Wise Trees Taught me

  1. To listen to ideas
  2. Planning works.
  3. I don’t have all the answers
  4. it’s actually ok.
  5. If one idea doesn’t work the first time, let it become something else.
  6. I’m happiest when I create.
  7. Doing is the important thing.
  8. What am I trying to say?
  9. Keep it simple.
  10. Time
  11. Sleep
  12. Eat RIGHT
  13. Texture
  14. I want a creative business life with all my heart and soul.
  15. I need to get back in the marketing game.

Painting trees with crayons too

The first layer was done with melted crayons. Or was it the other way around? Not sure but the point is I combined two awesome techniques because one alone just wasn’t enough. Why did I think of this? Who knows but it does the mind good to revel in curiosity.

What other media could I use?

I went from wait a minute, did I include this in the book to , what a perfect tree for the sentiments on the last page.

…I’m so glad we have a world full of beautiful trees.

That’s the way it’s meant to be.

Oh, world let’s agree.

Yeah sounds about right.

Projects Help

didn’t make the book

Jame’s Victore’s quote,” hang with me and set your sights higher” instagram post and looking at my watercolor paper. It feels weird not painting. I haven’t painted in three days.

Ah well, the point is I recognize when my brushes and paint tubes call me.

FOr now I’ll look at some more old work and see how this book as changed me. The purpose of this book was to come into my drawing style. I’m still in the process but wow I’ve got a process.

I love this! This post sums up an important lesson that working on one project gets you going and…

https://hellomireya.com/2018/11/21/just-get-it-done/

2. Projects help you grow. https://hellomireya.com/2018/09/07/mixed-media-tree/

What started Wise Trees?

I actually intended to publish Ana & George first. I spent four hours every day during summer months and Saturday mornings writing the world I imagined.

The problem was I couldn’t draw, at least not like the characters I had dreamed up. So I put the story on hold.

I needed a motivator to help me draw. There I was in the middle of the park. I thought of the trees I had painted.




And that’s it…

Curiosity made me write this book.

The idea came to me as I was in the park,

walking my dog, surrounded by the breeze of trees.

I came home, put my thoughts on paper and

painted trees. I painted with straws, sponges,

Q-tips, and…

I’ve learned to listen to curiosity.

I’ve learned to embrace me.

I’ve learned there are no impossibilities.

Along the way there were many ups and downs.

painting trees with a sponge

I love this tree for two reasons. This tree is inspired my cutie Roxy and her love of trees. Why this is exactly the way I start my my book!

I’ve yet to read my book for the secod time but the vibrat colored trees are truly page turners. I love texture almost as much as I love color.

It’s time to look through my old posts. I want to reflect on my emotions. What do my very first sketchces look like?

proof copy has arrived…

so I was nervous and excited to open it. There are a few minor changes to make. Overall the layout and color are good.

Even my brown font looks good, I can’t believe it. Part of me wanted to run out of the quiet classroom in search of readers.

I felt like a kid who’s got a new toy or the cute little girl who just had to smile and tell me she got to have Mcdonald’s breakfast this morning.

I am grateful.

Why books? Why art?

I’m about to publish my first paperback and I find a book that should be in my studio.

Eric wrote his books as a means to leave the readers with enough imagination and curiosity to paint their own animals. He described books as reading toys. That’s my hope for my book.

That’s exactly what I want for my books and art. I started thinking about all the projects I’ve worked on this past month.

I can’t wait for all the projects to come!

Today begins my free Ebook promotion. For 5 days Ellie and Ana & George will be free.

I should go paint something!

color makes a difference

Today I took a closer look at color. Publishing this book has helped me look at my audience and how to use simple elements like color to tell my story as an artist.

I listed my favorite colors. Then listed my favorite books. I compared the two.

I just finished the final FINAL layout edit. Wait there’s a few layout issues to fix. Publishing is a nerve wracking exciting experience.

I’ll contiune to explore color. I’ve got lots more art to create.

Tomorrow’s the day for free Ebooks.