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Top tips from Surface Pattern Designers!

A little shout out goes to Ali Benyon of Ali Benyon Designs for her Top tips and tricks for Surface Pattern Designers! Recently Ali has created  2 blogposts with tips and tricks from a global bunch of surface pattern designers from all stages of their careers. I was fortunate to be included and shared a few of my own pearls of wisdom. I found that all of the tips and tricks were applicable to anyone in the creative field from artists to start up entrepeneurs. Inspirational quote {artistically afflicted blog} There was lots of good advice. I walked away with a sense of comfort knowing that it's not just me ~ this creative business is hard work! It demands that you show up everyday, you practice, and you believe. March forward, head up! (I am always in need of a reminder about this) [caption id="attachment_2689" align="aligncenter" width="558"]Deborah Velasquez, quote, authenticity Art by Deborah Velasquez[/caption] It was interesting to read everyone's take on being unique and staying true to yourself and your style. It seems that this is a little something that all of us struggle with. It doesn't surprise me ~ we are visual artists, we love to look at art and more often than not we are inspired by it. I think it's normal to want to try different tricks and techniques in a style not your own. It's a great way to learn BUT realize that you have to make it your own. You have to add your very own signature style to it before you call it your own. artistically afflicted blog There was lots of advice about practice, patience and perseverance, a  few tips about color AND a great reminder of all the routes you can take in this profession. I often forget all of the endless avenues for your art so thank you for that! I won't give anymore away. I could spend hours discussing the ins and outs and how and whys of the creative process, but then that would take away from hours that could be spent just... Making Art! Make Art - Make more Art - Enjoy the process = your time will come! Part one is here Part two is here A big Thanks to Ali for bringing us all together! Enjoy!
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Inspired words

My words for 2012 word of the year I couldn't pick just one! There are three areas of my life that I want to concentrate on this year. Body ~ Mind ~ Soul Unfortunately I couldn't come up with one word that encompassed the big picture. Connection was close, clarity would have been better.I was in search of a word that would tie it all together and make it as one since these areas of my life are so closely entwined. If one falters, so do the others.. It was then that I decided to come up with a number of words and create a collage of relevant words just for me. While I quite like my collage of words, I would prefer one word so all suggestions are welcome. I know it will come to me eventually. journal,art , writing I have created this on the first page of my spanky new 2012 journal.Soon to be filled with notes,tidbits of inspiration, quotes, goals to accomplish, lots of writing...LIFE! It is close at hand, ready to be viewed when needed. My goal now is to break the areas of my life into smaller subsections and smaller goals. Body ~ health, fitness, diet Mind ~ creative curiosity,knowledge,clarity Soul ~ spirituality,family, community word of the year, christine kane The process....I am still working on it... Stream of consciousness writing. Discovering words that resonate with me. Words that have meaning in my day to day life.A plan of action. This is the year to tie up all of the loose ends I have created. art journal Lots of blank pages. Lots of art and writing to come...  2012 art journal Solvitur Ambulando ~ "it is solved by walking" Stretch your body, stretch your mind, stretch your soul.
Whatever you think you can do, or believe you can do, begin it, because action has magic, grace and power in it~ Goethe
Happy New Year,my friends! I wish you all a sparkly, brand new,blank slate of endless possibility! xox P.S. Still curious about this "word of the year" exercise? Go and check out these crazy, creative womens blogs here. They have lots to say and are always full of great ideas. While you are there also check out the new Fly Tribe blog (thank you Rae!) Keep your eye out for it!
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Inspired by...

Source: via Julie on Pinterest

Art work by Giesla at Inkblots Art
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Inspired by...the 30 day challenge (not the special k kind)

I have always been a little intrigued by the 30 day challenge. It is a short enough time frame to actually endure, but long enough in that it could actually help incorporate into your lifestyle. This is not my first 30 day challenge..
  • I have gone gluten-free for 30 days
  • I have exercised daily for 30 days
  • I have written "morning pages' for 30 days
  • I have taken a photo a day for 30 days
  • I have definitely had  a glass of wine a day for 30 day
  • I have been caffeine free for 30 days...(that was ridiculous)
  • I have cut all white food from my diet for 30 days
Now I am just starting to sound like I am a little off my rocker. Am I still doing any of these things on a daily basis? Well, no. But, I have been interested in all of them at one time or another and cared enough to try to incorporate them into my lifestyle in one small way or another. If you do anything long enough it can't help but just become a part of your routine. [caption id="attachment_634" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Blogtoberfest.. 30 days..30 posts.."][/caption] My new 30 day challenge comes at a perfect time. Fall in Whistler. Cool, damp rainy days. Shorter days. The snow line creeping down the mountain. A time to cosy up and settle in for the long, snowy winter months ahead. I believe Blogtoberfest will give me an opportunity to stimulate my creative juices for the long winter months. I am hoping that it will form a community of sorts with lots of inspiration. If you would like to come along for the ride then come on over here. [caption id="attachment_632" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Ripples of Inspiration"]ripples of inspiration[/caption] Do I have a game plan? No! We will see how that goes for me. I will continue to write about art, photography community and my own creative journey. I may throw in a weekly theme. There will be lots of photographs. All suggestions are welcome and encouraged!! I would love it if you stopped by to leave me some encouraging words! Tinniegirl Blogtoberfest 2011
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Inspired by....passion and perserverance

Create more. Computer less. 'Nuf said! Ira Glass
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