Road Trip Book

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!

I like this idea…

A craft brush makes a great texture. I should do this in green and paint little flowers and butterflies creating a garden pathway. I do have a quote on imagination.

So who do I belong too? I belong to the trees, clouds, the stars, the moon… the universe. The book is taking on a new direction.

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.

Paint with a paper roll?

I’d like to start the week with a reminder that it’s all about the process. Who knew I could use this to make hearts?

This week I’ll be…what will I do?

  • review Live Your Story
  • Edit if needed
  • Learn the basics of instagram photos and try a few
  • Book dummy for Road Trip
  • draw more lettering and animals
  • Loose sketching for around the world project
  • add work to my Pinterest
  • Read

Ok it’s going to be busy.

Many Ways to Paint Trees

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.

It’s Valentine’s Day!

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.

hand lettering the whole book

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.

Live Your Story

I wrote this poem as a poster. I went through so many colors. My favorite was a much lighter shade of blue.

Somehow I envisioned it on a wall someplace. I recall an artist who travels the world painting his words and drawings. With each stroke he gives life to old buildings.

When asked why he does it, he says to bring color and smiles to otherwise overlooked villages. Not exactly these words but something like this.

I want my work to mean the same. To make people smile. To make people feel good. Like a song that plays on in your mind, days after you’ve listened to it.

And so, I continue to work on my live your story poem. Yeah, I can use this poem to practice hand lettering and get comfortable with my lettering style.

 

AND now of course I want to create a book.

sketches for writing a picture book
perhaps a new layout for the poem?
sketches for a book
…first sketch illustrations

OK February 14th is fast approaching but…

-there are no impossibilities