I love the difference between a freshly poured piece of art versus the dried final piece. This one is as fresh as they get and I can’t wait to see how it dries! I’ll update you once it has!
Once upon a time, a little girl answered the question ‘what do you want to do when you grow up?’ with the answer of “An Artist”. Somewhere along the road of life’s great adventure, that little girls voice became lost and she forgot her dreams. The should’s and the musts took over. It’s a story so often untold, but it occurs so often. How many of us grow up in a world where we know what we want, but our influencing circle of parents, friends, special people place their expectations on us and we stop listening to ourselves.
Life has certainly always included being creative, but the artistry became muddied. Since realising my people pleasing ways about 10 months ago I’ve been doing my best to take a moment and think about what I want. It doesn’t always come quickly to me but I’m learning to lean in. More specifically, the past few months of returning to photography and painting have been some of my most favourite in recent years. I love to make, create and paint and I plan on doing this from here on out, as it is who I am at my core. No more doing what others think I should be doing.
How many times have you settled for something because outside influences told you what you should be doing? Or they expected you to do it their way?
Since realising my own journey and making the changes I needed, to live life on my terms, I’ll let you in on a little secret… When you release yourself from that scenario, it’s THE BEST feeling in the world. Definitely feels like there’s glitter back in my life now.
This past week, I left another business that I had successfully run for the past four years next to my creating. I joined that business because I wanted to stop someone annoying me to. When I realized six months in that I wanted to leave, I listened to that same person who didn’t see my value outside of her own paycheck. My creative business grew and I thrived in the balance. When we moved home to Aus and I had to rebuild my creative business again the balance was lost and the nagging began again. Fast forward four years, and finally releasing myself from that environment it’s total freedom. So many in the company can’t understand why I left, but it’s not their life to understand.
It was time.
I was ready.
So while I rebuild, recreate and relearn life, I will endeavour to write a little more, paint a lot more and stand in my own light for the first dam time in my life.
Photographing children has always held a special place in my heart. Since 2010 when our daughter was born, I moved away from the wedding photography world and into the portraiture world. Which I’m told is pretty common among photographers.
Being in this world was fantastic. I taught myself everything from women to pregnancy through to families and newborn babies but I never quite got ‘THE THING’ I truly loved handing over to clients. Don’t get me wrong, I photographed some gorgeous pieces but there was always that element missing I couldn’t put my finger on.
I took a course with a Nowra based photographer, Aimee Louise where she talked about using textures and layering imagery to create the final effect. I felt a little piece of my puzzle drop into place. Since that course I’ve been messing around with digital composites and layering of imagery over the top of another to create a completely different feel and I LOVE it. Whether it is received in the public eye as much as I love it, it makes me happy and that’s really all that matters.
I took my eldest kiddo out into an empty housing block near us late one afternoon after school and we shot a handful of images ‘for fun’. Later that evening I had a play with a few of them while she was sitting with me and she remarked, ‘you’re actually good at this mum’. haha thanks, kid. But I understood that for her, she’s never seen me create or make anything, so to her, it was the first time seeing an image unveil itself.
One of them now very proudly sits above my workspace as a 20X30 high def metal print. I love seeing her catch a glimpse of herself and very proudly comment how much she loves it too. I printed her a mini version in a frame for her room. I feel that where we can inspire the next generations imagination, we create futures for ourselves.
I have had the pleasure recently of collaborating with a really fantastic old friend of mine. We’ve grown up in two very different worlds but I have always admired her deeply. She’s always known who she is and what she stands for. Like an old soul ready to conquer the world in the best possible way- for the good of the Earth.
I created a fine art piece some time ago and had shared it with Millie back at the creating phase. It wasn’t until recently that Millie shared the written piece below on her facebook page. She lives in Tasmania and living through some of their worst fires in decades. All boiling down to three combining factors in climate change, bonding together and creating these firestorms. The Guardian is about the only paper I have seen reporting anything to the ‘mainland’ about these fires and that in itself angered me most.
Millie’s written piece resonated so deeply to what I had created that I shared it with her almost putting our two puzzle pieces together in a perfect fit. I felt this piece spoke to her words louder now than ever before.
Her words echo it beautifully, she’s a healer waiting for the moment to make huge changes to our planet.
Today I’ve been listening.
I can hear a rooster. Calling. Calling in the smoke. Lone voice choked with ashes and yet it keeps calling.
I’m safe here right now. I’ve got a plan. I’m connected to information and resources and a body that will work.
I can hear the birds tweeting. Fooled into a weird kind of dawn chorus. It would be pleasant. Except it isn’t.
