thoughts are things

Aha moment

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Just now I had a aha momet. I’ve never seen a hand written dictionary before. The writer must be obsessed with words. WAIT!  I used to do the same with my dictionary.  Not excatly, but I too love words. I’d read lots of books. And every time I came across a  beautiful word I’d highlight it in my dictionary. What happend to my dictionary? I gave it away. Why?

I have always loved words. I wanted to preserve beautiful words like unmistakable or frolic.  Hand lettering. Quotes. Books. Music. Wise Trees.  I could go on but it all makes sense. I will write all of my book ideas, ALL OF THEM…

There are no impossibilities

wise trees book

Wise Trees

 

tree with heart leaves

Edit my next book to help me learn the editing process for my current book project? Yeah makes sense.  Just now I read Wise Trees, after having not read it for a long time and

Let’s have a world full

of beautiful trees.

That’s the way it’s meant to be.

Wouldn’t you agree?

For our trees we must care.

Give them water, HUG them and most importantly

allow them to grow.

The final words, the idea and all the trees I painted– I’m in LOVE.  What’s more, this project has me writing idea after idea. Some ideas have been lingering, begging me, to be written.  These stories have stayed with me. You know what, I will do it. I love to write.  Oh but painting is something I love too.

I love to paint and create. It’s the only time I fully feel free. No strings attached. No fear. Nothing but love. It’s true.

Recently I had a BIG MAGIC moment. I painted and oh my goodness WHAT I PAINTED. I’ll reflect on that in a few more days.

Oh my gosh did I really set up a fall launch date for WISE TREES! Yes…

there are no impossibilities

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Crazy day

blue watercolor paint cup

for a crazy week. Sometimes I feel like I’m running around with to dos AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. Then I sat down to repaint Ana and George’s hot air balloon.

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I sketched this new design. Just a pencil. No eraser. It turned out beautiful. And the quote is exactly on point. That’s probably what gave me the idea to draw this today. An Alice in Wonderland color scheme? Yeah this is going to be great!

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SO I set up my supplies and began painting. I mixed up the paint. Things were feeling  good. The more I painted the more I made mistakes. I tried to make it work. IT DIDN’T. I just kept imagining this balloon on the cover of my picture book–the adventures of Ana and George. I just wanted to crumble up the paper and call it a day. Any little thing was about to set me off. And then I said,” Look you drew the awesome sketch so just paint. Just paint.  And I did, but my painting session had come and gone for the day.

And still I wonder, was that session a total waste? Of course not! I still have to edit wise trees and add the remaining trees. Now I have all these books to write.

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

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practice

 

 

I’ve grown since I painted the first wise tree. For every wash and texture that went wrong, I learned–learned how to find my place, to practice and FLOW. Yeah I’ll write books for while.  I rewrote the Ana and George. Ana isn’t a bee anymore. Not sure what animal she’ll be.

I came across the loveliest work twice. A giraffe who stands tall, his neck becoming part of the pattern of birds flying in the sky. The awesome quote treads,” I’m like a bird.” What a wonderful idea!

And the other is an I Heart Guts collection. It’s cute, funny, and unmistakable.

Both of these are unmistakable and creative.  Both are created by artists who simply did.

 

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

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Go for it!

When you have an idea? Go for it! Nothing more than this past creative retreat and certainly my projects have shown me this. Working on your project helps you learn so much about yourself and about the projects you should really be doing.

Hand lettering is not for me. Yet it is!

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I love these letters and the ones I recently painted as a result of my creative retreat. I love this type of lettering…Reminds me of wall art and the vintage stuff you see on old buildings. I’d like to do wall murals. Then the other day I opened up a society 6 shop and what do you know…there’s wall mural art.

I mean I painted this and I had no idea how it would turn out but I said hey universe let’s do some #HOMwork and here we are. It took lots of hand lettering to realize I like this style. Sure I need more practice and I’ll do it.

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Working on side projects really led me to this crazy idea for a picture book. How did I start with hand lettering and end up with publishing a picture book?   I just got an idea and and went for it. I also read the book STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. Austin Kleon has these awesome books. Austin creates with his own words and drawings. Yeah he talks about creating and sharing EVERY SINGLE DAY.

And I, well I feel like I’ve carved out the perfect spot just for me. A place where I use vibrant color, fun  objects and hand painted words and pictures to sing the only why I know how.. with paint.

-No hay impossibles ( There are no impossiblities)

 

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The final tree and no second guessing

I thought to replace this tree

watercolor painted tree swing

But why not keep it.  Let’s see–let me work on the writing for this.

