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Live Your Story Ebook is here! It just launched July 17th.

Please get your copy here or click on the book. Be sure to let me know what you think. As a reward for helping me out, I will send you a free downloadable art print once the shop opens up.

This is all in preparation and celebration for the paperback launching next month.

Should I change the book cover? I’m not sure.

A horibble no good very bad…

yeah it happened again. I intended to paint a leaf and around it the words, nature loves me for she tells me so.

Yeah I busted out with salt for texture, mixed greens and blues to get various tones of green. I used Bombay India ink and yeah had a cool texture going on but WOW. what a turn for the worst when I used acrylic paint. What did I do that for?

On the side I had a reference photo and I hate doing this. I always feel this pressure to recreate.

Whatsmore, this voice inside shouts,” If you’re copying what’s the point of your art.” Oh well four attempts later I decided to empty out the rest of my old work. I scan most if anyway.

Here’s proof I con paint quite well!

Nature has such and affect on me. This is a fine leaf for the book. Tomorrow Live Your Story will be available for sale.

I’ll be here tree

The book is ready. There are of course some minor details to fix. I thought this tree was the one to sum up the idea of the book. Wrong.

Yes it’s a beautiful tree but the color doesn’t fit the theme. I made type layout changes. I have a few more to fix.

Turns out this tree is good.

I was nervous reading my book for the first time since I finished the layout a week ago. I’m excited to share my book and proud of my work. But there’s that thought of what if I don’t like the book. And that thought always leads to what others will think. Honestly, I care what people think becasue if they love my book then my dreams are validated.

Paint with a paper roll?

I’d like to start the week with a reminder that it’s all about the process. Who knew I could use this to make hearts?

This week I’ll be…what will I do?

  • review Live Your Story
  • Edit if needed
  • Learn the basics of instagram photos and try a few
  • Book dummy for Road Trip
  • draw more lettering and animals
  • Loose sketching for around the world project
  • add work to my Pinterest
  • Read

Ok it’s going to be busy.

First book layout is done!

It’s been crazy, my eyes are tired but I think I’m done with the lettering.

I finished the layout earlier and somehow it didn’t save. I kept making all these mistakes. I needed to change the book size because the images didn’t look right. Back and forth and back and forth and now I’m done. Now it’s time to relax and refresh my eyes for the next phase of editing.

Good night universe.

Digitizing Phase

The digitizing has begun. The next phase is putting it all together. I already have a few pages that need to be redone.

Who’s my audience? Kids. That means I need to make sure my lettering is easy to read. And the color scheme, well this tree seems all wrong. As much as I like it, it has to go. There’s not enough breeze among the leaves. The I’ll be here sentiment, needs breeze. I pressed down too hard on the paper which made for thick texture. All wrong.

For a moment I doubted but there can be no doubt. Coincidently, I read this very thought today! I ‘m happy to be working on this book. I’ll revise knowing I’m writing for an audience of one. Me.

I’m grateful for the good dinner I had and now it’s time to continue the digitizing.

Enjoy The Process + Fun

What ever it is you must do, do it knowing that fear is in it’s rightful place. Fear doesn’t go away. Durning every project there comes a time when I contemplate TIME. Is my time well spent? I go back and forth adjusting the book, allowing for new aha moments.

And so I created another edition of the poem. What do I do, I forget to include the word heart, Ha! I think I like it anyway. Enjoy the process has become a mantra to live by. This week I had fun exploring and digging deep into what excites me.

Yes it’s all about love and letting the kid play. Watercolor ink doesn’t work so good for stamping leaves. Acrylic and Tempera does.

Stamping with leaves was incredible! I must do more of this. I got a little practice with layout and color schemes.

Painting with a q-tip was fun as well. It’s all in the consistency of the paint. This is supposed to be for the Love is like this you know page, but yesterday’s idea is much cooler.

Fun Hand lettering

Oh wow I scanned the paper underneath too. Definitely need to fix before it goes in the book. Ha. How’s that for the first day of summer!

Create because you want to

I’ve been sketching a lot of letters.

It’s always the ones that just happen that keep me excited.

I totally get the whole you gotta love the process. Should I be signing my work?

I have this habit of creating and sharing…everything. So there I go on society 6 going over all of my designs.

I parted ways with the ones that didn’t excite me, be it color or idea. Now to figure out the theme. To ponder over why. As an artist you change. Not because of season but because your voice and wisdom grow. Skills change. Yes so glad I painted with leaves today.

I wonder what tomorrow brings.

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.