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A Love Note to Myself

Ok so I ‘ve been inspired by an activity that includes sending a Valentine to yourself. I also wrote a similar poster for a classroom.

Your painting is improving .

It is amazing what happens when you let go of comparing and doubts and trust yorself. You are kind and always try to help people. Your book ideas are awesome. Keep writing. Pay no attention to negativity. Listen to the tree’s breeze and all its realities.

It’s been raining cats and dogs. Remember there may be a drought but the rain is coming. I mean literally it has come! I should paint this?

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It’s Valentine’s Day!

There I was, creating all the elements for a Valentine craft table. I’ve been designing lots of classroom character posters with construction paper. Yes pun intended. I realized this is great practice for breaking down drawings into simple shapes. What and idea!

Then I thought about my famous live your story poem, soon to be book. Why not change the color to pink for Valentine’s Day!

Every day is a day to love yo self and when you love yo self…..there are no impossibilites.

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pink heart lightbulb

Today I mixed up the right pink. I mixed in a little gray to get a warm pink. I want the book to have a warm inviting vibe. I am so glad I am reusing this old crayola palette to create a color palette of my own.

I thought I could mix up two complementary colors and get the right black gray tone.

Then I painted the idea of how with one spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is wonderful flavor.

Yeah sums up this wonderful experience I’ve been having lately. Look at this color. You start out with the black and mix in a little pink. Look at all the beautiful tones I made. These tones would not have been possible without black tones. After I painted three hearts I realized I could have made the process more gradual but sometimes you have to go with good enough.

I make lots of art that was…that’s the thing I can’t even say ugly art because it was art that led to this project. All that art had to happen to overcome the 10,000 tries. That’s always a beautiful thing.

Then I was looking at my heart

and realized this sketch makes so much more sense.

The whole idea for the heart is the idea of something so beautiful that you wonder how it ever came to be. Yeah we all have that beauty within us.

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let the painting begin…

Thinking map is done.

Many of the sketches are done.

 

Color scheme is almost figured out. I’ve got two weeks to make the deadline. Will I make it? Should I make it?

I don’t know, I’m taking my time.

Letting all those ideas and words work out fine.

This live your story poem is good.

Breeze, you tell me I got the skills, the talent…yeah its understood.

I am a writer

With you lizard brain I am a fighter.

 

Ha this whole Muhammad Ali rhyming thing is so cool! People are lovin’ my live your love story poem. Some are already waiting for the book to come out. Good things are happening….there’s no impossibilities.

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This poem has been through so many editions…

But I needed to practice. I needed to go through all of these ideas to build on the ideas I have today. Last night I sat writing with an ache in my heart and a lump in my throught. With each stroke, the voice in my head suggested stick to the regular a’s, write neat, and remember who you are.

Oh the power of art.

I am ready to begin more sketches for the book. This weekend I’ll begin painting, aqua, pink, navy blue and…wait a minute maybe this color scheme will work…

blues. pinks…
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hand lettering the whole book

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.

books, Live Your Story, watercolor and tempera

Book Map+Gouache+Tempera

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

 and mix.

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

 

 

 

 

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I wrote this poem as a poster. I went through so many colors. My favorite was a much lighter shade of blue.

Somehow I envisioned it on a wall someplace. I recall an artist who travels the world painting his words and drawings. With each stroke he gives life to old buildings.

When asked why he does it, he says to bring color and smiles to otherwise overlooked villages. Not exactly these words but something like this.

I want my work to mean the same. To make people smile. To make people feel good. Like a song that plays on in your mind, days after you’ve listened to it.

And so, I continue to work on my live your story poem. Yeah, I can use this poem to practice hand lettering and get comfortable with my lettering style.

 

AND now of course I want to create a book.

sketches for writing a picture book
perhaps a new layout for the poem?
sketches for a book
…first sketch illustrations

OK February 14th is fast approaching but…

-there are no impossibilities

 

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If you want it, do it!

The words of the wise, ring clearly in my head. If you want it, then by golly DO IT!  

I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I talked and wrote about it like is was off in the distance. Art is right here in the rainbow song . Art is the voice that makes me laugh when I’m surrounded by children who by golly, tested my patience today. Art  banishes lizard brain the moment he shows up. Not today. 

I wrote three books and I’ve got lots more to write. 

Ella you taught me not to let fear and doubt steal my magic. We all have magic but that magic is only as good as we allow it to be. 

Wise Trees you taught me to listen to my curiosity. You taught me that my best happens when nature holds my hand. 

Ana & George  you have shown me that when the world shouts you can’t, that’s the moment you take center stage and sing your heart out. It’s about the journey, the people you meet and talk about unexpected surprises. 

As I sit and think of it all, wow the moment my body and all its movements lived the words of  great artists well… that’s when change happened…

If you want it, then by golly DO IT!

-there are no impossibilities

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Book Process (Part 2)

Oh my gosh working on the final stages of my books drove me crazy. There was this battle inside of me. 

I keep editing because well, I don’t want to publish a book with a misspelled word. On the other hand,  I stall when I’m on to SOMETHING. I do this all the time. Only these days I recognize this resistance as lizard brain. 

I will never forget the day I thought I was done and IT FELT GOOD. What do I do? I delete the file I’m working on. I I actually published my first book with highlights. Yikes! Thank goodness it was an easy fixable e-book. Imagine if this edition had gone to print. 

There’s so much involved in working on a chapter book. I need to find a new program to help me put together the book layout. Word is terrible. I would edit a picture and the whole layout would shift. 

The best part is I completed my goal. All three books are done. I realize more than ever that I don’t need to draw or paint like my favorite artists. The world already has them. I can make mistakes. 

I have lots of designs that I sketched years ago. It’s only after these books that I can share them. I’ll never make that mistake again. 

What a roller coaster ride…

 there are no impossibilities