Help our followers get to know you. What does a typical day in the life of Lynnette involve?
Generally, I wake up without an alarm clock. I lie in bed for at least an hour, drifting in and out of consciousness, replaying dreams from the night before. Before getting out of bed, I say a prayer of gratitude for every thought passing through my existence.
After breakfast and chores, I sit down with coffee to either write, edit, design, or promote my books and self. I created a daily spiritual practice harmonizing eight areas of life (based on Feng Shui and the chakras). I use it to create a work-from-home lifestyle as an author and illustrator.
I take lots of actions towards my goals and do as much as I can in a day, even if it means opening my novel to edit and realizing there's only time to do a few paragraphs. I congratulate myself for tiny steps (and big ones, too). At night, I use the same harmonizing techniques to study affirmations and visuals defining my dream lifestyle.
When did you first become interested in illustrating?
I wouldn't be surprised to discover I was born with a drawing utensil in hand. I remember doodling from age three. I drew a girl, holding a bouquet of red balloons, walking away, through a trellis. The image may be this vivid because my mom shared the picture with me years later (and several times). I always chose art classes before anything else and proclaimed that Art was my one true love.
What are your favourite things to draw?
Right now I am into anything henna related. I used to be hard on myself for not being a natural at drawing realistic images (like nature, people, and buildings). Eventually, I embraced being a graphic artist. Now, I love geometric patterns, floral designs, and ancient symbolism.
Where do you find inspiration?
The internet is an amazing source of inspiration. I'm a big fan of Pinterest and Google Image for visuals. I try to make sure my social media feeds are full of people and places that inspire me, too.
If you weren't an illustrator what would you be?
If I were not an illustrator, I would be an author — which I am! I have also always had a fascination with floor plan drawings, both architecturally and for interior design. My passion is creativity.
Why do you think adult colouring books have become so huge?
Being an adult is hard! What do we give to children to keep them calm and productive? Coloring books! Crayons! Keeping the motor skills busy with a repetitive, tedious task, allows the mind to clear and the body to relax. I think people are recognizing the therapeutic benefits of coloring, at any age.
What does your working environment look like?
My vintage wooden desk faces a large window overlooking a very steep canyon wall covered in agave plants. Hummingbirds whiz by and crows caw loudly. I manifested this dreamy environment by repeating affirmations and visualizing every day for two years! Okay, there were other steps involved, too... but, my instincts tell me the spiritual work helped in materializing this dream.
Do you listen to music when you work? If so, who/what?
When I write or edit my novel, I have a playlist of instrumental music to listen to. Including guitarists Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, as well as Indigenous music from Peru, Mexico, Ireland and Southwest USA. When designing promotions or marketing material, I like to listen to more popular music that gets me singing. While painting or crafting in my studio, I listen to electronic house or dance beats.
What are your favourite things in life?
As a continual optimist, favorites are difficult for me to settle on. I try to find the best thing about every object, circumstance, and adventure. I love to observe life, scientifically and metaphysically. Then, I enjoy transforming my observation into an expression, through art, writing, or other media.
Finally, please give 3 words that describe your work.
Three words that describe my work include: Dreams Come True.