Color and textures

Oh if these colors and textures of past projects could talk. They would say… Fear not. I’m part of your process. Feck Perfuction. I was the color who brighten your gloomy days. I was the texture that invited curiosity to play. I was the color that took your tears and said, There now sweet child you’ll be ok. I was the color blue that made you believe. Yes my green helped you paint trees. Why it’s us pink and green that inspired trees. And it’s us the passion of your life. We’ve been through it all. Oh with you by my side life is a ball! Yeah….there are no impossibilities

Oh Christmas Tree

I haven’t painted cards for a long time. Card making is a tradition for me. Not sure how it started. I guess I simply wanted to create something fun and handmade.

Super simple acrylic painted cards

  1. Kraft Paper is nice to paint on.
  2. Use acrylic paint in festive colors.
  3. Deviate with an uncommon color like pink or neon green
  4. Good idea to test different brushes in both size and texture
  5. Dots are simple and fun
  6. This is good to create textures and practice painting…yeah I took a class with Ana Victoria Calderon
  7. Oh I have an idea to paint hearts for Valentine’s Day
  8. Love it
  9. I do need practice with watercolor.

-there are no impossibilities

Thinking Map

I have an idea for my logo. I’m thinking peacock. They chase off preditors, are symbols of compassion and kindness. Oh it’s perfect. Maybe I can incorporate living coral into the blue color scheme I have planned. Yeah why not. I’m excited for all the projects to come. 


-there are no impossibilities

steal like an artist

Yes Austin Kleon’s book is filled with wonderful ideas.
Watercolor Bomb Popsicle

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.

green tree

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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