thoughts are things

The right project

If you work on a project that isn’t for you, then it probably won’t work out.

“There’s good in all of us and I think I simply love people too much, so much that it makes me feel too fucking sad.”

I couldn’t agree more with Kurt Cobain. I  agree and so I set out to paint Kurt’s words in my own words.

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I kept trying to think up the words and the color, it just wasn’t happening. After three times it happened…

As soon as I uttered the thought, “Did I just waste 3 sheets of watercolor paper?”, another idea popped in my head. Let’s take the teal tempera paint and glide it across the page. Let’s do a layer upon layer technique and see what happens.

And as I glided the brush over the mess, a quote revealed itself.  I painted my words and my  idea of Kurt’s beautiful words. The texture is unexpected. I saved another art poster.

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-There are no impossibilities

thoughts are things

Crazy day

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for a crazy week. Sometimes I feel like I’m running around with to dos AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. Then I sat down to repaint Ana and George’s hot air balloon.

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I sketched this new design. Just a pencil. No eraser. It turned out beautiful. And the quote is exactly on point. That’s probably what gave me the idea to draw this today. An Alice in Wonderland color scheme? Yeah this is going to be great!

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SO I set up my supplies and began painting. I mixed up the paint. Things were feeling  good. The more I painted the more I made mistakes. I tried to make it work. IT DIDN’T. I just kept imagining this balloon on the cover of my picture book–the adventures of Ana and George. I just wanted to crumble up the paper and call it a day. Any little thing was about to set me off. And then I said,” Look you drew the awesome sketch so just paint. Just paint.  And I did, but my painting session had come and gone for the day.

And still I wonder, was that session a total waste? Of course not! I still have to edit wise trees and add the remaining trees. Now I have all these books to write.

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

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How to create Watercolor washes

Do I practice the basics or get right to the painting? Sometimes I feel like practice. Most of the time I just want to play with ideas swimming in my head. Words from a song linger in my senses. quiero ser un alma libre…I want to be a free soul. quiero ser el verbo puedo…I want to be the verb will/can…

These days my free spirit wants to paint washes and backgrounds. I love the way color goes EVERY which way. There’s no telling how beautiful the finished piece will look– until it reveals itself. Sometimes people are always told don’t until the day they DID!

About watercolor washes…

The right brush

I love the way the paint glides across the page. There’s so many brushes-flat ones, round ones and angled ones. What’s my favorite?  I’d say it’s the brush that seems simple and new. It’s the brush I’m curious about and then say WOW when I realize what it can do. A mop brush holds lots of water and beautiful paint.

This is tempera paint but the brush is a nice flat brush. Can’t wait for my primary colors to arrive in the mail!

Tempera paint you warm my heart!
Tempera paint you warm my heart!

My new love is this bamboo brush. I bought one because I saw it someplace. The artist used black ink.  I love color and wondered what kind of letters I could create. Oh I have an idea!

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Speaking of contrasting color

What color do I mix together? How do I apply the paint? However I want seems best! A light color yellow with a vibrant hot pink …you take my breath away.

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This next one is awesome but I need to go slow and clean up my letters. I do love the message and the heart! So glad this is a journal and for my eyes only.

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Mix up green with red for a murky brown? Yes save this for when I run out of brown.  I hope I can have a painitng session where I’m so lost and run out of paint and in love with this idea that I just make some brown. Having fun with color is great to listen, relax and know thyself. This is a fun exercise inspired by a skillshare class from Ana Victoria Calderon.

Pulse and Precision

Don’t get me started on the blues. Perfect example of how to hold the brush and mix color. I blobbed and dabbed. I held at an angle. I twisted and turned.  I must say there’s a spontaneity that I love. Oh but that’s the best part!!

Blue eatercolor heart washesNo one dreams of being JUST another watercolor wash.

I’ve used crayon, alcohol, acrylic,bleach, salt, straws, fabric and who knows what else. This is just me being curious. What story do I want to tell? I like using different paints and media. I love working in layers. There’s so much to try so little time. The point is to use what I want because art is really about the place it’s coming from-me and my message.

I went from this

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to this.

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What of this here? The color is awesome but the letters well…I don’t judge.

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I had this quote. Okay lets change it up. What did I do?  I painted over it!

 

Somehow I lost the contrast. Sometimes you lose some. I do love the quote and where this was suppse to go. The color just went terribly wrong. The letters are pretty cool. This design didn’t work out the first time so I turned it into a positive? Well I tried.  Some will see the black or be so happy that–WHAT– there’s black? Maybe I need to combine both of these designs? Maybe?

