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creativeprocess


Paper, pen, paint & pattern (a.k.a the creative process)

I have been asked about my  painting creative process quite a bit lately so I thought I would share a little bit of how my mind works. It's not always pretty and it often does not makes sense, but if there is one thing I have learned through the years it is that eventually I will stubble upon something I am satisfied with.....IF I stick with it.

That is my biggest problem to date - stick-with-it-ness. That's why I work small...

I am a starter. I love a big, blank page!

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

Every mixed media piece starts with marks of all colour and kind. Markers, graphite, water-colour - anything goes. It's a thoughtless, yet very meditative, process.

I try to use colours that I haven't before. I play with layering. Different shapes - thick and thin. Pattern here and there.

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

I continue this way for quite some time. It's my favourite part so why not? 

My other favourite part? White paint.

I love getting rid of what I don't like. It's my command-Z button

Julie Hamilton Creative - creative process mark-making

While I say that it is all a thoughtless process, there comes a time when I have to consider some things. Lights, darks, contrast, edges, the size and shape of things - variety. 

It is a very intuitive process, but one I find very satisfying. I love the randomness of it all. Unexpected marks and shapes peeking though in unexpected places.

This larger piece was cut up into 3 smaller pieces all using a home-made 4" square viewfinder. I just cut out what I liked and discarded areas that were doing nothing for me. There were little bits here and there that I was also inspired by so those were saved for my collage works. You can never go wrong with handmade collage pieces.Nothing goes wasted around here!

Julie Hamilton Creative - the creative process - a little art

Three little mini pieces. I loved making them and as I sit here and write about them, I am thinking that I need to do this more often. It's so beneficial to my art practice... Call it fun. Call it learning. Call it therapy. Call it what you will:)

All for my creative self preservation!

(Actually in this case I was lucky enough to sell them all in the Whistler Teeny Tiny Art Show. Call it new art supplies..Ha!)

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

Keep Easy,

Julie

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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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