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 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 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 🙂

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 2 round up

A bit late this week with my round up, I have been managing to upload my drawing to instagram and my Facebook page daily.

I am really enjoying myself with this challenge, and lucky to have a fellow classmate and pattern friend Lisa who works under the name Studio Noodles   http://www.studionoodles.com/blog/4584266119 who is also taking part in  the daily drawing challenge, we can keep each other going.

I do love a cup and saucer, painted in gouache and i used my trust Lamy :)
I do love a cup and saucer, painted in gouache and i used my trust Lamy 🙂

its real good to draw things that you would not normally, I am getting out of my comfort zone, Yay it’s about time.

Random small things found on my desk.
Random small things found on my desk.
This is one of my best possessions, if you asked me to choose between radio or tv, Radio would win hands down,. when i am drawing  love having the radio on, great plays and stories and it how I hear the news. I LOVE MY RADIO.
This is one of my best possessions, if you asked me to choose between radio or tv, Radio would win hands down,. when I am drawing love having the radio on, great plays and stories and it how I hear the news. I LOVE MY RADIO.
I have had this little bird for years, it sits happily on my shelf, this is the first time i have drawn her. :) I will be making a little bird pattern.
I have had this little bird for years, it sits happily on my shelf, this is the first time i have drawn her. 🙂 I will be making a little bird pattern.
This is a doodle drawn while i was in some mandatory training on Monday.  I have to draw otherwise i fidget :) this has been included as this is My World in my head.
This is a doodle drawn while i was in some mandatory training on Monday. I have to draw otherwise i fidget 🙂 this has been included as this is My World in my head.
I love to rescue plants and this one was left down stairs in the lobby, so i popped it on my window sill in the kitchen, and it flowered!! my first orchid, very happy :)
I love to rescue plants and this one was left down stairs in the lobby, so i popped it on my window sill in the kitchen, and it flowered!! my first orchid, very happy 🙂
I really like poppy heads and i have kept this for years. this deserves a pattern being made from it :)
I really like poppy heads and i have kept this for years. this deserves a pattern being made from it 🙂

One of the things i decided to do was make patterns inspired by my drawing challenge, so i chose the drawing from day 1 with the lemon in, and came up with this

I am really pleased how this has come out, My mum really likes this so i am going to attempt to make a apron for her. my sewing skills are not brilliant in fact they are pretty dreadful. mmm i think i might need some help :)
I am really pleased how this has come out, My mum really likes this so i am going to attempt to make a apron for her. my sewing skills are not brilliant in fact they are pretty dreadful. mmm i think i might need some help 🙂

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.  🙂