thoughts are things

Aha moment

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Just now I had a aha momet. I’ve never seen a hand written dictionary before. The writer must be obsessed with words. WAIT!  I used to do the same with my dictionary.  Not excatly, but I too love words. I’d read lots of books. And every time I came across a  beautiful word I’d highlight it in my dictionary. What happend to my dictionary? I gave it away. Why?

I have always loved words. I wanted to preserve beautiful words like unmistakable or frolic.  Hand lettering. Quotes. Books. Music. Wise Trees.  I could go on but it all makes sense. I will write all of my book ideas, ALL OF THEM…

There are no impossibilities

wise trees book

The final tree and no second guessing

I thought to replace this tree

watercolor painted tree swing

But why not keep it.  Let’s see–let me work on the writing for this.

Then theer’s this tree. Not enough WOW.

 

 

bountytree

 

I had been out and about when there it was, the biggest tree and beautiful too. I thought,”That’s it! That has to be the final tree I paint.

With help from my drawing class I painted the form.

painting of the form of a tree

hand painted big tree

But now that I think of it, I like this tree too. I don’t know why I second guess myself. I have to stop doing this, otherwise I will fall in the trap of it’s not good enough. I will stop that right now.

bountytree

 

 

I’ll go back and continue working on this tree. This is a big powerful tree but I need to make a few changes…

hand painted big tree

 

 

 

Notes:

  • I used a little too much orange when mixing the brown
  • keep working on form
  • use the clone tool to fix the left side of the tree
  • maybe I should have used a thinner brush?
  • yeah add some more leaves
  • I realize now that I focused on the image A LOT side by side as I was painting and that put pressure on me. I should have just created freely after studying the tree.
  • the color and the form of the 1st step tree is beautiful

Time to get painting.

Done

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I can’t believe the stuff I painted these past few days. God it feels so good. Thank you.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

thoughts are things

A letter to idea

Last night I felt the need to write a letter to idea. I have never in all my life felt the way I  do now about the notion of an idea. I have, its just that the book BIG MAGIC is amazing. I sat down when all was quiet and calm and I  wrote idea a letter:

letter to idea

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

thoughts are things

thoughts are things

 

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So I’ve been gathering my thoughts on the process of writing my book. I had actually been working on another book. I had all these images in my mind–but I didn’t have the skill to draw them. I went for a walk and this idea to create a simpler picture book  emerged. I could create a book with paintings I already painted. I had painted a series of trees and nature scenes.

I love nature. This was the very first tree I  painted and this really started it all. For some reason I love trees and there simply a part of nature that makes me feel peace, love and a sense of oneness. When I am walking I get ready for my day.

treasuretreehill

Over this summer I’ll think of  the lessons I have learned while working on my picture book projects. I also want to continue to use the creative space I’ve made for myself. It’s a crazy wonderful place that proves you don’t need fancy tools or lots of money to make your dreams happen. All you need is the will to love…

Working on a side project helps so much. This summer seems like a good time to start writing these notes down. I know someday this will make a great little journal book for others to read and plan out their own projects.  Maybe a fill in the blank side by side with my thoughts and how I answered the questions…I like the idea. Oh  tomorrow’s Friday fun day so yeah I’ll work on a poem about art. Yes art’s in the shop and doing well. I am getting back in to shape for the busy fall that will soon come. Time for me and Roxy to go for a walk.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

wise trees book

paint brush? Johnny tree…

(just going to be reviewing some of my favorite trees for the wise trees book while I make exciting changes?)

with tempera paint and a little watercolor.appletree

I’m so proud of this tree and all that it stands for. I mean Johnny Appleseed is this guy who had an awesome dream and with just one seed…just one idea he changed the world. The more I think about it the crazier it seems. He traveled by foot all over for MILES AND MLES just planting seeds. Today I can drink apple juice. Oh and I did just that the other day. In a bagel shop I bought a Martinelli’s apple juice, yes the kind that comes in a apple shaped glass. From the smile to the childhood memory to the thirst quenching on a hot spring day, I thank Johnny.  Now that I realize it every single seed I spread always made a difference. The moment I realized this oh my whole world changed. Every dream is worth exploring and walking MILES AND MILES FOR no matter how crazy it seems. I say if it sounds crazy then maybe your on to something big.

