Inspired by…my very own tree motif

I have spent the day updating my little site here. I have been playing around with a new theme and trying to customize it. There have been some moments of joy,some moments of frustration and definitely a moment of panic as I accidentally pushed the Publish button while playing around. I frantically undid this and that and managed to delete my post however not before it circulated through facebook and twitter. I apologize to any who were notified and dropped by- I am sure it was good for a laugh! I received a couple of “likes’ so I am guessing that someone out there had a nice little chuckle.

Unfortunately, it has scared me off of my quest to design my own website.I am a DIY’er by heart, but I am one step closer to hiring someone in this situation. I am finding it to be a two steps forward-one step back kind of process.

julie hamilton, surface pattern design, artistically afflictedSo onward with Art Everyday Month. When I was last here Friday I was playing around with the theme trees. I have stuck with it and am slowly creating some tree and leaf motifs which will hopefully be part of a bigger collection one day.

julie hamilton, surface pattern design, artistically afflicted

julie hamilton, surface pattern design, artistically afflicted

It’s interesting to note what inspires you when you let your imagination run rampant. I have only covered my inspiration for some leaves,branches and a few trunks here, but one cannot forget the layers of soil, the seedling, the beautiful texture and line of bark, the girth as it grows and the perspective it offers. Think about the forest as a whole.Think of all that is involved from the moss clinging to the side or mushrooms sprouting by its base. Think of all that lives within the forest.

Of course the only song I have in my head right now is “if you go out in the woods today, you will be in for a big surprise..”
surface pattern design, julie hamilton
julie hamilton, surface pattern design, artistically afflicted

Needless to say I now have my work cut out for me, thankfully with no shortage of inspiring thoughts.

julie hamilton, surface pattern design, artistically afflicted

It’s Art Everyday month ~ Hop on over to Leah’s blog for more info on Art Everyday.

See you in a few days!

Inspired by…creative momentum

Doing double duty here – Illustration Friday and Art Everyday Month. I am feeling very productive. Also blogging, making dinner and listening to an interview with Monica Lee and Smart Creative Women

I need a cape ~ preferably with a beautiful pattern, thank you!

The theme for this weeks Illustration Friday challenge ~trees. How about abstract…with a little snow?

photography, digital art

I am not sure what category this fits into, but I guess it is a combination photography/ digital  art. It is something I have been playing with while learning photoshop. I would love to be able to incorporate more of my photography into surface pattern design. Will keep you posted on how this works for me.So far, it’s been a wee bit slow.I have discovered that the digital art world requires time, patience and lots of hands on exploring.

These are the original photos taken.

photography, artistically afflicted, julie hamilton
photography, artistically afflicted, julie hamilton

It’s half time through Art Everyday month. It has felt really good to take time out everyday to play, experiment and rediscover the fun of following a whim. I have to admit,I receive great joy out of happy mistakes.

Thanks also to Art Everyday for encouraging me to get back into my blogging routine.I have  reconnected with many artists I have met throughout this journey of mine and it has been nice to visit again (and comment). Thank you for all of your comments!

I encourage anyone who is wanting to be creative, but apprehensive about putting it all out there to just do it! We are a very nice and supportive community. I guarantee you will connect with other like minded souls and learn a bunch along the way. I think I need to post a little list of all the weekly groups/ challenges that one can be a part of. Look out for it next week!

See you again in a few days. At the rate I am going, it may even be tomorrow.

Inspired by…the art and business of surface pattern design

Six months,one camera, 500 sheets of A4 white paper, dozens of black sharpies,a few strands of gray hair compliments of Adobe Illustrator and countless hours of pure enjoyment = The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design

I am happy to announce I am a proud graduate of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. Yippee!
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When I first heard of this course I knew that it would be the right fit for me. I love to take photos, I love to draw, I love to paint and I am very intrigued by the Adobe digital world.

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It is hard to put into words exactly what I have been doing for the past 6 months. I have covered everything from finding inspiration through the lens of my camera, sketching, stamping and sewing,finding my signature style, creating “my brand” and even working on website development to showcase my work. I have progressed from  simple drawings on paper to creating full out digital goodness on Photoshop and Illustrator. I can now make patterns, technical repeats and mock up my designs to products. I have a logo. I may even have a website, but that is a definitely a work in progress. All of this a result of 6 months spent with the lovely Rachael Taylor.

surface pattern design, julie hamilton

A big bow and curtsy go to Beth Nicholls and Rachael Taylor. They have developed an exceptional online course devoted entirely to Surface Pattern Design.

When asked to describe it, many words come to mind – inspirational,empowering,very educational. Full time also comes to mind! The amount of informative and worthwhile information provided was staggering. I was not only given information, but it was followed up with resources on where to find more information.As I like to say..

All bases were covered

The flow of work from lesson to lesson was well prepared and easy to follow. We were provided with daily creative exercises to spark our imagination and we were given loads of resources.Rachael is passionate about her work and ready to share her knowledge of the industry.

I  will admit I was definitely overwhelmed at times and deflated at others. I am so thankful for the community of people put together by this course. Everyone was so generous, supportive and willing to share.As I prepare to go out into the big world of surface pattern I feel very confident having these people by my side!

This is the  second online course I have taken developed by Beth Nicholls and her team at Do What You Love. Pop on over to her website and have a look around. I love her story! I am still amazed at all I have been exposed to here in my beautiful little world high up in the mountains. Thank you Beth for making it all so accessible!

surface pattern design, julie hamilton

The next course starts November 12th, 2012.If you are thinking about it, but not entirely sure at least invest in Module One – Designing Your Way. It is a fantastic introduction geared towards finding inspiration and applying it to your creative world. It would benefit anyone with an interest in creating. It also gives you a gentle introduction to the digital world. See what you think. You wont be disappointed!

All information can be found on their website here.

If you have any questions about the course please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Happy Monday!