I’m safe right now. I’ve got water and power and distance between me and the current fires.
I can hear my friends texting. Are you ok? Where are you going? Nah, still fine. Winds a bit awful.
I can hear the hearts calling. Echoing and then lost in the wind and the heat. Grief sizzling as the landscape melts out of the frying pan and into the fire.
I can hear the crackle of rage burning. Fuelling exhaustion already given power by the anticipation and anxiety of what is to come.
The silence is deafening. The weak acknowledgments, the “thoughts, and prayers” the “he should do better” coated in a pile of simply not-good-enough-yourself-bill-shorten.
Today is the day to start talking. Amidst the ash and the wind and the fear. Today is the day to start listening, to our hearts, to the deep knowledge of people who care.
Today is the day to start acting. Before the rains come, before the election is won, before the day is done and before the platitudes set in.
I am listening. And I am hoarding my fuel load, my sticks of fury, my leaves of hope and I am ready for more than just fire.
Some ways you might like to get involved include organisations like the following.
ACF – https://www.acf.org.au/ they have good ways for people to get involved and, Kelly O’Shanassy their CEO, has incredible integrity and is very very clear about the need for inclusion.
Tipping Point – https://www.tippingpoint.org.au/ have amazing people running this who keep their egos out of things and do a lot of behind the scenes support work.
The grassroots level of school climate strikes have their information on where stuff is happening – https://www.schoolstrike4climate.com/
Of course, last but certainly not least;
Australia Remade www.australiaremade.org which is about inspiring people by saying the future isn’t set, we can actually change it, connecting people because we cannot win alone (and your issue is my issue – climate, jobs, social justice) and together there are ways we can act to create this vision.
These are all just examples, but each organization have lots of different opportunities to point you in the direction of to help.
With so much discussion around climate change, there is a growing movement of people who are tired of waiting. Tired of hoping our leaders will do something positive to enact change. The time is coming up quickly and it’s now passing that time. Our time is NOW. Before there is no future for our future generations.
2017 and 2018 saw a lot of upheaval for our family. With relocating overseas, over the course of about 2 months and then coming home to storage containers filled with mold… it was very soon that half the year had disappeared and by Christmas, I was just coming up for air again.
Life doesn’t throw nice things at you very often and Christmas in our household was definitely a series of mac trucks being thrown and driven through our lives, that I’m glad that those who needed to be in our lives stuck around and those who obviously didn’t need to be are no longer.
Just before Christmas, I decided to invest and back myself for once; something I haven’t done for a while. I went back to Creative Live and browsed a few classes. I could do photographic classes again but I love my style of photography, I just felt I was never finishing my images, my way. I had a few clients over the years who were ok with me playing with their final images but it wasn’t until November 2018 when I had a special 3-year-old allowed let me shoot the images I needed for her specific request at the end of a shoot, and told me what she wanted to be created into. I was so excited I came home and compiled over 6 images and shot her little masterpiece to her mum. Apparently, it was very well received.
The feeling I got surrounding that one image from our entire session sat with my question of “Why would anyone shoot with me and not any other photographer”. It had been a long-standing question I was repeatedly asking myself and without reply, I would stop capturing people altogether or discount my packages to ‘suit’ what others wanted. That’s the single most fun way to kill your own soul let me tell you… Not.
So while I was browsing the Creative Live Library, I came across Brooke Shaden. Her work talked about “Fine Art Imagery” and how to create consecutive pieces to create a series, how to exhibit, how to do all the things I’ve always wondered about and felt completely stuck. Hmm, the class was nearly $200 so I left it for a few days. Low and behold a few days passed and I went back to purchase her course only to find there was a HUGE sale and it was now $99! So over the past month, I have been following along with her coursework and loving every minute. I’ve been unpacking some old memories from upstairs in my head and finally getting them out into an image. Sharing them has been absolutely terrifying BUT as Brooke says, it’s like you’ve created a series of your own Horocrux’s (yep, Harry Potter references!) and a piece of your soul is sent out in every image. Thankfully though, no one can actually destroy me if they don’t like the image.
So in the first few days I learned the fun art of planning and photographing every part of the final piece, and so I don’t spend a fortune on stock imagery, I get the control over the light, the angles, the everything to do when we bring all of those images in to composite.
So whilst I’m diving back into photography here in Australia, there will be many new creations coming out of JCC. Some you might like, some you might not, and some will make you feel all the things… that’s ok. That’s what Art does.
