Visual Creative

Surrender to a Greater Dream: Illustrated Inspiration from Oprah Winfrey and New Series with Ava DuVernay Based on Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile

Made this illustration of one of my greatest inspirations for her birthday. Inspired by Oprah's words on surrendering dreams to God, (plus love this beautiful purple dress she wore on The Life You Want Tour!) "God can dream a bigger dream for me, for you, than you could ever dream for yourself. When you've worked as hard and done as much and strived and tried and given and pled and bargained and hoped…surrender. When you have done all that you can do, and there's nothing left for you to do, give it up." Give it up to that One that is greater than yourself…

Congrats to Oprah and Selma’s director Ava DuVernay who are bringing a dream to life by teaming up for an original drama series on OWN based on Natalie Baszile’s debut novel, “Queen Sugar.” Looking forward to reading the book and watching the series- we so need more purpose-full stories to be told and this collaboration is an amazing one!

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Your Dreams Were Made to Flourish: Live Out Your Beautiful Purpose

The beautiful thing about purpose is that everyone was born with it – the question is will you choose to fully embrace and move in it?

You’ve caught glimpses of it ever since you were a child, when your hope and wonder was still fresh and you explored the world with joy and wide-eyed awe. You’ve always imagined making an impact in the unique way you were created to – so what are you waiting for? You’ve already been chosen…

Deep down you know you weren’t made for the ordinary, you may have been rejected or always felt like a mis-fit – but it’s because you are from more royal origins. You were made to live out a story greater than your wildest dreams, grander than your highest hopes, to love boldly, sowing seeds of healing and setting others free.

This beautiful purpose crafted and written for you, and those you are connected to, is more captivating than any fairy-tale, more riveting than an epic legend or film…So why do we constantly seek outward, aimless distraction, yearning for merit-less validation, entertaining meaningless excuses and powerless foes like fear that dull and pull us away from our real-life reverie?

Below listen to my inspirational pep talk for you entering the New Year, “It’s Your Time to Flourish and Shine”

This year is ours to be found and to seek, to create, dance and play on purpose with childlike belief, to cultivate, thrive and flourish, to shine and savor the love we were made for and finally live out that dream courageously. This 2015 we’re waiting in eager anticipation for you to come awake and realize the truth of who you were always meant to be…free. ‪#‎ariseandshine‬ ‪#‎beYoutothefull‬ ‪#‎liveboldlyonPurpose‬ ‪#‎youareBeautiful‬ ‪#‎alwaysbelieve‬ ‪#‎youremadeformore‬

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It’s Your Time To Flourish and Shine

Every second of each day is precious! This is your time to flourish and shine – use it wisely and creatively! I spent some time planning and painting to kick off 2015…what are some steps you can take to get you closer to that vision in your heart?

A goal of mine is to share more of my original inspirational paintings with the world at Envibrance Dream Creations. I’ve decided to plan and work on this goal consistently to ensure that I keep up the traction.

Need a resource to help you keep track of your dreams? I love my Flourish Planner from Monica Lee at Smart Creative Women! It was one of the sparks that inspired me to get my watercolors out again – Monica’s painting on the cover is so inspiring as well as the quotes throughout! Find this planner, other designs and her amazing show where she interviews women in the business of creativity at!

Below listen to my inspirational pep talk for you entering the New Year “It’s Your Time to Flourish and Shine”

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Art to Inspiration: Floral Fashion Alice in Wonderland-Styled Edition

Have you ever looked at a work of art that sparked your imagination and creativity? It might be the merging of colors, the textures, the eccentric imagery or just the statement it makes in simplicity – inspiration is everywhere and whatever makes you stop and look twice can be inspiration that you infuse into your own art & life.

Art to Inspiration is a collaborative blog series started by Supal of Chevrons and Eclairs. Every month she sends out a work of art that serves as a creative spark and asks others to respond with their interpretation of the piece, whether through a fashion collage, quote or an original work. You can join in on the fun by signing up here.

