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SAVE YOUR SPACE!

Workshops:

Friday May 23, 2014

Saturday May 24, 2014

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All SKILL levels welcome!

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Art Retreat EVENTS  PACKAGE price of just $510.00 pp CDN includes (approx. $465 USD):

  • SWAG bag filled with creative goodies to swoon over!
  • Welcome night reception (hors d’oeuvres)… where the  TRADES happen!
  • Two 6 hour classes with sought after Artists! (one class on Friday & one class on Saturday)
  • Strolls on the sandy BEACH (a great free time option)
  • Use of the Natural Hot Spring Pools (when staying on site)!
  • Handmade VENDOR Market (open to the public) Friday Night!
  • SHOW & TELL Saturday Night!
  • NIGHTLY fun & artistic creative gatherings to create, journal & giggle with kindred spirits.

Doing what you love!

Sometimes it takes courage to do what you love. Maybe we are afraid that we will not be good enough or just frustrate ourselves and not enjoy the process. These are battles that we unfortunately place on ourselves and only we can take these barriers down and throw them away.

When we say to ourselves that enough is enough and take that step forward, it may begin with trepidation and fear, but then end up with joy, freedom and the curiosity as to why we did not do this earlier in its place.

What would you love to do?:

  • take a few days away… just for you (and maybe a friend or two)
  • learn how to create with en-caustic wax
  • make your dream doll a reality using funky steampunk fashions and findings
  • use assemblage to create your very own creepy misfit toy
  • play with concrete in a whole new way
  • sew your own uniquely stylish crafting/cooking apron
  • learn the vastly growing trend of art journaling
  • sculpt a gorgeous silhouette dressed for dancing in a flowering field
  • create a warm and loved filled painted scroll to decorate your home
  • play with the ever popular ice resin and design your own necklace pendant
  • embellish your heart with all the love you can muster
  • create a 3D mixed media enigma
  • remake your favorite little bottle into something completely demented and vial
  • adorn your journal cover to reflect the ‘eye of the beholder’. (Mine would be a girl looking back at me… of course…lol. Have you seen my art? It’s all girls!)
  • give a face to your inner critic and empty your fears into her

Sometimes along our personal journey we get creatively stuck and need a jump start to recharge our batteries or just need to step aside from our normal everyday lives. Have time to breathe, laugh, make friends and take a leap of faith in ourselves.

All SKILL levels welcome!

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NOTE:  REGISTRATION closes January 25th, 2014

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The importance of PLAY

PLAY = less gadget activity and more real life interaction. PLAY is a huge part of truly living your life. PLAY brings laughter, joy, friendship and freedom of the soul. PLAY gives you permission to enjoy the moment, relish in the now. PLAY is what we all need to further enjoy our journey. For it is the journey and not the destination itself is what matters most.

Give yourself permission to PLAY!

We welcome you to come wiggle your toes in our sandbox!

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Shhhhh… this is for your eyes only….

We would love to laugh and create with you

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Meet the lovely Joyelle….

 Workshop: Monster In Me (Saturday May 24, 2014)

Joyelle Brandt ~ Artist/Instructor

 I love to teach because:  I feel that art should be a conversation, a relationship. And teaching is part of that conversation for me.

Attending an Art Retreat is like: Meeting the best friends you never knew you had, and having a party together that lasts several days!

When I attended my first Art Retreat, I :  Felt like I had just joined the most amazing tribe of creative soul sisters.

Who do you creatively relate with?  I could list a ton of artists here, but I’ll just choose one. My friend Kathleen Tennant makes beautiful mixed media paintings. I love what she makes, and love even more the spirit she puts into her life. She is just an awesome human!

The best part of living a creative life is:  You get to make it whatever you want it to be. You get to be a little crazy, and everyone is ok with that, because artists are supposed to be crazy

What is the worst part of living a creative life?  Sometimes it’s hard to find other creative people like you. That is why art retreats are so great!

What advice would you like to share?  Find a way to do something that makes you happy every day. This sounds simple, but often it is not.

