Today I sat making notes for Road Trip. I haven’t been too motivated to start. Maybe because I’m still planning. I’ve taken notes and have ideas. I should do a thinking map.
What I did and feel great about is the thinking map for the holiday collection collaboration.
Instantly the Oh Christmas Tree song became the theme.
Various trees in all shapes, sizes and tones of blue. Christmas Trees stand tall beautiful and strong in both winter and summer.
I also feel the need to combine what I love about Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Maybe. A heart shaped tree seems like a good idea.
I’ve been exploring and today I read this post about sporadic watercolor painting. I’m going to do one more page of trees. There are no mistakes. I’ve got to enjoy the process. I just read a post with the words,” The wrong way leads to the right way.” I don’t know the exact words but I’ll keep exloring.
Here’s to awesome ideas. It’s almost time to give Live Your Story a third review . My tribe is growing and people are excited for the book.
There I was, creating all the elements for a Valentine craft table. I’ve been designing lots of classroom character posters with construction paper. Yes pun intended. I realized this is great practice for breaking down drawings into simple shapes. What and idea!
Then I thought about my famous live your story poem, soon to be book. Why not change the color to pink for Valentine’s Day!
Every day is a day to love yo self and when you love yo self…..there are no impossibilites.
Yes. This will be the first book I completely hand letter. I just keep going back to Austin Kleon’s awesome books. I want to do it. I’m going to do it.
That of course means I’ll re-paint the poem again. I have just the right aqua. I’ll practice more lettering. I can feel myself about to fall in this analysis paralysis episode and think too much. Not going to go there.
New deadline will be March 2. Oh my goodness I still need to publish the paperbacks.
But first I revisit Jon Contino”s class and then Lauren Hom’s class.
…and this didn’t work out but at least it was good practice with monotones and transparencies.
…I’ll have a little more fun lettering…there are no impossibilities.
Creating projects means you are showing up. You show up and that helps you persevere.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
When I had the wrong idea, I showed up.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
There’s been many times where I reference Adobe Kuler, or How magazine to get ideas for color schemes.
There’s been many times where I have no clue how to improve my drawings. That led to a Udemy class. This drawing class made me study realism, perspective and shading. All this tied in so well with Ana Victoria Calderon’s class about transparencies with watercolor.
which brings me to showing up. There’s going to be lots of bad art. I get that now. Show up anyway.
Nothing more than showing up has given me the courage to play and embrace ideas. To once and for all, listen. Big Magic is an amazing read.
I came into this year seeking to improve my drawing skills. I did that with each of the books I wrote. I drew every single picture for Ana & George.
I discovered an awesome palette. I love my drawings. Oh and I’m much better at drawing that which I love. Yes.
I spent a whole year putting this book aside. In a matter of days, long eight hour days sketching and coloring, I finished. Had I not shown up for days all year on other projects, I never could have done this in a matter of days.
The words of the wise, ring clearly in my head. If you want it, then by golly DO IT!
I’ve always wanted to be an artist. I talked and wrote about it like is was off in the distance. Art is right here in the rainbow song . Art is the voice that makes me laugh when I’m surrounded by children who by golly, tested my patience today. Art banishes lizard brain the moment he shows up. Not today.
I wrote three books and I’ve got lots more to write.
Ella you taught me not to let fear and doubt steal my magic. We all have magic but that magic is only as good as we allow it to be.
Wise Trees you taught me to listen to my curiosity. You taught me that my best happens when nature holds my hand.
Ana & George you have shown me that when the world shouts you can’t, that’s the moment you take center stage and sing your heart out. It’s about the journey, the people you meet and talk about unexpected surprises.
As I sit and think of it all, wow the moment my body and all its movements lived the words of great artists well… that’s when change happened…