Friday, July 21, 2017

Juliet Meeks -- a Sketchbook Conversation

Today's colorful, pattern-filled Sketchbook Conversation is with Juliet Meeks. Juliet is a surface pattern designer and artist working in New Orleans, LA and I know you'll enjoy getting a peek into her sketchbooks. Here's here story:


I started keeping sketchbooks in high school and college and I actually had a hard time keeping a sketchbook daily. I've always kept books and books of notes for creative ideas though, since I'm a big list person and can't write my ideas down enough! I started taking a visual sketchbook more seriously when I began working on my various 30 day challenges. 

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Most of the photos you see here are from my most recent series I just wrapped up, #30PaintedFlorals. I love using Instagram to share my creative challenges, because it keeps me accountable by having an audience and a schedule that helps me stay on track and inspired to create. 

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I like to be organized to stay inspired. If I'm feeling out of whack or just blah, I'll pick up around my office to feel like I have a fresh space to create. It's also really helpful to have an end goal, even a small self-initiated one. 

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Whether that's completing 30 pieces of art, or designing a greeting card for my shop. I like my projects to have some sort of direction or guidelines, which may sound counter-intuitive but it really helps me feel free to create. 

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It's been about two years since I started painting regularly with watercolor, and then gouache. I often paint on watercolor paper or in my watercolor sketchbook like you see here (I love the square format!). 

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I am just now getting into painting with acrylics on wood panels. I am so excited to start working with a new medium, while still using my trusty watercolor. I often get asked which journal I use, so you can find it here.

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I really found my style, or at least the beginnings of it, by completing the 100 Day Project. My project was 100 Days of Painted Patterns (#100DaysofPaintedPatterns on Instagram). If you have the time, no matter how small the daily task, I highly recommend it! You don't even have to do it 100 days in a row, but my suggestion is to try. It IS an intense commitment but it's one you won't regret! 

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Thank you, Juliet, for sharing your sketchbooks with us today!


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Missed the other Sketchbook Conversations posts? It's easy to catch up at the series web page.

And for even more inspiration, check out my Artist Interviews




*Photos in this post ©Juliet Meeks. Used with permission.

4 comments:

  1. Such eye catching patterns! I agree with Juliet that it is fun to start working with a new medium - it helps to shake you up! Thanks for sharing Anne. :)

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    1. Yes, experimenting can be fun and energizing!

      Glad you're enjoying the series, Simone!

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  2. I love the way Juliet designs her patterns, they obviously take a lot of thought but they look so effortless! I loved seeing her sketchbook work.

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    1. Yes, she certainly has the knack for creating intricate, yet effortless patterns. Did you see her flip through her sketchbook on Instagram? You can see it here: https://www.instagram.com/p/BW04vsIAYvA/?taken-by=julietmeeksdesign

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