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Cover girl!

For real!...

... my very own, in-the-flesh/paper copy of Somerset Studio!!! with my art on the cover and a (pinch me)... 5 page feature! Total dream come true.

Somerset Studio July 2014 with Laly Mille
Somerset Studio July 2014 with Laly Mille

For the past 2 weeks, it all felt a bit unreal, until I could finally hold it in my hands tonight...

I'm only starting to realize what this truly means to me, deep down. What it means to this little girl inside, my "inner artist", after years of being "locked up", and then, four years ago, finally mustering the courage to pick up a brush, buy her first canvas, go for it and never look back.

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somerset2

This is about following our dreams, trusting our inner voice and opening ourselves up to JOY. This is about my kids (even if right now they couldn't care less!). It's about showing them the way, so that one day, when they start to hear the whispers of their own hearts, they'll know better than to cover them with noise, and, hopefully, they'll allow themselves to listen, and trust, and follow their own paths.

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somerset3

For that matter, this is about all my loved ones. And about all of YOU, out there, somewhere, you whom I've never met and maybe never will, but who, somehow, are walking beside me for a little while.

Believe in your dream, believe in yourself. Trust your very own, unique journey. Sometimes there are unexpected turns in the road, sometimes we take a detour and feel like we're running backwards, sometimes we stand at crossroads and take a wrong turn. That doesn't mean we should give up on our dream, only maybe we need to reassess the way to reach it. Trust your inner guide, your inner voice, that little joyful, playful, magical child. And take the next step...

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somerset4

Dream come true!!!!!

Dream come true!!!!!

OMG!!!!.... I was just checking to see when the July/August issue of Somerset Studio would be out.... You guys! My art is on the cover!! Somebody pinch me!! It's a complete dream come true!!!

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http://stampington.com/somerset-studio/Somerset-Studio-July-Aug-2014

I feel SO SO SO grateful right now... (a huge, from the heart THANK YOU to Christen Hammons/Olivarez and the Stampington team!!) I knew my paintings had been selected for their Jane Austen theme, but WOW!!! What a huge, amazing surprise!!! I can't wait to receive my copy and tell you more about it all, I'm just completely overwhelmed with pure JOY right now and had to share it with you!!

And I've got a major exam tomorrow morning... How on earth am I ever going to sleep?!!!

Happy dance with me people!!

And keep believing in your dreams!!!!!

Big news + we have a winner!

Big news + we have a winner!

Thank you so so much everyone for coming up with so many awesome names for last week's painting (my first completed canvas from Flora Bowley's Bloom True course)!! And above all thank you for all the energy, the enthusiasm and the warmth of your comments here and on facebook, you guys rock! But before I tell you the title I have chosen among your many inspired suggestions, I've got news...

...I'm going back to school!

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Art boots

Last week I just started a 16 months program to train as a professional cultural activities leader (I'm not sure if that's the right way to put it in English, it's a typically French degree) Basically it's at crossroads between art workshops facilitator and community service, something like that. So, one week per month I'll be going to class, and the other weeks I'll be working (and learning!) at a youth and cultural center near where I live. It's going to be a big change in our family's daily lives, and in my creative life as well. My priority, in my spare time, will be to focus on my art, but I'll keep posting here as often as I can. And I'll definitely be blogging about this new project! + for more frequent updates on my journey, you'll find me, as always, on my facebook page (and by the way, you don't have to have a facebook account to view it). I look forward to sharing this new adventure with you!

Firelight, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
Firelight, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

So now, the title! First, here are all your wonderful suggestions that I've collected, I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have and, who knows, you might feel inspired to borrow a title for one of YOUR paintings! I do have a few favorites that I'll surely be using in the future...

Dream Bubbles... Dream Visions... Creative Dreams... Celebration... Release... Uplifting...

Tangerine lotus dreams... Celebrate... Heart Song... Revelation... The Magic Hour...

Festive Baubles... Festive Balloons... Creative Visions... Coloured Dreams... Dreaming in Colour...

Christmas Lights... Montgolfières... Open your eyes and Look to the Heavens...

Open your eyes and see with your heart... Open your eyes to the colors of your life...

Sending balls of Light into the world... Rebirth... Love rising... Floating in the light...

Pink garden & light... Come Into the Light... Ascending Light... Wonders of Light...

Illumination... Autumn Light... Winter Light... Floating on Air... Soul on fire... and...

Firelight

Firelight, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
Firelight, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

Thank you Dawn Rae for this beautiful title! It has infused the painting with a new energy and has inspired me to make a few changes, adding even more movement and light to it! *** GRATEFUL*** (I'll be sending you your print, as promised, as soon as it stops raining and I can get a better quality picture outside...)

Talking of giving thanks, stay tuned for a new "blog circle" post on Gratitude next Thursday! And I also have 2 new "Once upon a time" guest posts almost ready. I can't wait to introduce you to these 2 wonderful women and artists very soon!

Light your soul on fire today!

