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painting a purple tree…

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

with a cotton swab. Well I tried and it didn’t turn out well. But then it did. 

I  mixed-up the right beautiful pink. Or wait I meant purple. These are purple shades but they do have some pinkness to them. I love that. I’m not one for purple purple but these are awesome.

palette with temepra paint

palette looks amazing (still looking for a heart shaped one)

 

 

testing the color before I start painting. Most of these are too dark.

Purple paint swatches

 

Oh my …I am rolling my eyes and taking breaths. Literally I sat down with an idea; the idea for a purple tree has been on my mind. The tree I painted last week came out awesome.   Sometimes ideas have a mind of their own but, the fun is in experimenting.

First attempt notes: cotton swabs are fun to work with, need more contrast  and the green is all wrong

purple tree

 

 

Second attempt notes: The tree trunk came out awesome. The texture and color with the purple was amazing. SO I had to goof it up. I started layering with a brush and a mess happened. I don’t know. I almost threw it away. Somehow I love it.

purple tree

 

Third attempt notes: OK forget about the cotton swab and alter course. I liked where this was going until I applied too much dark.

purple tree texture

 

 

Fourth time is the charm: I went back to the original tool,  took my time and fixed the contrast. Looking good!  The idea for this tree is that trees come in all colors and are beautiful. This is the last tree I pant for the wise trees book. Oh maybe not since I still have the book cover to work on.

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

 

 

Painting this purple tree was a real surprise.

Notes:

  • good lesson on if a first you don’t succeed
  • first ideas are often the best ones
  • so now I have all these cool textures that need lovin’.
  • Maybe this is the start of another book about cute animals in all different shapes and shades. Yes lets. Who knows.
  • there’s a whole world out there to explore
  • mixing acrylic with tempera works
  • don’t forget to keep that brush or cotton swab moist with paint and a little water
  • or that could be an awesome texture too
  • so in terms of mixing the more red you add the darker the purple.

 

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thoughts are things

believe in your ideas

blue bird with green butterfly and quote

 

This design makes me smile, right now at this very moment. I have had trouble as an artist often does. There’s so many examples to draw on with this hand painted piece.

  • do these letters work
  • a bird and the butterfly?
  • who’s asking who to believe and believe what?
  • so many questions and so many answers
  • believe what your heart desires

I just feel like YES I believe in my work and in all of my ideas. Even if the sight of me doesn’t I have to keep going and so with that LET’S DO THIS!

 

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wise trees book

Painting a tree with a sponge

I had to repaint some trees. It’s awesome how you can create something beautiful out of literally anything. I write about this little lesson in my book. Of course the tree for that lesson is the tire tree. I’ll be repainting that tree next week.  I made this tree without a care in the world, some tempera paint and a sponge brush I customized. SO glad I had that idea.

As I write this I feel a breeze. Yeah that’s what this tree’s about.

Green tree

notes for next week:

  • paint purple tree
  • finish the other tree
  • work on layout

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

thoughts are things

crazy and creative

blue hearts

…I remember painting these hearts thinking I don’t want these hears to be perfect because what heart really is, but as long as you have color it’s all good.

Sometimes I have a million thoughts going on in my mind. I love working on projects and I want to share that. There’s a sense of freedom that comes with creativity and creating can also be CRAZY.

I’m learning to draw and learning freelancing and just the idea of getting my work out there has become a full time job. I’m tired; I work on art every single day and end my nights with a late night uplifting movie…yeah

I’m just taking a moment to relax and embrace these million ideas. Why this morning I was thinking about maybe my two characters shouldn’t be a bee and a butterfly. Who knows. That’s another book. Today I’ll finish scanning the last of my trees for the wise trees book and oh yeah finish up a t-shirt design. I am still finished up the drawing class and so the truth is that the life of an artist is rather crazy.

I keep saying I must focus and I will definitely work this out. All I know is this is all I hope for:

hand lettering on what art is

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Getting others to love

The problem is you love what you love and it’s important to share that. Since I started this tree book there have been countless questions. I have repainted so many trees. I have rewritten the book countless times. Oh but the idea is right there where it needs to be.

If you want to get people to love your work then you have to be willing to do lots of it.

 

Looking at my humble beginnings feels good.

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barebeforebeauty

 

I have come along way.

bearbeauty

 

 

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watercolor and tempera

crayons not masking fluid

Working on a book is harder than I thought. I had to take a break, catch my breath and keep myself in a happy place. OK so the original didn’t turn out so good, but there’s going to be lots of not so good ideas in this journal. I must practice.

I have gone through lots of watercolor paper and what I thought were genius ideas. Today I, for the like I don’t hundredth time, I messed up on the love poem again but the words are awesome and I’ll get it right.

