have and idea and paint

More sketches and a watercolor class later I realize AGAIN the importance of color. For some of the emotions in the book, I should use liquid watercolors.

Today I painted some of the houses I saw along the road. Every house was different yet belongs among the hills, roads and trees. Makes me think of humanity and love.

Then I painted a texture inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. I didn’t just paint lines. I painted the emotions I felt. Nature gives me such calmness and peace.

I admit that this type of painting has my heart. I mean I just paint. There’s no pencil or eraser. All I have is IDEA and paint.

I ended today’s session with Amya Montero’s Quiero Ser. Isn’t the point of my art to feel liberated… yes

News

Live Your Story Ebook is here! It just launched July 17th.

Please get your copy here or click on the book. Be sure to let me know what you think. As a reward for helping me out, I will send you a free downloadable art print once the shop opens up.

This is all in preparation and celebration for the paperback launching next month.

Should I change the book cover? I’m not sure.

A horibble no good very bad…

yeah it happened again. I intended to paint a leaf and around it the words, nature loves me for she tells me so.

Yeah I busted out with salt for texture, mixed greens and blues to get various tones of green. I used Bombay India ink and yeah had a cool texture going on but WOW. what a turn for the worst when I used acrylic paint. What did I do that for?

On the side I had a reference photo and I hate doing this. I always feel this pressure to recreate.

Whatsmore, this voice inside shouts,” If you’re copying what’s the point of your art.” Oh well four attempts later I decided to empty out the rest of my old work. I scan most if anyway.

Here’s proof I con paint quite well!

Nature has such and affect on me. This is a fine leaf for the book. Tomorrow Live Your Story will be available for sale.

Old Sketches

It was time to clean up old sketches and old art.

I used to have a sweets theme. If you’re going to develop a habit of complaining then you may as well lick the frosting off of a cupcake before you give it to them .

I found one of my original writings for live your story. I’m not sure why it took so long to publish.

Everyone should have this magical place because let’s face it, life is full of trouble.

I like these words only it should read, when life gave me lemons you gave me lemonade. That could be a cool thank you card? Why not.

I am over the candy/ sweets theme but painting this with unique shapes and textures? Yes. I could paint the swirls with a paint brush. Sounds fun. This is a simple drawing and I don’t see too many eraser marks.



Some more Live your story notes. I should get rid of my art more often. It drives me crazy when it becomes clutter.

Dreamcatcher

Ha, I didn’t sketch with a pencil first. I had a color scheme in mind and let my creativity lead.

The first time I painted this, it was a total disaster. Anyway. I looked over my first book dummy for Road Trip, I thought and thought. Everything leads back to enjoying the process. Oh and having the right attitude is important too. But enjoying the process is having the right attitude. Again Shantell Martin’s words appear. There are no mistakes. You have to love the process. I do. I really really DO. 

Writing books and painting them is all I want to do. Even the tedious stuff is worth it. Nothing ever feels forced. Yeah… I painted this dreamcatcher as reminder that your beautiful mind and your heart has to drive out the evil.

Ok so next week,start the illustrations for my book, do some more watercolor exploration, and read more. Oh That’s right, my ebook officially launches July 17th. 

Tangled up

I’ve had this design for a while so I decided to paint it. Thanks to a watercolor doodle.

But it just wasn’t happening with watercolor.

It turned out ok with acrylic. Not really.

On a positive note I started playing around with a brush. This a cool technique I want to work with.

First rough yet awesome draft of Road Trip is done.

When In Doubt CREATE

So there I was mixing up the right green. Emerald green seemed to surface. This emerald green was beautiful and I made it with blue and yellow ochre. Yellow ochre is a favorite.

Then came painitng time. Yet, I couldn’t sketch the right heart shaped leaves. I let go. Yes, I put the pencil down and simply painted. I’ve got paint, lots of paper and I’m creative so why not just paint?

What a confidence booster. Shantell’s wise words rang in my heart. There are no mistakes just a wonderful process. I should paint this.

I guess this painting session got me in the mood to write down the first offical draft of Road Trip. I’m excited. I think I’m done with the Christmas project and now there’s a new women power project.

I found myself

Adam J. Kurtz creates some cool art. I found myself listening to an episode of creative rebels. I ‘ve seen his book before and admired his work. But seriously listening to him helped me put together all the right pieces of this great big puzzle that is my art.

Why did I write Live Your Story?

I can’t believe that my third book is done. Tomorrow I begin Road Trip and the Christmas Collaboration. I’ve come up with another book idea!

Painting Trees & Treats

 

I’m making changes.  I started with blue hearts both medium and small size. That just wasn’t working. I didn’t want to toss this aside…again. I took my size 10 brush and blobbed on the paint and here we are.

It works. Yes this is beautiful.  The book and images are coming together. Now what about the fruit tart? My audience is children and I need another treat? 

… There’s this warmth, sweet like a …cup of hot cocoa on a cold day? … summer days and watermelon? …yes

In the beginning I felt this need to rhyme because I thought it was fun. Slowly this poem/ letter has shown me that rhyming was all wrong. Rhyming is fun but it was hard to pull off.  I want this book to be a fun interactive experience with a beautiful message. 

You gotta love yourself. I have one more week to finish the book and then I start on road trip. I can’t believe  it will be done, book cover and all, e-book ready. The perfect occasion will be back to school. That’s just around the corner. Oh my gosh…

Let’s do this! The world awaits!