Ana & George

On Saturday morning, with butterflies in my heart, I read Ana & George. This was supposed to be my first book. The book that would set me on a path to confidence in my artistic abilities.

I didn’t know how to draw. And the verdict is still out on this one. All I know is I drew these characters and the little scenes.

Am I proud of my work? Yes! Do I need more practice? LOTS OF IT. I drew over 30 illustrations in a matter of two days. When I drew these, I drew with the intent of bringing my ideas to life.

I literally set up a color scheme and colored. Hadn’t used colored pencils in like ever, but I drew in a matter of TWO DAYS.

What matters?

Today I sat in a room full of high school seniors. I heard laughs the words scared and hard work. All this emphasis on passing a class, graduation parties and over the top celebrations.

And then it hit me, the one who’s reading Think and Grow Rich, graduation and passing a class doesn’t matter all that much.

How you dress or what kind of phone you have doesn’t matter. Ok I’d be a fool if I didn’t agree that having an iphone could help you.

What matters is what you do with what you’ve been given. But that’s just it, it’s what you decide to give yourself.

We can’t just walk around going from class to class fullfilling a script. Every day is a choice to give ourselves an opportunity. Yes grades are a refelction of this but not always. “I’ve been working hard”, they say. Shouldn’t you always? Yes! In a wise and wonderful way you must always do your best!

And so I sit here and ponder what I’ve done since the day I set sail. I’m still on a journey, still planning. I’ve got lots of books to write. I did write Wise Trees and I know it’s good.

Now’s a good time to go practice my Live your story Poem. I should have finished the book as a graduation book. It’ll be perfect for back to school.

Eric Carle Collage

…there’s a book inspired by Eric Carle’s collage technique and many MANY watercolor beautiful messes …

There comes a time in every project when you realize it’s time to alter coarse. I wanted to make good use of these messes but it’s hard scanning 140Ib paper.

I said goodbye and recylced most of the lovely textures. It felt weird. And then it hit me. I can keep use some pieces to test ideas. I’ve been seeing lots of collage work these days and today I had to try.

…inspired by a movie quote about making the impossible possible.

This one is inspired by long lazy days writing and sketching. It didn’t work out but I don’t care. I had fun.

Ahh… I long for those days again. The days of me and my Roxy. The summer days will soon be here.

I’ll do much better with thinner paper. Thinner paper will help me layer and scan easier.

I just remembered this Elmer’s liquid glue I saw at Target. It’s Wise Trees all over again!

Summer Plans

new art for the shop

…and she’s at work on five to six new titles at all times. I read these words in an article about Danielle Steel and her career. What- wait- that’s the thought I had today, as I contemplate my summer plans.

Here’s a list

  • finish drawing for live your story and publish that book
  • work on hand lettering a word with in a timed session. I know, I’ll call it word wall.
  • draw cute animals…I am on the lookout for a good tutorial book
  • collage animals for the book
  • road trip book which is based on last summer’s road trip

I’m excited!

Wise Trees Taught me

  1. To listen to ideas
  2. Planning works.
  3. I don’t have all the answers
  4. it’s actually ok.
  5. If one idea doesn’t work the first time, let it become something else.
  6. I’m happiest when I create.
  7. Doing is the important thing.
  8. What am I trying to say?
  9. Keep it simple.
  10. Time
  11. Sleep
  12. Eat RIGHT
  13. Texture
  14. I want a creative business life with all my heart and soul.
  15. I need to get back in the marketing game.

Habits

I am reading Think and Grow Rich and right now all the words I’ve circled seem to sum up these words in Feck Perfection.

Let’s do this.

Painting trees with crayons too

The first layer was done with melted crayons. Or was it the other way around? Not sure but the point is I combined two awesome techniques because one alone just wasn’t enough. Why did I think of this? Who knows but it does the mind good to revel in curiosity.

What other media could I use?

I went from wait a minute, did I include this in the book to , what a perfect tree for the sentiments on the last page.

…I’m so glad we have a world full of beautiful trees.

That’s the way it’s meant to be.

Oh, world let’s agree.

Yeah sounds about right.

Projects Help

didn’t make the book

Jame’s Victore’s quote,” hang with me and set your sights higher” instagram post and looking at my watercolor paper. It feels weird not painting. I haven’t painted in three days.

Ah well, the point is I recognize when my brushes and paint tubes call me.

FOr now I’ll look at some more old work and see how this book as changed me. The purpose of this book was to come into my drawing style. I’m still in the process but wow I’ve got a process.

I love this! This post sums up an important lesson that working on one project gets you going and…

https://hellomireya.com/2018/11/21/just-get-it-done/

2. Projects help you grow. https://hellomireya.com/2018/09/07/mixed-media-tree/