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. […]

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 […]

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 idea […]

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 why […]

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 step […]

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 color […]

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 to […]

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. Only […]