Manifest your desires in 2014! We can help you…

The countdown has begun! 2014 is almost upon us!badge-girl-2012-07-6x6

  • What do you hope for in the new year?
  • What goal(s) will you work hard towards achieving in 2014?

 

What we wish for you in 2014, is to:beanie-cruella-2012-07-6x4

  • have positive life experiences with friends and family.
  • feel cherished for who you are.
  • help those around you. It should always be about paying it forward, shouldn’t it?
  • shine, we want you to SHINE!
  • laugh, giggle and guffaw to your heart’s content.
  • know that making a few mistakes is okay.
  • feel free to dance in the grocery store isles.
  • that a good cry can clear your emotions for a fresh start.
  • cover your hands in paint at least once a week in creative bliss.
  • find glitter on your nose when you look in the mirror.
  • feel free and add a fun streak of color in your hair. Do not wish for it any more, just do it already…lol.
  • feel empowered enough to wear fun’n’funky socks!
  • enjoy the freedom of just letting go! Let go of what worries you, let go of what keeps you up at night, let go of holding yourself back (even if it is just for a few hours/days each week). Your soul will thank you.
  • take time for you! By making yourself happy & healthy. You will then be a better you to share with those you love and cherish.

press-2012-07-4x6We hope your journey will include a short side trip, so that you may enjoy the warm spirits that await you at the ‘Into the heART’ retreat in Harrison Hot Springs May 22-25, 2014.

You will leave us feeling empowered, cherished and looking forward to your next life adventure.

My CANADA DAY interview with the whimsical Violette Clark…

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  • Which Artist inspires you the most & why?: I have been most inspired by Sark – she set me on a path over 20 years ago when I read her book “Creative Companion and Inspiration Sandwich”. It’s like she gave me permission to be myself and embrace all of my eccentricities, love of colour, passion for life. Unbeknownst to Sark she gave me permission to fly my freak flag!

  • What would you love to try next, creatively?: I would like to teach a Bootcamp on Self – Promotion for artists, musicians, writers and other creatives. I’d like to marry all of the skills that I have acquired over the years into one package – my love of teaching, inspiring, art, eccentric nature, public speaking and motivating. Putting together power point presentations, creating art, PDF booklet and later videos to accompany the course will utilize many of my creative abilities..

  • Where do you find your muse/inspiration?: Nature, looking at other people’s art, art books, magazines, walking, chatting with people, listening to their problems and trying to find creative solutions. I also find inspiration in overhearing snippets of conversations from passerby’s and fashioning a journal page from that.Violette-bohemian-bliss-1

  • I like to teach because: I love imparting what I know to others as well as my enthusiasm for art as a healing tool. I love to teach art journaling or inspire others to begin because it has helped me tremendously on my path to healing. It’s also brought much joy into my life which I am a fanatic about sharing since I’d like others to experience the same joy as I have.

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  • Who do you creatively relate with? I.E. Who does your work remind you of?: I’m not sure who my work reminds me of – it’s pretty different than any other work. My art journal pages are quite unique. Some of the techniques in the pages such as the backgrounds may be familiar to many art journalers however the people and sayings I use are quite different. Often my work has a narrative quality to it and outlines what I have experienced such as hearing loss, the desire to be unique and screw the rules, an upset about a certain person etc.

  • The best part of living a creative life is: Being able to work in my jammies and sleep in a little bit. I also like to set my own hours, go for a walk in the middle of the day and meet a friend for coffee or an occasional lunch. I like the fact that I can go outside in my backyard on a sunny day and draw or write there. The thought of having to clock in on a regular basis in a boring beige building would be a death knell for me. I like to create any time of day or night. I love living in a purple magic cottage where every room is painted in a riot of colours – it inspires me and informs my work. I enjoy taking a day off a week to babysit and visit my grandchildren. What a lucky girl am I! Violette dragonfly house

  • What is the worst part of living a creative life?: The money can be pretty challenging – making a decent living is challenging. Having to constantly market/network rather than spending time creating is also a challenge. Having to keep on top of the tech world – Social Media, blogging etc. is very challenging and crazy making. I have ADHD and when I have too many things going at once I tend to drop balls and get overwhelmed.

