Violette Clark lives in White Rock, British Columbia. She dubs herself a “compulsive painter, who paints with the colour and warmth of Mediterranean Sunshine.” It is my pleasure to feature her today.
Cendrine Marrouat: Hello Violette, thank you for answering my questions. First, tell us a little bit about you.
Violette Clark: Well I’m a Mixed Media artist and author, a creative catalyst living in a purple magic cottage in South Surrey/White Rock, B.C. with my partner Mr. G. I have two grown children both involved in creative careers. I enjoy inspiring women and teens to embrace who they are through the vehicle of their creativity.
CM: Any creative has had their ‘Eureka’ moment, a time when they knew that they wanted to take their art to the next level. What was yours?
VC: I’m not really sure that I had a Eureka moment like some artists have – mine was kind of gradual. After my marriage ended I bought my home which I now have dubbed “The Magic Cottage”. My friends, who I call my Bohemian Tribe helped me revamp the rather “beige” home and transform it into a magical, colourful and artsy space. My friends in a sense “gave me permission” to be who I truly am inside.
My purple magic cottage evolved organically into the juicy sanctuary that it is today. As a result my art blossomed too. I had a dream that instructed me to paint all of my doors and that I would find answers when I did. So I gradually began to paint my doors – The Elvis door, Flying soul door, Virgin Mary of Guadeloupe, the Chickenlady door, the Moroccan door etc. After I began painting doors I contacted the folks from the HGTV show “Weird Homes” and told them they should feature my home on their show. They asked me to paint a door on camera so I did!
My art really took off from there – I painted my van – Glittergirl, which also appeared on a TV show called “Head over Wheels” – a show about Women and artcars. Art became my life – it was inseparable from me, my home and vehicle.
When I discovered art journaling 10 or 11 years ago, I knew I had hit on something very special. Because I found art journaling so therapeutic, helping me move through my “stuff” much more quickly, I became a fanatic and began to share it with as many people as I could. I taught workshops, blogged about it, had my journal pages featured in zines and magazines, later in other people’s books and then ultimately my own book – Journal Bliss.
CM: A couple of years ago, you released your first book, titled “Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash your Inner Eccentric.” What prompted you to write it? And what is the story behind the title?
VC: As I mentioned I became fanatical about sharing art journaling with as many people as possible, so having my own book was another way to reach more people. My book “Journal Bliss: Creative Prompts to Unleash your Inner Eccentric” is all about art journaling. I teach the reader how to art journal in an easy step by step format. I put “bliss” in the title because my favourite quote by Joseph Campbell is “follow your bliss”.
Art journaling helps you to follow your bliss as you move along in your journaling journey. What I found is that the pages of your journal will reveal to you your next steps if you pay attention.
The next part of the title “Creative Prompts to Unleash your Inner Eccentric” comes from allowing oneself to let out all of one’s quirks and eccentricities. When you embrace who you are, then you ultimately become a happier person. Of course I see myself as a fairly eccentric person – marching to the beat of a different drum. As I mature and age I find I am not as worried what other people think of me. The more I march to my own tune, the happier I become…….it’s true for others too!
End of part 1.
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