the universe loves me

Let me just enjoy this moment. I’ve held on to this texture for a long time…until recently. When one looks up at the bright night sky, this is what I feel and what I believe. I didn’t have a plan. I just painted. I love when that happens.

I don’t know why it’s taken me awhile to get back in the swing of things and finish my book.

I’m proud of my work. I’m proud of my ideas. This weekend I’ll be working on hand lettering and scanning in the files.

In the meantime I’ll listen to Seth Godin and research all this ISBN and barcode stuff.

Choices

I realized something HUGE today. You have two choices with the decisions you make.

Do what your expected to do? Or follow your heart for it will never steer you wrong.

I started doing lettering thinking they had to be perfect and when I say perfect I mean Sean Wess or Mary Kate McDevitt beauties.

But I realize that the most important part of lettering and painting is the idea. My ideas always come from heart. My heart has never EVER steered me wrong.

To think I learned this art lesson at school inside of a life skills class is crazy.

What a great day to paint a heart for the collection!

Thank you G

It didn’t work

Sometimes it happens and that’s ok. In all fairness I tried to paint jewels and gems like Ana Victoria Calderon. She’s awesome and so much so that I wouldn’t be able to tell hers from a real diamond.

Oh but I did some research and found some colorful fun gems.

…and here we are

These are right on with the theme of the book. I’m glad.

It didn’t work

Sometimes it happens and that’s ok. In all fairness I tried to paint jewels and gems like Ana Victoria Calderon. She’s awesome and so much so that I wouldn’t be able to tell hers from a real diamond.

Oh but I did some research and found some colorful fun gems.

…and here we are

These are right on with the theme of the book. I’m glad.

It’s important

Curiosity is a mind changer. Curiosity allows you to dream,imagine and most importantly wander. It’s the greatest gift that led us to fly in a plane or on Space Mountain.

I saw a strange movie last night. It was about a woman who’s brain lived but her body died. Through a brain transplant she lived on in someone’s body. What about the heart? Isn’t the heart where love and curiosity live? The brain is the door or gate that opens and releases…

I get these creative spurs. My heart’s like YES. My mind’s like I don’t know. One can’t exist without the other.

I could sketch these ideas for today’s sketches on love…

lovely textures

These textures of past projects are looking good. It felt good to hold the paper in my hand and sporadically feel a horse or a turtle emerge. I believe I needed to feel curiosity in this moment.

I have to admit, collage work is a lot harder than I thought. I suppose there is a big reason why Eric Carl painted his textures on tissue paper. Tissue is probably a lot easier to cut than 140 Ib. watercolor paper. I just painted all of these lovely colors and they make the perfect animals. I want to demonstrate that our world and everything is beautlfully, colorfully connected.

I can’t believe my week off has come and gone. I do feel a sense of renewal, motivation for lots more projects. I cut up squares of various textures so I could transform them into letters. Wow I love when this happens…

It’s a beautiful day!