Not sure what I will be working on next week but I right now I love not knowing.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drawing a horse is hard

PERFECT IDEA! Watch a You Tube video and in eight minutes Ill have drawn an awesome horse. It  turns out drawing a horse is a whole lot harder than I thought. Not worries I just need more practice.

Yes drawing a horse shape by shape makes so much more sense. YEAH, my horse is funny looking. I stated drawing the two circles and thought yeah okay this is easy I got this and and all of a sudden …I don’t know what happen to the horse. The smaller horse on top looks better for a second drawing. Now all I have to do is draw this  until it looks like the horse I want it too.

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I’m putting this in the awesome keep working on it pile. Yes I love the Just word being made in the sky with thee string of a kite and stay tuned for this idea.

BUT wait I have to paint something for the class project. I worked on some new techniques here and love the tree. Yes there are some issues with the textures and of course the spacing with the  lettering. I really need to practice lettering with paint.

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Note to self. Keep working and eventually you got this!

-nothing is impossible

 

 

 

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Imagine the Possibilities

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I went to the festival and It was so amazing to see so many artists. As I looked at all of the colors, shapes and textures I giggle smiled. What’s a giggle smile you may ask? Ever see a kid  walking along and all of a sudden see a giant gumball machine. With a smile and giggle they want a quarter and are itching to turn the knob!

I have and I was that kid too.

I had to draw it. I drew this quick but its an idea!

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You have to imagine and dream like Walt Disney. You have to explore what makes you giggle smile. It sounds silly but so true.  The more you explore you realize that everything and anything is possible. This is true with education and art. Then I started thinking about last week’s influence map.

How can I create art with my style and tell my story?  I now understand that the point of these awesome characters like Amelia Bedelia and Pippi Longstocking is to JUST BE, relax, have fun and play.  Plus I can surround myself with what I love and that will somehow indirectly show itself in my art. Yes I can reference  Pippi isms like her love for the word spunk. I much rather capture  the spirit, curiosity, spirit and individuality that she is. Why? Pippi and Amelia remind me of growing up.  Plus everything is best done with love.

Here is one idea!

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Right now I am loving art.  This idea is a fun way to say follow your purpose and you just know when you know that something like your dream is meant to be right?   I am ready world and you better be ready too! I am giggle smiling.

What about the design elements I have been learning? Oh these have given me tons of possibilities too.

I have been able to go from this

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to this

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Imagination helps you push past the impossibles and keep learning and discovering.

You are going to see lots more projects and lots more exploring. You work on your projects too and share them.

Oh in case you are wondering I have changed my posting schedule to Saturday. Coming August 18th I will start working on back to school lettering projects. If you are interested then be sure to like this post.

Now if only I could take better pictures.

 

See you soon!

 

 

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Oh the life of an artist is

quote an adventure. You get to relive those carefree childhood days, express the hardships and have a sense of therapy.    There’s that awesome feeling of drawing with all your heart and thinking about who will look at it and smile. Dismissing the rules so much that – who even knows what they are! Oh and the greatest thing of all is that you learn not to give up and draw a whole lot. Oh I  do want to be an artist a whole lot. I already am I just happen to be the only one , except for a few others, that knows it- LOL I believe that anything and everything that makes us smile, laugh, cry, and just FEEL is art. Get out there and make your art! What is your art? Tell the world and tell them proud!

 

Here is a break through of what I learned from each and every artist! You may be thinking why would a letterer study artists like Van Gough and Raphael? Art is an emotion and  to display emotion in a picture you have to know different techniques, color, design elements, learn how to and not to do things, and just surround yourself with others who want so much to be artists. The best art know no rules and the more you know the more confident you will be to break them.

Here we go.

Allen Say – Draw what you see around you and do it so much.

Mary Kate – Add your own voice and do what interests you. The more creative you can get the better.

Raphael –  Artists seem to be quite affectionate about people and the world around them. Learn from others and make it your own which is way better.

Ana Victoria – Color is amazing and everyone can paint. Give yourself time and anything goes.

Ian Barnard- Create art that moves people and you have an opportunity to communicate with someone and be kind! What am I going to say and how will I do it?

Van Gogh –  Never give up and determination is everything. Life is not about making money -its about finding your passion and helping others find theirs. That’s what all these guys and gals did!

Eric Carle – Just draw what you love and when an idea comes along just be a kid. Oh yes I do believe in fairies!

 

My projects inspired by these amazing artists.

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For this coming journal challenge I will think about all of these artists and reflect on what I learned -oh the way Van Gogh uses color is amazing!

 

In our next next play date I will be starting the Valentine’s  Day 15- Challenge! Sharpen your pencils and get your paper ready? I am going to choose one other supply to work with.