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My Fall Sketchbook

Hello Winter! Whistler, B.C. is ready for you. The snow is falling, the lights are up around town and the mountain is open and ready for action. Mushrooms It has been a beautiful Fall. Lots of brilliant colour and crisp, clear days... interspersed with torrential downpours, low-lying cloud and very short days. I love it all. The worse the weather the less motivated I am to get outdoors and play. I feel less guilt for cozying up indoors and creating. November, you have been true to yourself. Thank you. Flowers in Fall by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} Inspired by all the fall colours - red, orange, faded greens and greys. A peek into my sketchbook proves that these are probably my most favourite colours. Flowers for Monday by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}I have been slowly updating my work around here. A new branding is in the works based on pen, paper, paint and pattern. I am updating my site to include all of my hand painted and collage work. I am loving the process of creating all new artwork in this style, but admit it is a bit of a slow process. So far I have managed to change my name from 'Artistically Afflicted" to Julie Hamilton Creative. Small steps. I will be keeping the blog all full of my afflicted ways, but will have a separate portfolio site. I am dying to get my hands on Fiona Humberstones new book How to Style your Brand  It has been sold out forever and finally just when I thought I could get my hands on it, they wouldn't deliver to Canada. Crazy. Check out her site for lots of beautiful images and helpful advice on branding You. Sketchbook Wildflowers by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog}I haven't given myself an end goal date as I am trying to take this slowly and be in love with the finished product. I know what I want to create, but just want to make sure that I am representing myself the way that I would like to be perceived. Trust me, sometimes I am not even sure what that looks like. It is a start! Autumn Sketchbook by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} In the mean time my licensing work is busy.I have a new embroidery contract with Janome (Acudesign) which I will be sharing shortly.  I have another piece being published in Stampington & Co. and  I am busy creating a new concept for a dream client. It is all about forward momentum and not losing sight of the Why. Fall Sketchbook by Julie Hamilton Creative {artistically afflicted blog} Sharing with you a few things going on in and about the world-wide web: Lilla Rogers, art agent extraordinaire, is giving a video presentation this week all about embracing and selling your creative quirkiness. Have a look here for more information. There is still time to join in. Flora Bowley has started a monthly newsletter/video series, Studio Diaries. I haven't joined in yet, but I am thinking about it for the New Year. Art prompts, videos, creative lessons, questions and answers and just general Flora loveliness. More information here. I have been enjoying ( and using) Jennifer Nelsons weekly Advice for Artists.  Sign up here. She also offers a one on one consultation service if you are interested. See her website for more details. Make sure to check out her artists - all swoon worthy Finally, don't forget, it is the weekend of all sales. Black Friday and Cyber Monday. In the past I have received some outstanding discounts on online creative courses.If there is something you have your eye on then don't forget to pop by your want list and see if they are offering a discount. Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends. It is a big and busy weekend here and always brings with it a sense of celebration and the start of the holiday season. Makes me happy!
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Goodbye Summer. Hello Autumn!

.....And then in the blink of an eye it was Fall... Sketching Inspiration - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

I am not sure how the seasons changed so quickly, but they did. I had decided to take the month of August off blogging due to a house full of children, visitors, a road trip or two and lots of work all mixed in. Here it is the end of September and I am just finding my way back here. Creative process - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} What can I say? It was an awesome summer. We did a little of this... beach Life - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

A little of that... Santa Monica Pier - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

A lot of this.... Creative space - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} There was no shortage of adventure, sights to see and good summer fun. I already miss it. I am sharing with you a few links to courses that kept me creatively curious this summer. All of them from Creative Bug. Pam Garrisons Creative Sketchbooking -  A three-part series working from journal to canvas. Lots of interesting mark making techniques and exercises  - working with your non dominant hand, intuitive drawing, paper collage and lots of mixed media. Art journal - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

I love Pam's use of colour and style. It was very interesting to me to see how she approaches her work. She makes it all seem so simple and random, but, wow, does she have great results. For more viewing pleasure check out #cbsketchbooking on instagram. Art Journal - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Next up was Lisa Congdons Sketchbook Exploration - a four-part series working from sketchbook to canvas. Lots of line work, mixed media, collage and abstract work as well, but a totally different approach than Pam's class. She inspired me to get out my markers and pencil crayons and I have re-discovered a whole new medium which is not only easy to use anywhere, but very satisfying in the mark making department.  Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

I managed to take a little bit away from both courses and adapt to my own style, painting and pasting my way to a finished piece. Finally I started Yao Chengs Watercolour class, but then life got too busy and I had to put it on hold. I am looking forward to the rainy season here in Whistler to get caught up on my learning. Rumour has it that Lisa's Sketchbook Explorations Part Two has also gone live. I haven't had a chance to check it out yet, but I am definitely looking forward to it. Let the rains begin! See you next week!

