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?

Lines and Shapes

I almost had a good idea and then I messed up. It happens A LOT.

I do love the circles and lines, Lines can be graceful, calm or chaotic. Monotones of blue could represent faith, tranquility, and connections. All good words to describe love.

I can add circle, triangle and heart shaped lines with dots too. Not sure if I should add the pink half circle pattern.

Oh what a beautiful mess!

The green lines with blue dots are beautiful.

I could have looked at the ugly green and yellow square as a total loss. The thought crossed my mind for a second. But, I have an idea! Round two let’s go!

Thinking map for Live Your Story

Rewind. I have a way better idea for this book. I’ll use color and fun hand lettered pages to tell my story. I’ve added a few words so the poem will change.

I’m so excited for this poem. It’s a great way to kick off my summer and it’ll be completed just in time for back to school.

I need this poem. I need this book. The world needs it too. It’s a win-win.

It didn’t work

Sometimes it happens and that’s ok. In all fairness I tried to paint jewels and gems like Ana Victoria Calderon. She’s awesome and so much so that I wouldn’t be able to tell hers from a real diamond.

Oh but I did some research and found some colorful fun gems.

…and here we are

These are right on with the theme of the book. I’m glad.

Heart shaped stickers

Here I am working on a book and finishing my last illustration. Then I get this amazing idea to paint hearts.

I do love hearts. I do love the idea that one project leads to another. Live your story is a fun book for kids to look at…the grown up ones too.

Painting objects with embedded hearts led me to another book idea. I want all of my books to give the reader a sense of , “I can do that.”