In between my projects I work on fun projects to take a break . I just had to redo this one. I love the ripped paper near the words in case you lose it.

orange floweres

New version looks good. I just wish I hadn’t used a dirty eraser to erase some of the pencil markings. Why did I do that? Oh well you learn things.

happyplace

 

 

How will this design look on a positive pouch?

Ok now that I had a little fun it’s time to go back to the book editing.

Notes:

  • use crayons with crayons is easier instead of using masking fluid
  • use bold colors on a light wash background
  • use a light pencil to sketch out your idea first
  • observe flowers before you paint them to get a sense of contrast.

 

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thoughts are things

steal like an artist

Yes Austin Kleon’s book is filled with wonderful ideas.
Watercolor Bomb Popsicle

I have stolen like an artist. I walked in to this project with an idea. I took my love of nature and connected that with my imagination. Along the way I stole lots of awesome ideas and put them in my creative box.

I stole this idea from a 1st grade teacher but I made my own small brush. She and her class painted the ocean and I painted a tree. I’m painting this tree again.

green tree

I’ve made some awesome friends. I watch myself drawing trees and as of last night bears with texture, highlights and shadows. I did this before but this project has made me appreciate and love all of the wonderful resources that are allowing me to bring this book to life.

…a sample of my recent drawing for the next book Ana Bee and George Bird. I stole the idea for the book layout from observing the Mercy Watson books-and lots of them really.

sketch for book

Wise Tress would not have been possible without all of the artists who answer my questions. I wrote about this before.

 

I stole the idea to experiment with mixed media and fun objects from Eric Carle. I really should turn this guy into a frog and share his story with the world.

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It’s just that 4th of July is a day to celebrate freedom. I am reminded of a few words of a boy who lives trying to survive in the midst of war and he mutters something along these lines.  “I thought about the good times and the day that I’d be free…the only freedom they can’t take away.” 

Yeah I love the idea that freedom exists in the mind and is the most precious of freedoms. Freedom of thought is powerful. Freedom is a choice to creativity seek out that which must be sought.

 

If in the end you have 100s of ideas that didn’t work, at least you have an experience and a hellavua story for the next artist to steal from. I’m so grateful to live in a wonderful country where I can be free to think as I choose and create as I choose.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

 

 

thoughts are things

projects help you learn

There is so much I’ve learned since I had this crazy idea to write my very own picture book. Seems like such a looong time since then.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot.

 

I learned to paint my trees with fun objects with Jay Lee.

pint tree painted with acrylic paint

I learned to add texture with my trees and my painting has improved too. Put to use the skills I learned with Ana Victoria

Color Theory class

 

..and improving on my drawing. It’s only getting better because I’m taking a drawing class with a Disney animator and it is awesome!

When I started

barebeforebeauty

…to the recent version I painted.  Loving this tree and I posted about it today.

 

bearbeauty

This week I will hand letter the manuscript and begin learning how to design the book layout.

I have learned and I keep growing. I’ve learned how to plan my time and most importantly I’ve learned to embrace my ideas.  I’m writing as I have always loved to write.  I’ve gotten back into hand lettering, and oh yeah there’s this constant need to take deep breaths and learn how to deal with the fear and doubt. I am excited for the wise trees book to finally be completed but the thought of it on Amazon and hoping I did the best I can do and then seeing a mistake haunts me. I will overcome this. It’s ok to feel this way. The cool part is I heard the great James Victore talk about this. We all go through this no matter how much experience we have but it gets better!

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

wise trees book

hand writing words

testing brown markers

I spent a great deal of time working on the small details for the book.   One of them is hand writing and lettering the words for my picture book.

I have seen so many others do the same and I thought YEAH why not. I love Austin Kleon’s books and James Victore too. They remind me that the most important part of art is what it says.

Besides the way I write  is perfect for creating a journal vibe because that’s just what this book is. The wise trees book is a journal for my collection of abstract trees that I painted to satisfy my curiosity and imagination. Oh and this idea that we are all one follows me around too.

brown makrers and acrylic paint

Acrylic paint is just the right dark brown but it’s hard to write with. This is the lettering for my dedication page.

dedication page for book

Well hold on there. This doesn’t look too bad. I’ll practice later on today.

Notes:

  • picture books should be easy readers so 8-10 words per line
  • hand writing is a great idea—The day the crayons quit
  • this book is for kids of all ages but I need them to feel that every idea is worth exploring
  • Write big letters and have fun with a few of them
  • font size should be about 16-18
  • space in between lines helps little ones read
  • every detail has to work together to convey the message I want readers to experience
  • maybe I should brainstorm the book cover again
  • make sure acrylic paint isn’t too think
  • I’ll experiment by adding drops of water and we’ll see
  • oh I’ll use my water brush and short hand brush to feel which works best.

…I am so excited! Let’s face it I’m going to write with a brown marker.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.