Monday, January 5, 2015

A New Year

Well hello ! Hope you have all had a nice Christmas and New Year break. I spent Christmas this year in beautiful Byron Bay.........never been there before.........can not wait to return.
My studio desk is clean and tidy; just waiting for me, but I have to admit, inspiration has been a little hard to muster....I have been enjoying lots of walks, reading, family and social time and my "creative" brain has been dormant; it needs to be fed some inspiration, I need to wake it up ! I feel like the "sleepy, laid back vibe" of Byron Bay has cast a spell on me and I need to shake it off.
 I do have some up coming projects that I'm looking forward to starting and I do also, have some news to share that is very exciting........ my very favourite Mixed Media Place is having a Design Team call. If you would like to work with the loveliest of people, have complete freedom with what you create and have access to the absolute best art / mixed media materials then come on, apply !

Looking back at the body of work I've created this year has surprised me. A couple of years ago, I never imagined I would be a part of any design team, but I have been! And they have been amazing! Hey, I have even been published in a book ! I have definitely grown as an artist, I have learnt so much and even tho there is always more to learn and I love to still explore and experiment with different mediums; I feel (most of the time ) huge satisfaction and joy from what I create......and all this, in part is due to working on design teams. Knowing that others have confidence in you, gives you the confidence to create the way you want to, to express yourself and your ideas your way, in your "style". Plus you are, at times, pushed out of your comfort have to educate yourself, experiment and take risks and this is how you grow as an artist.
I would like to thank every single one of you who have taken the time to leave your beautiful comments for me over the past year. Compliments, reassurance and encouragement are always welcome, no matter who you are.
If you doubt yourself; if you feel your work is too different, that it doesn't fit in to a popular or "current" style......don't. New and different is what inspires people, well it's what inspires me anyway.
If you would like to be part of Mixed Media Place design team, have a crack. 

Talking of the past year, and looking back, here are some of my favourites from 2014 created for Mixed Media Place and paperDVIZHNIK.

Thanks for dropping by.
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  1. Happy New Year Gayle! Family time and recharging is a good for the soul and the creative mind. Great collage of your projects. You always inspire me with your creations. Wishing you all the best in 2015!

  2. your work is always so innovative and organic ... charming and enchanting . love all of it . so pleased you got to visit Byron Bay . that is one of my fave places in Australia . we have been there many many times over the years . been to heaps of blues festivals , they are just amazing .. if you have the chance to go you will love it . we have traveled Australia extensively and love this country . did you go to the crystal caste situated right on top of a mountain .. so lush, charming and spiritual .. we loved it there . happy new year to you Gayle xoox

  3. j'aime votre ART ! et vous le savez ;-) bonne année à vous et votre famille

  4. Happy New Year to you Gayle :), enjoy your break from creativity, sometimes we just need a little break from things to recharge our creative minds :) Fabulous work you have inspired us with last year

  5. Happy New Year!! You have had a wonderful creative year in 2014 and you have inspired me soo much!! I hope this year is even better for you!

  6. So glad you enjoyed your holiday...I think it's so healthy to step back from things every once in a while it renews our energy and gives us a different perspective...I totally 100% agree, I also really, really enjoy's relaxing and so rewarding st the same time, and you're right, being on a team does inspire us to try new things and not stick to our comfort zone....I have really enjoyed your creations over the past year! And published? that's something to be proud of!!! I feel like you take scrapping to a really creative, totally artistic level with a unique look....keep 'em coming! lol hugs, Lisa xo

  7. happy new year from France!enjoy your fabulous work! so inspiring!

  8. My husband and I have been to Byron Bay. I remember a beautiful evening stroll to our restaurant - the moon and the stars guided our way. You live in a lovely country.

    Your work has always been beautiful - but you have grown as well. Isn't that a wonderful process!

    Happy new year to you!

  9. I have been to Byron Bay! It was lovely!! Wishing you a wonderful year ahead! Hope you are staying with MMP - I love your creations for them!!


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