a NEW Adventure - combining art + story for a book!

a few years ago, i wrote a novel. i spent two years revising and rewriting, having it critiqued and getting advice from other authors. then, i completely burned out on it. 

that's one of the reasons i started painting again in the summer of 2009. but recently, i've had this voice in my head that is craving to get back to writing.

i know i just need to give myself a bit of time and space to let all of my ideas, inspirations and energy flow into this new project. and i am so excited (and a bit nervous) to see just where it leads me! 

so i've decided to take some time at the beach to reread my novel and see just what happens! i know i have a few books inside. i will definitely be putting together an illustrated book, incorporating my paintings with their stories. and i'd love to put together a how-to book to share more of my painting process and inspirations. 

but right now, it's a my novel that is calling me back...so i know, it's my next place to begin.

the beach seems like the perfect backdrop. i seriously can't stop taking photos of every sunrise and sunset. and i know all of this gorgeous-ness will seep into my paintings too! 

one of the biggest things i'm learning right now is that things in my life are not linear. sometimes, there isn't a straight line to get to where i'm thinking i'd like to go. and that's really the fun part. it's all about following those little words of inspiration. those things that keep coming up again and again. 

all it takes is that first step. who knows where it will lead to next!


thank you so much for all of your get well soons! i'm feeling a million times better! and am so excited to start painting with everyone today too in my how to paint a girl e-course! in case you missed it, here's a little video snip-it

hope you enjoyed a lovely weekend!


  1. I love your photos, where ever it is you live looks beautiful - from its doors to its beaches!
    Its 9am here in Ireland and I have just read your post, what an inspirational start to the week! I have no doubt that you will succeed with your novel, I am soooo happy for you that your writing mojo is calling you again.

  2. thank you so much! my home in madison, wisconsin is covered with snow right now. i'm spending some time to write and paint at the beach in florida (seaside beach where the movie the truman show was filmed).

    have a wonderful week!
    xo, juliette

  3. I'm so jealous! Are you in Destin then? I went there once before and saw the cute little picturesque houses they used in the movie. Lovely place.

    1. such a cute place...i'm actually in seaside beach just up from destin :)

  4. Good luck with your novel. I too have felt the call to get back to writing again after a couple of years. The beach looks lovely.

  5. juliette, are you still in seaside? we're here, too :)

  6. That is great...you put your gifts to the page AND to the canvas. Wow. Best of luck on all of it!

    1. thank you! it's a story that's been on my mind for such a long time :)

  7. Love the pictures and the inspiration. AND congrats on being called back to your book. THIS IS sooo TRUE. . . "Things in my life are not linear..sometimes there isn't a straight line to get to where I'm thinking I want to go."

    Carry on.


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