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Ghosts of War

I woke this morning to a Facebook FILLED with death, shootings, war, violence and saddness. It got me thinking. If this cycle continues without people standing strong, united as one, it will never change. Change is hard, undoubtedly but in this instance doing nothing is far worse for everyone involved. For us as a race.

People are people where I’m from. Race, religion and labels don’t matter so much. If this world continues down the path of fueled fear, our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters and children will soon be ghosts of time and circumstance. How many people are we willing to lose before we truly get it? How many black armbands, graves dug, hospitalizations from wounds do we need before we wake up and take some positive action?

This subject is truly taboo and I know how sensitive it is right now. Our leaders aren’t calling for love, peace or helping us see that we are all human and deserve the right to be treated equally. No. Worldwide there is a fear campaign in place to hate your neighbour- fear someone who doesn’t look like the person in the mirror. I am making an effort to smile at strangers, create conversations with people I have yet to meet and NOT post the negative that is all over our social media pages.
As an artist I feel that I CAN make a difference. I can use my art to shake, stimulate and start the train of thought. Why can we not be positive, why can we not induce the changes we wish to see?

This image was created today after a long consideration on what I had witnessed today onilne. It’s called “Ghosts of War”
You can’t see them but there are 9 ghosts in this image, two ruined buildings, a dragonfly (which I promise you wont see him) and a helicopter. “Ghosts of War” was created today and I think it had a great deal to do with my Facebook feed. I tend to absorb life and what’s going on and this was on everyone’s lips today. We are fighting wars with each other, with strangers and all fueled by fear.

I know I choose peace every time.

ghostsofWar

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Out of the Fire

I realized a few things after my business launch. 3)I have some really awesome supporters of my work.  2) I really need to write down my speeches or I forget everything I hoped to say when I stand in front of my friends 1) I’m REALLY good at self sabotage due to my upper limit issues.

As I sat down on the evening of July 4th and reflected on our crazy weekend I realized that by knowing where I was at physically was no where near my emotional or brain space. Who knew you could be in three places at once!
I had picked a fight the evening before with hubby and was feeling preeeeety crappy about myself for no apparent reason. THANKFULLY I am reading an awesome book right now and realized after some reflection that indeed my ‘upper limitations’ were alive and kicking me around. Taking myself to hubs and apologizing he got me talking more about it. I had no idea that something that makes me so incredibly happy to do and produce would also be a direct to my biggest downfall- I didn’t feel like I DESERVED the success I had. I didn’t FEEL that I was worthy of people showing up and supporting me and my passion. I got to wondering just how many other women and men go through this?

I very quickly had a building feeling in me that I needed to get out. A friend sent me an image of a public statue in Brooklyn NY which sent shock waves through my mind. With a great deal of work and tweaking “Out of the Fire” was produced.
This DreamScape is DEFINITELY being printed for my own office to remind me that out of the fire phoenix are reborn, coal is made and from there so are diamonds. In a round about, Julie kind of thinking, way.

This piece is probably not the last to cross my path but it’s definitely a stepping stone for me to remember I AM worthy. I am talented and skilled and all those other words I cannot say out loud some days.
I am a multitude of things but, I am incredibly imperfect in my own perfect kind of way.

I love you heaps,

Jules

phoenix

Out of the flames:
Let me ask you, what is wrong with lifting yourself up from your circumstances to chase your dreams? Why do we allow ourselves to prevent our being better, stronger and more abundant?
It’s a rough few steps but they’re worth taking. Lift yourself out of your comfort and ride towards your zone of genius. Be who you were put on this earth to be, and love the life you have to live.
Stop allowing yourself to feel others doubts, words and limitations and rise up. RISE UP!!
Today, tomorrow and the future is YOURS. No one elses.

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Official Launch of Julie Clyde Creative

Saturday, 2nd July 2016 will remain one of my favourite days to date.
At 7pm, Chris and I were met by a continuous stream of friends both old and new coming to celebrate and support the launch of my business. It blew my mind.

For those of you who don’t know what Julie Clyde Creative is a Modern Illustrative Portraiture, DreamScapes and Customised Heirloom Artworks.

What does all that mean? I can take any image you love and turn it into something incredible. Through modern technologies combined with traditional methods, I will create an heirloom that can be kept in your family for years and years to come.
Can you imagine your families portrait on the walls of your great grand children?
Can you imagine having a piece of art that reflects a piece of who you are, what you stand for and what you love?

My DreamScapes are five or six images that I have either photographed myself or purchased, layered and shaped to create unique imagery. These have been images that I cannot get out of my head or inspired by people, places and events in my life. It was funny standing back at the launch and telling people the order they were created in. I could feel within myself turning points in my life that each piece reflected back to me.

Being able to take an image, paint it, create it and see it live has been such a joy for me. It wasn’t long after my twins came home from hospital that I painted our youngest son for the first time. That image sat on my phone for two and a half years. 2 1/2. 912 and a half days to be exact. I wanted so much to print him, but stood in my own way and never did.
He was the first image I printed, the first box I opened and he is my pride and joy because I know the feelings I had around taking the steps to complete his image.
The nerves I had when I went to collect the three artworks for the launch from the framers were crazy.
I had to call in two girlfriends for support (via texts) to which both told me the same thing. Go. Get. Your. Art.
When they opened them all up, it was so hard not to cry in front of the lady in the store. It was all pride in seeing it coming to fruition.
There is such a huge part of myself that is put into each and every piece it feels like I have my babies on show.
It was a very big thing for me to stand in my own right and say, THIS, right here, is me. THIS is what I LOVE to do and THIS is my passion. These images are my life, my soul and have been created with so much love.

If it hadn’t been for Modern Femme and the amazing women behind it, this business, direction in life, launch and dream would never have taken the steps it did. I know I tell the women behind it all the time just how much I am grateful for them but I truly am. They are amazing. Their vision they created has brought about so many of the women I met at the conference to step up and take steps to chase their dreams in life. It’s not just me, I know of five or six of us all doing incredibly things.

All of my artwork is now live and available for purchase via my Etsy Store.
I am only creating 100 prints of the DreamScapes and they all come with Certificates of Authenticity with their numbers and information about the piece. My custom works which are for sale, will only ever be printed for sale once. They will also come with a certificate and safe knowledge of it being the only one of it’s kind.

I hope you enjoy a few images from the launch- we got so busy I forgot to take many! Thank you to everyone’s support from around the world! Each message meant a lot to me xxx

Jules