} I  would love to share the entire issue with you! This is just a  little sneak peek. It is a beautiful, visually inspiring, look into the creative life of a global bunch of bloggers.It is filled with beautiful art, photography and written words all about their journey. Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog}   There is something quite wonderful about seeing your creative journey in print. I have been blogging now for almost 3 years and they did a wonderful job of pulling together pictures that capture the essence of what my blog is all about ~ the creative process, all the different medium used to tell your story , and the never ending  work in progress. Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog}   Along with my excitement and happiness, I have to admit to a feeling of nostalgia . I couldn't help but  spent some time going back and re-discovering old  blog posts, laughing at my first attempts at art and remembering the butterflies the very first time I posted pictures of my art.Oh, the many paths I have followed to where I am now! It covers all the courses I have taken and most important the community I have surrounded myself with. Way back in July of 2011, I remember thinking to myself  "what are you up to?" I really didn't know at that time, but I had a faint idea of where all of this was supposed to lead. I wanted to meet a group of like-minded creative souls (check). I wanted to become an artist (check).  I wanted to document my journey to gauge my accomplishments...and failures (check). I wanted to make a living as an artist (half-check) There is still lots to be accomplished! Artful Blogging ~ {artistically afflicted blog}   Thank you very much Stampington & Company! I am honoured. Thank you for my moment! To everyone here ~ Thanks for being part of the journey!
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Top tips from Surface Pattern Designers!

A little shout out goes to Ali Benyon of Ali Benyon Designs for her Top tips and tricks for Surface Pattern Designers! Recently Ali has created  2 blogposts with tips and tricks from a global bunch of surface pattern designers from all stages of their careers. I was fortunate to be included and shared a few of my own pearls of wisdom. I found that all of the tips and tricks were applicable to anyone in the creative field from artists to start up entrepeneurs. Inspirational quote {artistically afflicted blog} There was lots of good advice. I walked away with a sense of comfort knowing that it's not just me ~ this creative business is hard work! It demands that you show up everyday, you practice, and you believe. March forward, head up! It...is....a....long.....process... (I am always in need of a reminder about this) [caption id="attachment_2689" align="aligncenter" width="558"]Deborah Velasquez, quote, authenticity Art by Deborah Velasquez[/caption] It was interesting to read everyone's take on being unique and staying true to yourself and your style. It seems that this is a little something that all of us struggle with. It doesn't surprise me ~ we are visual artists, we love to look at art and more often than not we are inspired by it. I think it's normal to want to try different tricks and techniques in a style not your own. It's a great way to learn BUT realize that you have to make it your own. You have to add your very own signature style to it before you call it your own. artistically afflicted blog There was lots of advice about practice, patience and perseverance, a  few tips about color AND a great reminder of all the routes you can take in this profession. I often forget all of the endless avenues for your art so thank you for that! I won't give anymore away. I could spend hours discussing the ins and outs and how and whys of the creative process, but then that would take away from hours that could be spent just... Making Art! Make Art - Make more Art - Enjoy the process = your time will come! Part one is here Part two is here A big Thanks to Ali for bringing us all together! Enjoy!
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Say YES to 2014!

Happy New Year to all my friends near and far! I have a few minutes peace here. An hour, maybe two if I am lucky, to just sit, sip tea and think about the holidays.This is a rare moment right now. Our home and life here in Whistler is alive with the hustle and bustle of happy times. Amidst it all, I am finding a spare moment to reflect and set a few goals for the upcoming year. The chaos will continue for weeks to come, but if I can find a small sliver of quiet time daily all will be good. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} At this time of year I can't help but feel melancholic. I am so grateful for the health and happiness that we are  surrounded by right now. I am grateful to have my friends and family together.I am grateful for the supportive and positive community that I have surrounded myself with this past year. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} My creative journey has been such a large part of my life these past two years. This blog and everything within - stories and work from fellow creatives, the trials and tribulations of creating,accomplishments (and a fair share of rejection too). All of these stories help make help make up the fabric of my life right now and it all makes me smile. It's just awesome! Thank you to each and every one of you! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} Sharing my intentions for 2014! I am hoping you will all hold me accountable. I am a bit of a dreamer as you can probably tell as I doodle my way off into 2014. Thinking of lots great things...for me and you! julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} If you are interested in creating your very own intentions for 2014 I really enjoyed Do What You Love's   New Years Revolution. It is very well thought out and a great planner for the year. (it's free!) I am a believer in pen to paper for all intentions. It has a bit of sticking power and great to review monthly. Have a go! Wishing you all the best throughout the holidays and into 2014!
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