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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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Hello Hello!

I am back!

After one whole year of dreaming and scheming about my creative life, it is my pleasure to introduce you to my brand new, shiny website!

Once again, my main feature will be my blog and portfolio, but as you can see above....I have also added a shop! My very own storefront!

Julie Hamilton Creative

It is looking pretty empty right now, but not for long. I have all sorts of plans to fill it with happy and colourful new art for you. 

A big shout out and thank you to Erin and LiveBig who gently guided me through the growing pains and helped point me in the right direction. Only a good friend could have stood by me through numerous art therapy discussions about who I really am as an artist. As you will discover, I still haven't narrowed it down. My portfolio runneth over...

I like to do it all! I have decided That is who I am. There is no going back!

Julie Hamilton Creative

My hope is to once again provide creative inspiration to you here on the Blog. I love the creative process, all of the  play and possibility. I will continue to share with you my favourite classes, new techniques, different mediums and inspiration. 

I have also started a new series on Instagram called #Sketchbook_Studies. Pop by and have a look here. I have been sharing my process pictures, but it will be nice to have a home here to discuss it.

Julie Hamilton Creative - papercut art

 Thats all for now! I just wanted to say Welcome and thank you for popping by! 

I love to be social so for daily communication please pop by my Instagram and say hello.

I am there all the time..I consider it my office space

Julie

p.s ..all my previous blog posts from my artistically afflicted blog are below!

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#Inktober Showcase

Inktober was started in 2009 and is still going strong today.  Mr Jake Parker, the creator of the project, has assigned very few rules Pick up a pen, draw, hashtag it #inktober, repeat. Anyone can take part and it seems like artists from all over the world do. I posted a picture and within 2 min 100 more pictures had been posted! The goal is to practice your drawing skills and develop the positive habit of doing it daily. Below are a few examples of my own work and a few from others within my surface pattern design community. Click on the pictures below for direct links to their Instagram accounts. Julie Hamilton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton[/caption] Playing with light and dark. Flower shapes, some seeds and pods and an owl for good measure. When in doubt stick a bird on it. Julie Hamilton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Julie Hamilton[/caption] Next we have Katy Halford.  I found it hard to choose between all of her lovely drawings. This one made me smile so here it is.Katy Halford for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Katy Halford[/caption] Mary Tanana made some beautiful drawings on black paper with touches of gold, courtesy of uniball gelpens. Mary Tanana for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Mary Tanana[/caption] Heather Dutton spent her time illustrating every letter of the alphabet with beautiful patterns. Check out her instagram account to see more.  Heather Dutton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Amanda McGee  pretty much described all of us with her illustration. I am a big fan of her beautiful hand lettering! Amanda McGee for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Below is Flora Chang of Happy Doodle Land. Her name says it all. She loves to draw. Check out her new colouring book! Flora Chang for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog} Flor Inktober will be back again next year, but don't let that stop you from picking up a pen and just busting loose. Until then, feel free to share it with the rest of us on hashtag #shareyoursketch - another fun community to share your creative process. Ink on!
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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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Spring is in the air on #shareyoursketch

Sharing a bit of Spring with you from #shareyoursketch. Come join our community on Instagram and meet some other like-minded creatives. Share a sketch, your creative process,a new technique or even your finished piece. Just share. I will start with mine. I have been loving all things tropical theses days. I am feeling the need for a little colour in my life these days. Artist/Designer Julie Hamilton - {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Lots of black and white spring sketches in my sketchbook too! Artist/Designer Julie Hamilton - {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Colourbook Studio and her little gouache flowers Artist/Designer Colourbook Studio - {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Amanda McGee and her colourful flowers, also in gouache. I think I may need to try this medium. Artist/Designer Amanda McGee - {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Heather Dutton from Hang Tight Studio and her black and white butterflies.Love these! Artist/Designer Heather Dutton of Hang Tight Studio- {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Up next, Miranda Mol  and her wet ink work. Artist/Designer Miranda Mol  - {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Marissa Swinghammer  has a beautiful, colourful Instagram account  full of spring, watercolour florals. Artist/Designer Marissa Swinghammer - {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Lots of colour here!  Artist Sonal Nathwani Artist/Designer Sonal Nathwani - {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Lesley Todd of Five Finch and her beautiful water-colour primroses Artist/Designer Lesley Todd of FinchFive Design - {artistically afflicted blog} #shareyoursketch Hopefully the birds are singing and blooms are starting to pop up where you live. Have a great week!
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