Work Of The Past

I’ve been looking at all of my work, doodles and all. I have skills. I want to contiune working. I move on from project to project that I forget the joy and talent that went into previous projects. Frankly I fear that I don’t appreacite enough. I love that the entire book was done with simple black ink and sketches. I wrote on copy paper. My sketches were, ARE good!

I wish I would have held the attitude I do now. I appreciate the trip so much more today. The same can be said about all the work I’ve done. I realize that we don’t enjoy because we have all these doubts, fears and negatives that paralize us from enjoying the moment. WOW. That is the reason why I wrote this book. Leave all the nonsense behind and enjoy the ride. Enjoy the view. Enjoy all the people living for today, living life in peace. Imagine is such a great song.

Q-tip tree take two

I didn’t use a q-tip. I used a size o round and size 6 flat brush. There are two lessons today.

1. Sometimes it’s not what tool you use but how you use it.

2. Not every idea is a winner but to get to the wins you must do the work.

I have lots of work to do. Mixing blue with hot pink made a difference. I’ll use watercolor paint to paint the sky around the tree. By the way acrylic paint works similar to watercolor when you water it down.

I did use the q-tip for painting flowers.

I’ve been listening to an awesome podcast by James Victore. Have a good weekend all!

Are these poppies?

I dipped the brush in orange and yellow and let creativity take over. Except for the slight darkness, I like them. The ones at the top are beautiful. I’d erase the rest but how would the stem look? I could always paint some lines. I’m an artist of course I’ll think of something.

Ok for real the collage animals are done. All I need to do is add eyes and legs. All I need to do is finish digitizing, edit once or thrice and it’s on to the next book.

Let the Collage Animals Begin

I’m really excited about illustrating my book collage style. I have yet to read my rough draft. I should proably do that right after I finish this entry. I used a wide big brush to paint one side with water and the other with paint. This did prevent the paper from curling up. Then I used a variety of tools to stamp and scrath the paper.

With textures anything goes. A broken paint tube and three fish later I realize collaging takes time. It’s relaxing.

My animals. What a beautiful start. As I paint I am reminded of a morning conversation. Each of us is unique because otherwise, the world would be boring. That’s exactly the point of my book. Sure lizard brain momentarily showed up saying, but your star fish doesn’t look exactly like the reference image. Good! These are my fish. My book. My ideas. My art. My fish. And the world is a wonderful place because of the odd, weird, unique and different fish.

Art Class Happy

Yesterday I surprisingly got the chance to be in a middle school art class.

The stock room was filled with paint, crayons and paper. There was a pencil box filled with forks. Forks make cool textures so of course I had to paint. And painted I did. Lots. As I painted I thought about being asked why I create for self love? I stumbled.

I think about love stories portrayed in books and movies. I’m a hopeless romantic. We always want to look “out there” but love begins with how we feel about ourselves. That should come from connection to nature, God, call it what you want. For me it’s God, just being in nature. The need to create because I want to is much stronger than fear and doubt. It’s almost like being a kid. At a certain age we know were awesome and then as we get older we doubt, fear and that damages how we feel about ourselves…

I painted cool textures and trees. Wow I’m still excited. For the record I swept the classroom and did some extra cleaning as a thank you.

I keep writing about cool animals and this week I must get the first rough draft going. The end of the year is fast approaching. I will be writing. I’m already thinking of Hearts, my next book. Maybe I should release the first part as a Christmas Gift? Ok.

(Click on the tree to buy this and other trees in my etsy shop. I’ll be posting the tutorials this coming week.)

Fun + Art History + Creativity

These are some of my supplies. The old Crayola educational set is now filled with Mission, Grumbacher and Cotman. I’m in the process of organizing a new paint palette. Today I didn’t work on the book. Instead I worked on a project for the creative exploration class.

The assignment was to choose an art painting and create variations. I chose Bridge over a pond of Water Lilies. I love nature and I wanted to use various tones of green and pink to convey the majesty and warmth of nature. I mixed up the galleria blue with the green acrylic. It was amazing.

Why this painting exercise? What does this have to do with Road Trip? Adolfo Serra instructs his classmates to play. Gather up as many supplies as you can and create variates of the art. Art is open for interpretation. There are many ways we can choose to express if only we allow ourselves to play.

Today I timed myself for 45 minutes. I sketched with just a pen to observe the shapes. My phone battery was also dying so the screen blanked every 30 seconds. Still I drew. Then I painted. I painted a second variation. I mixed paints. I used a make-up brush to cover up some mistakes. No pencil. No thinking except to choose a tool. I just painted. More importantly, I painted my love for nature.

I realize that I need to take a step back and allow my self to develop, to come into my style. I can do this and I will. Now that I’ve relaxed and had some fun I’ll be ready to finish the book doodles tomorrow.

hills of trees ( Day 3 )

Taking your time when painting is a good way to gather your thoughts. I’ve been contemplating the direction of my art.

I had all these ideas … pages of ideas to market and promote my site and books. I had this big agenda, trying to pencil it all in. Yes I have lots of time to create but what’s the effective approach?

All I know is that taking my time allows me to enjoy the process. I love these trees and have more ideas for textures and page layouts. I can use road trip to help me create themes for pages.

Wait a minute, perhaps I should start a pinterest board on awesome textures? These are some of the textures my Lee friends made.

There was no plans. We painted textures on heart shaped leaves. They turned out beautifully. I insisted on tones of green but they knew better.

I’ll keep painting textures. Oh I have a fun way to work on my drawing. I’m building an around the world pinterest board and could draw architecture and art.

Let me go work on the pinterest board.

I’ll be here tree

The book is ready. There are of course some minor details to fix. I thought this tree was the one to sum up the idea of the book. Wrong.

Yes it’s a beautiful tree but the color doesn’t fit the theme. I made type layout changes. I have a few more to fix.

Turns out this tree is good.

I was nervous reading my book for the first time since I finished the layout a week ago. I’m excited to share my book and proud of my work. But there’s that thought of what if I don’t like the book. And that thought always leads to what others will think. Honestly, I care what people think becasue if they love my book then my dreams are validated.

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.