Things are happening all around me.

I said goodbye to awesome friends.

I start a new classroom.

My childhood school might be closing.

As I walked Roxy today, I tugged on her collar.

I hate that I had to go, and tug, when I know quite well she was enjoying the smells and the sites.

Deep down I felt and feel like the world can do the same.

… why?

I think about my projects and this book.

I want to paint my books and for the world to care.

I know if they do, they’ll smile and happy thoughts will linger awhile.

Are thoughts really things?

I guess it’s important to ask an important question.

The sour times make way for the wonderful times that lay ahead…

Let’s go back to the drawing board and work on this color scheme…

Luck

teaching art…

Here’s what I’ve learned teaching children the fun of art.

Everyone loves art,

Be it a song or paint, art keeps no one apart.

I’m an artist and there’s no one that paints like me.

BUT together we really did create a masterpiece.

Everyone needs a safe place.

There’s so much your eyes shouldn’t see, too many you shoulds or can’ts to erase.

Picking up the brush leads to forgetting, forgetting the paint brush and using your thumb.

Or opting out of water while using watercolor, oh the textures and the trees leave my voice numb.

I have to keep creating…my books…my words…. it’s as obvious as the nose on my face.

I suppose I will and must protect this happy place.

There’ll be ups and downs, lots of downs but through it all ,I shall cling tight because I hold the Ace of Spades.

Room 12 you forever have my heart.

Doodles

Yes these groovy glasses

are cute and perfect for the stop reading page.

This tree has to happen. Yeah these are much more interesting to look at.

Oh I can use Audrina’s dry brush technique to create he tree.

This book is going to be awesome.

Let the kid play

and you’ll get amazing art. I love watching the kids paint. They don’t think twice. They pick up a brush and go for it.

Yeah, watching them reminds me of what I must do. We artists need to feel the freedom to create and have fun. It’s within this type of creating that you can be free to push past the mistakes, be your best and change the world…

My book is coming along. It’s taking me a lot longer than expected but I’m learning lots of lessons. Tomorrow I’ll paint the butterfly and finish redoing book covers. Oh gosh, I’m going to have to start hand lettering the words.

Then I begin the paperback book formatting.

Guard your heart…

Live your life and guard your heart. Don’t let others get you down. I can’t make up my mind on how I feel. Melancholic or warm and comfortable, as if someone is extending me an invitation to explore and ….my heart’s desire.

I guess living your life involves both. This is the notion for this page in the book. Not a bad idea…no hay impossibles

I’m an artist!

I’m so grateful to be teaching children the beauty of art. Art makes me feel like the world is mine and there are no impossibilities.

I’ve been decorating a classroom. It’s been taking over my days. But I can’t rememebr a time when I smiled so much! I had to remind myself of home and the non-art to-do list I have.

I should film the awesomeness we made. The children loved their art.It was a gift to see their faces light up with all the confidence in the world.. What a beautiful moment. Can’t I do this FOREVER. PLEASE.

I say yes. I am working on my next book and almost half-way done with the illustrations. YAY!

…the tart shell needs work but tempera paint you are going to help me.

The interesting part of all this is that:

I’ve been working on my art.

Collage butterflies just have my heart.

But I messed up the hand lettering

Did I pin the watercolored leaves in conontrasting color, I’m doubting myself and it stings.

BUT I overheard them say,” Wow I love your color, you know what your doing.”

I’m and artist, they say. I know and it feels amazing!

I’m ready to finish my book.

I see them give my art a second look.

Yeah, it was meant to be.

It’s time to put your name on the cover.

That way we all can reunite with curiosity, there’s a whole world to discover!

I should take some pictures, perhaps a video.

Maybe turn this experience into a craft book, that would be neat-o!

Doing What?

So last night I read some tips on how to get “stuff” done effectively. One could be busy-busy but the deep question is DOING WHAT?

That’s exactly how I felt today, and probably why I’ve been doing some fun art …

in between the illustration painting for the book.

DOING WHAT?

I paint my curiosity and love. In doing so I want to invite children of all ages to be curioous with me. I want them to reach into that big beautiful world of ours and make dreams happen.

A week ago, a fan read my Wise Trees book and found it inspiring. She said the book with all its thoughts and illustrations remind her to embrace curiosity. CHECK

DOING WHAT?

Writing this book about loving yourself and following curiosity. My goal is to JUST LET MY ART SHINE. Sometimes I did feel like…deep breath…like after all this time I should paint better. Why can’t my skies look like XYZ’S. You know I’ll never forget the admirers of my work. It’s positive feedback. It happened today. I was like really, because I could see a bunch of things I could fix. Get out of here lizard brain!

NEWS FLASH!

So other people aren’t judging my art with the mind of an artist? They don’t see all the mistakes you see.  What a relief! 

I’m learning the lesson in each of my creations. CHECK

DOING WHAT?

The thing is am I messing up because of skill, okay sometime I do. BUT most of the time I mess up because I’m comparing my work to this outside source. When really, all I should be doing is looking within and learning along the way.

I realize that this is meant to be. I have to figure out how to make it work and rise above. Look at the lessonS I’ve learned. What went wrong and how can I make it better?

DOING WHAT?

What I paint is only as good as my words and color. How do words and color tell a story? It has to be story of love and curiosity. Does it all have to look good? No and what a laugh. I don’t believe in ugly art.

Every art piece is an opprtunity to explore who I am.

I have to be curious with my color choice and techniques. I could learn 100 techniqies but i’ts more important to bring forth what I have in my heart. Oh and share that with the world! I’ll do it anad each day there’ll be more fans added to the tribe because… there are no imposibles.


Art is a Process

This past weekend I went WAY back to my humble beginnings on Skillshare.

In some ways I feel as though I’ve not made progress. On the other hand I feel I have.

Time and time again I look at my work and notice:

6. A lot of the new art for my new book is amazing.

The most important lesson is

When I show up everyday

I don’t care what you say.

Yeah I got a plan

I’ll paint what I can.

Even the ugly art is

dear to my heart.

Because it’s the beauty that makes brilliant.

When I share my thoughts there’s no I can’t.

What I see in my mind

On the canvas it sometimes doesn’t look fine.

Oh but the idea is wonderful.

Keep painting and creating, let go of the bull.

I did take a little break from the book this weekend

…and painted some fun confidence idea trusting painting and always makes me feel like there are no impossibilities

A Love Note to Myself

Ok so I ‘ve been inspired by an activity that includes sending a Valentine to yourself. I also wrote a similar poster for a classroom.

Your painting is improving .

It is amazing what happens when you let go of comparing and doubts and trust yorself. You are kind and always try to help people. Your book ideas are awesome. Keep writing. Pay no attention to negativity. Listen to the tree’s breeze and all its realities.

It’s been raining cats and dogs. Remember there may be a drought but the rain is coming. I mean literally it has come! I should paint this?

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