Inspiration follows me everywhere and I love when it happens. I am so exicted!I had to write about it right now, on a day that I don’t usually write.
This art got a makeover
yeah these words, I’m really feeling them
A teacher assigns a writing assignment about a time when you felt one with nature. This same class reads a memoir about a man who journeys along a river. He survives a storm because the river speaks to him. I should paint this!
In another class I read a few chapters from a book. I read the glorious words that inspired my art. These words just spoke to me and I had to paint them. This is good practice for lettering my book too.
I found myself sporadically tellling a woman I had merely met for minutes about my art and my books. I spoke with all the confidence in the world.
She told me about her art dreams. Only difference is her art is with food. It was wonderful!
It’s been a good week! Nature, with you there are no impossibilites
There was an Oprah speech a Sean Wess podcast I haven’t lsitened to in a long time, Laren Daigle’s You say and a movie.
BUT as I hand lettered my words all I could think about was Muhammad Ali’s rhyming. I ‘ll give it a try.
The only world I want to listen to makes me feel like I can do.
With her breeze she always puts me at ease.
The sun warms me. There is no doubt, I clearly see.
I will paint what I want
I got talent and I’m gonna flaunt.
You see flaws. Please put away your claws.
Cuz I got the breeze, she’s telling me keep walking with ease
There is no greater power than love,
I’ve got love
I swim among the most beautiful doves.
Today I gave a writing lesson to a first grade class. It was brilliant and I discovered …I’m a writer. This week was incredible. I sat down and I drew letters. I drew. The more I spend time in nature, the more I can say girl, Flow. Just let go and create. You got this now get out there because…there are no impossibilities
is incredible. Oh my gosh I now have the perfect color for painting Peter Pan’s flight night sky.
Pink and blue flowers? I think so.
Premium is so much more pigmented. I could have just painted blobs and it’d still be beautiful.
the key to working with gouache is just enough water to make it easy to glide on the page.
I should’t go over it either. I needed to let it dry before I add layers.
oh doing swatches would be good
Audrey Hepburn was a true Hollywood queen. For when the world said, ‘ You can’t act. You’re not pretty enough. She was. I think of her strolling along with her big black hat and sunglasses. Strolling along with such a smile that…oh wait what are they uttering?
Gives me lots to think about as I begin a new year of exploration. I will experiment with texture, objects and color. I do have two books to write. I’m just getting started.
Creating projects means you are showing up. You show up and that helps you persevere.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
When I had the wrong idea, I showed up.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
There’s been many times where I reference Adobe Kuler, or How magazine to get ideas for color schemes.
There’s been many times where I have no clue how to improve my drawings. That led to a Udemy class. This drawing class made me study realism, perspective and shading. All this tied in so well with Ana Victoria Calderon’s class about transparencies with watercolor.
which brings me to showing up. There’s going to be lots of bad art. I get that now. Show up anyway.
Nothing more than showing up has given me the courage to play and embrace ideas. To once and for all, listen. Big Magic is an amazing read.
I came into this year seeking to improve my drawing skills. I did that with each of the books I wrote. I drew every single picture for Ana & George.
I discovered an awesome palette. I love my drawings. Oh and I’m much better at drawing that which I love. Yes.
I spent a whole year putting this book aside. In a matter of days, long eight hour days sketching and coloring, I finished. Had I not shown up for days all year on other projects, I never could have done this in a matter of days.
I want to take the last days to reflect on my art. There have been many MANY lessons that I’ve learned. Yet it seems I haven’t learned enough. I’ll never forget the terrible day I deleted my finished book, TWICE.
Perseverance is a big one. Even when you know its bad you keep going. How else are you going to practice.
Sure there’s this side of not giving up. But don’t you have to know when to say,”Look, this ship has sailed and sunk. It’s time to move on and figure out a new way. ” Perseverance is also showing up… even after the 100th time you paint a poem.
You paint and you paint the same design. Each time you get better. It seems like you’re headed nowhere and then… right before your eyes…the color and idea are so close to what you see in your mind. You keep painting because its an idea that you want to share. Along the way there’s this voice that says sure its all been wrong but keep going.