If this isn't inspiring I don't know what is

This past ten days, I have been investigating how to bring more art into my life. Crafting, making, painting and creating is something I've done since I was a little girl, even today I spend my free moments doodling and drawing. Yet for one reason or another, I've never given it time other than painting gift cards for friends and family. 

Today, I remembered the talk of an amazing chap called Tom Fishburne a.k.a "The Marketoonist". I met him when he told his inspiring story about quitting his job at Method (after being inspired himself at the inaugural Do Lectures 3 years prior) to follow his heart in to cartooning. We were in a tipi in Wales at The Do Lectures in 2011. I was there volunteering and remember his talk vividly. In fact I remember putting my hand up in the auction for one of his signed original paintings of the event, the bid got to high and alas, a more wealthy bidder won the prize. Good for the fundraiser though! Here's Tom's Do Lectures experience in his own words accompanied by the slides from his talk.

I left a great job, at a great company, in a recession, to become a cartoonist. Today, I’m here to share the story of finding my story, in the hopes that it helps you think about yours.
— Tom Fishburne

Tom's cartoons carry powerful messages which he sells to brands as a communication tool. Cartoons cut to the point, entertain and have a poignance which can't always be put into words. His work now gets viewed by hundreds of thousands of people and is featured in the New York Times, Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal and more. It's inspiring because he's made his passion his work and I'm excited to share with you Tom's talk in the hope it ignites a fire in your belly, like it did for me today. 

 

 

An Annual Event (x2)

In December 2015 we were in Falmouth Cornwall and reflected on the years prior.  

One year on, we have been from Cornwall to St Davids, to Boulder to California, back to Wales, off to New York, Colorado again and now we are starting the next chapter at our new home in Bristol.

It was, December 31st, 2016 and after a romantic dinner for two in the sweet Italian restaurant on the ground floor of our new flat, we scrolled through our RossandAlice joint Instragram and our individual Facebook timelines cataloguing the highlights of the year. It was a special two hours in the countdown to the new year, to look back and remember all the things we've forgotten or not revisited for a while. With mostly huge highs and some lows, here's what we captured. 

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A few cards I made... more coming soon

Each card is an original hand-painted card. No prints or copies made. 

I'm going to get some more photos of these cards soon showing them 'on set'.

They are going to be sold with a square brown envelope and a clear plastic protective wrap and then quickly sent out in the post to  you. 

I'm thinking of about 3.50 including P&P for UK orders. Sound reasonable enough?

Vision Board v2

I've been collecting magazine cut outs for the last couple of months and enjoyed putting together some vision boards for around the house for the next couple of months (until we move house again!). 

They help me to picture what I'd like to be doing more of, and by putting the images around me they seem to quite often manifest themselves. They give me clarity and focus on what I want my life to be like. 

Jack Canfield wrote on his blog about vision boards 'A tangible representation of where you are going. It represents your dreams, your goals, and your ideal life..... The universe loves speed, and you will be amazed at just how quickly the Law of Attraction responds to your energy, commitment, and desires.