Laly's art

Light & Shadow in the Studio

Light & Shadow in the Studio

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!

A Secret Garden

A Secret Garden

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.

Structure and Intuition...

Structure and Intuition...

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

Inner truth... a new painting

These days are days of transition.

Inner truth - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille
Inner truth - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille

Letting go of what needs to go.

Inner truth - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille
Inner truth - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille

Opening up the gates and letting new energy flow.

Days of introspection.

Inner truth - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille
Inner truth - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille

Turning inside and re-connecting to inner truth.

Inner truth - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille
Inner truth - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille

Dear Jane Austen

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.

Once upon a time, Mixed media painting on canvas, detail, © 2014 Laly Mille
Once upon a time, Mixed media painting on canvas, detail, © 2014 Laly Mille

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.

Once upon a time, Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille
Once upon a time, Mixed media painting on canvas © 2014 Laly Mille

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.

Once upon a time, Mixed media painting on canvas, detail, © 2014 Laly Mille
Once upon a time, Mixed media painting on canvas, detail, © 2014 Laly Mille

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!

jane process 2
jane process 2

See you very very soon! (fingers crossed...)

Life Book pages

Life Book 2014 : my January pages and more

P4 LB 2014 detail W

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!!

green smoothie
green smoothie

"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!

The Wishing Tree

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.

The Wishing Tree, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

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.

The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

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..."

The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

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.

The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, detail, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

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!

The Wishing Tree, evolution from Bloom True, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
The Wishing Tree, evolution from Bloom True, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

Earth 1 & 2 : a plaster diptych

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.

Thank you.

Earth #1, mixed media painting on plaster © 2012 Laly Mille

Earth #1, mixed media painting on plaster © 2012 Laly Mille

Original paintings available HERE.

Earth #2, mixed media painting on plaster © 2012 Laly Mille

Earth #2, mixed media painting on plaster © 2012 Laly Mille

A mermaid's heart

A mermaid's heart

A Mermaid's heart by Laly Mille

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".

Fragile 2

Fragile 2

Fragile 2 - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2012  Laly Mille
Fragile 2 - Mixed media painting on canvas © 2012 Laly Mille

Fragility and strength of the little things, of life worth protecting, of dreams worth daring...