Wise Trees book cover

Here I go again doubting myself.

I’ve looked at The Giving Tree

I see the essence of a true giving heart.

I just want to follow the caterpillar to the first page? The title is a question inviting us on a journey.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

These books are close to Wise Trees, Ana and George, Ellie and of course Live Your Story.

For some reason my heart tree is growing on me.

Ok maybe I should keep this book cover. I’ll make some adjustments.

Let’s see:

  • change the title
  • play around with the sizing of the tree
  • Go with a tan brown background…yes I need the blues to stand out.

Wise Trees

I painted many trees for this book. I’m proud of every single tree. Not so sure about the book cover. Last night I was deep into research, trying to put all of the publishing pieces together.

Here’s what I realized:

  • I didn’t paint the actual book cover I wanted.
  • I didn’t want to add my name to the book cover.
  • I didn’t share the art behind my designs.
  • I need to take care of all this before I move forward with Live Your Story.

I think it’s time I did all of these. There’s so much I want to learn. I’m in this for the long run.

Ok time to paint…

Who Am I?

I keep fighting voices in my head that tell me I’m not enough. …Every single lie tells me I will never measure up…I love this song.

This happens often and too much really. I guess it comes with the creative process. It comes with play.

It’s with my sketches. My books. With the children. With my family. With my spirit.

Who am I? If I had one chance to show the world my stance, what do I say? I have lots of chances and I believe in all of my ideas!

new art

Sometimes fear shows up. It could be a doubt, mistake or a lazy moment that makes you think if only I had more time.

Show up fear that’s ok. I got this! I realize that I have nature’s favor. I walk with the breeze in my hair. I walk with the sun against my cheek.

This week I want to enjoy every moment. Focus on my art. Buy ten ISBN’s and publish Wise Trees in paperback. It’s ready. I’m ready.

My days, creative process in all, is a roller coaster ride. There’s fear. There’s thrills. There’s fun. There’s fear. You leap in and out of your seat having the time of your life.

I think I found inspiration for today’s painting and perhaps the overall feel of my website.

flower stickers coming soon…

I gotta be me…

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