Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Journey Within Bloghop, Art Challenge & Giveaway

Welcome Bloghoppers!

I am so thrilled to be a core teacher in The Journey Within: A Year of Handmade Art Journals with bookmaker Kiala Givehand and 16 other artists.

This e-course is perfect for artists and non-artist alike. All you need is a longing in your heart to play, to get creative, to discover yourself, and learn something fresh. You will be inspired by the warm and supportive community of fellow seekers, dreamers, and makers.

Each month, you will learn how to make a handmade art journal and get techniques, tips, and prompts for filling the pages with creative magic!



To kick off this amazing course, Kiala has created a journal for December and asked each guest artist to give her a challenge to complete during the month. Here is what I asked her to do:

I love to use serendipity and intuition when making art so I closed my eyes, tuned in, and picked a card from my Spirit Cats Inspirational Card Deck just for you. You got the "Warrior" card.


Use this card to catalyse some inner exploration and see what art comes forth from this place.

I also challenge you to use a color pallette that you don't normally use. It is so interesting to step outside our habits and stretch our color wings.

Check out what Kiala made in response to my challenge HERE
I invite you to take a moment for some creative play and try this challenge yourself. 
If you do, please leave a link in the comments with your beautiful interpretation.

Even better yet, join us for The Journey Within 2016.

It's the season for generosity and magic so I just couldn't resist the fun of a giveaway.

Step right up and try your luck.

First Prize: The Journey Within E-course for the entire year!
Second Prize: The Journey Within Ecourse for January, February, and March


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Here is the blog hop list -- make sure you check out each artist.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Join me for a year of Self-Discovery and Creativity


Exciting news!!! I am so happy to be teaching as a Core Artist in The Journey Within - a year of handmade art journals. I will be teaching lessons in February, June, September, and December.

Awaken your CREATIVITY. 
CONNECT with other Makers and Dreamers.
DISCOVER YOURSELF. 

You can expect many tutorials, inspiring guest artists, prompts, creative challenges, and tons of support and community. 

You can sign up for the whole year or just 3 months.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Spirit Cats Inspirational Card Deck in the works

This month I have been immersed in all the aspects of bringing my Spirit Cats deck into the world from painting to writing card meanings to researching manufacturing options and costs to learning about kickstarter and beginning to fret over the need to make a ...... ahhhh!!!!! marketing plan!!!!

I love the writing and painting but the other stuff is a bit more challenging for me especially developing a strategy to get the word out. Somehow it just makes my mind spin and my anxiety levels rise. Deep breaths and keep moving forward. The 3 energies that came through in my kitty paintings this month are exactly what I need to help me with this project: Courage, Vision, and Gratitude.

COURAGE


VISION

GRATITUDE




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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Art Every Day Month: Creative Flow

This month, I am participating in Art Every Day Month ( #AEDM2015 #AEDM ).

Follow my progress on instagram, facebook, tumblr, or twitter.

After traveling for almost 5 months, it is time to immerse myself in the creative flow again.  This can be scary at first but the more you do it, the less you notice the fears and creativity just become part of your life enriching each and every day.

Here are a few sketches and paintings from this week.


Last night, I needed some free-form, no-plan intuitive painting , so I lit a candle and just let paint bleed onto the paper swirling together in the water. I had no idea what it would be and for a long time it didn’t look like anything but colors. For a moment there was a girl wandering through the meadow but she transformed into the tree on the right. The last bit to pop up was the little bunny to be the peaceful observer.



This is a Fennec Fox. I'm so delighted that such creatures exist in this strange world. I am excited to draw and paint other cute and unusual spirits like the red panda and the dik dik.

I made this quick sketch late Sunday night after  an amazing Halloween camp-out forest trance party and have been dancing away the last 24 hours in the trees, under the moon, and alongside the colorful wildlife human and otherwise that joined in the strange and wondrous celebrations. This sketch was how I felt in the moment… Adrift in the magical sleepy afterglow.






Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Zarillo And Moonfire: Mischief-Maker and Peaceful Protectress

Meet my friendly monsters who are part of the Supahcute Kaiju 2 Show: Cuter, Better, Fatter, Stronger at Leanna Lin's Wonderland. The show runs through April 26, 2015 and is filled with cute mayhem.