  • What advice would you like to share?: If the advice is for another artist just starting out I’d suggest they start a blog and begin posting images of their work and try and find a community online. If the person is more of a one on one kind of character I suggest posting notices on bulletin boards in the community, starting a meetup group or take out an ad in the local papers. They could always start an art journaling group like I have done in the local community café. This is a great way to meet other creatives and journal together. You’ll learn new techniques and develop new artsy friendships. If you want to sell your work you’ll need to develop an online presence so begin blogging. Technique wise? I’d say try a variety of different art forms and see what works for you. Take some live workshops, online classes and buy books and try different techniques. You’ll eventually find something which turns you on and lights you up! You’ll discover what gives you juice by trying a variety of things.

  • The best advice I have ever received is : I didn’t receive it directly but “Follow your Bliss” a saying from Joseph Campbell, Anthropologist, Mythologist, writer and lecturer has inspired me for over 25 years. It’s the best advice I have ever adopted/received..

  • ‘Being creative’ means : Being creative to me means using your creativity in all aspects of your life – how you dress, how you decorate your home, how you create art, write and show up in the world. It’s also about blogging and what you post on facebook – it’s the whole shebang!

  • Name your favorite book of all time?: Well I guess I have several favourite books – The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger, Inspiration Sandwich by Sark, Succulent Wild Woman by Sark, The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

  • What was your scariest creative adventure?: About 11 or 12 years ago I took my van and art and travelled throughout several States in the U.S. by myself trying to sell my art, show it to galleries etc. I met lots of lovely people, showed my art to folks, visited galleries, received advice from galleries. I had a couple of harrowing experiences but on the whole it was a pretty exciting adventure. One of the silliest things I did was land in Berkley California home of Celestial Arts publishing (they published Sark’s first books) and call up the company and exclaimed “I’m your next Sark!”. Well the silly thing is I didn’t have a book written or anything I simply had a few art pieces. Needless to say the secretary on the end of the line laughed at me! I eventually did get a book published – ‘Journal Bliss’ 8 years later but not by that company . Violette-bohemian-bliss-3b

  • The thing I love most about my life is : That I live my life out loud in a purple magic cottage, I’m surrounded by family, my boyfriend and supportive friends. I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world – B.C. Canada and am surrounded by forests and beaches!

  • What makes your heart swell with joy?: Witnessing acts of kindness and being in nature. Kayaking is one of my favourite activities that brings me great joy! And of course creating art brings me great joy!

  • Three words to describe my work are: Whimsical, inspirational and eccentric

  • What creative tool can you not live without (so-to-speak)? Micron pens

  • My favorite ‘pretend’ curse word is : I’m not sure this is a curse word or not but it’s “Oh Crap!” I say that quite a lot unfortunately .

Thanks so much for interviewing me Nicci!

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Just a HOP, SKIP & a JUMP from the fun little town of MAPLE RIDGE … is your next Creative Adventure & time away to just breathe!!

JOIN US this Fall at Loon Lake Lodge!2013-RETREAT-Poster-girl-WI

A short ten minute drive down the road and you are welcomed into the beauty of Western Canada. No igloos here! (lol)

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To be automatically entered into our draw all you have to do is register for the above mentioned retreat with guaranteed payment by June 21, 2013. How simple is that?  These registrations must be received by Creative Finds no later than midnight of June 21, 2013.

Of all the confirmed registered students for our Fall 2013 ‘Into the heART’ Loon Lake Art Retreat, the only people who are not eligible for this contest are the Workshop Instructors, previous winners from our first contest and other staff members. This prize is non-transferable and has no cash value.

GOOD LUCK !

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Want to INCREASE YOUR ODDS?

For every registration that comes in stating that you (noted by your first & last name) recommended our retreat to that student, you then get your name entered in the draw again. Sound Good? The more registrations you bring in the more chances you get!

The winner will be selected by a random number generator on Saturday June 29th, 2013.
Only one winner will be chosen.

GOOD LUCK!

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