New 2016 Plan!

Hello patient readers!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that you all had a great holiday!

As you have noticed I haven’t been posting all that much lately. I apologize. This past year went by insanely fast, with extra OT at work and a crazy schedule, sadly my art took a very back bumper seat to it all.

This year I plan to work on changing all that. I went out at the beginning of December and got myself a new pocket journal that I am planning on using everyday.

One of the pages that I have in this book so far is a full month calendar. I am going to use this to create at least one small image every day of the month. I am planning on doing this throughout the year and I’ll post them here as they get wrapped up. I got this idea off of the magical website that is Pinterest.

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And, as if my wonderful friends were reading my mind, I received the book below as a Christmas gift this year. It is full of art prompts with room to draw them. I’ll definitely be using this and my adult colouring books for some inspiration when I hit a road block. Hopefully I’ll get some good ideas in between the different art projects that I have planned and will be posting here as I go.

So we will see how it goes, hopefully I can get it together and get a bit more of a groove back in 2016!

Sunshine Award Nomination!

Hello lovely readers! Happy New Year to you all!

I have a couple of posts set up for you all to read but I pushed them back because I received an amazing comment early this year that I wanted to share. The lovely Kim over at Craft-Create-Connect has nominated my blog for A Sunshine Award. It is so great to hear that the readers are enjoying what they are seeing and that they care so much to let me know. This news brightened my day and gave me new motivation to continue to work and a create here on my blog for all of you wonderful people.


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So to follow Kim’s lead I will answer the 11 questions that she asked her nominees and then follow those answers with 11 facts about myself. Continue reading

A New Painting

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The Christmas season is upon us now and so everything is getting a little busy and hectic.I haven’t been able to work on a lot of personal projects lately because I am working on Christmas gifts and some projects I can’t show you all just yet. This sketch is a preliminary sketch for a painting that I want to finish in the new year. The inspiration for this sketch/painting came from Katy Perry’s “Roar”. I will make sure that I get the work in progress and final piece up here as soon as I get them finished.

Now back to sketching while I have a few minutes, hopefully I will have a bit more work up for you lovely readers to see before the end of the year.

Happy Holiday preparations!!!

The Apple Revolution

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I just finished this book and it was AMAZING! This storyline of the book follows Apple from the beginning, in the garage office, through until just after the death of Steve Jobs. The book follows the companies and projects that Steve Jobs had a hand in and the people that he worked with. It’s the personal opinions and Jobs’ unique approach that makes this book so fun to read.

There is an ongoing conflict between the users of different technology, be it Apple, Microsoft, Android… I have been given all the stats, “this and this about stock”, “bound to fail eventually”, “they can’t keep up this pace.” Maybe all of that is true, we all have to wait and see. My interest lies in the innovation of the products that were brought to the world by Apple. Before Silicon Valley saw a need for a personal computer, we didn’t know that we wanted one. Before the iPod we didn’t know that we wanted thousands of songs in our pocket. Before the iPad we didn’t know that we wanted a tablet computer in our bags at all times. Time and time again Apple had the challenge of selling us a product that didn’t exist, that the consumer didn’t know that they wanted, and that developed a whole new market of technology.

Luke Dormehl dives into this in this book. He describes the approach that everyone involved took to make sure that the vision came true. Even though everyone in Silicon Valley at the time was working towards new technology and products, Dormehl describes how Apple was doing it differently to make sure that they were the number one as often as possible.

The new movie “jOBS” follows this storyline fairly closely. Following Jobs from college through to the iPod, mostly in relation to Apple. After watching the movie and reading this book I felt inspired, inspired to create and move forward with my work. These types of stories are also a little discouraging. Jobs was a millionaire by the age of 25, awesome, what am I doing with my life??? Haha. It takes a unique individual to see the potential and make it all come to life. The whole Apple story is just unreal and completely inspiring. Each step taken by the members of Apple is mind blowing, they were doing something completely new, something that is extremely difficult to do today.

Anyway, I will let you read it for yourself. It is a lot of fun and reads like a novel. You aren’t bombarded with a bunch of charts and stats. You are reading first hand accounts of how Jobs and the rest of the team made all of this happen. The book could have done with some images to compare the different models of the Mac and initial concepts for logos and designs. Other than that it is really great, the book is currently lying in my “to re-read” pile. Enjoy!

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Araz Boghossian Photography and Design

1044822_637591926251827_1887014187_nA few months ago I wrote a post about a friend of mine and the photography work that he has done. Since then he has developed a Facebook page and started a new website and collective. Araz Boghossian Photography and Design consists of five artists, all developing a different aspect of the collective.

ABP&D was founded by Araz Boghossian, inspired to continue with his love for photography, his passion for the art comes through in his work. It really speaks for itself, all of the photos in this post are taken and edited by him personally. Services that are offered through ABP&D include portraits, events, industrial and commercial photography. They will do a variety of photos for their clients which include family photos, head shots, wedding photos, product photography and portfolios.

