My trip to France, Daily Drawing and Inspiration. 

I have decided that my blog lacked something it was frankly a bit boring. The way I documented my daily drawing was uninspiring and that is not what I get from this year-long challenge, I am in fact,finding it very inspiring and empowering its helped my confidence in artistic ability, I am drawing new things trying different mediums and actually enjoying the daily proses, 6 months in and it become part of my day.

As I have said before I only found my creative purpose just over a year ago and for the 1st time in my life when someone asks me what I do, I get such a buzz saying I am an artist!! So leaving for France was so exciting as I was going there with artists eyes.

I put together a simple art materials kit to take with me.
      My art materials for my trip

I always feel so relaxed when I go there it’s so beautiful, being surrounded by nature is such an inspiration, new sounds smells sights, it’s a fantastic feast to the senses.

So I have decided to share photos of my trip and few of my daily drawings.
I have lovely friends who live in the beautiful village Auzas situated in the Midi Pyrenees in France, I have known them 20 yrs. they moved over about 5 yrs ago with their 3 young kids to what was a cow shed,with plenty of hard work and Harry’s carpentry skills it’s now, a stunning home. I visit regularly,I always feel very at home and enjoy myself laugh a lot,walk loads,hang out with the kids, and relax. I enjoy going on the school run , no cars just amazing scenery I love mountains they truly do have such a prescience in the landscape and change all year around.

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I have been over to visit all different  times of the year so was excited to see how the countryside looked in May, the answer to that was oh so green so many different shades, lush would be a good word to sum up how it looked. You can’t help feeling creative in such a stunning place.

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I love the view from the balcony, so many birds and bird song it was amazing, makes a change from listening to seagulls and the sounds of delivery vans first thing in the morning.

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Just a few of my photos as you can see its a beautiful place, even Aider loves to relax in the morning sun. I fell in love with roses while I was away and want a deep red climbing rose for my balcony, just so beautiful.

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I have always had a great love of trees, ever since I was a child I just enjoyed being in the woods. I climbed them, sat underneath them and from time to time I hug them.

My friends have some beautiful trees growing in their garden its great to see how much they have grown over the last few years,walking underneath them gives my a great feeling of calm. So I decided to paint a tree for my daily challenge, the sun was shining the sky was blue, which equals a very relaxing afternoon painting leaves.

I love the architecture in France and while sitting outside a bar in Saint Gauden I just had to start drawing the beautiful metalwork on the balcony of the building nearby .

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I realise that I must travel more and see and experience different place I realise how important visual stimulus is to being creative and how important keeping sketchbooks taking photos is for the design proses.

10502368_681963981932145_6267288878467472134_nSo I hope you have enjoyed, this blog update and its taken a while to come together, as since returning from France I had been making the decorations for my friends Glitter Wedding!! ( that’s another blog post 🙂 )

Week 17, 18 and 19 of My World Drawing Challenge

Yay, feeling very excited, finally caught up with my blog!!! In the morning I fly to South of France to visit my lovely friends the Rubythons.. Just under 2 weeks away oh bliss!! 🙂 My daily drawing will definitely have a French feel over the next few weeks, so excited , I will be drawing loads and taking time out, the only thing I have to do is upload my daily drawings.

So here are the last 3 weeks of my daily drawings, I will be re-writing goals while I am away, keeping up and enhancing my blog will be on the top of my list.

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Week 14, 15 and 16 – My World Drawing Challenge!

Well I have made it to and passed my 1st 100 days.. Yay me!!! feeling very pleased.

Really enjoy re-looking at the art I created over the last 100 days, getting a great body of work to use and improve and take further, so many ideas. I am also finding that I am drawing more and being more experimentally pushing my self, seeing this more in my pattern designs to. Loving the progress I have made over the past year, in my art and confidence and realising how important having a creative life is.Looking forward to seeing what happens in another years time, life is exciting.

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Week 10 and 11 My World Drawing Challenge

Good morning,

it’s a beautiful day in Brighton, sun is shinning and I must catch up with my blogging 🙂 Why i keep putting it off I am not quite sure, writing is not my strong point but the more I write the better it will get. I know that’s true as my drawing has improved so much since starting this challenge, the last few weeks have been hard as I seem to be leaving my daily drawing to the end of the day, then I am tired and not sure what to draw, but I just get on with it and its at those times some of my favourite drawing happen, just enjoying the proses not thinking about the end result.

