Sea Wave Texture

I had a plan but it didn’t work out. As soon as the spork hit the page, very little paint glided across the page.

So I tried straight lines, circular motions and then… I had to use a flat brush. I spread the paint. With the paint wet, I glided the spork in an ocean wave manner.

I took things a step further with trying to paint a green boat. The boat turned into a mug. The bear turned into a kangaroo. I wanted to test painting with one medium size flat brush. Not such a good idea. I don’t have a texture for the book. I’ll paint something tomorrow.

Feelin’ Flirty

reposting this letter

Last nght I was redoing my online protfolio and site. I’m creating a portfolio folder with my original works. I’m impressed. I’m only saying this because I could see proof, Yes I can paint. Yes I’m wildly creative. I borrowed that phrase from James Victore.

Isn’t it crazy how you one day look back and say oh, when’d that happen. I got skills. I got talent. It’s time to ack like it! I have and I do but sometimes inner critic shows up. You question and fear shows up uninvited.

This week I’ve got 5 more texture ideas and I’ll begin to writing. This fall I’m planning some fun art projects.

artist tape lettering with watercolor

My best work happens when I create from an audience of one, me. Hello I love U is a tribute to all the ideas that we fall in love with instantly. Not that we should embrace everyone but good ideas come to us. The older we get the more we come up with excuses.

Hello I love you is an expression of emotions. It’s living and loving the process. Hello I love U is a tribute to all the ideas from The Wright Brothers to Walt Disney.

Step 1

Tape out your message.

Step 2

Mix-up some watercolor tones and paint

Step 3

splatter a little watercolor. You could do this with any brush… I should have used my E.L.F brush.

Step 4

Use some blue acrylic to paint the heart.

Final

I should include this in Road Trip. I’ll repaint it.

hills of trees is done!

Taking your time makes a huge difference. You have to lett each layer dry before starting the next. Oh and layering from light to dark makes for easy blending.

I used a size 10 brush and lightly blotted the paper with color. These trees made me let go of what should be. I didn’t sketch. I didn’t have any idea how to paint trees. All I did was paint trees.

Probably should have started from the top and ending at the bottom for seamless blending.

But the biggest lesson is that I got to play. YES PLAY. I signed up for this illustration design let the kid play course and it’s amazing. Adolfo Serra talked about this very subject. What a coincidence!

I remember my first sketch book. Come to think of it, that was the beginning of my creative journey. It was the beginning of Belissia too. The bee character that started this whole picture book writing. There’s been many ideas since then.

Back to today, these trees helped me loosen up with a artist tape watercolor idea and…I’ll post about it tomorrow.

hills of trees ( Day 3 )

Taking your time when painting is a good way to gather your thoughts. I’ve been contemplating the direction of my art.

I had all these ideas … pages of ideas to market and promote my site and books. I had this big agenda, trying to pencil it all in. Yes I have lots of time to create but what’s the effective approach?

All I know is that taking my time allows me to enjoy the process. I love these trees and have more ideas for textures and page layouts. I can use road trip to help me create themes for pages.

Wait a minute, perhaps I should start a pinterest board on awesome textures? These are some of the textures my Lee friends made.

There was no plans. We painted textures on heart shaped leaves. They turned out beautifully. I insisted on tones of green but they knew better.

I’ll keep painting textures. Oh I have a fun way to work on my drawing. I’m building an around the world pinterest board and could draw architecture and art.

Let me go work on the pinterest board.

hills of trees (work in progress)

I’m coming into the idea of painting lovely textures. I just painted these trees with no particular plan. I’m taking my time filling every empty space. I love nature. I know they are just trees. I can’t remember where I saw them. Somewhere along the highway they grew. I was probably tired, grumpy, and hungry but these trees gave me comfort.

Yes I saw stars, rain and these weird looking things … yes I think I can do a lot with texture pages. It’s a fun no pressure way to tell my story. Why not? I know I need to work on the drawing. And I did a good deal drawing when I started this book.

Why not just let go and see what happens.

Rock Textures

painting

Much better. I took a size 10 brush, dipped it in yellow ochre and softly glided it across the page. I did mix a little blue and that made for interesting yellow tones. It’s calm and peaceful just like Colorado.

This past weekend was really hard. I felt terribly lost and wondered about all of these books. Yes they are a sense of feel good self love–self help.

How can I write these books if I … do I have it all together? Absolutely not. I write to encourage myself. Do any of us have it all together? No. And I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot to work on. Others may be in much better circumstances but guess what, they have problems too.

I read recently that Elton John once filed for bankruptcy. Yes the man is a genius. Another artist was kind enough to remind me that he too once wrestled with a voice in his head telling him he wasn’t enough. Maybe I should create a bunch of art telling this voice to —- off.

Today I began painting the beautiful hills of trees. Road Trip filled with lovely textures and the lessons I’ve learned? Maybe.

Painting Textures

The rocks, hills and mountains of Colorado are beautiful.

I painted in a series of horizontal strokes in both a thin and thick stroke. Then I stamped patterns and…well this won’t make the book.

Definitely keep the lines and get rid of the texture. A much finer line is needed. I could use different line widths and shapes. Make the background one smooth color. Use various transparencies.

Yeah this texture doesn’t say calm and peace. Seems unpredictable and unstable. Creating textures is fun and you never know what will happen. That’s the beauty of watercolor.

I love the simple lines I painted days ago.

More sketches

Markers worked for a few of the details but not for the hotel. I do have acrylic paint. That works. I keep going. I’m all for painting texture pages but now there’s scrapbook patterns.

Writing a book is harder than working on one piece. I’ m working on a million pieces at once.

I’m going to take my time and understand:

  • girl there’s going to be 100’s of illustrations
  • my drawing will improve
  • I need to step up my watercolor game too.
  • let’s face it you need opaque color.
  • transparency is terrible for scanning
  • I need to work on cleaning up my flies better

Ok for now I should spend the evening reading and sketching with a pencil.

Keep Going

Does any artist ever really work on one project at a time? I doubt it. Road trip is a lot of fun. Today I painted a camera and shoes. The shoes need to be redone. Tomorrow I’ll use markers and colored pencils to add in the details. I keep visualizing these textures and page layouts. I opened up an Etsy shop. I painted flowers using simple brush stroke techniques.

The big lesson for today is that when you work on projects you realize how much your skills change. This happens when you let go of perfection. Not all of my flowers worked out but it was great to keep going in spite of the mistakes. Sometimes it helps to say, ” I don’t have all the answers but I can act like I do.” Working on these side projects has really become part of my process.