A horibble no good very bad…

yeah it happened again. I intended to paint a leaf and around it the words, nature loves me for she tells me so.

Yeah I busted out with salt for texture, mixed greens and blues to get various tones of green. I used Bombay India ink and yeah had a cool texture going on but WOW. what a turn for the worst when I used acrylic paint. What did I do that for?

On the side I had a reference photo and I hate doing this. I always feel this pressure to recreate.

Whatsmore, this voice inside shouts,” If you’re copying what’s the point of your art.” Oh well four attempts later I decided to empty out the rest of my old work. I scan most if anyway.

Here’s proof I con paint quite well!

Nature has such and affect on me. This is a fine leaf for the book. Tomorrow Live Your Story will be available for sale.

Dreamcatcher

Ha, I didn’t sketch with a pencil first. I had a color scheme in mind and let my creativity lead.

The first time I painted this, it was a total disaster. Anyway. I looked over my first book dummy for Road Trip, I thought and thought. Everything leads back to enjoying the process. Oh and having the right attitude is important too. But enjoying the process is having the right attitude. Again Shantell Martin’s words appear. There are no mistakes. You have to love the process. I do. I really really DO. 

Writing books and painting them is all I want to do. Even the tedious stuff is worth it. Nothing ever feels forced. Yeah… I painted this dreamcatcher as reminder that your beautiful mind and your heart has to drive out the evil.

Ok so next week,start the illustrations for my book, do some more watercolor exploration, and read more. Oh That’s right, my ebook officially launches July 17th. 

Tangled up

I’ve had this design for a while so I decided to paint it. Thanks to a watercolor doodle.

But it just wasn’t happening with watercolor.

It turned out ok with acrylic. Not really.

On a positive note I started playing around with a brush. This a cool technique I want to work with.

First rough yet awesome draft of Road Trip is done.

Holiday Collection

How I painted

  1. ( top left corner) watercolor and salt.
  2. heart shaped loops in various green tones
  3. painting circles and letting the paint blend together
  4. downward strokes
  5. using color to create a bountiful tree
  6. more salt.

The trees and this project are pretty much done. Last night was crazy! I was sure that this project was done. I wasn’t feeling the connection between my books and this holiday project. But then some awesome ideas came into play. I busted out the thinking map, changed my attitude-thought and thought.

After a walk with Roxy and three hours later I have 11 designs. I went with my ideas.

Tomorrow’s a new day. I’m working on Road Trip and a fun painting puzzle idea.

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.

When In Doubt CREATE

So there I was mixing up the right green. Emerald green seemed to surface. This emerald green was beautiful and I made it with blue and yellow ochre. Yellow ochre is a favorite.

Then came painitng time. Yet, I couldn’t sketch the right heart shaped leaves. I let go. Yes, I put the pencil down and simply painted. I’ve got paint, lots of paper and I’m creative so why not just paint?

What a confidence booster. Shantell’s wise words rang in my heart. There are no mistakes just a wonderful process. I should paint this.

I guess this painting session got me in the mood to write down the first offical draft of Road Trip. I’m excited. I think I’m done with the Christmas project and now there’s a new women power project.

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.

Dear Inner Critic

Today was a weird day. Not that other days aren’t. Sometimes I have these days where nothing works. I’m learning to get past that by continuing to create. I get an idea and then it gets lost in the process. The acrylic paint was too thick or old. The flirty color scheme didn’t mix right. Maybe I should have went with the blue. Probably. This letter made me smile. Yes it’s funny. Yes, it’s silly.

My scanner didn’t do these colors justice. Good practice. I’m better at drawing letters with brush pens and markers. I’ll add this to the repaint pile. You never now where an idea will lead. Maybe I should start a book collection of various letters. One to curiosity. One to idea. One to imagination. One to….not to bad…not too bad at all.