I have a backlog to catch up on as usual to blog about but my goal is to at least bring you a new piece a week so 2019 here we go! ❤
This is a very personal post today, I know that being comfortable and content is one thing but happiness is SO much more. Feeling ‘enough’ to receive anything is a struggle. To receive thanks, money, gratitude, compliments… name it.
I’ve already achieved much in my life but was it “My Way” or “Their Way”… enjoy!
“All my life, when I’m truly honest with myself I’ve always done the ‘right thing’ or ‘what’s expected.’ I passed high school well, I traveled for a year, I went to uni and graduated, got married, work hard, had kids, am a good mum and wife. I’m now 33 with 3 kids and although I’m content I do sometimes wonder what would life look like IF?”
I have struggled for years with anxiety. This was a rough piece to share but I felt it truly needed light, especially sitting front and centre at the time of another episode. I hope those who find this, find a little peace.
” it’s extremely ostracizing and deeply painful. I shy away from social interactions, being around people other than my family unit… sometimes even away from my family. “
Click here to read more:
Just Be Revolution – Discover of Self Blog
Please click on the link below to read more from my Just Be Revolution Blog post:
“When you spend so much time in a negative head space, you outwardly research and glean examples of why something is 100% truth. When you’re in a positive mindset, the same is true, however it’s not detrimental to your own self. Your beliefs are an equation of
Thoughts + Feelings + Research/Proof= Belief.”
I have been invited to be part of The Just Be Revolution and not only co-found this amazing revolution, but share my story and journey ahead coupled with artworks and imagery for each piece. Pretty cool from my perspective.
Just Be is…
A Revolution of courage, strength and love.
A Revolution of tolerance, kindness and confidence.
A Revolution to change how we feel about ourselves and to change how we see others.
Just Be is fighting for a future where everyone is accepted for who they are and how they look. The Just Be Revolution is a platform to share stories, and as our army grows, our voice will get louder. Together we are stronger and can make the world a better place for everyone.
Just Be is for everyone who wants to live in a kinder, more tolerant world where nobody is judged on their appearance. Just Be is for everyone who wants to help change what society sees as beautiful, normal and acceptable. Just Be is for anyone who has been teased, bullied, abused, beaten up, or worse, because of how they look or how they choose to look. Just Be is for everyone who is confident and happy to just be who they are.
We are fighting for a world where nobody is afraid to be themselves.
Many people have NO clue to my history and it’s not something I’ve ever shared. I’m finding though in my older years it’s becoming unwanted, disliked baggage that needs aired and dropped off along the road. I’m tired of seeing cyclic patterns arise and continue to prevail where change is growing.
I’m tired of the bullies and abusers.
The opinions that drive so many to lead pain filled, suppressed lives.
I’m tired of not living for me. For living how others perceive I “should”.
I’m tired of the ‘shoulds’ ‘musts’ ‘cant’s’ of life.
I’m tired of the abuse.
I just want to watch those around me thrive and blossom. I want to create art that speaks to those in transitions, pain, dark spaces and show them a path back to the light. It can be done- it’s not easy but it CAN be done.
So in light of this, here’s my first post for The Just Be Revolution:
“I’ve battled my whole life to become the strong person I am today. I’ve heard that what gets you through the first half of your life is completely different than what gets you through the second half of your life.
I know I’m not quite at the “second half” point yet, but I’ve been learning a lot about myself, and what I want for my life, over the last year or so. I’m doing a little reinventing early.”
To read more from the blog piece, please click on the link above.
I hope you enjoy the adventures and the imagery that accompanies this journey!
I’m thrilled to have partnered with Fine Art America to offer Julie Clyde Creative Artworks for sale as prints and on merchandise. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing artworks finished by a frame, matt and glass or even as a canvas or metal print.
Fine Art America is home to 100,000+ of the world’s greatest living artists and photographers. You’re able to browse their collection of 10,000,000+ images – all of which can be purchased as art prints, posters, framed prints, canvas prints, iphone cases, greeting cards, acrylic prints, metal prints, and more. When you’re ready, they’ll deliver a museum-quality masterpiece right to your doorstep. Which I love!
Taking a step back from seeing the process through from start to finish, for me is difficult, but I know Fine Art America’s reputation, product and quality so I’m thrilled to be part of their site.
Here’s a few examples of our work, partnered with their finishes!
From Tote Bags, to framed prints to circular beach towels!!!! (my personal fave) I can’t wait to see where these gorgeous pieces end up! Make sure you tag #JClydeCreative and #JCCInMyHome so I can see!
Thank you as always for your ongoing support of my business! ❤