Altering Course

Last night I was listeing to an episode of Creative Rebels and there was mention of Picasso. Picasso copied other artists to master techniques. Then he created his masterpieces. And so my goals for Road Trip have changed:

  • all words will be typed in a chosen font.
  • sub divider pages will be hand drawn
  • followed by paintings

Most of my practice has to go into writing and drawing. Simple doodles and a font will help me. I get ideas. I begin thinking I can do it all. Then I crash and burn. It’s best I use this book to learn how to draw and write.

Tomorrow, when it’s nice and quiet, I’ll begin doodling.

Keep Going

Does any artist ever really work on one project at a time? I doubt it. Road trip is a lot of fun. Today I painted a camera and shoes. The shoes need to be redone. Tomorrow I’ll use markers and colored pencils to add in the details. I keep visualizing these textures and page layouts. I opened up an Etsy shop. I painted flowers using simple brush stroke techniques.

The big lesson for today is that when you work on projects you realize how much your skills change. This happens when you let go of perfection. Not all of my flowers worked out but it was great to keep going in spite of the mistakes. Sometimes it helps to say, ” I don’t have all the answers but I can act like I do.” Working on these side projects has really become part of my process.

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.

Nitty-Gritty

still with the nitty-gritty and that’s all I’ll be doing this week. I’m going through all of my art and analyzing color. I’ll be painting more of my awesome, I just want to paint this idea stuff.

As I release my book out into the world I can’t help but feel these wise words. “You have one shot to show em’ what you got and you’re going to tell me that’s all you got?”

preview of new art
hearts sticker collection too

All the more reason to take a moment to breath and reflect on all of my art. What do I want to say! I’ve got lots to say! I need to take some time and make sure color is right and that eveyrthing is the best it can be at this very moment. Maybe not the best best but great enough for the cause.

Here we go.

Thank you world and in your honor I am giving away free Ebooks

art lights me up

Yes art lights me up. I can talk about it for hours. I may be sad, tired, confusd, mad, lost or sick but somehow painting and creating invigorates me.

Painting is my happy place. Writing is my happy place.

I painted this idea that has been a sketch for a long enough time.

Today I’ll be painting this one with a brand new Windsor Acrylic Blue.

What does all this have to do with Wise Trees and my Live Your Story Book. EVERYTHING.

I’m reminding myself that I do have awesome ideas. The world keeps saying it’s time. It’s time! For what I’m not sure but I know it’ll be good.

Yesterday, I did the final FINAL edit for Wise Trees. Now it’s time to submit and wait WAIT for the final copy to arrive. I can’t wait to hold the book in my hand.

More and more people who’ve read the Ebook are asking about the paperback.

There you go another sign that it’s time.

It’s a good day!

From May 3 – May 7 two of my Ebooks will be available for free.

live your story

This poem has been through so many editions…

But I needed to practice. I needed to go through all of these ideas to build on the ideas I have today. Last night I sat writing with an ache in my heart and a lump in my throught. With each stroke, the voice in my head suggested stick to the regular a’s, write neat, and remember who you are.

Oh the power of art.

I am ready to begin more sketches for the book. This weekend I’ll begin painting, aqua, pink, navy blue and…wait a minute maybe this color scheme will work…

blues. pinks…

Book Process (Part 2)

Oh my gosh working on the final stages of my books drove me crazy. There was this battle inside of me. 

I keep editing because well, I don’t want to publish a book with a misspelled word. On the other hand,  I stall when I’m on to SOMETHING. I do this all the time. Only these days I recognize this resistance as lizard brain. 

I will never forget the day I thought I was done and IT FELT GOOD. What do I do? I delete the file I’m working on. I I actually published my first book with highlights. Yikes! Thank goodness it was an easy fixable e-book. Imagine if this edition had gone to print. 

There’s so much involved in working on a chapter book. I need to find a new program to help me put together the book layout. Word is terrible. I would edit a picture and the whole layout would shift. 

The best part is I completed my goal. All three books are done. I realize more than ever that I don’t need to draw or paint like my favorite artists. The world already has them. I can make mistakes. 

I have lots of designs that I sketched years ago. It’s only after these books that I can share them. I’ll never make that mistake again. 

What a roller coaster ride…

 there are no impossibilities 

Picture Book Process

Step 1 thinking map for Wise Trees 
2. Create lots of bigger sketches
3. test color 

4. another map  to create a book dummy

5. Oh I forgot the first step is toreally let go and write a story. My best stories happen when I let them.

7. In between the painting I tweak the story.At some point the story and images come alive and write themselves.

8. Scan the art, enhance color and remove the backgrounds. This is a tedious job but it must be done. BUT you can always scan in and get rid of the little painting mistakes.

9. Create a digital layout of the book and paste everything in.

10. Choose the font or hand lettering style for the book, Set up page layout.

11. Now take a deep breath and as everything is coming together think about the entire book together and write your dedication page or your hopes and dreams for readers.

12. Next is wait! Take a break. Come back with a fresh pair of eyes check for grammar, theme and appropriateness, and theme. Is the language right for the audience?

13. Analyze the characters and several rounds of editing. I get why other artists say that not every part of the process will be fun. This process is so emotional.

14. During the editing it’s always best to start a new project.

15. Once it’s all ready and in the I got this stage, prepare one last time for the publisher

-It’s a good life.

writing a picture book…

this week I have been working on lots of side projects, got a new painters pen and am working on a collaboration project.  I did finish editing most of the trees for the wise trees book.

Dedication Page

BEAUTIFUL trees inspired this book. This book is a reminder to always follow your curiosity and imagination. All trees were created with tempera paint, watercolor, ink, crayons, cotton swabs and other ordinary objects that create extraordinary trees.

 

Page 1

roxytree

Have you ever been curious about all the trees in the world? I have! Each one is a sight to be seen. Roxy loves them like bears love honey.  I love them best on a day that’s breezy and sunny.

 

Yes I think this is going to work. One page and 32 or so to go.  Working out so many details for the book like, fonts, layouts and edit a few dozen more times. I may add some more trees…who  knows.

notes:

  • use a simple.33 cents sponge craft brush
  • customize the brush bu cutting in strips and gluing it in different directions.
  • mix up the perfect tempera with acrylic or did I use acrylic?
  • create contrast by leaving white spaces hear and there
  • layer with darker tones for even more contrast
  • draw Roxy as cute as she really is

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.