Edits for the book

I’m changing the name from weird is beautiful to different is beautiful. So yesterday I had the house to myself. I painted. I painted lots of textures. The video is posted on my Instagram @hellomireya. I’m not a YouTuber but I’d like to do more videos on Instagram.

My favorite textures are the ones I just mix up with color. I like just applying the drops of paint. Then using a wide brush to blend. The beauty is in knowing how to blend the right color combination.

Oh and I’m looking at animals. There’s so many to choose from. I’ll just create. No need to be realistic.

One final truth is acceptance. I never realized how beautiful this word is. I accept that I want to keep creating. I accept that I haven’t been dedicated as I should be. I accept that I am a talent and a force to be reckoned with. This part of me is slightly hiding. Hiding. Got to think more on this…

Creative Ways To Paint Trees

For a while I’ll be painting what I love to paint, trees.

For this tree I used:

– artist tape, watercolor paint, a blush brush and tempera paint.

First I spot the tape in a tree shape.

Then paint. I think I now have an idea for a scribble tree created with white ink pens on kraft paper.

Last I added some bulbs and monotones of green seems like a good idea.

I like it. There’s lots more tree ideas to paint. I’ll be adding some of these to my shops as well. Tomorrow I’ll get up early and write.

Make Art Not War

I snapped this photo from my shop because I’m on my phone. The file is on my computer. Anyway, my favorite artists have understood me. My favorite artists encourage and demand that my quiet voice be heard. They have allowed me to become the writer and painter I am today. I can only hope and dream to encourage you. I planned to begin the Adolfo Serra creative class two- three days ago but I feel like my screen time has…I’m glad all of the digitizing is done. This is my least favorite part of the process because HELLO I was born to create. Yes I know I can create on the computer but I much rather paint. It’s been this way is kinder.

Speaking of creating I want to create a whole series of patterns with quotes in the circle.

OK. As always, thank you so much for reading. I will see you next week. I might do a special post going over all of the tips… everything I learned throughout the process of writing Road Trip, which has been a lot. I’ve certainly grown as an artist. Have a great weekend!

A pirate’s life for me…

I painted this a few days ago and while I know perfectly well that I can paint a better pirate ship THIS ONE IS AWESOME. I painted with crumbled up paper. No sketing here.

Pirates go around doing as they please loving life all the while being hated by townspeople. Yup, a pirate’s life for me, minus the boozing and the stealing and …

My quote for this ship is:

Set your sails of thoughts in hope, love, adventure, bravery. OR not, the choice is yours. Best be aware there be naysayers lurkin’

Ok I miss the Pirates of Caribbean ride and I’ve been reading Think and Grow Rich. Right now the universe is saying,” Yeah I know you’re working on Road Trip. Keep writng. Explore and I’ll help you illustrate. I’m listening!

Sea Wave Texture

I had a plan but it didn’t work out. As soon as the spork hit the page, very little paint glided across the page.

So I tried straight lines, circular motions and then… I had to use a flat brush. I spread the paint. With the paint wet, I glided the spork in an ocean wave manner.

I took things a step further with trying to paint a green boat. The boat turned into a mug. The bear turned into a kangaroo. I wanted to test painting with one medium size flat brush. Not such a good idea. I don’t have a texture for the book. I’ll paint something tomorrow.

hills of trees is done!

Taking your time makes a huge difference. You have to lett each layer dry before starting the next. Oh and layering from light to dark makes for easy blending.

I used a size 10 brush and lightly blotted the paper with color. These trees made me let go of what should be. I didn’t sketch. I didn’t have any idea how to paint trees. All I did was paint trees.

Probably should have started from the top and ending at the bottom for seamless blending.

But the biggest lesson is that I got to play. YES PLAY. I signed up for this illustration design let the kid play course and it’s amazing. Adolfo Serra talked about this very subject. What a coincidence!

I remember my first sketch book. Come to think of it, that was the beginning of my creative journey. It was the beginning of Belissia too. The bee character that started this whole picture book writing. There’s been many ideas since then.

Back to today, these trees helped me loosen up with a artist tape watercolor idea and…I’ll post about it tomorrow.