I can hardly believe that my book is near completion. I’m so proud of this book.

notes:

  • use the bottom of a round craft sponge brush to get this awesome pattern
  • imagine what happens when I find extraordinary ways to use ordinary objects
  • use tempera paint
  • used watercolor for the apples but probably should of went with tempera or acrylic
  • layer light to dark when stamping
  • as you stamp think about the story and let color tell it.
  • just stamp and see what patterns emerge ( I stamped a heart)
  • dark color for the leaves
  • choose a shape for the leaves that symbolize togetherness, earth and so much more so yes a circle seems fine
  • love your design and share it.
  • create awesome contrast (light tree trunk and beautiful vibrant color for the leaves)

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible…I just love the thinks I think up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

wise trees book

paint brush? Johnny tree…

 

with tempera paint and a little watercolor.appletree

I’m so proud of this tree and all that it stands for. I mean Johnny Appleseed is this guy who had an awesome dream and with just one seed…just one idea he changed the world. The more I think about it the crazier it seems. He traveled by foot all over for MILES AND MLES just planting seeds. Today I can drink apple juice. Oh and I did just that the other day. In a bagel shop I bought a Martinelli’s apple juice, yes the kind that comes in a apple shaped glass. From the smile to the childhood memory to the thirst quenching on a hot spring day, I thank Johnny.  Now that I realize it every single seed I spread always made a difference. The moment I realized this oh my whole world changed. Every dream is worth exploring and walking MILES AND MILES FOR no matter how crazy it seems. I say if it sounds crazy then maybe your on to something big.

I can hardly believe that my book is near completion. I’m so proud of this book.

notes:

  • use the bottom of a round craft sponge brush to get this awesome pattern
  • imagine what happens when I find extraordinary ways to use ordinary objects
  • use tempera paint
  • used watercolor for the apples but probably should of went with tempera or acrylic
  • layer light to dark when stamping
  • as you stamp think about the story and let color tell it.
  • just stamp and see what patterns emerge ( I stamped a heart)
  • dark color for the leaves
  • choose a shape for the leaves that symbolize togetherness, earth and so much more so yes a circle seems fine
  • love your design and share it.
  • create awesome contrast (light tree trunk and beautiful vibrant color for the leaves)

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible…I just love the thinks I think up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

book projects, wise trees book

paint a pink tree with a q-tip…

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I love the color pink and it’s important to surround yourself with what you love. Love brings out the best in you. It would be very hard to help someone be their best without love. There’s this other idea that you could be living your life and all of a sunned there’s this pink tree and it’s so beautiful. This is a great tree and I’m so glad it’s in the wise trees book. I’m so excited and I can’t wait to share it.

 

notes:

  • use a q-tip
  • or the back of the paint brush to make your dots
  • layer from light to dark
  • mix a little pink with brown to get a perfect shade of brown
  • mix a little brown with the pink and add water to get the perfect pink
  • this technique would be great for painting pomegranate seeds
  • have fun
  • create a journal entry on lessons this project has taught me

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

book projects

writing a picture book…

this week I have been working on lots of side projects, got a new painters pen and am working on a collaboration project.  I did finish editing most of the trees for the wise trees book.

Dedication Page

BEAUTIFUL trees inspired this book. This book is a reminder to always follow your curiosity and imagination. All trees were created with tempera paint, watercolor, ink, crayons, cotton swabs and other ordinary objects that create extraordinary trees.

 

Page 1

roxytree

Have you ever been curious about all the trees in the world? I have! Each one is a sight to be seen. Roxy loves them like bears love honey.  I love them best on a day that’s breezy and sunny.

 

Yes I think this is going to work. One page and 32 or so to go.  Working out so many details for the book like, fonts, layouts and edit a few dozen more times. I may add some more trees…who  knows.

notes:

  • use a simple.33 cents sponge craft brush
  • customize the brush bu cutting in strips and gluing it in different directions.
  • mix up the perfect tempera with acrylic or did I use acrylic?
  • create contrast by leaving white spaces hear and there
  • layer with darker tones for even more contrast
  • draw Roxy as cute as she really is

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

thoughts are things

thoughts are things

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Life is much too short to be vague. I have been thinking about this ALOT. I love my life and I love all the possibilities that I think up. I can create my art and share it with the world. Those who love will.  Those who don’t, well I’ll love.  I’ll create the kind of art that I was born to create. I mean why in the world would I not want to. Why in the world would I allow someone to define me? I define me. I choose to show up. Am I really?  There’s that world vague again. That’s just it when I am loving I’m not vague. Sure there are moments but in the grand scheme of life… no.

These beautiful red-velvet hearts are a new creation that I recently added to my shop. I felt a little overwhelmed with the wise trees book and took a little break…a few days. I’m almost done and have started a drawing class…got to record notes on this tempera paint layering technique.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

 

Vague

thoughts are things

thoughts are things

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What thwarts us from our chief aim in life? What keeps us from living as our true selves and loving every moment. OK really being in love with art that of COURSE you pull in the all nighters and all dayers to get all the little things done.  You don’t mind these little things because you see your finished book or t-shirt ready and you believe in the message.   I’m realizing that I’ve always had lots of questions. I’ve always been curious! ALWAYS! But that doesn’t matter. What matters is what you do with curiosity. What matters is how well you are able to follow your curiosity and what  you do with it.

What thwarted me from my chief aim in life? I know now that I didn’t listen to the voice and surrender to it. I will all of my heart surrender! I am here and I surrender. I listen to the voice echoed among the swaying of the branches sun-kissed by the sun. Oh I hold my hands like a bird ready to fly. I’m here. I’m ready and listening. Listen to me.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

via Daily Prompt: Thwart