New Time

Hello,

I’ve changed my blog time. Posts are now published at 5:30 AM. I’m trying new watercolor paper, painting more stuff for the book and lots more Fall ideas. Now what’s a good back to school project?

Altering Course

Last night I was listeing to an episode of Creative Rebels and there was mention of Picasso. Picasso copied other artists to master techniques. Then he created his masterpieces. And so my goals for Road Trip have changed:

  • all words will be typed in a chosen font.
  • sub divider pages will be hand drawn
  • followed by paintings

Most of my practice has to go into writing and drawing. Simple doodles and a font will help me. I get ideas. I begin thinking I can do it all. Then I crash and burn. It’s best I use this book to learn how to draw and write.

Tomorrow, when it’s nice and quiet, I’ll begin doodling.

stamping with yarn

Could this work the second time around?

Still didn’t go according to plan. My handmade stamp needed to be square shaped. I needed more yarn. It’s by no means perfect. That may be why I like it.

I’m having a hard time expressing my ideas. Every art piece has a purpose. Not everything I create is going to be in a book or in my shop. Some art has to be play. These days most of it has been. I’m writing this book because I need these words. I’ll figure it out along the way.

Have a plan

You have to have a plan. You have to map out the best route, book the hotel, calculate cost, time and pack your bags. Here’s the fun part. There’s always a deviation. Deviations are what make life fun, creative, adventurous and sexy. So even if you don’t have a plan make sure you know how to change a flat tire.

Will I use the word sexy in my book? I don’t know.

Feelin’ Flirty

reposting this letter

Last nght I was redoing my online protfolio and site. I’m creating a portfolio folder with my original works. I’m impressed. I’m only saying this because I could see proof, Yes I can paint. Yes I’m wildly creative. I borrowed that phrase from James Victore.

Isn’t it crazy how you one day look back and say oh, when’d that happen. I got skills. I got talent. It’s time to ack like it! I have and I do but sometimes inner critic shows up. You question and fear shows up uninvited.

This week I’ve got 5 more texture ideas and I’ll begin to writing. This fall I’m planning some fun art projects.

artist tape lettering with watercolor

My best work happens when I create from an audience of one, me. Hello I love U is a tribute to all the ideas that we fall in love with instantly. Not that we should embrace everyone but good ideas come to us. The older we get the more we come up with excuses.

Hello I love you is an expression of emotions. It’s living and loving the process. Hello I love U is a tribute to all the ideas from The Wright Brothers to Walt Disney.

Step 1

Tape out your message.

Step 2

Mix-up some watercolor tones and paint

Step 3

splatter a little watercolor. You could do this with any brush… I should have used my E.L.F brush.

Step 4

Use some blue acrylic to paint the heart.

Final

I should include this in Road Trip. I’ll repaint it.

hills of trees is done!

Taking your time makes a huge difference. You have to lett each layer dry before starting the next. Oh and layering from light to dark makes for easy blending.

I used a size 10 brush and lightly blotted the paper with color. These trees made me let go of what should be. I didn’t sketch. I didn’t have any idea how to paint trees. All I did was paint trees.

Probably should have started from the top and ending at the bottom for seamless blending.

But the biggest lesson is that I got to play. YES PLAY. I signed up for this illustration design let the kid play course and it’s amazing. Adolfo Serra talked about this very subject. What a coincidence!

I remember my first sketch book. Come to think of it, that was the beginning of my creative journey. It was the beginning of Belissia too. The bee character that started this whole picture book writing. There’s been many ideas since then.

Back to today, these trees helped me loosen up with a artist tape watercolor idea and…I’ll post about it tomorrow.

Color tells such a story

Today I had to test out this new tube of acrylic paint. Oh the pinks, yellows and oranges I could create-perfect for the around the world little project I had in mind. Who new mixing up a little red with this pink would create such a beautiful peach. Mixing color is a great way to learn about the element of color.

Around the world is another fun project. I need a few in between projects while publishing books. Learning about art has enhanced my appreciation for culture around the world. The colors excite me so. I love color!

Right now there’s sketching for Road Trip to be done. Then it’s Ellie. Yup, I need to repaint the book and the cute characters too. Wait, I need to work on the collage art too. I’ll put that on hold.

Tonight I need to get the paperwork started for the Live Your Story paperback. And finish the sketches for Road Trip. The illustration method will come to me.

A horibble no good very bad…

yeah it happened again. I intended to paint a leaf and around it the words, nature loves me for she tells me so.

Yeah I busted out with salt for texture, mixed greens and blues to get various tones of green. I used Bombay India ink and yeah had a cool texture going on but WOW. what a turn for the worst when I used acrylic paint. What did I do that for?

On the side I had a reference photo and I hate doing this. I always feel this pressure to recreate.

Whatsmore, this voice inside shouts,” If you’re copying what’s the point of your art.” Oh well four attempts later I decided to empty out the rest of my old work. I scan most if anyway.

Here’s proof I con paint quite well!

Nature has such and affect on me. This is a fine leaf for the book. Tomorrow Live Your Story will be available for sale.