Then theer’s this tree. Not enough WOW.

 

 

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I had been out and about when there it was, the biggest tree and beautiful too. I thought,”That’s it! That has to be the final tree I paint.

With help from my drawing class I painted the form.

painting of the form of a tree

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But now that I think of it, I like this tree too. I don’t know why I second guess myself. I have to stop doing this, otherwise I will fall in the trap of it’s not good enough. I will stop that right now.

bountytree

 

 

I’ll go back and continue working on this tree. This is a big powerful tree but I need to make a few changes…

hand painted big tree

 

 

 

Notes:

  • I used a little too much orange when mixing the brown
  • keep working on form
  • use the clone tool to fix the left side of the tree
  • maybe I should have used a thinner brush?
  • yeah add some more leaves
  • I realize now that I focused on the image A LOT side by side as I was painting and that put pressure on me. I should have just created freely after studying the tree.
  • the color and the form of the 1st step tree is beautiful

Time to get painting.

Done

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I can’t believe the stuff I painted these past few days. God it feels so good. Thank you.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

wise trees book

repainting a tree for an audience of one

watercolor painted tree with a tire swingIs this tree is too dark? Does it feel right? The tree got a lot of likes when I posted it on instagram. Yes it has that BRAVE Merida color scheme. This tree is about taking something ordinary and creating something extraordinary-and to always have fun of course. Maybe? I mean it does take bravery–courage to say, “I’m going to take this wheel and turn it into a swing.” I THINK THAT MIGHT BE IT! When I paint I get lost in my old world with these wonderful ideas. It’s only when  I fall out of this magical place that I doubt. It’s true.

On another note, I am half way through the e-book BIG MAGIC and realize I want this book in my studio. Then I listen to an Unmistakable Creative episode and the phrase create for an audience of one hooks me immediately. I need this book in my life too.

For a while I should write my thoughts more often and I intend to for a couple of weeks or so. Maybe Sunday, Wednesday and Friday will work instead of the usual Friday.

I am repainting this tree because there’s not enough wow. Oh but I have an idea!

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Notes:

  • creating for an audience of one means you create for yourself
  • it’s a lot funner this way
  • this frees you up to just mix up watercolor and do whatever
  • mix dark blue with green
  • I see lots of hearts and yeah I love that and maybe that’s what others love to.
  • using big brushes and starting with a light layer is best
  • go slightly lighter when painting these shade (tire swing tree) because when scanned they appear darker
  • be delicate when applying color
  • using pastels to give my tree form is a genius idea-not mine
  • I tried using artists tape to paint the square shaped tree and the paint still got all over the place. Maybe the artist tape was old? Was my paint to watery?

Imagine all the  impossibilities that are possible

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A letter to idea

Last night I felt the need to write a letter to idea. I have never in all my life felt the way I  do now about the notion of an idea. I have, its just that the book BIG MAGIC is amazing. I sat down when all was quiet and calm and I  wrote idea a letter:

letter to idea

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

wise trees book

wisdom and painting a pink tree

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You walk as you always do and then all of a sudden there it is–a PINK TREE.  Ideas and creativity are like this.

I’ve been reading a few books on creativity and listening to artists talk about their experiences. It’s the pink tree in a park full of green trees that becomes the purple cow– Seth Godin’s purple cow.

 

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I believe that every person in the world is a pink tree in a field of green ones. It takes courage because who knows what “they” will think. Ideas are pink trees too. They happen but I ask myself, Have I have really been aware? This an interesting idea. I want to explore and express tis notion with my art.

This book is amazing. I have seen it many MANY times before. After many times of thinking abut how much  I love the book cover I finally am reading it.  I mean there it was, always being a pink tree.

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I am so glad this tree is in the book. Now that I think of it maybe this tree could make the cover?

 

Notes:

  • It’s good to let loose with an idea to see what happens.
  • I just did what I wanted splattering the paint here and there
  • oh wow what a relief that was
  • curiosity thrives on change and creatives need change
  • take a big brush and dip it in various tones of  pink
  • let your eyes do the painting
  • layer from light to dark
  • make sure in between layers dry
  • This is a nice addition to the wise trees book.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

 

 

 

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It’s Saturday night…

 

 

hand painted tree with pink watercolor monotones

and change feels good. I’ve been updating my art website. I put aside the wise trees book and started editing the Ana and George book. Seems like there’s always something to work on. The more you work on projects the better you get period. You learn not to care so much about the nonsense.

Oh right, this Friday I should post a tutorial on this fabulous pink tree. I am excited for the changes to come. I am ready or at least I believe I will be. The more you play the more confident you become too.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.