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Finding Inspiration in Tropical Flora and Foliage

Sharing some inspiration from the Big Island of Hawaii. I love the assault of my senses here. The colours and shapes are bright and bold. The temperature and trade winds are gentle on the skin.The saltwater invigorating. And there really is nothing like getting pummelled by the Pacific to really feel alive Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage   I love sitting here listening to the sounds of seaside living. Lots of birds, crashing waves, the clatter of geckos and the early morning return of the fishing boats back to the bay. There are no boundaries between outside and in. It's a bit like living in a treehouse Everything is just so different from my usual back home in Whistler. I think that is what I love most about it here. Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage I can't resist the urge to pick up almost everything on my morning runs here. It makes for a bit of a run/ walk, but is always well worth it. This is generally how my hat returns home.. Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage I often entertain the thought of moving here one day. It's a topic of conversation that comes up often when we are here. It's hard to say whether it would lose some of its magic. Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage For now I will continue to be a dreamer, taking pictures of all that inspires me here. I know it won't be long until our next visit. Big Island finds ~ Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage I was thrilled to wake up this morning and discover on Instagram that Michelle Osorio had also been inspired by my #florafoliage series posted there. (you can see them here) Look at her beautiful, delicate water-colour. I have to say it made my day!  You can find Michelle here on Instagram   Michelle Osorio WaterColour on the {artistically afflicted blog} I am going to milk out this tropical feeling for as long as possible - pineapples are up next week! Aloha
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Finding Inspiration in the Leaves of Autumn

Inspired by the abundance of leaves in my  autumn backyard. So many shades of red, yellow and green. Berry branches, old seed heads and a token mushroom or two make my garden a rather special place at this time of year.. A snapshot of what fall looks like around here...minus the never-ending rain. Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} #florafoliage I know they should all be raked up and my garden put to bed, but I like to think of it as ground cover for the long winter ahead. I aspire to be a gardener, but while I love everything in the garden, I don't like the time and energy it takes to deal with my garden. Long ornamental grasses, big rocks and flowering bushes are fine with me for now. I am hoping in time that my feelings may change and I will be motivated to embrace everything it has to offer.   Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Collected on a morning run. Leaves in my sketchbook. Sketchbook - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} I have one garden leaf in particular that I love. I love the shape and changing colour of this leaf as the season progresses.I know I should know what type of bush this belongs to, but I am  sorry, I don't. Bayberry - Sketchbook by Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} Finding a bit of inspiration from its shape and colours to be used in some surface pattern design. The beginning of the Bayberry collection - coming soon! Bayberry Blue - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} BayBerry -Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog} BayBerry Moss - Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}   May the sun be shining bright where you live. I am sending all of our rain to California where it is needed most.
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