I know I wanted to work on Road Trip today but the printer broke and it’s been a week. Tomorrow’s another day. Today I will simply admire these flowers. I can draw. I can paint.
I finished the quote. Today I learned a lot about imagination. Curiosity and imagination are why I love kids and enjoy working with them. Now I need to think about painting trees.
I’ve been trying to think about a fun back to school project. I love to read. I didn’t like doing boring busy work. My favorite times were the holidays because that was craft time. Tests made me nervous.
The best learning happens when your imagination and curiosity are allowed to PLAY. I haven’t written the quote yet. Wait, I could use this sponge brush to make a lion, sun, flower, grass…
Inspired by Alice. She wanders in the garden and stumbles upon a floral bush where here adventure begins.
This week I’ll paint a few trees for the book.
I’ve changed my blog time. Posts are now published at 5:30 AM. I’m trying new watercolor paper, painting more stuff for the book and lots more Fall ideas. Now what’s a good back to school project?
Still life drawing is an absolute must for every artist. I sketched my favorite shoe.
How did I sketch a pretty good shoe in five minutes, with a pen? This morning I set up my shoes and began sketching. I took way to long sketching. I kept trying to replicate my shoes. Sure, many could replicate color and all. I’m not so good at this. It was horrible. In between the erasing my IC grows.
Then it occurred to me, I’ve seen illustrations from detailed realism to mere dots. The more I research types of art and technique, the more I realize that any form of drawing, doodling, sketching, and painting is art. Part of my process doesn’t need to include perfection. So yes, I have an idea for Road Trip. I wanted to push past the mistakes and make it work. I got to use gouache paint. I thought I needed to purchase a fine tip round brush but I already have one. Good practice!
I researched photos and watched a tutorial. I made previous attempts.
This morning I took a second look at what went wrong and painted. I added a few more layers. I used a size 10 brush. A size 10 brush made it easy to do the diagonal right and left strokes for each petal. I had the right tones of blue purple. I finished up with warm vanilla acrylic paint. Oh how I love this white acrylic.
The two big lessons here are fall in love with the process . The other is that there are no mistakes. Bouns idea: This would be a great thumbprint project for kids. I should try this.
I’ve decided once and for all that this book is a journal of a road trip. Sketches in pen and watercolor will do just fine. It’s ok if it’s a little messy. It’s a journal right?
Oh, I was suppose to sketch my shoes. I’ll sketch and paint them tomorrow.
I like this layout.
I’ll write out the words with my new Sharpie Pen. Yes. I’m hand writing the entire book. That’s it decision is final. Then I’ll sketch a little doodle at the bottom of each page.
I’ve got lots more doodles to go. Pinterest is great for reference material. Tomorrow I’ll paint a Blue Bonnet and an Audrey Hepburn hat. Why not.
Last night I was listeing to an episode of Creative Rebels and there was mention of Picasso. Picasso copied other artists to master techniques. Then he created his masterpieces. And so my goals for Road Trip have changed:
- all words will be typed in a chosen font.
- sub divider pages will be hand drawn
- followed by paintings
Most of my practice has to go into writing and drawing. Simple doodles and a font will help me. I get ideas. I begin thinking I can do it all. Then I crash and burn. It’s best I use this book to learn how to draw and write.
Tomorrow, when it’s nice and quiet, I’ll begin doodling.
A craft brush makes a great texture. I should do this in green and paint little flowers and butterflies creating a garden pathway. I do have a quote on imagination.
So who do I belong too? I belong to the trees, clouds, the stars, the moon… the universe. The book is taking on a new direction.
Today I needed to practice writing with watercolor. I’m working on my lettering skills. I wrote with tempera too. It would be easier to choose a font. That’s exactly why I will write out every single word of Road Trip.
The reason I work on these books is to work on my skills but as a creative I need these words. I wonder who needs them too. I’m grateful for my growing tribe. I’m grateful for this new course. Adolfo we’re going to learn a lot together.
Lettering with watercolor takes getting use to. You do have to find the brush that feels comfortable.