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When they love your art

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Today I had an unexpected opportunity to share my art with an audience, the children who will one day read it. My trees got wow’s The kids were excited and that’s what I wanted. As I think of it now, gosh it made me feel good. What a birthday gift.  For a while this has been my project. I painted these trees becasue I needed too. I understand how creative it is to create for yourself first before you can create for others.

 

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=There are no impossibilites

wise trees book

On writing a book

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Seriously writing a book is hard. I love the painting. The stories practically write themeselves. BUT it’s the editing mind games that twist you up. Do I keep this? Who are these characters? What’s the message? Will I make the kids smile? Bartholomew makes me smile?

At some point I began writing because this story was filled with lessons I need to read, lessons I need to live.

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What a lesson to learn from. Some dogs want to fly. Some foxes want to sing. Some bears want to paint. Some rabbits rather grow strawberries. Why not. For when you explore and listen to the voice that tells you the truth, you discover there’s a world of wow-a world of no impossibilities.

 

I have two books written. What I love most about these book projects is that I am learning to let lose and just create. I am learning to listen to curiosity. 

 

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Whimsical Tree

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I am not happy with this tree. I knew better. How could I not mix up the perfect brown?

 

SO I repainted over it. I had to make it work and I may have…

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I’m not liking the dark areas, especially the left corner.  I do love the idea.  If there’s time I will repaint this exact tree.

Notes:

  • use green and orange to make the perfect brown
  • Why did I mix the wrong color? Maybe It’s time to clean my palette?
  • more contrast
  • add more blue
  • test out other brushes
  • an angle brush works good
  • do I want to have leaves go in all directions?
  • It’s great to paint with a brush any other way except for the “right way””
  • Wait I should try this exercise?

 

I realize that all of my trees are whimsical. I question why I painted all the trees without dirt or grass–except for a few.

 

 

I thought about changing this but why should I. Maybe it brings home the idea that each tree is valuable. That individual value has to come first before the worldly value comes. YEESSS. I knew curiosity had a reason. We are almost done.

There are no impossibilities

 

 

 

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BIG MAGIC

I have a fast deadline ahead of me. There’s the Wise Trees book deadline and other projects. And yet I take time to paint ideas that have nothing to do with the project.  I have a book cover to finalize and the final draft–I keep saying this. It’s nerve wracking so I  have to paint.

Some projects are old…

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but I had this inclination to repaint

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What a relaxing breathe of fresh air. This is my first book. I’m nervous. I have read the book,many times. I love it. BUT I must edit with a fresh pair of eyes. Why not take a breather and build my confidence with fun art?

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OK so I guess my book can’t escape me entirely. I used a tree watercolor wash as a background for this quote. The idea for this quote is–WAIT A MINUTE should I do something like this for the book cover?

ideasglThe WISE TREES BOOK helped me realize that I am a writer and a painter who needs to write all these stores in my head. It’s not fair to have them exist only in my imagination. I will bring them all to life. Wherever I go whatever I do, the ideas are simply there-nagging me really.

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Only now there’s many short stories but…

There are no impossibilities

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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

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Wise Trees

 

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Edit my next book to help me learn the editing process for my current book project? Yeah makes sense.  Just now I read Wise Trees, after having not read it for a long time and

Let’s have a world full

of beautiful trees.

That’s the way it’s meant to be.

Wouldn’t you agree?

For our trees we must care.

Give them water, HUG them and most importantly

allow them to grow.

The final words, the idea and all the trees I painted– I’m in LOVE.  What’s more, this project has me writing idea after idea. Some ideas have been lingering, begging me, to be written.  These stories have stayed with me. You know what, I will do it. I love to write.  Oh but painting is something I love too.

I love to paint and create. It’s the only time I fully feel free. No strings attached. No fear. Nothing but love. It’s true.

Recently I had a BIG MAGIC moment. I painted and oh my goodness WHAT I PAINTED. I’ll reflect on that in a few more days.

Oh my gosh did I really set up a fall launch date for WISE TREES! Yes…

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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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I’ve grown since I painted the first wise tree. For every wash and texture that went wrong, I learned–learned how to find my place, to practice and FLOW. Yeah I’ll write books for while.  I rewrote the Ana and George. Ana isn’t a bee anymore. Not sure what animal she’ll be.

I came across the loveliest work twice. A giraffe who stands tall, his neck becoming part of the pattern of birds flying in the sky. The awesome quote treads,” I’m like a bird.” What a wonderful idea!

And the other is an I Heart Guts collection. It’s cute, funny, and unmistakable.

Both of these are unmistakable and creative.  Both are created by artists who simply did.

 

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

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Go for it!

When you have an idea? Go for it! Nothing more than this past creative retreat and certainly my projects have shown me this. Working on your project helps you learn so much about yourself and about the projects you should really be doing.

Hand lettering is not for me. Yet it is!

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I love these letters and the ones I recently painted as a result of my creative retreat. I love this type of lettering…Reminds me of wall art and the vintage stuff you see on old buildings. I’d like to do wall murals. Then the other day I opened up a society 6 shop and what do you know…there’s wall mural art.

I mean I painted this and I had no idea how it would turn out but I said hey universe let’s do some #HOMwork and here we are. It took lots of hand lettering to realize I like this style. Sure I need more practice and I’ll do it.

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Working on side projects really led me to this crazy idea for a picture book. How did I start with hand lettering and end up with publishing a picture book?   I just got an idea and and went for it. I also read the book STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. Austin Kleon has these awesome books. Austin creates with his own words and drawings. Yeah he talks about creating and sharing EVERY SINGLE DAY.

And I, well I feel like I’ve carved out the perfect spot just for me. A place where I use vibrant color, fun  objects and hand painted words and pictures to sing the only why I know how.. with paint.

-No hay impossibles ( There are no impossiblities)

 

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The final tree and no second guessing

I thought to replace this tree

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

Then theer’s this tree. Not enough WOW.

 

 

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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.

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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.

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

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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