Once again trying to copy just deosn’t work out for me. I’m better at observing every color, shape and then recreating from memory. I’m not sure what happened here BUT, happened it did. I realize that it’s ok. I’ll go back to the drawing board. I’ll use my color palette for this project and have a go at it tomorrow…
I understand that this in no way means I can’t paint. It just means I need to plan out the color scheme. I’ll relax and just paint MY WAY because I got to be me. The more I paint, the more I learn awesome lessons that lead to embracing my very own style!
Yeah, I layed out all of the pieces I’ve painted so far. I carefully studied the palette from all these paintings. Pinks and blues will work…..no hay imposibles
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 what to paint. Should I paint gems or hearts?
I had my Prussian Blue and Shell Pink ready to go. OK let’s paint. Let’s test the gouache. It’s amazing how opaque gouache is even at its lightest.
I keep using the word amazing today, not sure why, but I’m loving the word. What a beautiful color! Its perfectly clear that the thickest paint is hard to control. The trick is adding just enough water. The trick is to use the brush delicately and paint in one direction. That works for watercolor too.
Maybe this is the wrong color for the idea of sour lemons…with every spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is wonderful flavor.
Take two colors
Begin with yellow and gradually mix in pink. Wow, this is awesome. I thought of getting these guys smooth. Then Eric Carle’s sporadic paint patterns had me. This idea will definitely make its way in the book. It’s a colorful and beautiful way to express the sour lemons concept.
I’m learning color too. Do I see a little living coral? Yes. Let me work on the word love to practice transparencies. Have a few fun poster pages and some blank ones for writing? This could be part of the book ? I’ll figure it out…there are no impossibilities
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 improve my drawing skills. I did that with each of the books I wrote. I drew every single picture for Ana & George.
I discovered an awesome palette. I love my drawings. Oh and I’m much better at drawing that which I love. Yes.
I spent a whole year putting this book aside. In a matter of days, long eight hour days sketching and coloring, I finished. Had I not shown up for days all year on other projects, I never could have done this in a matter of days.
Sometimes I feel it and sometimes I don’t. These days I am reminded of the miracle and magic of giving.
These days I continue looking back to sketchbooks of the past. Looking back to the choices I’ve made or lack there of. What has to change so that I can live the life I choose? In a sense I already am. BUT who am I kidding. I want what I want.
Oh wow there’s been some ugly stuff. Real ugly. I love the ideas but the first two remind me that I’ve grown. Thank goodness for that.
A few days ago, I was painting hearts and that led to my love poem. I mean I thought I was done. Apparently not.
Working on a whole new layout, one that’s worthy of a wall.
…AND once I started the whole love poem edit for clarity and fluency, well that led to ideas of all things hearts for the book.
But last night I pondered over the changes and I got to say that little conversation hurt. All this led to recording myself talking about my creative journey. My plan is to finish off the year reviewing my decisions, goals and bring that to a close so I can be READY FOR 2019
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 me laugh when I’m surrounded by children who by golly, tested my patience today. Art banishes lizard brain the moment he shows up. Not today.
I wrote three books and I’ve got lots more to write.
Ella you taught me not to let fear and doubt steal my magic. We all have magic but that magic is only as good as we allow it to be.
Wise Trees you taught me to listen to my curiosity. You taught me that my best happens when nature holds my hand.
Ana & George you have shown me that when the world shouts you can’t, that’s the moment you take center stage and sing your heart out. It’s about the journey, the people you meet and talk about unexpected surprises.
As I sit and think of it all, wow the moment my body and all its movements lived the words of great artists well… that’s when change happened…