watercolor and tempera

sketches of the past

 

Build a tribe of 14,000. What was I thinking? Now I realize the most important part of building a tribe is to create. Not just create but really have something to say. To speak with the heart and soul.

This year I vow to create EVERY SINGLE day. I’ll paint and write every step of the way.

First project of the year is the love book….

-there are no impossibilities

thoughts

Windsor Gouache…

is incredible. Oh my gosh I now have the perfect color for painting Peter Pan’s flight night sky.

Pink and blue flowers? I think so.

Premium is so much more pigmented. I could have just painted blobs and it’d still be beautiful.

Notes:

  • the key to working with gouache is just enough water to make it easy to glide on the page.
  • I should’t go over it either. I needed to let it dry before I add layers.
  • oh doing swatches would be good

Audrey Hepburn was a true Hollywood queen. For when the world said, ‘ You can’t act. You’re not pretty enough. She was. I think of her strolling along with her big black hat and sunglasses. Strolling along with such a smile that…oh wait what are they uttering?

Gives me lots to think about as I begin a new year of exploration. I will experiment with texture, objects and color. I do have two books to write. I’m just getting started.

-there are no impossibilities

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Who Cares?

I do love Paul McCartney’s new song. The biggest lesson I learned this year is who cares.

I love my letters. I love my drawings. I enjoy my art. Sure I need to go back to hand lettering. I love color. I should keep mixing. Isn’t that the point. I could be in this place of curiosity and explore!

Or I could doubt. Why would I ever do that. I have lots more projects to paint.

…to be contiuned

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Projects Are King

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.

…to be contiuned

-there are no impossibilities

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2018 Art Lessons

I want to take the last days to reflect on my art. There have been many MANY lessons that I’ve learned. Yet it seems I haven’t learned enough. I’ll never forget the terrible day I deleted my finished book, TWICE.

Perseverance is a big one. Even when you know its bad you keep going. How else are you going to practice.

Sure there’s this side of not giving up. But don’t you have to know when to say,”Look, this ship has sailed and sunk. It’s time to move on and figure out a new way. ” Perseverance is also showing up… even after the 100th time you paint a poem.

You paint and you paint the same design. Each time you get better. It seems like you’re headed nowhere and then… right before your eyes…the color and idea are so close to what you see in your mind. You keep painting because its an idea that you want to share. Along the way there’s this voice that says sure its all been wrong but keep going.

….to be continued

-there are no impossibilities

watercolor and tempera

Thinking Map

I have an idea for my logo. I’m thinking peacock. They chase off preditors, are symbols of compassion and kindness. Oh it’s perfect. Maybe I can incorporate living coral into the blue color scheme I have planned. Yeah why not. I’m excited for all the projects to come. 


-there are no impossibilities

thoughts

I’ve been painting…

some old sketchbook designs. I’ve had these for years,  but I’ll keep painting them because I want to. 

5 minute draws, words and a new collection for the shop? Yeah sounds like a good idea. Let’s do it.

books

How do you get better?

Some OG art…gosh I need to paint this. 

People always ask this question, expecting a magical answer. They expect a cookie cutter plan. The truth is simple. Show up. Show up in every sense of the word and PLAY.

Nothing more than writing three books has helped me understand this.  That’s it , nothing fancy or crazy. Just show up with an idea. Most people show up for a few days and then give up.

I have learned to recognize resistance, Lizard Brain. 

The way I see it is you can play. Immerse yourself in your idea and let that emotion pour out on the canvas.

Canvas can be a song, a book, or anything really. Yes, it’s how you say it. Yes, its how you feel. 

Or, and here’s the ugly truth,  you could  edit, overthink, analyze, doubt, fear, put-off, deny, forget, lie, erase…its all the same. 

My best work happens within the very first rounds. I create this idea in my mind, paint and there it is. Ok, maybe there’s a little what am I trying to convey here. 

Problem is for those firsts to be awesome, lots of showing up has to happen.   I get that now. 

-there are no impossibilities

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Art is?

I believe everyone is an artist.

I just hit the submit button,  on my third book. As I read the final words, my mind wandered.

I’ve spent a lot of time on this book. I rewrote it many times Ana was originally supposed to be a bee.

George well he was inspired by Elvis.  He still is 

That all changed.

I’m happy with the final edition. I keep thinking about how much work goes into writing a book. I can’t imagine authors who write chapter books.  How do they do it?

I know more than every, that once you start writing the characters, and the story takes on a life of its own. Its like this force takes over . You have to write. You’re tired and your eyes hurt but you have to finish it. I think I even dreamed about these characters.  

I want to gaze upon a rethogot tree. I want to attend the jolly jam. I want to paint more trees.

I hope my readers feel the same.

-there are no impossibilities