Creativity Coach - Artist Desiree East

You want to THRIVE and live in the PRESENT MOMENT. You want to CREATE THE REALITY YOU'VE ALWAYS DREAMED through CREATIVE LIFESTYLE HABITS.You want to tap into that hidden, CREATIVE POTENTIAL that is ready to be UNLEASHED to the world. When your inner voice, your intuitive heart --- YOUR creative genius --- is nourished and pampered, you know you can create profound changes in your LIFE that is the art.

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creatively Fit Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

Filtering by Category: sketchbook

and don't even say, 'but I'm not an artist.'

The folks at Art House Co-op took the words right out of my mouth.

Not sure how long you've been following my blog, but do you remember when I did a little Sketchbook Project Tour 2012 with Art House Co-op? So fun. Here's a little video and the link to the full article (where I talked about my creative process in a little more detail):

Monochromatic: A sketchbook (and a fun little video)

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I skipped this year's tour, because of travelling (that's ironic) --- although, I did carry a sketchbook during my travels, AND I kind of have a fun little program hidden in my little braincase about travel journaling, too...so, I'll keep you posted --- but, I've decided to join the Sketchbook Project Tour for 2014.

I would LOOOOOOVE it if you could join me!

Click here for all of the deets:

SKETCHBOOK PROJECT 2014

And, NO, I am not an affiliate partner of Art House Co-op, so I do not get any kick-downs for signing you up. I'm simply just trying to nudge you into joining me on this creative journey, along with all of the other self-proclaimed artists around the world! It's the teacher in me. You're welcome and good job!!

You on board? Sign-ups end on midnight, NOV 1st!! Postmark deadline is JAN 15th, 2014.

PLEASE, JOIN ME AND THOUSANDS OF ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. INVITE A FRIEND AND SHARE THIS LINK WITH ANYONE YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED. THANK YOU AND I HOPE YOU CAN JOIN THE TOUR!!

join me on the sketchbook project tour 2014

one simple thing you could do to calm the {bleep} down

Draw a mandala.

Start at the center.

Use simple lines and shapes.

Work your way out.

And breathe...

I know what you're thinking, "Wow, Des, you must have a lot of time on your hands..."

Actually, I don't.

But, I make the time. To create. Because for me, it really is like breathing.

Zenning out on doodles and such is my go-to --- my escape from all the to-lists, the deadlines, the {fill-in-the-blank}, that makes life kinda nuts.

It calms me down. Clears my mind. And helps me get back to into focus.

And if you know me well, I'm all about zenning out.

Join me, will you?

DO YOU FIND SOMETHING AS SIMPLE AS DOODLING, ZENFUL? ARE YOU A SEASONED MANDALA ADDICT? WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SIMPLY DOODLED? HOW DID YOU FEEL AFTERWARDS?

PLEASE JOIN ME FOR 'MANDALA MEDITATIONS: A 3-WEEK PAINTING JOURNEY'. YOU WILL CREATE MANDALAS SKETCHES AND PAINT YOUR VERY OWN PERSONAL MANDALA THAT IS BOTH BEAUTIFUL AND MEANINGFUL.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

CLICK to Register to Mandala Meditations
CLICK to Register to Mandala Meditations

quick sketch of a daily ritual

afternoon sketch of wiwin feeding fish. bali, indonesia. by desiree east I've had my share of the usual field sketches while designing landscapes for clients, but it's been a while since I've kept a field journal for myself. I kind of miss the spontaneous feel of quickly dragging a pen or pencil, in a somewhat messy, yet intentional manner, across a page to do a quick sketch of something I see.

You know, that something that catches your eye. The silhouette of a tree. The texture of a leaf. Or something that suggests a story, like a magnificent view of perfect, reeling barrels. Or that simple something to document and keep, forever archived...

One of my goals, while here in Bali, is to keep a nature journal. I have finally settled into somewhat of a routine - of basic day-to-day living, that is - and now have some time to get back into a creative groove.

This was the first sketch.

Wiwin, one of the care-takers of the property, shows up every afternoon, around 4-4:30ish to feed the fish. So, I thought to myself: Okay,  perfect. An opportunity to fill the first page of my nature journal.

Scribble, scrabble here. Scribble, scrabble there. Throw some watercolor on it. Done.

I showed Wiwin the sketch. I got a thumbs up, a healthy laugh, a huge smile, and something in Indonesian...all I heard was, "Bagus!" which means, "Good."

"Ya, you like?" For a split second, my nerves got to me, and my stomach churned a little, as it always does, when I share my artwork. I know, it's just a sketch, but still. I get so nervous.

"Ya, bagus!" Again, Winwin says, with a huge smile and thumbs up.

The image seemed to make him smile a lot, so I ended up pulling this first page out of my journal and giving it to him as a gift, "For you...gift."