Firelight, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille
Firelight, mixed media painting on canvas © 2013 Laly Mille

I got mail!...

I got mail!...

Guess what's inside?...

That's right! It's here!

The first "Incite" mixed media book by North Light Books and editor Tonia Jenny...

... and I'm in it! Wow, this is such an honor to see my art featured in this absolutely gorgeous book. There is so much incredible art in it, so much inspiration. I can't wait to check out the blogs and websites of all the featured artists and find out more!

This is my page, yay!! The featured painting is called "Touch the dream" and you can read its story HERE!

If you would like to purchase the book and help me realize my creative dreams at the same time, please use the amazon.com affiliate link by clicking on the image below (this way I'll get some gifts certificate to buy more paint!) Thank you!!!

Incite, Dreams Realized: The Best of Mixed Media

Art show!

Art show!

Hi there! Just to let you know that 2 of my roses paintings (which you can check out HERE and HERE) are currently exhibited at the "Salon Artistique de Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine", which is open until Oct.6th. If you're around, come see them for real! I've been tho the show's opening last Saturday and it is so beautiful, with lots of truly amazing art.

Entrance is free and the show is open 3pm - 6pm every day. Sundays and Fridays 10am-12pm / 2:30pm-6:30pm

Address: Place du Maréchal Leclerc, 37800 Sainte-Maure-de-Touraine (France)

Web page: http://www.sainte-maure-de-touraine.fr/editorial/18/salon-de-peinture-et-sculpture.html

And tomorrow I'll have the great pleasure of sharing with you a new "Once upon a time..." post! Guest artist Sara Naumann shares a beautiful mixed media piece and a story of Serendipity...

See you tomorrow!

Dream come true!

Dream come true!

OMG! Pinch me!...

It's here!!! My first ever magazine publication! Yay!!!!

And in one of my absolute favorite mixed media magazines too: this month's Cloth, Paper, Scissors, which is packed with amazing art and articles to feed your creativity!

The article is about one of my "winged keys" called Hypothesis. To find out more about this piece and the other winged keys in the series, click on the following pictures and then on the "Read more" links. 

A huge thank you to the CPS team and in particular to editor Jenn Mason, who's been so wonderfully encouraging when I first sent her my portfolio back in January!

The magazine is available for purchase HERE and if you're outside the US and don't have access to the "real" paper magazine, you can always grab the digital version!

I hope you enjoy the article and would love to know what you think, so please leave a comment! If you have some assemblage pieces that you would like to share, or pieces that include a key, or artwork that is part of a series, tell us and share your links too!

Have a lovely fluttery day...

Bye bye Lalyblue...

Bye bye Lalyblue...

... don't worry, I'm not going anywhere! But as some of you might have noticed, "Lalyblue" is softly taking her leave.

Actually, you are no longer on www.lalyblue.com but on www.lalymille.com, and you can now write with the contact form. The same goes with my Facebook page.

But like most things techy, all these little changes (+ more soon-to-be-released changes to  the blog) have taken a gigantic portion of my time lately. I'm sleep-deprived, the kids are mom-deprived and prince charming is showing heroic patience and support: he even took his day off today to take care of little sore-throat-princess so I could catch up on some painting and write to you!

So, why bother you may ask? Well, the thing that started it all is that I recently found out about a lovely illustrator/designer from Spain who is using almost the same name (Laliblue, check her out, she's got some awesome stuff). There was a moment of panick, but then I realized I was actually starting to feel pretty OK about using my "real life" name. And after a while it felt more than OK, it felt good, it felt right, it felt empowering.

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laly mille scrabble

A year ago, as I was showing my work for the very first time at an art show, I was feeling so vulnerable. I told you earlier that calling myself an artist was a real challenge at the time. "Lalyblue" was the name I had chosen over 10 years before when opening my very first email account ("laly33" ? no thank you, I'd rather add a color, give me some blue sky!). Since then it had become a part of me, even a nickname used by my family. So when I finished my first painting, and signing it was so intimidating, I instinctively wrote "Lalyblue"... And that's how "she" became a sort of alter ego, helping me on this creative path, protecting the shy little girl in me from the fear of seeing her art and herself exposed, helping me deal with fears and insecurities, until I could get comfortable with this new self, my true self, my artist self.

free as a bird Laly Mille
free as a bird Laly Mille

I told you in this post that TRUTH is my "word of the year". At the time I had no idea how it would unfold, but now I see how it helps me every day, gently nudging me in the right direction. Laly Mille is my name in everyday life, and guess what? This creative life has become my everyday life! I feel such gratitude for the kindness I have received from you all on this blog, on facebook, at art shows, and for the love and support of my family. All of it has made my wings grow, and it's carrying me towards my dreams, higher than I would have imagined only a year ago.  For the first time it feels safe to just. be. me.

By the way, do you want to keep following this journey with me?......Subscribe to the blog! And if you have a blog of your own and would like to show your support to this brave new me, grab my button in the sidebar! Thank you!

Wishing you the loveliest of days / evenings, wherever you are ♥