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There is something about the poppy

I have a bit of a strange attraction to poppies. I love their whimsical ways, all their different colors and their podlike sidekicks.There is nothing quite like a field of poppies swaying in the wind,especially when it's a field  somewhere in the french countryside. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I must have 1oo's of pictures of poppies in all their glory . A 4 month sabbatical in the south of France and it was hard not to come home with a picture, or two, and a sketch. That is a whole other blog  ago which I have never even mentioned here! (If you feel like an afternoon escape you can follow my family of 4 through a 4 month adventure, full of mishap, in Europe at www.lifeinaoncetime.blogspot.com. It seems like a lifetime ago. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I have started to incorporate my poppy drawings into the pattern world, but I have yet to do them justice. They are not BIG enough or whimsical enough yet. I find I am much looser with them in paint. In the digital world I am finding the pattern part a bit restricting. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog I am starting Michelle Fifis The Ultimate Guide to Repeats today and I am definitely hoping for some insight into this. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog For now I will continue playing with positioning and different ways of representation for my #365 pattern project.It is easy to whip up a pattern, but it takes lots of tweaking to get it just right. #365patterns is a good starting point, but I have to remember to go back and continue to work on my daily patterns. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog And a coordinate just for fun! There is a small part of me thinking that I may start to create some digital download scrapbook pages and clipart so my mind is all about coordinates these days. I will keep you   posted. julie hamilton designs, artistically afflicted blog Have you had a chance to check out Skillshare yet? Skillshare is an online global community centered around creativity, collaboration and learning by doing. I have two colleagues teaching there next month and I think you may be interested. The first is Faye Brown of Faye Brown Designs. She will be teaching Typography  how to communicate effectively through the power of typography - starting June 14th, 2013 The second course is Reign Repeats learn how to create perfect repeats in Illustrator taught by Majo Bautista. Starting June 7th, 2013 she will teach you everything you need to know to create a design to submit for a Spoonflower competition. These women are  both  knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. Never stop learning!
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Inspired by...a paint chip

I am always so thankful that nobody here ever asks to see some of the "finished" pieces that I have posted here in their beginning stages. Ahh..it is a problem and definitely one of the many signs of one artistically afflicted. I just love the way that almost sounds like artistically gifted...so close..yet so far away... Anyway to keep in the spirit of beginnings which are oh, so much fun. I have started two paintings today for creative everyday...same colours but with a different approach. colour swatch Colors - quinacridone magenta, cad yellow dark, vat orange, raw umber and white. I like to find paint chips from the paint store that intrigue me and throw me out of my comfort zone...some very interesting colors here that I would never think to combine.I try to keep track of the "recipe" in hopes of creating again. [caption id="attachment_1282" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Examples of mark making"][/caption] Do you notice any difference? The first (pictured below) is all about marks...lots of lines, squiggly and straight.Lots of hard lines with definite boundaries.Pattern. [caption id="attachment_1281" align="aligncenter" width="1024" caption="Example One - mark making"]mark making[/caption] The second is all about the continuation of colour. Still lots of lines and pattern (because I just couldn't help myself...my brain just couldn't seem to stop my hand from scribbling..odd), but I tried to use a lot of water and medium to spread and blend.This will take practice. [caption id="attachment_1280" align="aligncenter" width="989" caption="Example Two - mark making"][/caption] So kind of different, but kind of...not. It makes me laugh to see a lot of the same shapes and forms within both. Non-intentional, just the brain taking over. I also wanted to just keep it to the above paint chip colors..I am not sure why I am doing this. I am just curious more than anything... So, these have become my designated project for Creative Everyday this week. I am not "allowed" to start any other projects until these are finished. Someone please hold me accountable! Off now to squint, stand upside down, have a couple of glasses of wine...anything.. so I can start seeing some images emerge from these. A few hours later...(using example two) [caption id="attachment_1284" align="aligncenter" width="1020" caption="things are starting to appear..."]poppies[/caption] Oh, surprise, surprise...poppies are starting to appear. I just cant help it... I would love to see some of your marks. Leave a link in the comment section if you have some examples to share! See you tomorrow! p.s. I have some very exciting news to share with you tomorrow...it will make you smile...it will make you dance....some will even shout with joy! Stay tuned!
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