Thursday, 30 June 2011

Being Creative Gallery Check In ~ June

Hello friends, it's that time again!

This months theme was 'OCEAN' and there's been some great pieces of work emerging in the Flickr Group - I hope I'm going to see more now that the gallery is open with links back to your blogs and websites!

The ocean for me is a huge source of inspiration.  At first I contemplated doing an underwater scene, and then something more scenic, but undecided I just let myself loose in my watercolour book and this eventually came about:

'The One That Got Away...?' 

This is a watercolour and ink piece.  I wanted to do an illustration that showed something under the sea, so I could use all those delicious deep blues and teals.  I also posted a painting in the Flickr Group that I created a few years back, which is now in a private collection in Australia called Dream Haven.  It reflects the calm and tranquil nature of the ocean when housed behind strong, stone walls:

Before we get down to the business of opening the Gallery this month, I just wanted to write a little about posting work that's been created in the past, in the Flickr group.

I really don't mind you sharing pieces of work that you have created in the past, if you feel that the work is relevant to the theme that is being hosted.  However, the main focus of the group is to encourage creativity now, and the idea of the monthly themes is to have a brand new project to work on currently.  I love the work that is emerging through the group and hope that I continue to see you sharing more of your current works as well as older creations too. 

So, back to this month's theme: OCEAN

For those of you who would like to share your work via your blog/Flickr or other photo hosting webpage, then you are very welcome to add your link to the widget below (please just link to the page your work features on).  Don't forget to use the whole caboodle of http://www...etc or else the link won't work.

Anyone who has already posted in the Flickr Group are also encouraged to share your images in the gallery here too!  It's going fantastic to have a monthly source to access everyone's work so please don't be shy! 

Email Support
I would also like to take this opportunity to ask the group whether they feel they would benefit from email support?  I am considering setting up a mailing list for the participants who would like to receive tips, ideas, guidance and coaching via mail.  Is that something you feel would be useful for you?  Please let me know if you're interested in the comments section below.

You will be able to add your OCEAN themed work to the gallery here until the end of July.  There is also a list in the sidebar so that the gallery pages are easier for you to find.

For those of you who are working on the project and don't have the facility to share pictures of your work, then you are welcome to add your thoughts about your creative journey so far in the comments section at the bottom of this post.
I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts on taking part in the Being Creative Project, so please do share or feel free to email me privately.

The theme for July is SUMMER

You can post your work freely in the Flickr group as and when you like; don't forget to make use of the Discussion facility if you have any questions, or require some support.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you've done - thank you so much for sharing the vibrant, colourful energy of your glorious creations!

Julia x


  1. I think the email group might be a good idea, just to help everybody to keep the project in mind.

    I don't have anything to post here this month... I've had other projects going on that don't have anything to do with this month's theme. But I look forward to seeing what others have done!

    Amy :)

  2. I agree with you on that score Amy, I think I'm going to put a 'sign up' form on the blog as I'd love to see more participation here, and to be able to send encouraging messages to personal inboxes to keep folks up to date!

    Thanks for your thoughts, love J x

  3. Hi Julia! Your paintings are again so wonderful! You are so talented using the colours and always find beautiful idea!
    xxx Teje
    Ps. Again I'm hoping to join 'The Summer'!

  4. I really hope you can Teje, looking forward to seeing what you've been up to!
    J x

  5. I love your ocean art work many lovely colours and a great subject!!
    E-mail support sounds great...but only if it doesn't add too much extra work for you....
    and I wanted to say how thankful I am to you... this subject inspired me to do something I should have done ages ago...I have really enjoyed the experience and been liberated by being creative this month!!
    Ali x

  6. Hi Julia,

    As I came into the group only a few weeks ago, I will make a start on the 'summer' theme.

    I did have a bit of a go with this month's theme. I did about half an ocean theme painting, but didn't finish it.

    But at least it got me painting. And it was something very different (landscape)to what I would normally do, as I am a folk and decorative artist, not a fine artist.

    Painting the themes you have chosen will be interesting, as most of them are centred around northern hemisphere seasons, and Im in Australia - bit chilly here for summer, but I can dream, lol.

    An email list would be great.


  7. Hi Julia, I love your ocean paintings and thank you for the comment on my ocean creation :-)
    I'm looking forward to a summer project while it's winter here :-)

  8. Creativity-time is an activity I am looking forward to.


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