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Beyond photography ABP&D provides a variety of services. One of the services provided is graphic design. You can come to ABP&D for the design of your business cards, posters, logos, and flyers, they are even equipped to print them for you. They will also help you to go online with their web development and design services. All of these services in one location help to facilitate a one stop shop for an amazing final product.

Check out their site for yourself, the work here is beautiful. The portfolio link will show you the wide range of work that you can come to expect from ABP&D. If my friend Araz is any reflection of the members of the rest of the team, I know that you won’t be disappointed with your experience. Please leave any comments and feedback below, or contact the collective personally to let them know what you think.

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30 Days of Creation… finale

Yesterday was the last day in the 30 Days of Creation course put on at The Smashbook. This course was put on throughout the month of July and required everyone to create something everyday. As we went through the month we got deeper into ourselves and what we want now and in the future.

This course was great! Creating everyday was a bit of a challenge, especially in a summer month full of redecorating, travelling and visits. I was unfortunately unable to create every day of the challenge but I was able to think on the topics and build on them throughout the different weeks. Thinking through some of those prompts has given me more ideas and approaches to what I do in my sketchbook.

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Charissa is the greatest! She encourages her students throughout the whole process and is always available to help with any questions or ideas that you may have. Now that the course is done we have access to the content forever, so I am going to go back to the material regularly to keep the ideas flowing. Thanks so much to Charissa and everyone in the course, this was a great experience and a great jump start into getting to know my work and processes better.

I would highly recommend this course to anyone wanting to get into their journals, wanting to start their journals, get into a routine of working more or even getting to know themselves a little more. Head over to the course list at The Smashbook and sign up for the courses there. Charissa is putting on two courses in the fall… sign up now!!!

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While we are all getting ready for Big on Bloor this weekend I thought that I would take some time to post an update on the work I have been doing for the Smashbook course so far.

This course has been inspiring and difficult all at the same time. First of all, creating something everyday is a lot more difficult than you’d think, especially through the guidance of a group of people. It’s also the middle of summer and chaotic and HOT… so getting something down each day has been quite the challenge.

One of the warm-up prompts from the first week asked that we use one word across two pages and then run with it. Here’s what I came up with:

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I still want to work through it a little more, add some colour, more flourishes etc. This is one of my favourite words and it was a lot of fun to work through.

I am going to try and get some more of my work up soon, in the meantime plan to visit us in Toronto this weekend for Big on Bloor!!! We will be there running an art journaling workshop, it’s going to be a lot of fun and you won’t want to miss it. Find out more information here.

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Hello readers! I hope that you all have had a wonderfully patriotic week, whether you are from Canada or the States! PARTY!!! I would also like to take a second to thank everyone who stopped by for last week’s post, the feedback was unreal! In case you missed it check it out here. I would love to hear your feedback as well, are any of you trying this? Is it working for you? Let me know 🙂

In other news, this week I started participating in a course put on by Charissa over at The Smashbook. The course requires the “student” to create every single day for 30 days. I wanted to make sure that I took this course to give myself some sort of a routine and to get back to working in my sketchbook more frequently. So far it has been challenging but the exercises are good for getting ideas flowing.

I am not going to out all of Charissa’s hard work and secrets here on this blog but I am going to post some of the work that I have done as a result of this course. Charissa said that she had an amazing response to this course, so amazing in fact that she is running it again in the fall. So if you’re interested in getting a jump start back into your work take a look at the outline here.

Now, I am off to see my new creative guidance for the day! Have a good one!

A Renaissance Weekend

This week I thought that I would share what I did on the weekend. My Facebook friends are probably tired of hearing about it by now but it was so awesome that I wanted to share with you lovely readers too. I went to a Renaissance Festival this weekend, my first one, and it was amazing!!! There were fire artists, magicians, mud shows, comedians, and musicians. Most importantly, there was JOUSTING! I am a huge fan of knights and the sport of jousting so this was perfect for me.

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Now this wasn’t show jousting, tapping one another with a foam stick on a slow riding horse; this was full on, real life, splintered lance, unhorsing, metal on metal jousting. When I realized that the jousting portion of the event was being put on by the Knights of Valour that sold my ticket immediately. It was Shane Adams and the rest of the Knights of Valour who were a part of creating my favourite reality series ever, Full Metal Jousting. Check it out, it’s really the best! I got a chance to talk with Shane real quick at the festival, he seems like a really nice guy. Unfortunately, he didn’t know if FMJ is coming back for another season (*fingers crossed*).

Anyway, it was the jousting that brought me to the festival and it was completely worth it! There were warm ups, swords, broken lances, and even an unhorsing. IT WAS AWESOME!!! I’ll stop freaking out on you guys now.

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Even though I was there for the jousting the rest of the festival was great. I got a lot of great photos, visual references for one of the projects that I am working on, and some really great action shots (^ right?). Hopefully the festival will be back again next year so I can see some more!

I hope that you all had a great weekend! I’ll be back next week, hopefully with some of the journal pages I have been working on. Thanks for reading and enjoy your week!