What matters?

Today I sat in a room full of high school seniors. I heard laughs the words scared and hard work. All this emphasis on passing a class, graduation parties and over the top celebrations.

And then it hit me, the one who’s reading Think and Grow Rich, graduation and passing a class doesn’t matter all that much.

How you dress or what kind of phone you have doesn’t matter. Ok I’d be a fool if I didn’t agree that having an iphone could help you.

What matters is what you do with what you’ve been given. But that’s just it, it’s what you decide to give yourself.

We can’t just walk around going from class to class fullfilling a script. Every day is a choice to give ourselves an opportunity. Yes grades are a refelction of this but not always. “I’ve been working hard”, they say. Shouldn’t you always? Yes! In a wise and wonderful way you must always do your best!

And so I sit here and ponder what I’ve done since the day I set sail. I’m still on a journey, still planning. I’ve got lots of books to write. I did write Wise Trees and I know it’s good.

Now’s a good time to go practice my Live your story Poem. I should have finished the book as a graduation book. It’ll be perfect for back to school.

Eric Carle Collage

…there’s a book inspired by Eric Carle’s collage technique and many MANY watercolor beautiful messes …

There comes a time in every project when you realize it’s time to alter coarse. I wanted to make good use of these messes but it’s hard scanning 140Ib paper.

I said goodbye and recylced most of the lovely textures. It felt weird. And then it hit me. I can keep use some pieces to test ideas. I’ve been seeing lots of collage work these days and today I had to try.

…inspired by a movie quote about making the impossible possible.

This one is inspired by long lazy days writing and sketching. It didn’t work out but I don’t care. I had fun.

Ahh… I long for those days again. The days of me and my Roxy. The summer days will soon be here.

I’ll do much better with thinner paper. Thinner paper will help me layer and scan easier.

I just remembered this Elmer’s liquid glue I saw at Target. It’s Wise Trees all over again!

Going through art

I’ve been going through old posts,sketches and ideas. I had so many ideas. I still do. I started this whole craft process with a love poem and a story about a bee who doesn’t want to be queen.

I went from writing a poem, to doing unthinkable things with type, then I moved on to hand lettering and watercolor.

Here’s to new adventures…

Projects Help

didn’t make the book

Jame’s Victore’s quote,” hang with me and set your sights higher” instagram post and looking at my watercolor paper. It feels weird not painting. I haven’t painted in three days.

Ah well, the point is I recognize when my brushes and paint tubes call me.

FOr now I’ll look at some more old work and see how this book as changed me. The purpose of this book was to come into my drawing style. I’m still in the process but wow I’ve got a process.

I love this! This post sums up an important lesson that working on one project gets you going and…

https://hellomireya.com/2018/11/21/just-get-it-done/

2. Projects help you grow. https://hellomireya.com/2018/09/07/mixed-media-tree/

Lessons I’ve learned…

while writing Wise Trees.

pint tree painted with acrylic paint

Let me go back and review what I was thinking when this journey all began. I painted many trees.

These were the textures that really started it all. To some they may be ugly trees, but I don’t care.

I smiled with every brush stroke. The worries and doubts were no match to the joy of bringing my thoughts to life.

I see beautiful trees that ignited my curiosity.

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.

painting trees with a sponge

I love this tree for two reasons. This tree is inspired my cutie Roxy and her love of trees. Why this is exactly the way I start my my book!

I’ve yet to read my book for the secod time but the vibrat colored trees are truly page turners. I love texture almost as much as I love color.

It’s time to look through my old posts. I want to reflect on my emotions. What do my very first sketchces look like?

proof copy has arrived…

so I was nervous and excited to open it. There are a few minor changes to make. Overall the layout and color are good.

Even my brown font looks good, I can’t believe it. Part of me wanted to run out of the quiet classroom in search of readers.

I felt like a kid who’s got a new toy or the cute little girl who just had to smile and tell me she got to have Mcdonald’s breakfast this morning.

I am grateful.