Creative Brainstorm

I just want to have fun with this book. I’m still working on my summer plan. All the details are almost in place.

I sat and doodled away at some lines, patterns, and textures. Ok at first I referenced some Instagram faves. Then I just kept creating.

It’s like writing. It’s always good to just write and write even if it’s garbage. Eventually you’ll arrive at an awesome idea.

I’m coming up with ideas for my letters and gathering my thoughts.

It’s been a good day!

happiness with salt

I painted this last night and it felt so good. Everyting is always better when I paint. I’ve been sick and haven’t painted much.

I started with the color yellow and gradually added small amounts of red. Then I sprinkled some salt.

Sometimes it’s hard to shut off that negative voice in my head.

I started with yellow because it’s a color that’s bright and should only be used sparingly. It’s the color of friendship. And friendship, an act of kindness even in the smallest amount makes all the difference. The salt represents the unpredicatability and therefore uncomfortableness of the life.

Painting always helps.

What matters?

Today I sat in a room full of high school seniors. I heard laughs the words scared and hard work. All this emphasis on passing a class, graduation parties and over the top celebrations.

And then it hit me, the one who’s reading Think and Grow Rich, graduation and passing a class doesn’t matter all that much.

How you dress or what kind of phone you have doesn’t matter. Ok I’d be a fool if I didn’t agree that having an iphone could help you.

What matters is what you do with what you’ve been given. But that’s just it, it’s what you decide to give yourself.

We can’t just walk around going from class to class fullfilling a script. Every day is a choice to give ourselves an opportunity. Yes grades are a refelction of this but not always. “I’ve been working hard”, they say. Shouldn’t you always? Yes! In a wise and wonderful way you must always do your best!

And so I sit here and ponder what I’ve done since the day I set sail. I’m still on a journey, still planning. I’ve got lots of books to write. I did write Wise Trees and I know it’s good.

Now’s a good time to go practice my Live your story Poem. I should have finished the book as a graduation book. It’ll be perfect for back to school.

Eric Carle Collage

…there’s a book inspired by Eric Carle’s collage technique and many MANY watercolor beautiful messes …

There comes a time in every project when you realize it’s time to alter coarse. I wanted to make good use of these messes but it’s hard scanning 140Ib paper.

I said goodbye and recylced most of the lovely textures. It felt weird. And then it hit me. I can keep use some pieces to test ideas. I’ve been seeing lots of collage work these days and today I had to try.

…inspired by a movie quote about making the impossible possible.

This one is inspired by long lazy days writing and sketching. It didn’t work out but I don’t care. I had fun.

Ahh… I long for those days again. The days of me and my Roxy. The summer days will soon be here.

I’ll do much better with thinner paper. Thinner paper will help me layer and scan easier.

I just remembered this Elmer’s liquid glue I saw at Target. It’s Wise Trees all over again!

Summer Plans

new art for the shop

…and she’s at work on five to six new titles at all times. I read these words in an article about Danielle Steel and her career. What- wait- that’s the thought I had today, as I contemplate my summer plans.

Here’s a list

  • finish drawing for live your story and publish that book
  • work on hand lettering a word with in a timed session. I know, I’ll call it word wall.
  • draw cute animals…I am on the lookout for a good tutorial book
  • collage animals for the book
  • road trip book which is based on last summer’s road trip

I’m excited!

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.

Lonely Curiosity

I’ve been sick for weeks. Seems like I get better and then I get worse. Today I’m sitting still, working on my shops. Sure my curiosity is lonely. I haven’t picked up a paint brush too much. I miss painting and my curiosity misses it too.

At least I can say I published my book.

the cover…

Love is what I feel when I am in nature.

It’s why I wrote this book. This week I want to explore more ideas and continue to embrace my creativitY

This week’s activity list is to:

  • work on the paperback cover
  • submit the final copy for my paperback
  • top 10 ways to paint trees
  • learn creative ways to market my books
  • speaking of marketing, what’s my story and am I telling it across all of my social media platforms

I look at this past week’s art

hearts collection
teating out collage work


another heart
exploring ideas , really this life is a roller coaster book has been hounding me for years