A Love Note to Myself

Ok so I ‘ve been inspired by an activity that includes sending a Valentine to yourself. I also wrote a similar poster for a classroom. Your painting is improving . It is amazing what happens when you let go of comparing and doubts and trust yorself. You are kind and always try to help people.Continue reading “A Love Note to Myself”

let the painting begin…

Thinking map is done. Many of the sketches are done. Color scheme is almost figured out. I’ve got two weeks to make the deadline. Will I make it? Should I make it? I don’t know, I’m taking my time. Letting all those ideas and words work out fine. This live your story poem is good.Continue reading “let the painting begin…”

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 aboutContinue reading “hand lettering the whole book”

Book Map+Gouache+Tempera

Still working on the map. I mean I penciled in everything but not sure of the layout… I’m tired. I look tired. I feel tired. But even then, I paint. I stare at a blank page and for the first time in like ever, the tiredness has me fooled into thinking I have no ideaContinue reading “Book Map+Gouache+Tempera”

Live Your Story

I wrote this poem as a poster. I went through so many colors. My favorite was a much lighter shade of blue. Somehow I envisioned it on a wall someplace. I recall an artist who travels the world painting his words and drawings. With each stroke he gives life to old buildings. When asked whyContinue reading “Live Your Story”

sketches of the past

  Build a tribe of 14,000. What was I thinking? Now I realize the most important part of building a tribe is to create. Not just create but really have something to say. To speak with the heart and soul. This year I vow to create EVERY SINGLE day. I’ll paint and write every stepContinue reading “sketches of the past”

Projects Are King

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 colorContinue reading “Projects Are King”

Show-Up

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 toContinue reading “Show-Up”

If you want it, do it!

The words of the wise, ring clearly in my head. If you want it, then by golly DO IT!   I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I talked and wrote about it like is was off in the distance. Art is right here in the rainbow song . Art is the voice that makes meContinue reading “If you want it, do it!”

Book Process (Part 2)

Oh my gosh working on the final stages of my books drove me crazy. There was this battle inside of me.  I keep editing because well, I don’t want to publish a book with a misspelled word. On the other hand,  I stall when I’m on to SOMETHING. I do this all the time. OnlyContinue reading “Book Process (Part 2)”