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 🙂 )

November Daily Drawing Challenge- Houseplants

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I love my houseplants and have quite a few all around my flat,some of them have been part of my life for over 20 yrs!!! They a great source of inspiration, and so beautiful,so I decided to set myself a challenge of drawing my plants every day, 30 mins or more for the month of November. I will use any medium that takes my fancy and will go with the flow, I want this to be enjoyable and fun 🙂

I enjoy drawing and know how important it is to the look and style of my designs, I am currently working on my first big collection and its going to organic in look and has a lot of influence from nature and most of all plants and flowers.

A few of the plants I have in my creative space :)
A few of the plants I have in my creative space 🙂

 

Along side this challenge I am also taking  module 2 Creating your professional identity, it’s really giving me confidence, to push myself and I am loving it so much, only working weekends means I can put a lot of time in to learning as much as possible. ://makeitindesign.com/design-school/

I am looking forward to seeing where this challenge takes me and what exciting ideas and designs evolve from it.

Nature is so beautiful, i think I will be starting with these succulents. :)
Nature is so beautiful, I think I will be starting with these succulents. 🙂

You can follow my challenge daily on my blog and on instargram,   http://instagram.com/amandaclairedesigns

Right time to draw…. 🙂

Here is Day 1

Pencil, fineliners, watercolour and acrylic.
Pencil, fineliners, watercolour and acrylic.

I decided to use just pencil for the first drawing (30 mins) and really look and draw what I see, the other  more colourful creation is from a different angle but highly stylised could not help myself. I have a good feeling about this challenge 🙂