Thursday, August 29, 2013

Having a little fun...

... to cut and paste and paint and scrape.  So much fun, in fact, that I think I'll make more!

Monday, August 26, 2013

A bit of newness...

... and more to come.

A painting that my daughter requested, and definitely one I had fun doing.

It's been a bit of a journey over the past couple of years.  I had to take a step back from my artwork to re-evaluate things and figure out where I was going and what I wanted to do.  It hasn't always been easy and a lot of soul-searching has been involved.  But in the end it has paid off.  I think I can finally say that I'm revitalised and that's what I definitely needed.

And so I'm working on reconstructing Chichiboulie.  I had to let it go for a while in order to get my bearings.  I haven't yet figured out all the details of where I'm going and how things will look in the end, but I'm definitely getting there.  One thing is for certain, I will be basing my work more on original paintings and one-offs in order to keep the creative flow and expression going.  I know there will be obstacles to working this way, but in the end it's where my heart lies.

I hope you'll visit my shop on Etsy as I update with new work for both children and adults.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


... the first in what I think may become a small series.

I painted this one yesterday.  I actually had planned on painting something completely different but that didn't work out as planned.  Instead of banging my head against a wall, I decided a change of tactics was called for.

And so I painted this dandelion.  I love it when a painting comes out just like I imagined it!  And I love it so much that I think I may do a few more.   Maybe different colour backgrounds?  We'll see.

I hope you enjoy it.  I'll be listing it in my Etsy shop soon.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Back to painting...

...though slightly different from what I've done in the past.

I'm just finishing up this painting as I'd been wanting to paint paper lanterns for some time.  I finally got the chance, or rather, the need to do this painting finally outweighed the need to do anything else about 10 days ago and I started painting it.  Then I put down my brushes and walked away from it for over a week.

Today is Mother's Day in France so I thought what better way to celebrate it (after breakfast in bed and a lovely lunch out in Damme, Belgium with the family) than by giving myself time to paint again.

So I think I'm just about done with this one.  Inevitably, there will be a few touches here and there to finish up.  Maybe a few more lanterns in the distance for example.  But overall, I'm quite happy with the end result.  And I may have gotten paper lanterns out of my system for the time being.

I'll be listing it in my Etsy shop when I'm totally satisfied with it.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Moving home

Things have definitely been quiet here.  For far too long.

There is a reason behind it though.  I've been working behind the scenes on a slight change of plan.

Please come check out my new site

Art of Discovering

Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 20, 2012

A little afraid... even attempt a post since it's been so very long since I've written anything on here.  But since the idea has come to me, I thought I should go with it as you never know where it will lead and there must be a reason for it.

The past year has been a busy one for me with many changes having been made and more still to come.  If I've been quiet with Chichiboulie there is a reason.  In fact, there are several.

The first is that I went back to school.  Yes, one more diploma in the works!   Perhaps it's cliché, but I turned 40 back in January and in the months leading up to then, I just knew it was time to make a change.  While I love what I've been able to do with Chichiboulie over the past 8 years or so, it was no answering my needs in the way it once had.  I still enjoy it and it's still ticking along on it's own, but we evolve and change and it was time for me to add something different to my life.

New Style, New Me!
And so after a lot of thought and research and soul searching, I started training in Transactional Analysis to become a therapist.  I'm fascinated by it all and the insights it's brought me and helped me to bring to others.  In all honesty, it's not an easy training to undertake as it requires the trainee to question his or herself and set ways of behaving or doing things.  It can be a bit destabilizing to say the least, but if you can make it through the bumpy bits, the ride is definitely worth it.  In the end I have loved every minute of it and look forward to what lays ahead.

In addition to working towards my certification as a psychotherapist, this summer I also started towards my certification in EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique or Tapping as it's commonly known) which I find to be a very simple yet powerful tool to use when we're feeling a bit stuck.  Know that feeling?  Yeah, me too.  Again, the certification is in the works (it's not an overnight process after all!), but it's on its way.  I don't plan on stopping there and the combination of psychology and energy therapies speaks to me in such a logical way that it all feels like it's coming together.  Perhaps not quite as quickly as I would like at time, but I'm learning to take things as they come.

With all that, I will be opening my therapy practice this autumn and really just can't wait!  A completely new venture that is a bit scary at the same time.

So where does that leave Chichiboulie?  To be honest, I don't really know.  Part of me wonders if it's not run its course and it's perhaps time to say goodbye.  And yet, every time I think of that, something stops me.  I'm taking this as a sign at the moment that perhaps it's not really time.  It's been a good friend and because of it I've made so many good friends.  How can you just let go like that?  Maybe Chichiboulie just needs to evolve like I have.  So many others were willing to give me the time and space I needed, so it seems only fair for me to do the same.

Part of me believes that Chichiboulie, like myself, will emerge from it all.  Perhaps in a new and different form.  Most probably so as on top of all the rest, I've also been secretly taking art classes!  I said I'd been busy, didn't I?

Something new is emerging.  Now I just need to give it all time.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Lovely Share...

One of my readers was nice enough to share this photo with me.  I'm a bit late in posting (isn't the end of year overwhelming for all of us?), but I wanted to share it with you all still.

Vicky used my freebie pattern to make these cute little bird ornaments.  I'd made them out of paper, but think they look oh so cute in fabric.  Can't you just imagine them in lovely springtime colours to welcome in the warmer weather?

You can still find the pattern to download for free over in the right sidebar.  And if you feel so inclined, I'd love to see what you make of it as well!

Thank you, Vicky for sharing!