Mindful Mandala Drawing, Spain, Hula-hoops and my first solo travel adventure 

I am lucky to be spending 3 weeks in Spain, I am going on an adventure. I get to paint and draw, and see new and wonderful things, to be honest I am more than excited, just need to get away and when I return I will be ready for the next part of my creative life.Time to get my Etsy shop and website up and running and put 100% in to my business. I am an artist and that is my future. Where it takes me who knows but I am ready.

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My art kit, for my adventure.

I am spending 4 days in Barcelona with my lovely friend we will be celebrating my birthday, I love Barcelona it’s so beautiful and vibrant and of course filled with the beautiful architecture of Gaudi

Then of to a beautiful mansion to attend the Spanish Hoop holiday,it’s an hour from Girona in the middle of know where and it’s so amazing, time to recharge my batteries. I will be hula-hooping , swimming in a pool and just relaxing and enjoying being with my hoopy friends from far and wide, and meeting new ones.

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This wonderful photo taken by the very talented Joshua Smythe says it all.

I will be running my 1st Mindful Mandala Drawing Workshop , it’s very special to me to be going back there as 3 years ago I ran my 1st Mandala drawing workshop , I was so nervous but if I had not taken that step I doubt my love of Mandalas and the benefits of drawing then would have evolved to what it is now.

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Mindful Mandala Drawing

Writing this post and reflecting back I have achieved loads over the last 3 years, personally I have become calmer ,happier and able to deal with situations in a more relaxed way. But the big thing is I like myself and being in my own company,my creative side has bloomed and now could not imagine my life with out daily creativity.

I had some postcards printed  to take with me and sell,its fantastic seeing my designs in print so pleased how they turned out.

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Very happy with my postcards

 

After the week with my friends I leave them to travel to Granada, this will be the 1st solo traveling I have ever done. I need to do this as I want to travel alone have adventures, draw and explore , sit and sketch people and take in the surroundings at my pace. I have time to think and make plans, set goals and draw.

I have been away when I was 17 me and 2 friends went inter-railing for a month, ended up in the Greek islands.  When my son was 9 we went to Thailand, for a month with friends. I visit France regally

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Me and Sunny in Koh Pha Ngan 2000
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Me and my lovely Sunny having lunch in the sunshine 2016

So at the age of 46 (as of next week) I will be traveling to Granada , I am so excited, scared  all rolled into one.I have been practicing my Spanish for quite a while now and am ready to practice for real, I understand stuff but need to get the confidence to speak it.

I have found my self a lovely room in an apartment through Airbnb and will be spending a week there getting to know Granada I have booked a ticket for the Alhambra and have my art kit ready

When I leave Granada I am flying back via Paris a place I have only been very briefly when I was inte-railing , we left the station to get coffee and then got back on the train only staying in Paris for an hour. I will be spending 2 days there with a friend who will be showing me around it will be a lovely end to a fantastic holiday.

So here I go on the next chapter of my life, my sons grown up and living in his own place, working and doing his thing.(He is a very good artist very different from me lol) Now its time for me, I look forward to sharing my experience of my adventure when I return.

You can follow my Daily People Sketching and other drawing of my trip on Instagram 

Thank you for reading this 🙂

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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               Day 52 My World Drawing Challenge                Day 53 My world drawing Challenge

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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 🙂

Week 5 and 6 – Round Up – My World Drawing Challenge

I have decided to put these two weeks together, as I have seemed to confuse myself as to where my week starts and finishes. I am so pleased with myself for keeping up my daily drawing,I can see the improvement in my drawing skills I am becoming more confident and experimenting and just going for it, as I have to produce something everyday. Also when I am tired and it’s getting late in the day and I still have not put pen to paper, I get in a slight panic and think what am I going to do, those days I seen to produce some of my freer drawings. So pleased I am doing this Yay for challenging yourself, everyone should do it once in a while 🙂

 

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I was really unsure of how to depict the view from my window at night time, as it seemed overwhelming. But I am glad I went for it. pleased with the outcome 🙂


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After yesterday could not resist doing another one, love working just in paint, most enjoyable 🙂

 

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Pen and Ink windows – can see patterns in this 🙂

 

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More windows 🙂

 

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I am very lucky to live very near Brighton Pavillion , the have stunning windows 🙂

 

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I love painting Flowers 🙂

 

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Was sitting on the train back from London – Little Birds

 

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Random Thursday 🙂

 

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This is the first painting of a face, I have painted in years. I love the work of Frida Kahlo.

 

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I love Flowers 🙂

 

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View from my window 🙂

 

 

As this is a personal drawing challenge, I have decided to tackle things that I find hard and have done for years. so I will face the fear and practice perspective drawing, to ease myself in to this I have decided on Chair Week

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Chair Week – This beautiful rocking chair was given to me by a lovely friend, it was her grans. I love sitting in it and watch clouds 🙂

 

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Chairs are hard to draw, but this is a challenge 🙂

 

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More Chairs 🙂

 

My World Drawing Challenge – Week 4 Round-up

I am a bit late with this weeks round up, so a short post with pictures. 🙂

Had a lovely walk on the beach and was inspired by the things I found
Had a lovely walk on the beach and was inspired by the things I found
Found a great book in the charity shop on 18th century textiles. Very inspiring indeed :)
Found a great book in the charity shop on 18th century textiles. Very inspiring indeed 🙂
Again inspired by the book, i do love drawing florals so much :)
Again inspired by the book, i do love drawing florals so much 🙂

 

Flowers in red :)
Flowers in red 🙂

I decided that drawing florals is not a challenge to me, as I love them and have been drawing them for years. so I decided for the next week I would draw things I see out of my windows.

Part view from out of the window, from my desk :)
Part view from out of the window, from my desk 🙂
I sat on the balcony all wrapped up cosy and warm listing to chilled music and decided to draw windows :)
I sat on the balcony all wrapped up cosy and warm listing to chilled music and decided to draw windows 🙂
This is a view of my balcony from the comfort of my rocking chair, A few plants still about :)
This is a view of my balcony from the comfort of my rocking chair, A few plants still about 🙂

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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http://lillarogers.com/school/assignment-bootcamp/

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 16 – Houseplant Drawing Challenge :)

I have to say I am very impressed with myself for keeping this up, as I am very busy and not feeling to good at the moment.. Vertigo, feel seasick even though I am not at sea lol.. very odd
I am definitely going to be creating a pattern collection from the drawings I have produced  🙂  I love making patterns, best thing ever.

This is my friends very large cactus
This is my friends very large cactus
Fineliners and watercolours
Fineliners and watercolours