Maybe that's because the solstice is approaching, but I'm more than ever fascinated by the play of Light and Shadow these days. And texture. And color... So here's a peek at what I'm up to lately: new, big abstract paintings, a solo show, encaustic wax and Layers of Light… Read on!
Do you sometimes feel like there is magic in the air? Like anything you can dream of is actually possible? Do you sometimes feel so inspired by the inexplicable beauty of Nature that your heart can hardly contain it all?Come discover my biggest painting to date and join me for a few moments of magic and inspiration in the Secret Garden.
Oh how good it feels to be painting big again! This new work, titled "Imagine", has been such a beautiful, joyful, relaxing journey... In fact I've enjoyed it so much that I have started a whole new grid-based series. And so today I want to talk a little bit about the creative process, and the sweet dance between intuition and... structure!
Inner truth... a new painting
These days are days of transition.
Letting go of what needs to go.
Opening up the gates and letting new energy flow.
Days of introspection.
Turning inside and re-connecting to inner truth.
Dear Jane... A new Austen-inspired painting
Hi there friends! Oooh how I've missed this blog! I can't believe it's been so long. I've been up to my curly head in exams for this training program I'm doing. I still have an oral exam tomorrow, but after that, I really really hope to reconnect with... well, me. My inner artist, my creative journey, my paintbrushes and this whole community I am missing so much.
But I've still managed to finish a new painting over the past month (special thanks to Prince Charming for keeping the kids busy a whole week-end... LOVE). And it's another Jane Austen-inspired lady... Actually, this time it's inspired by Jane herself.
I've spent hours, days and nights writing a big essay this month, and only just realized the similarity with the girl in the painting (although writing a novel would probably have been a lot more fun!). It's funny to find that, in a way, my inner artist has been accompanying me all along, on the canvas, at a time when I almost entirely put her aside.
There's so much I want to catch up on and tell you about. First, I have several beautiful (and long over-due) "Once upon a time" artist guest posts to share with you. I have missed many Life Book lessons but have finally started to dive into Kelly Rae Roberts' "Hello Soul, Hello Mixed Media Mantras" e-course: pure delight. More on that later...
But for now, a little behind the scenes peek: those of you who are following my facebook art page have seen the painting's progress from start to finish, and here it is again, enjoy!
See you very very soon! (fingers crossed...)
Life Book 2014 : my January pages and more
Friends, I've told you that I'm doing Life Book for the first time this year (yay! thank you Santa ♥). And I've also told you that my blogging time is going to be very limited this year (and why it's all OK!). So, after some pondering (and a hot bath), I've decided to give you a simple, monthly update in pictures. How does that sound?... So without further ado, here is my Life Book January!
"Inner Artist Guardian" with Tamara Laporte
(with my word of the year: TRUST)
"A Happy Affirmation" with Micki Wilde
(in 2014 I want more energy!)
... and to this end I tried my first green smoothie: yum!!
"Creativity & Play" with Carla Sonheim
(I haven't finished all the exercises yet but loved the found poetry!)
"Be True to You" with Kelly Hoernig
(journaling about 3 things I love: Travels (and especially England), cherries and spring!)
Voilà! We'll see what next month brings!
Wishing tree... another painting from the Bloom True class
Hi friends! I'm adjusting to this new life now that I'm a "student" again. I'm going to school one week a month and the rest of the time I'm an intern at a local culture and youth center. Fortunately, my schedule allows me to have some mornings off so I can keep painting, yay! Of course I have less time for social networking and blogging. I have decided to stop updating my Google+ page for now, and even my facebook page might get lost in limbo from time to time, but I'm still here and more than ever appreciate your comments and support.
It is a time for new projects, new dreams, new wishes, sending positive intentions into the Universe for this new life, this creative life that is slowly taking shape.
These past few weeks, dreams have grown onto the canvas, hopeful thoughts have revealed themselves in every color of the rainbow, layer after layer. And the tree that had started to emerge on this quiet riverside, has been whispering in the wind: "Make a wish..."
This is my second canvas started in Flora Bowley's Bloom True e-course. At the end of the post you'll find a summary of the different stages it has been through: the first layers, done in Flora's class following her techniques, have given the painting it's direction. Then, once the tree had revealed itself, I let it bloom in my own style.
Now, I'm closing my eyes and blowing wishes into its branches, of abundance, health and love for each and every one of you...
And you, what are you wishing for? Let us know in the comments!
Earth 1 & 2 : a plaster diptych
Mother Earth, holding me in your womb
You keep me grounded in your strength
You allow me to grow my roots
So I can safely reach for the stars.
Original paintings available HERE.
Up up and away
Up up and away © 2012 Laly Mille 80 x 80 cm - 31,5" x 31,5" Mixed media painting on canvas
Growing infinity © 2011 Laly Mille 19 x 39 cm - 7,5" x 15,4" Mixed media painting on wood
Play for me
Play for me © 2011 Laly Mille 70 x 70 cm - 27,5" x 27,5" Mixed media painting on canvas
A mermaid's heart
A mermaid's heart © 2010 Laly Mille 54 x 65 cm - 21,3" x 25,6" Mixed media painting on canvas
A richly textured painting full of little "clues" that tell the story of a "little mermaid" who dared to risk her heart. Love can wash over us, drown us, but also reveal us to ourselves... With a quote from Tori Amos's song "Silent all these years".
Unexpected © 2011 Laly Mille 38 x 46 cm - 15" x 18" Mixed media painting on canvas
Fall: mixed media painting
Inspired by the colors of autumn...
Elizabeth, mixed media painting
My very first large painting!
Fragile, handle with care...