What Excites?

Gong over my designs was interesting. There were designs I painted because they followed a certain trend. Or a texture, color or technique I admired from a fellow artist. Not one gave me the feeling I felt today…

One for the redo pile.

I pressed the unpublish button and thought, ok I love this idea, but how can I change it. Add blue and the above design happened.

Everything came together as I was going over the book dummy. I was trying to think of an expressive way to say Love is like this you know. I believe I found it. This idea flows right into the next page. With each spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is a wonderful flavor.

What a good day!

Create because you want to

I’ve been sketching a lot of letters.

It’s always the ones that just happen that keep me excited.

I totally get the whole you gotta love the process. Should I be signing my work?

I have this habit of creating and sharing…everything. So there I go on society 6 going over all of my designs.

I parted ways with the ones that didn’t excite me, be it color or idea. Now to figure out the theme. To ponder over why. As an artist you change. Not because of season but because your voice and wisdom grow. Skills change. Yes so glad I painted with leaves today.

I wonder what tomorrow brings.

Just Create

I’ve been painting letters.

Ugh, I painted three doors today; they just kept coming out awful. AND then I… a little voice said,”these doors aren’t going to happen.” There’s too much detail and they don’t fit with the style of the book.

Sometimes I just create. These are the awesome days. Other days I think of creating art for the shop or Instagram. These are the horrible no good very bad days.

There’s that and the fact that not every piece is going to be awesome. Not every piece is going to be awesome. But it’s awesome practice. It’s important to create in a place that makes you feel like you just have to create. It’s important to know when to alter course.

Tomorrow I start the hand lettering part of my book.

Life Tree With Blue Tones?

Does this tree with all it’s blue tones work? Does it convey that others will try but you live your life thought?

The emotions here are sadness. compassion,comfort, trust, faith, love, melancholy and…

I love the words live your life placed right under the tree metaphorically taking the place of roots.

We’ll see because it’s gonna be a good week.

3 Painting Projects

Exploration projects are under way and I’m about to paint a watermelon for a fun first day of summer collaboration. Life is good!

Crayon layering technique with watercolor. What a twisted idea! I’ve done this before but this time it came out awesome. I guess the trick is to add a little pressure as you draw with crayons. Then go over it with a pretty saturated watercolor wash.

Next up was the thumbprint and fingerprint flower. Now this is a color scheme I thought about. The idea is for the reader to think on what fascinates them. What are they working on right now? It’s clear what my answer is.

Last but not least is string art. I balled up the string and stamped my way all over the paper.

All of these are simple but they create beautiful art. I’ve been working on my lettering too. Oh and this tree will be part of the Live Your Story Book.

Tomorrow’s another day! Yeah. Ok, watermelon painting time.

A Wonder to Behold…

Every single object in this book is heart shaped or has some embedded heart shapes. I did some research and found some beautiful heart shapes in nature. 

 

I had lots of ideas, even the possibility of a Desert Rose. Then I realized that I should stick with my skills.

I could paint a Desert Rose. Wait a minute. I could outline the plant with a crayon and paint a beautiful green wash over it. That would have been beautiful.

This works.

Sometimes simple is good. You are a wonder to behold. Yes it’s a simple leaf that millions of people probably overlook as they rush to school, work and urgency.

I have too. Yet I wander and wonder as often as I can. I embrace every shape and beautiful color that nature has to offer. I’ve seen leaves, a lake, a shadow, Roxy’s spots…

Every single one is a heart. A beautiful Wonder. These objects spark my curiosity and embrace my day. I believe this beauty exists in all of us.

Yeah just one of the many beautiful thoughts in my Live Your Story Book.

I can’t wait for the book to be done.

Take 3 of the Blue Lightbulb

The Idea and Dreams are clear. Don’t be fooled.

Yup. This bulb and all its beauty makes beautiful sense.

Not sure what happened yesterday but today was good! All I need are a few finishing touches to illuminate the bulb. I see a few areas that need more blending.

Creating a wash with acrylic paint, what a brilliant idea.

Exploration projects are going great and I’ll post all of them on Friday.

Tomorrow I’ll paint…what shall I paint? The heart shaped leaf? Oh wait, I went to the beach and spotted a dessert rose. Maybe?

Blue Idea Lightbulb

soon to be in Live Your Story

I love the blue so much better than the pink. Ideas. We all have good ones if only we take the time to listen.

Today I briefly glanced over my instagram posts and Jame’s Victore’s post got me thinking. What is my pourpose?

Without any doubt I replied:

to inspire others with my beautiful thoughts be it books or art. My art is freedodm to express my curiosity, creativity, and the inner child.

Many a times, I’ve tried to put this in words but thought and thought and thought.

As I begin the first day of summer plans I contemplate just how in the heck I’ll live up to my purpose among the pages of my books, art prints and everything else I’ve planned.

Let the good times begin!

Master the Medium or Idea?

soon to be featured in Live Your Story book.

….a thought prompted my a recent blog post. First of all I’m a mixed media artist. I love using various paint and fun tools. I do and have wondered how this exploring ties in to the 10,000 hours of practice.

Yes I love working with watercolor and tempera. I feel like my journey has only just begun. There’s lots more I want to learn.

BUT isn’t the point of art to tell a story. I hear more and more artists say that it’s not about the tools or perfection.

It’s about the idea!