thoughts are things

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

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…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.

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steal like an artist

Yes Austin Kleon’s book is filled with wonderful ideas.
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I have stolen like an artist. I walked in to this project with an idea. I took my love of nature and connected that with my imagination. Along the way I stole lots of awesome ideas and put them in my creative box.

I stole this idea from a 1st grade teacher but I made my own small brush. She and her class painted the ocean and I painted a tree. I’m painting this tree again.

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I’ve made some awesome friends. I watch myself drawing trees and as of last night bears with texture, highlights and shadows. I did this before but this project has made me appreciate and love all of the wonderful resources that are allowing me to bring this book to life.

…a sample of my recent drawing for the next book Ana Bee and George Bird. I stole the idea for the book layout from observing the Mercy Watson books-and lots of them really.

sketch for book

Wise Tress would not have been possible without all of the artists who answer my questions. I wrote about this before.

 

I stole the idea to experiment with mixed media and fun objects from Eric Carle. I really should turn this guy into a frog and share his story with the world.

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It’s just that 4th of July is a day to celebrate freedom. I am reminded of a few words of a boy who lives trying to survive in the midst of war and he mutters something along these lines.  “I thought about the good times and the day that I’d be free…the only freedom they can’t take away.” 

Yeah I love the idea that freedom exists in the mind and is the most precious of freedoms. Freedom of thought is powerful. Freedom is a choice to creativity seek out that which must be sought.

 

If in the end you have 100s of ideas that didn’t work, at least you have an experience and a hellavua story for the next artist to steal from. I’m so grateful to live in a wonderful country where I can be free to think as I choose and create as I choose.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

 

 

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projects help you learn

There is so much I’ve learned since I had this crazy idea to write my very own picture book. Seems like such a looong time since then.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot.

 

I learned to paint my trees with fun objects with Jay Lee.

pint tree painted with acrylic paint

I learned to add texture with my trees and my painting has improved too. Put to use the skills I learned with Ana Victoria

Color Theory class

 

..and improving on my drawing. It’s only getting better because I’m taking a drawing class with a Disney animator and it is awesome!

When I started

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…to the recent version I painted.  Loving this tree and I posted about it today.

 

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This week I will hand letter the manuscript and begin learning how to design the book layout.

I have learned and I keep growing. I’ve learned how to plan my time and most importantly I’ve learned to embrace my ideas.  I’m writing as I have always loved to write.  I’ve gotten back into hand lettering, and oh yeah there’s this constant need to take deep breaths and learn how to deal with the fear and doubt. I am excited for the wise trees book to finally be completed but the thought of it on Amazon and hoping I did the best I can do and then seeing a mistake haunts me. I will overcome this. It’s ok to feel this way. The cool part is I heard the great James Victore talk about this. We all go through this no matter how much experience we have but it gets better!

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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finding quiet time

There were times when I had this idea emerge and I’d go with it no questions asked.

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AND then there were times when I had doubts and fear.  That kind of quiet can be hard. The best part of having a quiet place is that you decide on positive or negative vibes. 

Having a quiet place…YOUR QUIET PLACE allows you to notice when you do both and think about it.  Then you create your masterpiece. Sometimes there’s no quiet place and you still manage to have this idea. That’s when you know you really have to go with it. BUT you need that peace and quiet place to take your time and flow with the idea–nurture it. 

Yeah working on my book has certainly given me this perspective on having a place. I mean yes inspiration literally happens anywhere. In a room full of noise you can suddenly have an idea. This still represents a quick quiet place in your mind. You can physically set your self in the right place that will allow your creativity to flow. Either one and both at times are awesome.

Notes:

  • I really like taking these few days a week to reflect on my book project and what I’ve learned in the process.
  • Rearrange my posting schedule and see what works best.
  • I’m thinking Monday, Tuesday  and Friday.
  • Monday and Tuesday are for thoughts are things
  • Fridays will still be fun Fridays and WAIT what project and  I working on this week?
  • Mireya you’ll figure it out and now it’s time to go work on your bright idea to hand write each and EVERY word for the wise trees book.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

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become the character

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A very important lesson that I’ve learned with all of my projects is to become the character. Yes in working on the Ana Bee and Gird Bird book I would sit for hours at a time writing. Sure at first I struggled to start.  Then I started writing and soon words led to a paragraph and a paragraph led to pages. I now have a second book idea I will continue working on once the Wise Trees Book is complete. Become the character means you are so into the story that you’re in the world and the character writes the scene. Yeah now that I think of it, I heard a national best selling author say this.

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Become the character also resonates with every awesome creative project I’ve worked on. You get yourself comfortable with the process and you begin. You think about what message you want to convey and you keep creating. You become that message.  In that moment that you want to convey a message and emotion. Same can be said for Adele as she sings. She doesn’t just sing the song. In that moment she becomes the heartbreak or love. We relate. We do so because she “became the character” That’s what art is. I thought about this as I painted lots of quotes this past week.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

 

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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. Turns out it’s new and I can work on some art and start selling wall murals.

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 an and went with it. I also read the book STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. Austin Kleon has these awesome books that he creates with his own hand lettering style and his drawings. Yeah he talks about just going for it too. 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.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

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So I’ve been gathering my thoughts on the process of writing my book. I had actually been working on another book. I had all these images in my mind–but I didn’t have the skill to draw them. I went for a walk and this idea to create a simpler picture book  emerged. I could create a book with paintings I already painted. I had painted a series of trees and nature scenes.

I love nature. This was the very first tree I  painted and this really started it all. For some reason I love trees and there simply a part of nature that makes me feel peace, love and a sense of oneness. When I am walking I get ready for my day.

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Over this summer I’ll think of  the lessons I have learned while working on my picture book projects. I also want to continue to use the creative space I’ve made for myself. It’s a crazy wonderful place that proves you don’t need fancy tools or lots of money to make your dreams happen. All you need is the will to love…

Working on a side project helps so much. This summer seems like a good time to start writing these notes down. I know someday this will make a great little journal book for others to read and plan out their own projects.  Maybe a fill in the blank side by side with my thoughts and how I answered the questions…I like the idea. Oh  tomorrow’s Friday fun day so yeah I’ll work on a poem about art. Yes art’s in the shop and doing well. I am getting back in to shape for the busy fall that will soon come. Time for me and Roxy to go for a walk.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.