happiness with salt

I painted this last night and it felt so good. Everyting is always better when I paint. I’ve been sick so I’ve taking notes instead.

I started with the color yellow and gradually added small amounts of red. Then I sprinkled some salt.

I felt calm, relaxed, happy and comfortable. Lately, it’s been hard to feel this way. I’m grateful. I truly am but sometimes it’s hard to shut up that voice inside my head that tells me I’m not enough.

I started with yellow because it’s a color that’s bright and should only be used sparingly. It’s the color of friendship. And friendship, an act of kindness even in the smallest amount makes all the difference. The salt represents the unpredicatability and therefore uncomfortableness of the salt.

Summer Plans

new art for the shop

…and she’s at work on five to six new titles at all times. I read these words in an article about Danielle Steel and her career. What- wait- that’s the thought I had today, as I contemplate my summer plans.

Here’s a list

  • finish drawing for live your story and publish that book
  • work on hand lettering a word with in a timed session. I know, I’ll call it word wall.
  • draw cute animals…I am on the lookout for a good tutorial book
  • collage animals for the book
  • road trip book which is based on last summer’s road trip

I’m excited!

Wise Trees Taught me

  1. To listen to ideas
  2. Planning works.
  3. I don’t have all the answers
  4. it’s actually ok.
  5. If one idea doesn’t work the first time, let it become something else.
  6. I’m happiest when I create.
  7. Doing is the important thing.
  8. What am I trying to say?
  9. Keep it simple.
  10. Time
  11. Sleep
  12. Eat RIGHT
  13. Texture
  14. I want a creative business life with all my heart and soul.
  15. I need to get back in the marketing game.

What started Wise Trees?

I actually intended to publish Ana & George first. I spent four hours every day during summer months and Saturday mornings writing the world I imagined.

The problem was I couldn’t draw, at least not like the characters I had dreamed up. So I put the story on hold.

I needed a motivator to help me draw. There I was in the middle of the park. I thought of the trees I had painted.




And that’s it…

Curiosity made me write this book.

The idea came to me as I was in the park,

walking my dog, surrounded by the breeze of trees.

I came home, put my thoughts on paper and

painted trees. I painted with straws, sponges,

Q-tips, and…

I’ve learned to listen to curiosity.

I’ve learned to embrace me.

I’ve learned there are no impossibilities.

Along the way there were many ups and downs.

ok done!

That’s it world, get ready. I ‘ve done the hard work, and now I wait…WAIT for my printing proof to arrive.

Happy Dance! I have so many people to thank and love. I love you world. I could not have done it without you!

In honor of my book I’ll be sharing more of the art that went into the book illustrating. I’ll be offering my other Ebooks for free until May 7th.

I’ll be painting and adding new art prints to my shop. Now which trees should become art prints? I’ll give that some thought. BUT first I’ll piant and oh yeah spend this coming week in the business and marketing nitty-gritty.

Why books? Why art?

I’m about to publish my first paperback and I find a book that should be in my studio.

Eric wrote his books as a means to leave the readers with enough imagination and curiosity to paint their own animals. He described books as reading toys. That’s my hope for my book.

That’s exactly what I want for my books and art. I started thinking about all the projects I’ve worked on this past month.

I can’t wait for all the projects to come!

Today begins my free Ebook promotion. For 5 days Ellie and Ana & George will be free.

I should go paint something!

Purpose Peristence Desire

Days later these words hang over me like all the ideas calling for my attention.

Whay did I write Wise Trees? This book gave me the push I needed to well push past all the doubt and once in for all say OK curiosity let’s do this!

I’m so glad I read Big Magic. I now know that it isn’t just me and ideas are real.

Ideas need a voice. I will be working hard to get my paperback ready.

Will it be perfect? No, because what matters is purpose.

Wise Trees

I painted many trees for this book. I’m proud of every single tree. Not so sure about the book cover. Last night I was deep into research, trying to put all of the publishing pieces together.

Here’s what I realized:

  • I didn’t paint the actual book cover I wanted.
  • I didn’t want to add my name to the book cover.
  • I didn’t share the art behind my designs.
  • I need to take care of all this before I move forward with Live Your Story.

I think it’s time I did all of these. There’s so much I want to learn. I’m in this for the long run.

Ok time to paint…

lovely textures

These textures of past projects are looking good. It felt good to hold the paper in my hand and sporadically feel a horse or a turtle emerge. I believe I needed to feel curiosity in this moment.

I have to admit, collage work is a lot harder than I thought. I suppose there is a big reason why Eric Carl painted his textures on tissue paper. Tissue is probably a lot easier to cut than 140 Ib. watercolor paper. I just painted all of these lovely colors and they make the perfect animals. I want to demonstrate that our world and everything is beautlfully, colorfully connected.

I can’t believe my week off has come and gone. I do feel a sense of renewal, motivation for lots more projects. I cut up squares of various textures so I could transform them into letters. Wow I love when this happens…

It’s a beautiful day!