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Fine Art Products Now Available!

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!

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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! ❤

Keep Smiling,
Love always
Jules

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Travelling Brings with it Creative Inspiration

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“Latitude Bar” at Sandals South Coast, Jamaica. Photography by Julie Clyde Creative

I forget how much the ocean opens up creativity for me. Sitting in it on the first day here, I had a few minutes to reflect on the past 12 months at Julie Clyde Creative and realised just how far I’ve come to date but also how far I still have to work on to continually grow and develop this incredible ‘ little business that could’. SO many times I threw this business into the trash, threw my hands in the air and simply gave up. SO. MANY. TIMES. Shouty text is for me to remind myself that was the last time.

It brought up some interesting conversations with my friend, Vanessa, who I’m travelling with. She owns and runs View It Do It which is an incredible live stream business out of Norfolk, Virginia, USA. She can take her high def cameras ANYWHERE in the world and live stream your big event globally.

As we contemplated the end of day one here, we got onto a few topics which had arisen as part of the conference we are here with. There had been some tension and frustrations voiced throughout the day, which I was working my best to not jump in and offer some suggestions. I realised how common these frustrations are and why they actually happen.

When you have an organisation, you need structure. Now whether or not that is a board of advisers for your sole trader or LLC which involes a few friends, your mum and the cat or whether its a small to large comany, having directors, CEO, COO, CFO and what works for your company are imperative.

There needs to be people in these positions who are leaders. They shouldn’t be there because they’re deemed the strongest personality, or appear always in control.
This is a general observation from many businesses I’ve had the pleasure of working with. The companies who thrive and work the best together have been the ones where the CEO works with EVERYONE around themselves. Yes, It’s their ultimate decision on many things, BUT, they are not making all the decisions based on their own thoughts, agenda, ideals and what they want out of it. Even my business starting out, I had my husband as a big sounding board and a few of my business friends with a couple of my non business friends to sound ideas off. They have grown to be imperative to my own decision making and success. A great and supportive team are imperative to any growth be it in life or business.

The second key to your business is not your logo. I’m sorry that’s NOT your branding. It’s your brand MARK but not your brand. Some graphic designers create the most spectacular logos and marks and I really enjoy scrolling through websites and imagery checking those out. While these are part of what you do, in order to have a clear cut message and direction for your business, it’s imperative to your success you have a brand developer come in and work one on one with you and your board to get your messaging spot on.

If you sell toilet paper for example, and it’s the softest, whitest, prettiest designed toilet paper but your messaging says you sell gift wrap, you’ll attract the wrong audience and create a muddled brand for both yourself and your prospective clients.

Recently, one of my brands and I were talking about their brands message and their tag line in particular. For me I know when a message hits home. It’s like a huge light that goes off in my head. He was talking about his photography work and what could he have has his tag (I adore his work so this was a total thrill for me to work with him on this). It started out with bringing nature inside and creating my passion to inspire you. Which don’t get me wrong are still nice, but when he started to tell his story a little more and spoke of what emotion it brings his clients that’s when the light bulb went on for us all. He said “My mum always tells me that my work ‘Puts you there’ so maybe Place you there?”
I was hosting a workshop at the time and every single attendee looked up from their work and literally yelled at him, OH YES! You HAVE got to check out his work over at Russell Pugh Photography. We are still happily working together and I cannot wait to see where his brand and clarity drives his amazing passion and creativity.

Vanessa from View It Do It, when we first started working together’s tag line was “Where Everyone Gets a Front Row Seat” Which in itself isn’t bad, BUT it didn’t allow her clients to understand what it was she did from the get go. She changed it after we had some long branding chats to “Stream You Big Day Live”. Instantly people understand what she does and she is thriving daily.

For your brand to be fully understood you tag line is important but its also your essence and substance behind what you do. It’s your mission and vision statements. Its your commitment statements, key words, colours, font selections, messaging throughout everything you do. This is my passion and being able to watch business men and women realise their message and potential it makes me incredibly inspired within myself. At the end of the day, my clients should be, must be, more successful than I am and if they’re not, then I’m not doing my job properly.

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New Art Available In Our Store!

Whilst creating branding for my clients, I sometimes get time to take some ‘self care’ for myself and just create. These pieces were SUCH a joy to make and I love each and everyone of them. From the ‘Purple Haze’, ‘Sunset Over The Land’ to ‘Sun Showers’ and “Snowstorm” I love each and everyone of them for different reasons.
Each of them are for sale via our Etsy Store in limited quantities so grab yours while they’re available!

From every purchase from the store, 10% of profits will be sent to The Wounded Warrior Project, USA and Soldier On Australia in your name. PTSD effects not only the returning soldier, but also their family and friends. We thank you for supporting our favorite charity and helping so many who serve and protect us, to find a little peace xxx

Keep Smiling
Love,
Jules

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Team work makes the dream work

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Today is a thrilling day. I am so excited to announce that the new Modern Femme Movement website/community is up and running! Katy and Somer have been working tirelessly with the amazing team over at Carii to combine a site where a community can thrive away from social media but still be connected to their tribe. The site was built by the incredible Tracey French of Indalia Design. She’s done a bang up job combining the branding with her skills to bring to life this part of the Modern Femme Project.

Over the past seven months I’ve been working closely with Modern Femme to refresh their brand and help take it to the next level. It’s been a fun run of brand marks, media kits, sponsorship guides, brand style guides, buttons, icons and everything in between. Growing their brand and watching them thrive has been nothing short of a joy.

