Things are happening all around me.

I said goodbye to awesome friends.

I start a new classroom.

My childhood school might be closing.

As I walked Roxy today, I tugged on her collar.

I hate that I had to go, and tug, when I know quite well she was enjoying the smells and the sites.

Deep down I felt and feel like the world can do the same.

… why?

I think about my projects and this book.

I want to paint my books and for the world to care.

I know if they do, they’ll smile and happy thoughts will linger awhile.

Are thoughts really things?

I guess it’s important to ask an important question.

The sour times make way for the wonderful times that lay ahead…

Let’s go back to the drawing board and work on this color scheme…

Luck

teaching art…

Here’s what I’ve learned teaching children the fun of art.

Everyone loves art,

Be it a song or paint, art keeps no one apart.

I’m an artist and there’s no one that paints like me.

BUT together we really did create a masterpiece.

Everyone needs a safe place.

There’s so much your eyes shouldn’t see, too many you shoulds or can’ts to erase.

Picking up the brush leads to forgetting, forgetting the paint brush and using your thumb.

Or opting out of water while using watercolor, oh the textures and the trees leave my voice numb.

I have to keep creating…my books…my words…. it’s as obvious as the nose on my face.

I suppose I will and must protect this happy place.

There’ll be ups and downs, lots of downs but through it all ,I shall cling tight because I hold the Ace of Spades.

Room 12 you forever have my heart.

My art is fun

Today someone said, my art is fun to look at. That’s exactly what I want for every piece of art I create.

Which means I need to look at every single piece of art I’ve created so far.

I want readers/ kids of all ages to live the words at the turn of every page.

I think I can do that…

Doodles

Yes these groovy glasses

are cute and perfect for the stop reading page.

This tree has to happen. Yeah these are much more interesting to look at.

Oh I can use Audrina’s dry brush technique to create he tree.

This book is going to be awesome.

G0…

I did paint two butterflies. I tried to create an Eric Carle butterfly. I wasn’t sure about the color scheme. Oh I kept erasing in hopes of drawing the right butterfly.

I just kept looking at it and the more I did, the more I could see the blending was all wrong. Did I mess up the color scheme?

What is the point of this butterfly again?

Oh yeah …its place is at the end of the poem and book. With the following word…

GO!

Spread your wings and fly with all the confidence in the world. Know that you’ll make mistakes and there will be mean hawks who want to eat you, beware and all the more reason to fly GO LIVE YOUR STORY…

Why not use both butterflies? YES…

Oh my goodness, if I could sum up the experience I’ve had with my art students it’s this! Watching them paint with laughter, amazement, and curiosity was amazing.

Yes, indeed it is a world full of possibilities!

We had fun

No words can express how I feel.

This picture sums it up quite well.

We had fun.

Watching you paint felt like warmth from the sun.

What I’ll remember the most is how you painted.

How you created, with all the confidence in the world.

Remember that you are an artist in every sense of the word.

Art is original, it can change us and make us smile,

just like a song you get in your head for a looong while.

Keep on creating because the world is waiting.

Sweet Words…

I had to paint it. As a kid the simplest things bring on such smiles.

I’m beginning to love my lettering.

Let the kid play

and you’ll get amazing art. I love watching the kids paint. They don’t think twice. They pick up a brush and go for it.

Yeah, watching them reminds me of what I must do. We artists need to feel the freedom to create and have fun. It’s within this type of creating that you can be free to push past the mistakes, be your best and change the world…

My book is coming along. It’s taking me a lot longer than expected but I’m learning lots of lessons. Tomorrow I’ll paint the butterfly and finish redoing book covers. Oh gosh, I’m going to have to start hand lettering the words.

Then I begin the paperback book formatting.

Paint Emotions

I thought this was a ruined mess.

One more try?

This page in the book is about living your story. Each color represents emotions and beautiful moments we experience in our lives. Yellow for happiness.

The shapes and color bring more of a unity.  The shapes should come together to create a beautiful life.

But, the first attempt was pretty good. Let me work on the blues and add some pinks.

Yet again I prove that it does me no good to pressure myself with perfection. Feck Perfuction. Right!  My book came in the mail today and I can’t wait to read it!

I’ve been painting during my auto read of Leonardo da Vinci. What an incredible mind. I too wonder ALL THE TIME.

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