Thinking map for Live Your Story

Rewind. I have a way better idea for this book. I’ll use color and fun hand lettered pages to tell my story. I’ve added a few words so the poem will change.

I’m so excited for this poem. It’s a great way to kick off my summer and it’ll be completed just in time for back to school.

I need this poem. I need this book. The world needs it too. It’s a win-win.

I’m your biggest fan!

(reposting this )

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Dear Mireya,

I just don’t know where to begin. I know there’s plans to post the awesome tree you painted using art tape, but a note is much needed.  Your idea to create a first children’s chapter book that doubles as an art book is awesome.

Look I believe in you and your art. BUT I have to tell this.  You set out to paint something awesome and then bad happens. I get that it’s hard. Keep going and just look at it as a mistake that you can learn from. The day when you FINALLY get it right seems far FAR FAR FAR away.  Get over this. Get over yourself. Just paint and write the book you want to write.  So you haven’ t a clue. Then get one!

How many times have you drawn letters only to walk away thinking practice isn’t enough. Maybe it’s been the wrong approach the whole time. Maybe you should THINK ABOUT WHAT your awesome at and start with that first.

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Here’s a list:

  • you can write
  • you can draw simple letters.
  • YOU CAN DRAW

Don’t even think about the PERFECTION.  You aren’t and you never will be. Look you need some orange in your day today and everyday.

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KEEP THINGS SIMPLE and just work on projects. Embrace that your hand writing will always be a little messy. What you can’t do is settle and have a terrible attitude.

Look, you painted this on an old piece of watercolor paper. You should have painted it on a blank piece. You were afraid of messing up a perfectly good piece of paper with your mistakes. Stop that. Don’t practice. Paint a masterpiece! You are thinking you don’t know how to put your book together much less draw the pictures for it.

Just paint. Just write. Just get messy. Through it all, always give your absolute best–the very best you can possibly be! I have a plan. You’ll work on side projects that are all geared toward your book. Each project will include illustrations done with mixed media. This way you’ll have mini projects to help you learn as well as get that book ready. Yes it’s all happening in November. Remember that I love you and I’m your biggest fan.

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Oh these words

I am reading this book and these words made me laugh in a yes, you have me…

“Your own special, freakish, imperfect, beautiful, f*ed up self is waiting to come out and play.”

I am.

Ana & George

On Saturday morning, with butterflies in my heart, I read Ana & George. This was supposed to be my first book. The book that would set me on a path to confidence in my artistic abilities.

I didn’t know how to draw. And the verdict is still out on this one. All I know is I drew these characters and the little scenes.

Am I proud of my work? Yes! Do I need more practice? LOTS OF IT. I drew over 30 illustrations in a matter of two days. When I drew these, I drew with the intent of bringing my ideas to life.

I literally set up a color scheme and colored. Hadn’t used colored pencils in like ever, but I drew in a matter of TWO DAYS.

happiness with salt

I painted this last night and it felt so good. Everyting is always better when I paint. I’ve been sick and haven’t painted much.

I started with the color yellow and gradually added small amounts of red. Then I sprinkled some salt.

Sometimes it’s hard to shut off that negative voice in my head.

I started with yellow because it’s a color that’s bright and should only be used sparingly. It’s the color of friendship. And friendship, an act of kindness even in the smallest amount makes all the difference. The salt represents the unpredicatability and therefore uncomfortableness of the life.

Painting always helps.