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Dec
11

Gratitude

gratitude_JGONZALESThis week was one filled with gratitude, immense love and a huge sense of accomplishment. I experienced a big week where I debuted my column on The Jungalow as well as my Periscope show, Heart 2 Art, with Anne Bollman. Not only am I so grateful, when reflecting back, I realized I also learned so much.

  • I was shown the benefits of putting myself out there and manifesting my ideas into reality.
  • I completely understand now more than ever that I can not do it alone. It is incredibly helpful to reach out to others for help and collaborations with your ideas.
  • There are a lot of like-minded people who are interested in hearing what you have to say and would like to receive what you have to offer.

Working with old friends and new friends, hearing from old friends this week and making new friends filled my heart with love and a deep appreciation for their friendships. As I soaked this week in, I jumped on Periscope to tell everyone how I was honored by their support. I had an honest talk with over 100 people (wow) about my gratitude and even ended up giving business and life coaching advice! I am just loving the power of the internet and how it continues to bring people together, gives us the platform to share our talents and inspire others.  – J

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Dec
10

Heart 2 Art on Periscope

heart2art_logoI find it is really important to have like-minded, creative friends in my life. I love having them for the support I get, for feedback on work and to have people in my corner who understand what I do and what I am going through running my own studio. I met Anne Bollman of Anne Was Here through two different circles of industry friends and knew we were meant to meet one day. We realized we were both on Periscope giving tutorials and speaking to similar audiences, so we thought it would be great to team up and connect with our peeps and share information. We got to work on a title of our Scope show and mission statement – “Through shared strategies and creative ideas, let Heart 2 Art help you on your journey to artistic success”. We then selected the perfect topic for our first scope – “Building a Tribe”.

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We selected this quote by Sir Ken Robinson and it speaks beautifully about the heart and soul of a tribe. We posted this on our Instagrams to inform others about our mission and upcoming Periscope broadcast and to our surprise had over 200 people attend! It was a total success and people were even asking for a Facebook group during our show. Now we have a Facebook group for our tribe members that is 100 members and growing! We were incredibly happy with our collaboration and the warm welcome we received. We will be on Periscope twice a month with new topics, interviews and discussions. Stay tuned for our next scope announcement. I am so thankful for everyone who embraced us and feel lucky to have such inspiring, creative friends. If you are a working artist and would like to join our community please go to facebook.com/groups/art2hearttalk.

 

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Dec
9

Big News! I am a contributor to TheJungalow.com!

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Exciting news!!! I am a new, monthly contributor to author/designer/stylist Justina Blakeney’s amazing blog – TheJungalow.com! I am still pinching myself and so over-the-moon thrilled about this opportunity. I have been a fan of her and her blog for years and really relate to her bohemian style and design. Look at her incredible work. Isn’t it so dreamy!

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I am so incredibly grateful to Justina for this opportunity (xo). We discussed the concept and determined that you will see me not one, two but THREE times a month on the blog authoring a column on pattern design called “Pattern Play”.  Every month I will educate you about pattern style and explain the origins of it and how it is used in home and fashion, then in a second post show you a pattern I design based on the style. The third post we will be offering a fun download for you to enjoy! Sounds good? I think you are all really going to like it.

Please hop over to The Jungalow now to see my first of 3 posts this month on artisan/designer William Morris (love him!). I will be back the following two Mondays in December with part 2 and part 3. I will also be Periscoping the day of the post to give you some behind the scenes goodness. See you later today on Periscope!

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Dec
5

December Desktop Wallpaper

Hello December! 2015 is almost over…can you believe it? It’s time to get into the Holiday spirit. I made this baroque-inspired wallpaper design for you this holiday season. Download it for your computer and mobile device!
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Nov
30

What I’m Loving: Valentino

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Runway fashion is a big inspiration for my work. Trends are set from the shows and trickle down to mass market. One designer I look to is Valentino who always delivers amazing style and trends. I am IN LOVE with their Pre-Fall 2015 and Pre-Spring 2016 collections. Such artistic beauty in dreamy florals and scandinavian folk styles in stunning color palettes…see what I am talking about here:

Celia Birtwell’s Fall 2015 Collection
Valentino collaborated with textile designer Celia Birtwell to design their Pre Fall 2015 collection. Birtwell was inspired by Botticelli’s Primavera bringing nature to life on their amazing fashions. See the behind the scenes video here about her collaboration with Valentino.

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Valentino Pre-Spring 2016
The combination of florals on florals, birds in flight and tropical palms make for a fun spring collection. I love how the art on the scarf makes up the textile designs in the collection. The purses and scarves are incredible! My kind of design!

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Nov
26

Being Thankful

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Tis the season to be thankful. I am believer that we should be grateful everyday, not just this one day in November. I am thankful everyday that I make a living using my talents, have wonderful family and friends and lots of love and joy in my life. I am especially thankful for YOU! Thank you for visiting my site and support me and my work. I wish you all the best this holiday weekend. Eat lots, love lots and laugh lots! xo – J

 

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