November’s art is entitled “The Other Side” and is by an artist named Linda Monfort. You can find more of her work which she describes as “Modern abstract expressionism” at:

I love the freedom of the floral painting and the merging of bright and soft colors that make it feel dreamy, romantic and feminine. Here’s my fashionable interpretation of this painting (pictured at the top of the post)…

1. The painting reminded me of this floral “Calooh! Callay!” dress I had seen (and stared longingly at;) at Shabby Apple from their Mad Hatter Collection inspired by Alice in Wonderland. I love the shades of periwinkle and violet that create movement much like the painting…. Continue Reading »

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Made with Love – Latest Design Project & Review of EasyCanvasPrints

Above: A special wedding print I created for my friend Evelina, printed with EasyCanvasPrints.

Evelina is the type of person who brightens a room with her contagious laugh and personality. I met her when I was a college student and she was one of my advisors and co-workers. Who could imagine that we’d become friends and that years later I’d be designing her wedding invitations.

Evelina inspires me to keep pursuing my purpose despite what obstacles may arise. Recently I interviewed her on my site Dream in Soul (click here for that interview) about how she overcame a life-threatening illness and is now living life fully and boldly. Her love story is unique and special (she and her husband Ivan met on Facebook through mutual friends) and inspires me that God has creative ways of weaving together the details in our lives.

For her December wedding Evelina wanted a fun invitation with a Christmasy-feel and a movie poster theme, so I created the design to the right with the engagement photographs by Adrian Gutierriz. The “movie title” was “From My Heart to Yours” which is actually the motto of Evelina’s inspirational company Sol2Soul. After the wedding I modified the invitations and used some of the photos from the ceremony to create a special Wedding Memory Collage print for Evelina.

Around that time I was contacted by Megan from EasyCanvasPrints to review their service, so I decided to send in Evelina’s design. Soon afterwards I got a package in the mail and was excited to see the print come alive on a 16×20 canvas.

The print from EasyCanvasPrints is vibrant, very close in color to the original graphic I sent, and the texture gives the design a character and dynamic. The print is slightly glossy in the darker areas, and I like how the colors are bright and pop. The canvas is pretty thick and is mounted on a wooden frame with a metal attachment on the back for hanging (you can also order wall mounts from the site). I love how the print details wrap around the canvas (which is one of three options you can choose.) I think EasyCanvasPrints is a great choice for anyone who wants to display family photograph or a work of art.

Special event designs are some of my favorites to do, feel free to contact me if you’d like me to create a design for your special occasion or a personalized gift made with love for someone special.

Note: I received a free print from EasyCanvasPrints in exchange for a review on my site. My review was based on the product I received and my opinion of it.

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Paper Art Inspiration from Yulia Brodskaya

I’ve been wanting to try some paper art myself recently, since its one of my favorite mediums. Over the years one of my favorite paper artists has been Yulia Brodskaya, you can see some of my favorite works from Yulia above. I love the intricate and brightly colored scenes she illustrates and projects she’s done for companies like Google and O Magazine. Visit her site at

About Yulia – From her site:
Yulia Brodskaya was born in Russia (Moscow); prior to moving to the UK in 2004 she was interested in diverse creative practices ranging from Textile Painting, Origami and Collage to more traditional Fine Art practices. Following an MA in Graphic Communication (2006, University of Hertfordshire) she continued to experiment and explore ways of bringing together all the things she likes most: typography, paper, and highly detailed hand-made craft objects. She has swiftly earned an international reputation for her innovative paper illustrations and continues to create beautifully detailed paper designs for clients all around the world.

Julia on why she loves using paper
“I believe that one of the main reasons I enjoy the paper craft, is due to my love of the material: paper. Although I’ve always had a special fascination for paper, it has taken me a while to find my own way of working with it; and then it took a little longer to find out that the technique I have been using so intensively is called quilling – it involves the use of strips of paper that can be rolled, shaped, and glued to the background.” Read More

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