He just kept smiling. I hope he liked it.

inspired by national geographic

quick whale illustration. by desiree east we don't have cable. we netflix. don't judge.

i do admit, though, i do miss the occasional reality drama. people are funny and fascinating. kinda like the jersey shore crew...(i mean, WOW).

but still, those fools have nothing on national geographic's series, 'great migrations' (cuz i'm a nerd like that).

my husband and i netflixed a couple of episodes of nat geo. then i got inspired.

media used: pen and ink {prismacolors: jad green, violet, rhodamine, apple green, aquamarine}

here are some fun facts about sperm whales - that's Physeter macrocephalus, for all of my fellow geeky naturalists and friends (yeah, i'm talkin' to you):

  • sperm whales don't really look like my cartoon illustration, but one thing they do have are very large brains (the largest brain of any animal)...hence, the exaggerated head.
  • their very large heads also hold the oily substance called 'spermaceti', once hunted for a variety of uses, such as cosmetics, machine oil, and candles.
  • sperm whales don't really float on the surface, as shown in the illustration above, unless they are 'logging' or floating, usually with their fluke (or tails) down (and again, it's a cartoon, so cut me some slack).
  • exposing their flukes, or 'lobtailing', may be an indication of going down for a dive or slapping the surface of the water to communicate with their pod.
  • sperm whales are one of the deepest diving mammals, holding their breath for up to 90 minutes while diving.
  • sperm whales eat about a ton of food per day, which consists of squid, octopus, and fish. soooo let's see...that's about equal to a volkswagon beetle. or maybe an elephant. or even a hippo!
  • the classic novel moby dick was based on the actual events of a sperm whale that sank the ship 'essex' in the early 1800's.
  • yes, for all of my local peeps, sperm whale have been sighted in the santa barbara channel, near channel islands national park.
  • the females and their calves usually travel in pods (yep, just like the illustration above with the mama and her bebe), and the males usually travel solo or move from group to group (because we all know how much guys like their freeeeeeedom).

(oh, i know! how un-scientific of me - personifying whales and turning them into cartoons!)

but whatevs, it's all in good fun...i hope you enjoyed my lil' illustration and learned something new!

the sketchbook project world tour 2012: are you participating?

Curious minds want to know...are you participating in Arthouse Co-op's Sketchbook Project for 2012? If so, what theme did you pick (and we should definitely connect, I would love to see your work!)

Want to participate? Well then, chop-chop, what are you waiting for?

Sign up by October 31st, 2011

Postmark your book by January 31st, 2011

International Tour starts April 2012

Get all the juicy details here: The Sketchbook Project World Tour 2012

HERE ARE THIS YEAR'S THEMES:

(It was a tough choice, but I think I'm digging 'monochromatic'...)

what would michelangelo do?

So I spent the afternoon looking for a new sketchbook...geeeeez, do you know how hard it is to find the 'perfect' sketchbook for all occasions? I've been searching for days on end, scouring shelves and shelves stacked with an endless variety of sketchbooks. You'd think I'd find something. And it's also kind of silly, considering I've already more than one sketchbook (although, they do serve different purposes):

  • one intimate bedside/dream journal for end-of-the-day reflections and rants and for quick morning sketches of ethereal dreams remembered upon waking
  • a medium-sized sketchbook for lesson planning/prepping for art classes and other random design projects
  • a perfectly-petite travel/pocket sketchbook to catch random creative spurts that stream out of my brain case. You can find it laying around in random places, like on the coffee table, on the kitchen table, in the office...(not the bathroom, though).
  • and then there's the random loose-leaf sketches: perhaps on a scratch piece of paper; on a crinkled napkin, or two; or from a spiral-torn, colleged-ruled notebook. All, of course, loosely stuffed into any of the above-mentioned journals...

i need a new art journal

So...I'm coming near the end of a couple of my sketchbooks, and I'm looking for an all-in-one. Something that can take a variety of mediums. If you can hear my thought process while shopping for one, you'd think that I am crazy...
"I like this one, but it's not the right paper..."
"This one is nice, but the binding kind of sucks..."
"Oh, cute, and acid-free. Too bad I'm not into puppy dogs and ice cream..."
"Perfect paper, but only 25 sheets? and for $25 bucks?..."
"Look! Eco-friendly, but cheap spiral binding..."
"Oooo, perfect everything, but causes cancer and reproductive harm? Crap!"
"Too big..."
"Too small..."
I know, ridiculous, right? I mean, what did the great master artists do? They didn't have the endless choices that we have today. I feel spoiled. I mean, can you imagine Michelangelo going through this process? (Now, that would be funny). When it comes to picking out a new sketchbook, do you have a favorite that you always go back to? Canson, Strathmore, Moleskine????? Feel free to share your thoughts...

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transformational creativity coach desiree east

Desiree East is a Soulful Entrepreneur, Certified Master Transformational Coach, Creativity Coach and Visual Artist. Desiree facilitates live creative workshops and retreats, as well as, online art programs focused on personal and professional development. She inspires her clients to create meaningful change in their lives through creative ritual, using art-making as a modality for creative wellness and deep transformation (no art experience required). 

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