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.”

Do-overs

Today I looked over every single piece of art. My goal is to have the images complete the idea.

What better way than a door adorned with flowers in the most beautiful pinks and blues to say,”Knock on opportunities’ door and if it doesn’t answer KNOCK More. I originally painted blue hearts in the book illustration but the sporadic pink does fine expressing in the best story isn’t planned. The best story just happens.

In the coming week I will be recreating some of these pieces to better express the ideas. This book has to be fun. I need to paint some groovy Elton John glasses.

These just won’t do.


I got this!

Paint Emotions

I thought this was a ruined mess.

One more try?

This page in the book is about living your story. Each color represents emotions and beautiful moments we experience in our lives. Yellow for happiness.

The shapes and color bring more of a unity.  The shapes should come together to create a beautiful life.

But, the first attempt was pretty good. Let me work on the blues and add some pinks.

Yet again I prove that it does me no good to pressure myself with perfection. Feck Perfuction. Right!  My book came in the mail today and I can’t wait to read it!

I’ve been painting during my auto read of Leonardo da Vinci. What an incredible mind. I too wonder ALL THE TIME.

I got to be me…

Once again trying to copy just deosn’t work out for me. I’m better at observing every color, shape and then recreating from memory. I’m not sure what happened here BUT, happened it did. I realize that it’s ok. I’ll go back to the drawing board. I’ll use my color palette for this project and have a go at it tomorrow…

I understand that this in no way means I can’t paint. It just means I need to plan out the color scheme. I’ll relax and just paint MY WAY because I got to be me. The more I paint, the more I learn awesome lessons that lead to embracing my very own style!

Yeah, I layed out all of the pieces I’ve painted so far. I carefully studied the palette from all these paintings. Pinks and blues will work…..no hay imposibles

This always works out for me.

Guard your heart…

Live your life and guard your heart. Don’t let others get you down. I can’t make up my mind on how I feel. Melancholic or warm and comfortable, as if someone is extending me an invitation to explore and ….my heart’s desire.

I guess living your life involves both. This is the notion for this page in the book. Not a bad idea…no hay impossibles

Draw like…ME

 

All of my books are projects with a learning theme. The first book was about overcoming resitence. The second book was about drawing… getting comfortable with my drawing. The hardest part of being an artists is letting go of all the pre-concieved notions…that you can’t…what will they think. Or the infamous but it doesn’t look right.

 

You have to let go of all of that. Yup, the third book was about building my happy place. The third book was about taking my time. I wanted to test ideas and learn. I explored the notion of when it’s time to let the painting die but not the idea.

I drew the first trying to copy what I saw in an amazing photo. I drew the second (right door) after I decided to abandon all pre-concieved notions and paint. I broke the design down to it’s basic shapes and painted away.

 

Now I think I’ll go shop for a brown pen or marker. I am going to hand letter the words in this book. Oh I have decided I need to make a few changes to the e-books before I publish the paperbacks. It’s all good because there are no imposibilities.