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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 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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