painting trees with a straw

Here it is. I used a straw to spread the paint every which way. I was careful to blend in yellow over blue to create beautiful shades of green. Then I used a brush to flatten the paint and add a little more texture.

I do love working with a straw as it creates sporadic beauty. But it takes time. The layers work best when you allow each layer to dry before applying the next color.

painting trees with shapes

This is my book cover. This is simple but it conveys the essence of my book. I love nature and that’s just it, when I am in nature I experience love.

There’s always this voice that tells me I am and I can…

wait that was a tree I painted with a straw.

Ok now it’s time to write a description of my book. As I come to the final stages of publishing my book, I’m a little scared. I’m a lot scared. I’m excited because a few people want to read it. I’ll take that! More will follow and heck I love Wise Trees too! OK for real it’s time to get workin on my book description…

free Ebooks May 3-May 7

art lights me up

Yes art lights me up. I can talk about it for hours. I may be sad, tired, confusd, mad, lost or sick but somehow painting and creating invigorates me.

Painting is my happy place. Writing is my happy place.

I painted this idea that has been a sketch for a long enough time.

Today I’ll be painting this one with a brand new Windsor Acrylic Blue.

What does all this have to do with Wise Trees and my Live Your Story Book. EVERYTHING.

I’m reminding myself that I do have awesome ideas. The world keeps saying it’s time. It’s time! For what I’m not sure but I know it’ll be good.

Yesterday, I did the final FINAL edit for Wise Trees. Now it’s time to submit and wait WAIT for the final copy to arrive. I can’t wait to hold the book in my hand.

More and more people who’ve read the Ebook are asking about the paperback.

There you go another sign that it’s time.

It’s a good day!

From May 3 – May 7 two of my Ebooks will be available for free.

painting trees with acrylic

This is the last and final tree for the book. It’s a weird tree but it’s beautiful. My ending thoughts for the book are that we should allow trees to grow however they choose.

We should protect our trees, give them water and allow them to grow.

Should we not do the same with each other. Yes I think so!

This book is both a love for people and nature. This notion is the premise for a new book.

painting trees with crayons

melted crayon painted tree

Love this technique. Melted crayons are hard to paint with because they quickly dry up. I was forced to hurry up and paint.

Not sure I’d try this again, as it ruined some brushes. Melting crayons made such a mess.

But this is one of my favorite trees because I fed my curiosity. This has to happen ALL THE TIME.

I must keep testing ideas and if it works great! If not then at least I had fun!

painting trees with a q-tip

pint tree painted with acrylic paint

This tree didn’t make it in the book but here it is. I used a round q-tip.

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

This one was painted with an angled q-tip. The idea behind this purple tree is that art can be anything you want it to be. You can create art from literally anything you want. In my case a q-tip.

I’m reminded of a few words in a book I started reading. They are purpose, persitence and a burning desire.

I’ve thought and THOUGHT about these words. I recognize persitence and burning desire sometimes get lost. And that confuses my purpose.

We all have purple ideas. Or as Seth Godin says. a purple cow.

But it’s up to us to stand up with our purpose, persist along the way as others laugh because hey, our desire is burning.

book cover 2

Somehow this works.Go back to the cream background? Yellow? Not sure here. All I know is the words of a post on how to illustrate for children has me thinking. If I like it, they’ll love it. Fun vibrant colors. Oh I’m thinking of French Papers color pop collection.

Wise Trees book cover

Here I go again doubting myself.

I’ve looked at The Giving Tree

I see the essence of a true giving heart.

I just want to follow the caterpillar to the first page? The title is a question inviting us on a journey.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

These books are close to Wise Trees, Ana and George, Ellie and of course Live Your Story.

For some reason my heart tree is growing on me.

Ok maybe I should keep this book cover. I’ll make some adjustments.

Let’s see:

  • change the title
  • play around with the sizing of the tree
  • Go with a tan brown background…yes I need the blues to stand out.