The best advice I have ever received is :  Breathe into the pain.

Photo credit: Robert Brandt.

Photo credit: Robert Brandt.

‘Being creative’ means :  I think painter Flora Bowley said it best: “…human aliveness is inseparable from creativity. We are all artists already… each and every one of us.” I strongly believe that living artfully doesn’t just apply to creating art, but also to creating the life we want to live. Living mindfully, according to our own values, that’s creativity too.

Which Artist inspires you the most & why?  Kelly Rae Roberts. Her commitment to living authentically shines through everything that she creates. I love her willingness to be open and vulnerable, her ongoing personal development and community building. She represents artful living to me.

What are your favorite tools, instruments, materials to use and why?  My fingers! I love painting with my hands. Just getting in there and working intuitively is when I feel the most flow in my painting.

What would you love to try next, creatively?  Painting really BIG abstract paintings! I saw Pierre Coupey‘s exhibit at the Evergreen Cultural Centre and I just love the energy of his large scale works. Sadly I do not have the space to do this currently, so this dream will have to wait for now.

Where do you find your muse/inspiration? Quotes, music, my kids, nature, my struggles. Everything is fodder for art to me.

Do you sell your work? If so, where can your fans seek you out? Yep! I have an Etsy store and a Society Six shop. You can find links to both at www.joyellebrandt.com

Name one of your favorite food, song, poem, book and/or movie of all time?

  • Food: chocolate
  • Song: Steamroller Blues, James Taylor
  • Poem: anything by Brian Andreas
  • Book: Onion Girl by Charles DeLint
  • Movie: Clerks

    Saturday WORKSHOP: Monster in Me

    Saturday WORKSHOP: Monster in Me

What was your scariest creative adventure?  Sending my art to Somerset Studio magazine.

The thing I love most about my life is :  The people in it. I have been married for 16 years to a wonderful man. We have two little boys who I love more than anything. And I have a circle of family and friends who love and support me unconditionally. I am so grateful to be in this place in my life, surrounded by loving, accepting peeps.

What makes your heart swell with joy?  Hearing my boys laugh.

Three words to describe my work are:  Odd, cute, ugly.

What creative tool can you not live without (so-to-speak)?  Gel medium for layering and adding texture!

My favorite ‘pretend’ curse word is : I prefer the real ones. Which means I have had several conversations with my six year old about which words are “grown up” words and which are not.

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It is TIME!

REGISTRATION is NOW OPEN!
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WORKSHOPS available for all skill levels

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FIRST Spring 2014 workshop is unveiled!!!

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WORKSHOP “Monster in Me” by Joyelle Brandt

(Saturday May 24, 2014 ~ Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada)

Create your own monster self-portrait in this heart-opening creative experience. We will start out with some journaling exercises designed to bring your darkness into the light. This is all about opening up and shedding gentle light on those places inside ourselves that we have a hard time accepting. We will then play with sketching out some monster alter-egos to find our ugly/pretty selves. Then comes time to play with layers of depth and meaning to create our painting’s grounding. And finally, we merge our monster selves with our painted backgrounds to embrace our whole selves.

BIO:

I am an avid student of artful living, with a penchant for feather earrings, iced coffee and dark chocolate. I believe our lives are the ultimate works of art, and I try to live each day beautifully. I make pretty things and ugly things and strange things. What I know is that I need to create every day to be happy. I believe in the power of love, kindness, and gratitude to transform our lives. I believe that through art we connect with our divine selves and transform our deepest wounds into our greatest gifts to the world. (Joyelle’s website link)

Supply list:

-stabilo pencil, black

-your favourite colours of acrylic paint plus white and black (5-10 colours)

-paint pen in black or brown

-larger paintbrush for backgrounds, smaller for detail work

-your favourite stamps or stencils

-collage papers, ephemera

Instructor will provide gessoed MDF board to work on, plus a variety of other art supplies to play with. $5 kit fee (payable to Instructor during class).

 Student registration BEGINS Sept 21, 2013

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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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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