Toilet Paper Roll Book Cover

Talk about changes. This is the final manuscript for the book. I love color! All it took was a teal brush pen marker. Who knew.

This week I’ve been drawing. I had to unpublish Ellie which led to creative writing again. I started brainstorming for a holiday collaboration. I’m in good spirits.

What a genius idea to use canva. Only I had to paint mine because I painted the entire book.

I love it. The only problem is scaling this page to book cover size. I may have to paint it again. It’s almost time to start on the next book.

So much work and so little time. The digitizing process is tedious. I’ve got this!

Oh Texture

Playing around with some dry brush techniques. I like this idea for the tree, the final go on and live your life tree. This tree will also be on the book cover.

The tiny hearts fluttering out could resemble butterflies or leaves.

I’ll paint and test out color schemes. I can’t believe I’m almost done with this book.

I’ve said that the whole point of this book is to simply let my ideas flourish. To take my time and allow my ideas to take hold.

This texture is simple and beautiful. I say its the sporadic and the unplanned that lead to the most amazing experiences.


Book Map+Gouache+Tempera

Still working on the map. I mean I penciled in everything but not sure of the layout…

I’m tired. I look tired. I feel tired. But even then, I paint. I stare at a blank page and for the first time in like ever, the tiredness has me fooled into thinking I have no idea what to paint. Should I paint gems or hearts?

I had my Prussian Blue and Shell Pink ready to go. OK let’s paint. Let’s test the gouache. It’s amazing how opaque gouache is even at its lightest.

I keep using the word amazing today, not sure why, but I’m loving the word. What a beautiful color! Its perfectly clear that the thickest paint is hard to control. The trick is adding just enough water. The trick is to use the brush delicately and paint in one direction. That works for watercolor too.

Maybe this is the wrong color for the idea of sour lemons…with every spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is wonderful flavor.

Take two colors

 and mix.

Begin with yellow and gradually mix in pink. Wow, this is awesome. I thought of getting these guys smooth. Then Eric Carle’s sporadic paint patterns had me. This idea will definitely make its way in the book. It’s a colorful and beautiful way to express the sour lemons concept.

 

I’m learning color too. Do I see a little living coral? Yes. Let me work on the word love to practice transparencies.  Have a few fun poster pages and some blank ones for writing? This could be part of the book ? I’ll figure it out…there are no impossibilities

 

 

 

 

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Better Days

It’s always a better day when I paint. 

Seriously, I tried doing something I’m not good at. I was trying too hard. Then I sat on a Friday night and repainted.  

Oh goodness…

much better

I did include hand lettering on my to-do list.


-there are no impossibilities 

Artist vs. Painter

watercolor painted tree with a tire swing

 

 

 

Linchpin is a great book. I’ve always wanted something more than a job. I want to change people by thoughts or emotional appeal. Can my art do this? Or am I simply a painter?

Most artists can’t draw. I’m glad for that one because I admit its true. Yes. I get frustrated trying to draw. Today I sat thinking, what should I draw? I haven’t drawn lately. That is one of my goals BUT why haven’t I drawn? I sat looking around the room, searching books but there was nothing I wanted to draw.

WAIT! I  have been drawing like crazy for my newest book Ellie. Yeah Ellie sounds like a great name for a book. Forget about the title How to Grow A Tree. Ellie it is.

I painted for Wise Trees. I started this whole writing adventure with Ana & Gorge. I moved on to other books so I could learn how to draw. I took a drawing class. Did lots of drawing. Wise Trees and Ellie were passion projects designed to help me improve. Yeah, I have been drawing the whole time.

What do these projects mean to me? Why? I have stories begging to be told. I have to create. I can’t breath without art.

These stories and all of my projects are ways for the reader to play in that wonderful place of imagination, curiosity, and love. If I can create from this place then I’d say that’s awesome art.

Now I’ll go adjust the font color and add my  name to Wise Tress before. I’ll edit one last final time before I set up the file and press send. breath…

there are no impossibilities

indecisiveness irks me

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Talk about repainting and repainting trees. Last night I felt this tree needed more contrast.

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I keep going over the story and paintings. This is my first book and I want to get it right.

I spent hours editing my Ana and George book. I realize that I I’ve been working on it way too long. I’m at the point where I, well it feels like an awesome song you keep singing and playing and then you lay it to rest.

I have other books I want to write.  I started the nitty-gritty details like book size and how to include my author name.

I have decided to use my full name. Wait will I? Sometimes this indecisiveness irks me.

I’m almost done with the pictures for my second book…so many thoughts…I think I like the original one better.

There are no impossibilities

Show your work

Wise Trees book cover

 

I am procrastinating the final stages of my wise trees book. It’s true I have. I admit it to you world. The bigger question is WHY? I’m afraid of what” they’ll” think. Wise Trees came to me as I was strolling through the park, just me and Roxy.  Since then I have painted many MANY trees. I have written and REWRITTEN many times.

Book cover

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Yeah… this tree and the color works

 

 

I Believe this book is awesome. I know it is BUT I am curious what the world will think? I keep painting and repainting trees.

I pencil in a time to register my book with the Library of Congress but have yet to do so. It’s time I know it is. There are many other books calling my name. I want and need to answer before the excitment ceases. I can eaither hold on to this book for a long time or go with what I feel and revel in that I already know that kids love my trees.

To do list

  • hand write a few pages
  • put together the book
  • digitally clean up some of the trees
  • Show my work-publish it

-There are no impossibilities.