Exploration projects are under way and I’m about to paint a watermelon for a fun first day of summer collaboration. Life is good!
Crayon layering technique with watercolor. What a twisted idea! I’ve done this before but this time it came out awesome. I guess the trick is to add a little pressure as you draw with crayons. Then go over it with a pretty saturated watercolor wash.
Next up was the thumbprint and fingerprint flower. Now this is a color scheme I thought about. The idea is for the reader to think on what fascinates them. What are they working on right now? It’s clear what my answer is.
Last but not least is string art. I balled up the string and stamped my way all over the paper.
All of these are simple but they create beautiful art. I’ve been working on my lettering too. Oh and this tree will be part of the Live Your Story Book.
Tomorrow’s another day! Yeah. Ok, watermelon painting time.
….a thought prompted my a recent blog post. First of all I’m a mixed media artist. I love using various paint and fun tools. I do and have wondered how this exploring ties in to the 10,000 hours of practice.
Yes I love working with watercolor and tempera. I feel like my journey has only just begun. There’s lots more I want to learn.
BUT isn’t the point of art to tell a story. I hear more and more artists say that it’s not about the tools or perfection.
I just don’t know where to begin. I know there’s plans to post the awesome tree you painted using art tape, but a note is much needed. Your idea to create a first children’s chapter book that doubles as an art book is awesome.
Look I believe in you and your art. BUT I have to tell this. You set out to paint something awesome and then bad happens. I get that it’s hard. Keep going and just look at it as a mistake that you can learn from. The day when you FINALLY get it right seems far FAR FAR FAR away. Get over this. Get over yourself. Just paint and write the book you want to write. So you haven’ t a clue. Then get one!
How many times have you drawn letters only to walk away thinking practice isn’t enough. Maybe it’s been the wrong approach the whole time. Maybe you should THINK ABOUT WHAT your awesome at and start with that first.
Here’s a list:
you can write
you can draw simple letters.
YOU CAN DRAW
Don’t even think about the PERFECTION. You aren’t and you never will be. Look you need some orange in your day today and everyday.
KEEP THINGS SIMPLE and just work on projects. Embrace that your hand writing will always be a little messy. What you can’t do is settle and have a terrible attitude.
Look, you painted this on an old piece of watercolor paper. You should have painted it on a blank piece. You were afraid of messing up a perfectly good piece of paper with your mistakes. Stop that. Don’t practice. Paint a masterpiece! You are thinking you don’t know how to put your book together much less draw the pictures for it.
Just paint. Just write. Just get messy. Through it all, always give your absolute best–the very best you can possibly be! I have a plan. You’ll work on side projects that are all geared toward your book. Each project will include illustrations done with mixed media. This way you’ll have mini projects to help you learn as well as get that book ready. Yes it’s all happening in November. Remember that I love you and I’m your biggest fan.