hills of trees (work in progress)

I’m coming into the idea of painting lovely textures. I just painted these trees with no particular plan. I’m taking my time filling every empty space. I love nature. I know they are just trees. I can’t remember where I saw them. Somewhere along the highway they grew. I was probably tired, grumpy, and hungry but these trees gave me comfort.

Yes I saw stars, rain and these weird looking things … yes I think I can do a lot with texture pages. It’s a fun no pressure way to tell my story. Why not? I know I need to work on the drawing. And I did a good deal drawing when I started this book.

Why not just let go and see what happens.

Rock Textures

painting

Much better. I took a size 10 brush, dipped it in yellow ochre and softly glided it across the page. I did mix a little blue and that made for interesting yellow tones. It’s calm and peaceful just like Colorado.

This past weekend was really hard. I felt terribly lost and wondered about all of these books. Yes they are a sense of feel good self love–self help.

How can I write these books if I … do I have it all together? Absolutely not. I write to encourage myself. Do any of us have it all together? No. And I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot to work on. Others may be in much better circumstances but guess what, they have problems too.

I read recently that Elton John once filed for bankruptcy. Yes the man is a genius. Another artist was kind enough to remind me that he too once wrestled with a voice in his head telling him he wasn’t enough. Maybe I should create a bunch of art telling this voice to —- off.

Today I began painting the beautiful hills of trees. Road Trip filled with lovely textures and the lessons I’ve learned? Maybe.

Painting Textures

The rocks, hills and mountains of Colorado are beautiful.

I painted in a series of horizontal strokes in both a thin and thick stroke. Then I stamped patterns and…well this won’t make the book.

Definitely keep the lines and get rid of the texture. A much finer line is needed. I could use different line widths and shapes. Make the background one smooth color. Use various transparencies.

Yeah this texture doesn’t say calm and peace. Seems unpredictable and unstable. Creating textures is fun and you never know what will happen. That’s the beauty of watercolor.

I love the simple lines I painted days ago.

More sketches

Markers worked for a few of the details but not for the hotel. I do have acrylic paint. That works. I keep going. I’m all for painting texture pages but now there’s scrapbook patterns.

Writing a book is harder than working on one piece. I’ m working on a million pieces at once.

I’m going to take my time and understand:

  • girl there’s going to be 100’s of illustrations
  • my drawing will improve
  • I need to step up my watercolor game too.
  • let’s face it you need opaque color.
  • transparency is terrible for scanning
  • I need to work on cleaning up my flies better

Ok for now I should spend the evening reading and sketching with a pencil.

Keep Going

Does any artist ever really work on one project at a time? I doubt it. Road trip is a lot of fun. Today I painted a camera and shoes. The shoes need to be redone. Tomorrow I’ll use markers and colored pencils to add in the details. I keep visualizing these textures and page layouts. I opened up an Etsy shop. I painted flowers using simple brush stroke techniques.

The big lesson for today is that when you work on projects you realize how much your skills change. This happens when you let go of perfection. Not all of my flowers worked out but it was great to keep going in spite of the mistakes. Sometimes it helps to say, ” I don’t have all the answers but I can act like I do.” Working on these side projects has really become part of my process.

have and idea and paint

More sketches and a watercolor class later I realize AGAIN the importance of color. For some of the emotions in the book, I should use liquid watercolors.

Today I painted some of the houses I saw along the road. Every house was different yet belongs among the hills, roads and trees. Makes me think of humanity and love.

Then I painted a texture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. I didn’t just paint lines. I painted the emotions I felt. Nature gives me such calmness and peace.

I admit that this type of painting has my heart. I mean I just paint. There’s no pencil or eraser. All I have is IDEA and paint.

I ended today’s session with Amya Montero’s Quiero Ser. Isn’t the point of my art to feel liberated… yes

Sketch in Color

the color sketching has begun. This will be the Road Trip Color scheme.

I wrote the story, created a story board, took notes, made revisions and it’s sketching time. I want to get used to painting without drawing with a pencil first.

The color scheme makes sense because with any journey you have happy times. You have times, lots of them, when your faith in you, your abilities and humanity will be tested. The aqua is a reminder for not becoming negative circumstances.

I know that my attitude was negative during the trip…I think a lot about the trip. The one year anniversary is approaching and this book is a good way to celebrate.

And just like that, I found the personal theme for this book.

  • Paint all objects with watercolor. (working on watercolor skills)
  • Use markers and pencils to add details. ( gain confidence in drawing)
  • paint pages of textures( let color and texture tell the story)

I’m going to paint several sketches and choose the best ones for the book.

News

Live Your Story Ebook is here! It just launched July 17th.

Please get your copy here or click on the book. Be sure to let me know what you think. As a reward for helping me out, I will send you a free downloadable art print once the shop opens up.

This is all in preparation and celebration for the paperback launching next month.

Should I change the book cover? I’m not sure.

New Ebook Preorder

The Ebook will officially launch July, 17th. It’s beautiful and now it’s time to work on the next book and paint a dreamcatcher.

Check later on today for the link to preorder your copy. The preorder should be live later on this evening. I’ll be setting up the paperback preorder soon. There’ll be a prize too. Stay tuned and happy creating.

Please let me know what you think of the book here.