hand lettering the whole book

Yes. This will be the first book I completely hand letter. I just keep going back to Austin Kleon’s awesome books. I want to do it. I’m going to do it.

That of course means I’ll re-paint the poem again. I have just the right aqua. I’ll practice more lettering. I can feel myself about to fall in this analysis paralysis episode and think too much. Not going to go there.

New deadline will be March 2. Oh my goodness I still need to publish the paperbacks.

But first I revisit Jon Contino”s class and then Lauren Hom’s class.

…and this didn’t work out but at least it was good practice with monotones and transparencies.

…I’ll have a little more fun lettering…there are no impossibilities.

Windsor Gouache…

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.

Notes:

  • 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.

-there are no impossibilities

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

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

 

 

repainting a tree for an audience of one

watercolor painted tree with a tire swingIs this tree is too dark? Does it feel right? The tree got a lot of likes when I posted it on instagram. Yes it has that BRAVE Merida color scheme. This tree is about taking something ordinary and creating something extraordinary-and to always have fun of course. Maybe? I mean it does take bravery–courage to say, “I’m going to take this wheel and turn it into a swing.” I THINK THAT MIGHT BE IT! When I paint I get lost in my old world with these wonderful ideas. It’s only when  I fall out of this magical place that I doubt. It’s true.

On another note, I am half way through the e-book BIG MAGIC and realize I want this book in my studio. Then I listen to an Unmistakable Creative episode and the phrase create for an audience of one hooks me immediately. I need this book in my life too.

For a while I should write my thoughts more often and I intend to for a couple of weeks or so. Maybe Sunday, Wednesday and Friday will work instead of the usual Friday.

I am repainting this tree because there’s not enough wow. Oh but I have an idea!

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Notes:

  • creating for an audience of one means you create for yourself
  • it’s a lot funner this way
  • this frees you up to just mix up watercolor and do whatever
  • mix dark blue with green
  • I see lots of hearts and yeah I love that and maybe that’s what others love to.
  • using big brushes and starting with a light layer is best
  • go slightly lighter when painting these shade (tire swing tree) because when scanned they appear darker
  • be delicate when applying color
  • using pastels to give my tree form is a genius idea-not mine
  • I tried using artists tape to paint the square shaped tree and the paint still got all over the place. Maybe the artist tape was old? Was my paint to watery?

Imagine all the  impossibilities that are possible

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.

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.

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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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