However it isn’t about me. I love seeing a brand being used and loved as much as I pour into it, but this has been a HUGE team effort. The collaboration of the tribe is what has made this successful. When you get to collaborate on this scale you don’t often see all the bits and pieces as they’re created as a final cohesive piece. So for me today feels like the birth day of a vision, that is seven months in the making for me but a couple of years for the co-creators.

I’m really proud to have been part of their movement to date and I’m really excited to see where it’s going to in the future. You both mean the world to me and I still have ‘pinch me’ moments when I think about what you saw that I didn’t and encouraged me along.

I can’t wait to join you both in May and celebrate our year together

Congratulations ladies!!!

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The Perfection of Imperfection

After branding Megan Hall Motivation late last year, it solidified many things for us. Our undeniable friendship, business ventures, love of wine but most of all our love to talk.
Megan came to me early in December and put to me a proposal to create a Podcast with her where we talk about topics and share personal stories close to us that inspire us to do and be better. We wanted to find women of inspiration whom we could also interview to share their journeys also.

Fast forward to January 1st and our first podcast was launched on The Inspired Women Podcast. Before the week was up we were also being cast on iTunes, GooglePlay, SoundCloud and a few other platforms. This blew us both away.
After listening back to the first episode I had a major panic of uncertainty and messaged Megs in a panic. “I can’t do this, you sound so professional and I don’t and you don’t want me part of the show”
In typical “Jules freaking out and Megan comes to save the day” she told me to calm down and relax. She had already been sent feedback about our first episode and it was ALL positive. Wait… What? Someone listened? Insert continued mix of above freak out mixed with excitement.
Fast forward three weeks and we now have heard My story, Megan’s Story and on Monday will launch my incredible friend and life coach, Amy Latta. Her story is about being Brave, Silly and Worthy. Three words that are so lost as we grow and are crucial to the whimsy and joys of life.

We then get a glimpse into the incredible work of Rockstars and Royalty in Australia and how Vicky is pivoting and growing her brand into an international powerhouse. She’s creating from a space of truth like no other designer. Her story is also incredibly inspiring!

Today after casting with Katy Blevins Calabrese, Co-founder of Modern Femme, there were words spoken that have echoed with me all day…
“Nothing will ever be perfect, it’s finding joy in the imperfections”
You’ll have to wait to hear her and her story but it was electric for me to be part of her interview and witness her truthfully speak about her journey to date.

The beauty of what I get to be part of, is that I hear and see myself in SO many of these incredible stories and learn from each of our guests. I get to hear my inner critic come knocking and I can now tell them to go away; for today, and tomorrow, all the way to never coming back again.

The confidence it’s creating in me means that I’m also shifting and pivoting. As you’ve seen from my last few blogs, I am now branding internationally from start up business through to globally expanding companies. It is something I take great pride in being part of and I have realized my service within creating truly sets me on fire. I still create Fine Art pieces as my outlet but my awesome clients are keeping me busy!

What does this mean growing forwards? It means learning to be ok with Imperfect Perfection. It means the washing may not get done every day- but most days, It means juggling non work life and life, being present for my family and showing up as my BEST self. It means planning, scheduling and learning about things I haven’
t always been comfortable doing. It means imperfect progress and being ok with failing forwards.

It means getting over myself and pursuing what makes ME happy and listening to my intuition. It means finally feeling like I can provide again and not self sabotage what I build and create. It’s stepping into my potential and enjoying the ride!

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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.

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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

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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

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Creative Education

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Thursday, Friday and Saturday last week I spent in Canberra. Now before all of Canberra get upset I didn’t see them, to be honest I didn’t see you either. I flew in at 3:30pm Thursday afternoon, had a quick date with my naturopath and then headed to collect my favourite Hope from work. Whilst trying to work out my hire car, Hope was trying to break in. Unbeknown to me, the car locks itself while you have it turned on to stop people like Hope busting in for a long awaited hug.
We set off to the city and quickly grabbed some dinner before heading to listen to Jesh De Rox. His name even sounds cool doesn’t it! Jesh is the creator and amazing mind behind Beloved Photography. I’ve studied his online training and I’ve been utilising it in sessions ever since. Actually being in the same room and listening to him speak was IN-CRED-IBLE. Thursday went from 6:30pm-10pm then most of us went out with him to the city to get  late night snack and keep the conversation open. Time VERY well spent.  I think we crawled into bed around midnight…

Friday began with a vacuum cleaner… Interestingly enough it was like being home on a Saturday morning as a teenager. After some fun locating  Jesh in the city we headed back to Hope’s studio for a full day of Jesh intensive.

Six of us joined Jesh for his workshop all unknown to myself except Hope. There was Bec, Jodie, Briony and Dani all who had no idea that inside I was trying to hide in the corner like I normally do. After a few get to know you exercises Jesh style we were well bonded and snort laughing at each other. It doesn’t take long to make bonds when you realise “no one in the world is a stranger, they are just people who’s story you dont know yet”. Jesh

I wish I could explain to you what we did. But I can’t. It was an experience difficult for words but amazing to be apart of. I know I laughed and cried a little and then laughed a whole lot more. I am filled with fantastic moments and quotes which I have been replaying over and over since. I supposed I now know what Hope meant by the Jesh bubble. I’m in mine and not coming out!
I came away from the loooooooooong day feeling like it had been only a few hours and all I could muster to say was ‘awesome’.

I nervously had my accreditation test at the end of the day and passed. I passed!!! 🙂

I have taken away tools that will help me become a better photographer, but more importantly it will also help me be a better mother to my kids, wife to hunky bear and friend to those both close to me and those I am yet to meet.

XJC