Have a lovely day 🙂

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Week 8 and 9 My World Drawing Challenge

Hello here I am with a 2 weekly round-up of my drawing challenge. To be honest I lost my way a bit the last couple of weeks. Yes I am drawing every day which is good and I see the improvement in my drawing and observational skills and my confidence in myself.But I  realised I had lost sight of my goals. Goal setting is a new thing with me and its hard, I write them, break them down and then don’t quite stick to the dead lines I set myself.

So this week I decided to re-write my goals, and to reflect back on what I have achieved since March 2014

  • Discovered my love of pattern making.
  • Completed Module 1 and 2 of ABSPD
  • Challenged myself to a monthly drawing challenge of my houseplants
  • Set up a blog
  • Gave up smoking
  • Decided to quit main job and just work weekends
  • Turned my bedroom in to a beautiful creative space
  • Became self-employed as an artist as
  • Improve my skills on Ai and Ps
  • Connect with other pattern-makes around the world
  • Taking part in Bootcamp
  • Drawing everyday for a year challenge 
  • Becoming happy within myself and finding the tools to deal with the stressful times
  • Discovered how good meditation is

This really helped me to focus again and I feel very pleased with my achievements.

So here are my drawings from the last 2 weeks, some days I struggled with producing a drawing, but that’s why it’s called a challenge, its become part of my day and I will complete a year of daily drawing.

Also was so pleased as I have 500 followers on instagram and have received such lovely feedback from my daily drawings 🙂

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Treated myself to a dip-pen and ink, I have not used one for years so much fun, that’s whats so good when you challenge yourself it gets you out of your comfort zone and you try different things.

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Have a lovely creative week 🙂

My World Drawing Challenge – Wk 3 Round-up

Week 3 already and a lot is going on in my world. firstly I am loving my daily drawing challenge, even the days when I have been working on something else and it getting late, the commitment is made I must draw something everyday and I do with surprising results. I do love to draw and even after 3 weeks I am improving. Yay!! It’s all about practice.

So this week I have been working on my Journal cover for Bootcamp which I have been enjoying so much , lovely and supportive group and it gets me out of my comfort zone, from the initial brief and the colour palette. I promised myself that I would stick with the colour palette given as I tend to go with ones with colours I like. I will post the finished piece in next weeks update.

This week I pushed myself and drew my first self-portrait in over 10 years!!!! it was a very hard thing to do but also quite liberating , looking at yourself in such detail is an eye opener. I will be doing more, I thought 1 a month is reasonable.

I love drawing  Mandalas, very good way to calm the mind, and to draw without any idea how its going to turn out. its just about the process :)
I love drawing Mandalas, very good way to calm the mind, and to draw without any idea how its going to turn out. its just about the process 🙂
My 1st self-portrait !!!!!!!
My 1st self-portrait !!!!!!!
I love Bird and Bear :)
I love Bird and Bear 🙂
I love little tins, found this at a carboot sale :)
I love little tins, found this at a carboot sale 🙂
I was inspired by the little tin, I love things in pots.
I was inspired by the little tin, I love things in pots.
Thai is my most favorite drawing tool my lamy fine nib fountain pen :)
Thai is my most favorite drawing tool my lamy fine nib fountain pen 🙂
This little drawing was inspired by poppyhead and little pots :)
This little drawing was inspired by poppyhead and little pots 🙂

the wonderful thing is,I have so many ideas for designs and illustrations, just from my daily drawings, it makes me very happy 🙂

You can see more of my work on instagram and on Facebook Amanda Claire Designs

Thank you so much for reading this, creativity is so important in our lives, it makes us feel good and takes us away and puts us in our own little world.

I am blessed and happy that I have finally made time to follow my creative path and I am so excited, who knows what is just around the corner 🙂

My World Drawing Challenge – Week 1 Roundup :)

Wow what a creative start to 2015, what with my drawing challenge, setting up my Facebook page Amanda Claire Designs , and taking part in Lilla Rogers Bootcamp, so glad i joined Bootcamp is going to be an amazing experience and will expand my portfolio and get me out of my comfort zone.

