Life Tree With Blue Tones?

Does this tree with all it’s blue tones work? Does it convey that others will try but you live your life thought?

The emotions here are sadness. compassion,comfort, trust, faith, love, melancholy and…

I love the words live your life placed right under the tree metaphorically taking the place of roots.

We’ll see because it’s gonna be a good week.

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!

painting trees with crayons

melted crayon painted tree

Love this technique. Melted crayons are hard to paint with because they quickly dry up. I was forced to hurry up and paint.

Not sure I’d try this again, as it ruined some brushes. Melting crayons made such a mess.

But this is one of my favorite trees because I fed my curiosity. This has to happen ALL THE TIME.

I must keep testing ideas and if it works great! If not then at least I had fun!

More love sketches

Some sketches were cool and others I have no idea what was going on…

It’s almost Friday and why does that bother me. Maybe because aside from the kids I love, I really want to work on art more and have this be my full time gig. Oh to be among those who say yes I do what I love and earn a good living at it. It’s a journey and I’m on my way.

Done

I’m done with the illustrations.

I like the ones I repainted a whole lot better.

Maybe I should repaint this

…and I found an awesome marker to do all the hand lettering.

What an awesome brown. I’d like to buy more of these. Yes!

…and then there’s this obsession with hearts. This book has been about moving forward and learning to let my creativity grow. Sometimes ideas work and sometimes they don’t. In the end it all works out.

Let the kid play

and you’ll get amazing art. I love watching the kids paint. They don’t think twice. They pick up a brush and go for it.

Yeah, watching them reminds me of what I must do. We artists need to feel the freedom to create and have fun. It’s within this type of creating that you can be free to push past the mistakes, be your best and change the world…

My book is coming along. It’s taking me a lot longer than expected but I’m learning lots of lessons. Tomorrow I’ll paint the butterfly and finish redoing book covers. Oh gosh, I’m going to have to start hand lettering the words.

Then I begin the paperback book formatting.

Art is a Process

This past weekend I went WAY back to my humble beginnings on Skillshare.

In some ways I feel as though I’ve not made progress. On the other hand I feel I have.

Time and time again I look at my work and notice:

6. A lot of the new art for my new book is amazing.

The most important lesson is

When I show up everyday

I don’t care what you say.

Yeah I got a plan

I’ll paint what I can.

Even the ugly art is

dear to my heart.

Because it’s the beauty that makes brilliant.

When I share my thoughts there’s no I can’t.

What I see in my mind

On the canvas it sometimes doesn’t look fine.

Oh but the idea is wonderful.

Keep painting and creating, let go of the bull.

I did take a little break from the book this weekend

…and painted some fun confidence idea trusting painting and always makes me feel like there are no impossibilities