This is Zarillo. She is pure, playful mischief. She likes to play hide and seek in the forest. She knows how to swirl you about, happily tricking you into forget your responsibilities and getting deliciously lost in the wood. She will snuggle you with softness and love you into surrender. 



"Zarillo" by Nicole Piar
Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper
10.5in x 12in (framed)
$200 (framed) 
Purchase HERE

This is Moonfire. She is the peaceful protectress. She defends all that is good in us. She holds our dreams in her heart. Her fire, as pure and fresh as the sunrise, keeps those dreams safe and gives them space to grow.
"Moonfire" by Nicole Piar
Watercolor on Arches watercolor paper
10.5in x 12in (framed)
$200 (framed) 



Monday, March 2, 2015

Lovely Ink Interview with Rachael Taylor


Rachael Taylor, the well-known UK surface designer, is bringing her fun,quirky and vibrant style to our March Lovely Ink. Let her sprinkle her spontaneous and playful spirit into your days, reminding you to dream with a light heart and a smile.  

If you want to receive a free 8x10" printable and desktop wallpaper of this print as well as an archive of 11 other inspirational artworks, sign-up  by March 20, 2015 for Lovely Ink here. This is your last chance to get this amazing free collection of art. 

In this interview with Rachael Taylor, she reveals the intricacies of her creative process and shares her inspirations. Enjoy!


Take us through your creative process of making your piece for Lovely Ink?
I always start my design process by playing some of my favourite music. Then I dig out a collection of pens, inks and tools for mark making and drawing. I create 95% of my artwork by hand, then I scan it in and work it up in either Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. For the Lovely Ink piece I simply created what came in to my mind at that moment. I wanted to incorporate pattern, textures and layering and team it with a striking colour palette and a motivational quote. Choosing colour palettes for my work is my favourite part of the creative process!



What drew you to the inspirational saying you used in your Lovely Ink piece?
I’m a big fan of inspiring words and quotations and surround myself with them on a daily basis. I created the piece as I felt like I needed to hear and share the words myself at that precise moment in time. Where possible, I try to always work organically that way my work doesn’t feel too contrived.



Was there a moment in your life when you first fell in love with making things? 
I’ve always been a creative person, whether that was through dance, drama or art. After I graduated university I began to incorporate a looser and quirkier style within my designs. I would say that was when I really fell in love with drawing and began to gain confidence as an artist.


Where in your life do you find the most inspiration for your art?
I tend to soak up inspiration around me and this seems to spontaneously translate into my drawings. I draw my designs in a quite traditional hand drawn process, as this feels more personal and less contrived. I then work my designs up digitally using a Wacom graphics tablet. I love colour and tend to use brights in my designs. 


What would be your absolute dream project - no limitations?
This year I am working hard towards building a brand new portfolio to appeal to the children’s market, I have been inspired to create cute characters since having my little baby boy, Blayke Lennon! A range with Mama’s and Papa’s would be an absolute dream!



Who are some of your favourite artists, illustrators or surface designers?
I absolutely adore work by Louise Tiler, Libby McMullin, Helen Dardik, Ella Doran and many more. I’m particularly inspired by spontaneous design and I’ve always really admired the work of artist Jackson Pollock, I love the energy his work brings. I’ve also always been a fan of Alexander McQueen as I admire the risks he took with his work. I also love art and design from the 1950’s and 1960’s.



What are your favorite design or art blogs that you would like to share with your fans?





Saturday, February 28, 2015

My Feather Story

Come along with me on a little journey. Get cosy and quiet and listen in. Your heart has something to tell you.

One day tucked under our door, came this mysterious envelope.


In the library I was quietly perusing old books when.....




Early the next morning, I went to water my plant friends, and found these peculiar surprises peeking out among the leaves.



And the sky was a flutter....


The feathers were beckoning to me... leading me in...


Gentle friends appear at just the right moment to lead the way....



In a dark and quiet grove, they appeared to me and I was enveloped in their warm, sweet glow...


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