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So it all go for me and I love it. Being creative on a daily basis is now part of my life, I feel invigorated and excited about this year. I have the wonderful support from friends and family and my fellow pattern makes from around the world, the online groups I am with are fantastic, we help and support and share our knowledge and ideas, in a positive way. 🙂

I have set myself a few personal goals with my drawing challenge, and from my drawings I will be creating patterns on a monthly basis,  drawing things I don’t normally do and doing it every day.

Day1- How I Start My Day- painted in gouache
Day 1 How I Start My Day- painted in gouache
My Coffeepot- I love coffee and am trying not to drink so much- but its hard as i love it :) - Lamy pen and fineliners
My Coffeepot- I love coffee and am trying not to drink so much but its hard as i love it 🙂 – Lamy pen and fineliners
I really do love my coffeepot, going to be making patterns from these drawings.- Lamy pen
I really do love my coffeepot, going to be making patterns from these drawings.- Lamy pen
I have had this Coil-pot over 25 years it was made for me when i was at art college- Lamy pen and fineliners.
I have had this Coil-pot over 25 years it was made for me when I was at art college Lamy pen and fineliners.
I have an amazing view from my desk at home and have decided i need to draw it more, so here is the 1st, of many :) - watercolour, pencil
I have an amazing view from my desk at home and have decided I need to draw it more, so here is the 1st, of many 🙂 – watercolour, pencil and fineliner
The sky was so beautiful, my attempt at capturing it, :) watercolour, pencil
The sky was so beautiful, my attempt at capturing it, 🙂 watercolour, pencil
I collect bit and pieces, i call it my treasure, I have had this years and in the summer i used it to keep sweetpeas in and it looked lovely ,pencil and lamy pen
I collect bit and pieces, i call it my treasure, I have had this years and in the summer I used it to keep sweet peas in and it looked lovely ,pencil and lamy pen

Well that’s a roundup of my first week. I love to draw and I know that practice is the key, the more you do it the better you get,and for me it makes me happy. I have a few other resolutions which so far are going well.

1. Drink warm lemon first thing.

2. Meditate for 10 mins or more a day

3. Be more mindful of what I eat

4. I am not drinking alcohol for January, but truthfully I would like to stop all together, I day at a time 🙂

Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoy my drawings and follow me over the year on my journey.  🙂

My World Drawing Challenge 2015

Wow 2014 has been the most creative year of my life, finally finding my artistic purpose, I have kept sketchbooks for years and now know how to bring the drawings inside alive. I have taken part in two fantastic on-line courses The Art of Business and Surface Pattern Design, module 1 and 2, check out the link to find out more.  https://makeitindesign.com/

I have now got a wonderful creative space to create designs, draw or just stare out of the window and enjoy my amazing view. I gave up my job in the week and now just work weekends which pays the bills and alows me the freedom to follow my dreams.I feel confident in my in my artistc ability and have started to really find my style with my designs and I feel great, in fact it the happist I have felt in a long time.I am excited to see what 2015 brings. 🙂

I understand the importance of practice. So I decided to set myself a daily drawing challenge for 2015 I have called it My World..
My goals for this challenge are…
1. Draw something from my world daily.
2. Experiment with mediums.
3. Draw things I might not usually.
4. Post on Instagram and Facebook daily.
5. Do a weekly roundup on my blog .
6. Most of all Enjoy the Creative process and have Fun 😊😃

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Day 29 and 30 Better late than never… 😊

I have finally finished my houseplant drawing challenge.. The final weekend was non-stop so had no time…
I have enjoyed this challenge so much and have got so much out of it.. Ideas for designs, improvement of drawing skills, and it’s true the more you do something the better you get…
I really appreciate the great feedback I have had on here and on my instagram   http://instagram.com/amandaclairedesigns

My confidence has improved so much and I am looking forward to turning my drawings and paintings in to some beautiful patterns.

I am going to start My World on January 1st 2015.. A Drawing a day of things I find in my world… Really looking forward to this. It’s longer than a month but I draw everyday and I like a challenge..😊

A mix up with a few of my favorite plants :)
A mix up with a few of my favorite plants 🙂