Yes. This will be the first book I completely hand letter. I just keep going back to Austin Kleon’s awesome books. I want to do it. I’m going to do it.
That of course means I’ll re-paint the poem again. I have just the right aqua. I’ll practice more lettering. I can feel myself about to fall in this analysis paralysis episode and think too much. Not going to go there.
New deadline will be March 2. Oh my goodness I still need to publish the paperbacks.
But first I revisit Jon Contino”s class and then Lauren Hom’s class.
…and this didn’t work out but at least it was good practice with monotones and transparencies.
…I’ll have a little more fun lettering…there are no impossibilities.
Still working on the map. I mean I penciled in everything but not sure of the layout…
I’m tired. I look tired. I feel tired. But even then, I paint. I stare at a blank page and for the first time in like ever, the tiredness has me fooled into thinking I have no idea what to paint. Should I paint gems or hearts?
I had my Prussian Blue and Shell Pink ready to go. OK let’s paint. Let’s test the gouache. It’s amazing how opaque gouache is even at its lightest.
I keep using the word amazing today, not sure why, but I’m loving the word. What a beautiful color! Its perfectly clear that the thickest paint is hard to control. The trick is adding just enough water. The trick is to use the brush delicately and paint in one direction. That works for watercolor too.
Maybe this is the wrong color for the idea of sour lemons…with every spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is wonderful flavor.
Take two colors
Begin with yellow and gradually mix in pink. Wow, this is awesome. I thought of getting these guys smooth. Then Eric Carle’s sporadic paint patterns had me. This idea will definitely make its way in the book. It’s a colorful and beautiful way to express the sour lemons concept.
I’m learning color too. Do I see a little living coral? Yes. Let me work on the word love to practice transparencies. Have a few fun poster pages and some blank ones for writing? This could be part of the book ? I’ll figure it out…there are no impossibilities
is a gypsy phrase that I painted a while ago.Why not simply paint and let the idea emerge as I paint? As I create this year I want to simply do what I want to do and have fun. Freddie Mercury was a wise man. Chachipe’ is a gypsy term I learned while watching a Spanish novella. It means reality and truth.
The Gypsies would greet and say good-bye using this phrase. I like the phrase but the above interpretation doesn’t do this cool phrase justice.
Do some research on gypsy patterns and color. Then paint. Same rules.
let’s really get to work here and fix this.
Alright maybe rethink the color scheme here. BUT working with patterns and layering color is great for learning color the Josef Albers way. I’m ready to move on to the next project. Yes I need to start working on the live your story book.
Build a tribe of 14,000. What was I thinking? Now I realize the most important part of building a tribe is to create. Not just create but really have something to say. To speak with the heart and soul.
This year I vow to create EVERY SINGLE day. I’ll paint and write every step of the way.
is incredible. Oh my gosh I now have the perfect color for painting Peter Pan’s flight night sky.
Pink and blue flowers? I think so.
Premium is so much more pigmented. I could have just painted blobs and it’d still be beautiful.
the key to working with gouache is just enough water to make it easy to glide on the page.
I should’t go over it either. I needed to let it dry before I add layers.
oh doing swatches would be good
Audrey Hepburn was a true Hollywood queen. For when the world said, ‘ You can’t act. You’re not pretty enough. She was. I think of her strolling along with her big black hat and sunglasses. Strolling along with such a smile that…oh wait what are they uttering?
Gives me lots to think about as I begin a new year of exploration. I will experiment with texture, objects and color. I do have two books to write. I’m just getting started.
I do love Paul McCartney’s new song. The biggest lesson I learned this year is who cares.
I love my letters. I love my drawings. I enjoy my art. Sure I need to go back to hand lettering. I love color. I should keep mixing. Isn’t that the point. I could be in this place of curiosity and explore!
Or I could doubt. Why would I ever do that. I have lots more projects to paint.
Creating projects means you are showing up. You show up and that helps you persevere.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
When I had the wrong idea, I showed up.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
There’s been many times where I reference Adobe Kuler, or How magazine to get ideas for color schemes.
There’s been many times where I have no clue how to improve my drawings. That led to a Udemy class. This drawing class made me study realism, perspective and shading. All this tied in so well with Ana Victoria Calderon’s class about transparencies with watercolor.