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Colour me Creative - Tangy Citrus Summer

It is hot. Oh, so hot. The temperature is rising and doesn't plan to stop. Sunny skies are here to stay in Whistler. When I take a look at this weeks colour palette, tangy, sweet citrus sherbets come to mind. There is definitely the sweet feel of summer going on here. Colour me creative moodboard - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} A few pattern swatches on my desktop. These will be some fun shapes to use when I get a chance to have fun in my art journal. Summer Quilt - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Unfortunately, the sound of work was calling this week and I didn't have time to create in my art journal. Instead kitchen wall art was in the making. I loved this assignment! I have to admit I am just a wee bit in love with all of my fruit and vegetables. I am hoping to get a chance to create some illustrated recipes for They Draw and Cook this summer. With all the fruit and vegetables coming into season, it is hard not to be inspired. Fruit Salad -  Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

I am also very inspired by my new Photoshop skills and the mix of all of my painted bits and pieces and the digital world. This is a whole new way of working for me and I am loving it. A big shout out to Instructor Sherry London and Pattern Observers Photoshop for Designers. LemonLime -  Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Photoshop for Designers is a 6 week intensive class that dives deep into the magic of Photoshop. It is full of information, so much information! Videos, PDF's, a class forum plus a private Facebook group - no question will be left unanswered. Sherry is a well spoken, very effective instructor willing to give her all to you. She is first to jump in and explain in detail any question you may have, which as you can imagine...is many, when it comes to Photoshop. Watermelons - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

The next class starts July 6th. It would be the perfect summer project to dive into! Head on over to Pattern Observers site  for all the details. Enjoy your week and don't forget to support your local farmers market!

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Everything I know I learned from my Art Journal

I have been somewhat successful this past week training my creativity to switch on at night. It hasn't been easy, but I find that once I start it usually leads somewhere. Starting is the hardest part. Being a bit of a morning person, my muse always has me getting up very early so it has been a nice change trying to switch things up and work at night . I figure it can go either way - I either stay up late fully immersed in my project or I get up super early, excited to get at it. Either way I am losing sleep. Art Journal time - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} I started Lisa Congdons Sketchbook Explorations on Creative Bug. It was fast, fun and informative.. It is a 4 part program, but easily finished in an evening (especially if you have Netflix TV series training;). Lisa explored lots of different ways to just start and get something down on your page.I loved the way she used lots of different mediums layered together - water-colour, markers and collage work. I also found it encouraging to watch how she incorporated her journal piece into a piece of wall art. I have included my pages even though they are not really finished and they are rather random.Right from lesson one, inspiration struck and I had to run with it. I have a tendency to go off track when creating and I did just that, rather well I might add..my pages look nothing like the course pages! Art Journal time - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Lots of ideas were springing to mind and I managed to try a little bit of everything. I believe that is the beauty of art journalling -  if you tire of one page, start another, I have found myself flitting from one page to another nightly adding marks and colours as I go. At this rate I may never actually finish a page! Art Journal time - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}I have been  very happy to re-discover my Prismacolor markers and coloured pencils. It is so nice to curl up on the couch and have some colour so easily accessible. No water and no dirty brushes. I will be using them all in my art journal from here on in..   Art Journal time - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} My main goal for this experience is to gain some new ideas and hopefully a bit of  insight into some new colour combinations. I am also interested in combining a few different mediums that I will then be able to transfer over into my mixed media work. One thing is for sure and that is...Everything I know, I have learned from my art journal... Next week I am going to try Dawn Devries Sokols art journal class on Creative Bug. I also have my eye on Yao Chengs water-colour class. There are so many interesting classes there so be sure to take a look. Also on the learning front I am slowly finishing up Pattern Observers Photoshop for Designers  6 week course. Wow! That is the only word that  can sum it all up. Sherry London has poured her heart and soul into this one. It is full of information. Look out for more info here soon. Well, there you have it! I was in need of something new  to inspire me, to jump start a new project. Happy to say that I found it and have a new series in the works. The internet has no shortage of awesome classes and inspiring ideas and techniques to try. Never stop learning:)
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Tangled Weave - the start of a mini collage collection

The long, lazy days of summer are here. Hours to laze around and work on my art ~ Paint outdoors, sketch by the lake and maybe try some new techniques. Now that's some Wishful thinking on my part... [caption id="attachment_5594" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} making collage papers[/caption] You would think I would be getting lots done over here, but truth be told I am accomplishing little. It is sweltering hot, the lake is calling,the dog needs to be watered, the kids need to get to camp and work and all the visitors need to be tended too. Do I dare say I have having a lot of fun despite the compelling urge to sit down and work at my art? [caption id="attachment_5595" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} intuitive collage - working with what is presented[/caption] I have just recently finished Mati Roses Daring Adventures in Collage.  It really helped inspire me to start working with mixed media again. I just love the combination of paper,paint and ink. There is something about it that makes my heart pitter patter. I love all the texture and pattern, with a little this and that peeking through. I love getting my hands dirty. I am not sure which is more fun - making handmade collage papers or creating the actual collage itself? julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} I have approached this round of work a bit differently than before. I am now working on paper -Borden & Riley sketch vellum - which is a heavyweight, rather indestructible, paper for mix media. This allows me to cut, paint, spray and stamp to my heart's content without stressing over another unfinished canvas. It's only paper and can either be recycled or cut up for another collage project. If I like it then it is easily affixed onto a wood cradled panel.   [caption id="attachment_5568" align="aligncenter" width="560"]julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} collage - lots of layered paper. Adding paint next![/caption] This time around I am also working small. Very small for me. All pieces are 8 by 8". I decided to go this route because I find them easy to complete in a day and easy to have many on the go at once. julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted blog} I have a plan for all of these pieces, but that will be unveiled later.I am not trying to be secretive, just deciding what the best route is for these. A plan is in the makin'.. What I do know about these is that they are a part of my everyday creative life. They keep me playing and trying new techniques which only help spark my imagination and creativity. I am hoping to be back here soon, but not making any promises. I am just a passenger on this free wheelin' ride called summer. (even I am rolling my eyes at that one ;) Enjoy every moment of yours!
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