Today I sat unmotivated again…I tried drawing with a pencil. The erasing started… and then I let go. Sometimes I forget that the point of sketching and doodling is in ideas. Ideas don’t always have to make sense. The best ones don’t.
I’m going to sit down when the house is calm, without interruption and just draw the entire book. I’ll practice a little tomorrow. I’ll play. I want to draw without thinking.
I went through my watercolor paintings and none of them are quite right for the book. Not one.
This isn’t perfection. I can paint better. I have. I do love the trees and maybe that’ll be the cover?
I won’t keep going back and forth with this book. I’m not aiming for perfection but I need to do my best. I should have fun. I’ll stick to ink doodles for the entire book. I want to improve on my drawing skills. I can use the fall workshop to work on watercolor.
Back to the book, I’d love to sit down and let my mind wander and DRAW.
I went to McDonald’s yesterday and this book caught my eye.
Of course I had to bring it home. I’m thinking about my road trip book. Seems like the idea and excitement are slipping away. Makes me think of Elizabeth Gilbert’s, Big Magic. I sat down and read all the notes I had thus far. I realized the excitement wasn’t there…not like it used to be. Not sure what to do, I started sketching ideas.
I like these letters? I’m liking the ink pen no color. This is big for me. I love color! The excitement began building and questions kept coming.
Handwriting or print? I could do a bunch of these block letters?
Wow, I spelled across wrong but notes are for ideas.
Maybe tomorrow I’ll sit down when the house is quiet and go through this book, my notes, let my mind wander, doodle, let creativity take over and write this whole book out once and for all! My excitement is back! Tomorrow’s going to be awesome!
What ever it is you must do, do it knowing that fear is in it’s rightful place. Fear doesn’t go away. Durning every project there comes a time when I contemplate TIME. Is my time well spent? I go back and forth adjusting the book, allowing for new aha moments.
And so I created another edition of the poem. What do I do, I forget to include the word heart, Ha! I think I like it anyway. Enjoy the process has become a mantra to live by. This week I had fun exploring and digging deep into what excites me.
Yes it’s all about love and letting the kid play. Watercolor ink doesn’t work so good for stamping leaves. Acrylic and Tempera does.
Stamping with leaves was incredible! I must do more of this. I got a little practice with layout and color schemes.
Painting with a q-tip was fun as well. It’s all in the consistency of the paint. This is supposed to be for the Love is like this you know page, butyesterday’s idea is much cooler.
Fun Hand lettering
Oh wow I scanned the paper underneath too. Definitely need to fix before it goes in the book. Ha. How’s that for the first day of summer!
…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!
Yeah, tbese days I’m close VERY CLOSE TO hitting that button and finalizing my VERY FIRST BOOK. I’m working on lots of projects and most of them are out there. The world says only show the good stuff. I share mostly everything. The world says paint trends. I paint what I want. Today I read about a janitor, a single mom. She wrote a book and it won a prestigious award at a prestigious university, the university where she worked as a janitor.
I never would have found this article had it not been for Austin Kleon and his KEEP WORKING KEEP PLAYING… newsletter. It just so happens that today I need to reflect.