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Aha moment

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Just now I had a aha momet. I’ve never seen a hand written dictionary before. The writer must be obsessed with words. WAIT!  I used to do the same with my dictionary.  Not excatly, but I too love words. I’d read lots of books. And every time I came across a  beautiful word I’d highlight it in my dictionary. What happend to my dictionary? I gave it away. Why?

I have always loved words. I wanted to preserve beautiful words like unmistakable or frolic.  Hand lettering. Quotes. Books. Music. Wise Trees.  I could go on but it all makes sense. I will write all of my book ideas, ALL OF THEM…

There are no impossibilities

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Crazy day

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for a crazy week. Sometimes I feel like I’m running around with to dos AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. Then I sat down to repaint Ana and George’s hot air balloon.

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I sketched this new design. Just a pencil. No eraser. It turned out beautiful. And the quote is exactly on point. That’s probably what gave me the idea to draw this today. An Alice in Wonderland color scheme? Yeah this is going to be great!

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SO I set up my supplies and began painting. I mixed up the paint. Things were feeling  good. The more I painted the more I made mistakes. I tried to make it work. IT DIDN’T. I just kept imagining this balloon on the cover of my picture book–the adventures of Ana and George. I just wanted to crumble up the paper and call it a day. Any little thing was about to set me off. And then I said,” Look you drew the awesome sketch so just paint. Just paint.  And I did, but my painting session had come and gone for the day.

And still I wonder, was that session a total waste? Of course not! I still have to edit wise trees and add the remaining trees. Now I have all these books to write.

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

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practice

 

 

I’ve grown since I painted the first wise tree. For every wash and texture that went wrong, I learned–learned how to find my place, to practice and FLOW. Yeah I’ll write books for while.  I rewrote the Ana and George. Ana isn’t a bee anymore. Not sure what animal she’ll be.

I came across the loveliest work twice. A giraffe who stands tall, his neck becoming part of the pattern of birds flying in the sky. The awesome quote treads,” I’m like a bird.” What a wonderful idea!

And the other is an I Heart Guts collection. It’s cute, funny, and unmistakable.

Both of these are unmistakable and creative.  Both are created by artists who simply did.

 

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

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Go for it!

When you have an idea? Go for it! Nothing more than this past creative retreat and certainly my projects have shown me this. Working on your project helps you learn so much about yourself and about the projects you should really be doing.

Hand lettering is not for me. Yet it is!

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I love these letters and the ones I recently painted as a result of my creative retreat. I love this type of lettering…Reminds me of wall art and the vintage stuff you see on old buildings. I’d like to do wall murals. Then the other day I opened up a society 6 shop and what do you know…there’s wall mural art.

I mean I painted this and I had no idea how it would turn out but I said hey universe let’s do some #HOMwork and here we are. It took lots of hand lettering to realize I like this style. Sure I need more practice and I’ll do it.

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Working on side projects really led me to this crazy idea for a picture book. How did I start with hand lettering and end up with publishing a picture book?   I just got an idea and and went for it. I also read the book STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. Austin Kleon has these awesome books. Austin creates with his own words and drawings. Yeah he talks about creating and sharing EVERY SINGLE DAY.

And I, well I feel like I’ve carved out the perfect spot just for me. A place where I use vibrant color, fun  objects and hand painted words and pictures to sing the only why I know how.. with paint.

-No hay impossibles ( There are no impossiblities)

 

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A letter to idea

Last night I felt the need to write a letter to idea. I have never in all my life felt the way I  do now about the notion of an idea. I have, its just that the book BIG MAGIC is amazing. I sat down when all was quiet and calm and I  wrote idea a letter:

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-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

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It’s Saturday night…

 

 

hand painted tree with pink watercolor monotones

and change feels good. I’ve been updating my art website. I put aside the wise trees book and started editing the Ana and George book. Seems like there’s always something to work on. The more you work on projects the better you get period. You learn not to care so much about the nonsense.

Oh right, this Friday I should post a tutorial on this fabulous pink tree. I am excited for the changes to come. I am ready or at least I believe I will be. The more you play the more confident you become too.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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an artist’s doubt

hand painted hears in shades of blue

Seems like many artists these days are talking about how to survive the deep doubt…

When am I going to make a sale?

I’ve been blogging for a long time and still no one cares.

What’s wrong with my art?

There’s too many artists out there already.

I have run out of ideas

His or her work is amazing but I don’t know about mine.

I just started and they’ve been creating art for a long time. I’m late.

I could do this or do that but I have no idea how

How do I make it to the other side of glory…the place where my work has been accepted?

I wonder what Jon Contino’s first sketches looked like? How can you possible be on the other side of glory when they’re on the side of deep doubt? How? 

a digital tree I created years ago.

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On the side of excitement sure there’s a little doubt but I hardly notice it. My book is near finished.  I’m just waiting to do one last edit and then the cover page.  I just think of the kid who will read it and hopefully wow at all the pictures. 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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believe in your ideas

blue bird with green butterfly and quote

 

This design makes me smile, right now at this very moment. I have had trouble as an artist often does. There’s so many examples to draw on with this hand painted piece.

  • do these letters work
  • a bird and the butterfly?
  • who’s asking who to believe and believe what?
  • so many questions and so many answers
  • believe what your heart desires

I just feel like YES I believe in my work and in all of my ideas. Even if the sight of me doesn’t I have to keep going and so with that LET’S DO THIS!

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

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crazy and creative

blue hearts

…I remember painting these hearts thinking I don’t want these hears to be perfect because what heart really is, but as long as you have color it’s all good.

Sometimes I have a million thoughts going on in my mind. I love working on projects and I want to share that. There’s a sense of freedom that comes with creativity and creating can also be CRAZY.

I’m learning to draw and learning freelancing and just the idea of getting my work out there has become a full time job. I’m tired; I work on art every single day and end my nights with a late night uplifting movie…yeah

I’m just taking a moment to relax and embrace these million ideas. Why this morning I was thinking about maybe my two characters shouldn’t be a bee and a butterfly. Who knows. That’s another book. Today I’ll finish scanning the last of my trees for the wise trees book and oh yeah finish up a t-shirt design. I am still finished up the drawing class and so the truth is that the life of an artist is rather crazy.

I keep saying I must focus and I will definitely work this out. All I know is this is all I hope for:

hand lettering on what art is

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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Getting others to love

The problem is you love what you love and it’s important to share that. Since I started this tree book there have been countless questions. I have repainted so many trees. I have rewritten the book countless times. Oh but the idea is right there where it needs to be.

If you want to get people to love your work then you have to be willing to do lots of it.

 

Looking at my humble beginnings feels good.

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I have come along way.

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Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.