which brings me to showing up. There’s going to be lots of bad art. I get that now. Show up anyway.
Nothing more than showing up has given me the courage to play and embrace ideas. To once and for all, listen. Big Magic is an amazing read.
I came into this year seeking to improve my drawing skills. I did that with each of the books I wrote. I drew every single picture for Ana & George.
I discovered an awesome palette. I love my drawings. Oh and I’m much better at drawing that which I love. Yes.
I spent a whole year putting this book aside. In a matter of days, long eight hour days sketching and coloring, I finished. Had I not shown up for days all year on other projects, I never could have done this in a matter of days.
Oh my gosh working on the final stages of my books drove me crazy. There was this battle inside of me.
I keep editing because well, I don’t want to publish a book with a misspelled word. On the other hand, I stall when I’m on to SOMETHING. I do this all the time. Only these days I recognize this resistance as lizard brain.
I will never forget the day I thought I was done and IT FELT GOOD. What do I do? I delete the file I’m working on. I I actually published my first book with highlights. Yikes! Thank goodness it was an easy fixable e-book. Imagine if this edition had gone to print.
There’s so much involved in working on a chapter book. I need to find a new program to help me put together the book layout. Word is terrible. I would edit a picture and the whole layout would shift.
The best part is I completed my goal. All three books are done. I realize more than ever that I don’t need to draw or paint like my favorite artists. The world already has them. I can make mistakes.
I have lots of designs that I sketched years ago. It’s only after these books that I can share them. I’ll never make that mistake again.
Working on a book is harder than I thought. I had to take a break, catch my breath and keep myself in a happy place. OK so the original didn’t turn out so good, but there’s going to be lots of not so good ideas in this journal. I must practice.
I have gone through lots of watercolor paper and what I thought were genius ideas. Today I, for the like I don’t hundredth time, I messed up on the love poem again but the words are awesome and I’ll get it right.
In between my projects I work on fun projects to take a break . I just had to redo this one. I love the ripped paper near the words in case you lose it.
New version looks good. I just wish I hadn’t used a dirty eraser to erase some of the pencil markings. Why did I do that? Oh well you learn things.
How will this design look on a positive pouch?
Ok now that I had a little fun it’s time to go back to the book editing.
use crayons with crayons is easier instead of using masking fluid
use bold colors on a light wash background
use a light pencil to sketch out your idea first
observe flowers before you paint them to get a sense of contrast.
Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
So I’ve been gathering my thoughts on the process of writing my book. I had actually been working on another book. I had all these images in my mind–but I didn’t have the skill to draw them. I went for a walk and this idea to create a simpler picture book emerged. I could create a book with paintings I already painted. I had painted a series of trees and nature scenes.
I love nature. This was the very first tree I painted and this really started it all. For some reason I love trees and there simply a part of nature that makes me feel peace, love and a sense of oneness. When I am walking I get ready for my day.
Over this summer I’ll think of the lessons I have learned while working on my picture book projects. I also want to continue to use the creative space I’ve made for myself. It’s a crazy wonderful place that proves you don’t need fancy tools or lots of money to make your dreams happen. All you need is the will to love…
Working on a side project helps so much. This summer seems like a good time to start writing these notes down. I know someday this will make a great little journal book for others to read and plan out their own projects. Maybe a fill in the blank side by side with my thoughts and how I answered the questions…I like the idea. Oh tomorrow’s Friday fun day so yeah I’ll work on a poem about art. Yes art’s in the shop and doing well. I am getting back in to shape for the busy fall that will soon come. Time for me and Roxy to go for a walk.
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
This past week I submerged myself in a creative retreat and the experience was SO AWESOME. I had a great time following my curiosity but things didn’t go as planned.
I made a huge mess…
but I had fun and I do see a turtle collage art project happening here…that’s always good…
and if at first I didn’t succeed I kept on trying. The part in the middle is where I was able to paint what little I could with the melted crayons. This turned out awesome but I wonder…WAIT melting crayons are best melted in the oven. So why did I microwave them? I probably won’t use this tree because the lovely texture is hard to scan.
Should I keep this tree in the book? It was magic when I painted this tree. I had to work fast too. The only problem is I didn’t like the brown trunk. Leave it to me to figure this out as I’m in a drawing class. Maybe I can cut out the leaves and paste it on a different trunk?
I did and I’ll clean and remove the paper lines.
I do like the tree. This will probably be the one I go with for the book. I don’t know, this is a weird tree but I guess that’s why I love it. I saw a tree with branches like these and what a great idea for the very idea of curiosity for my book.
There’s something about this new way of coloring that warms me. I should try the eraser brush lettering technique to write this quote? Wish I had thought the color through a little more. Let me see what I can do…
melting big crayons was easier
melting crayons works best in the oven
275 degrees and check them every 20 seconds
working with crayons is super messy
use old brushes, wax paper and an old muffin tin
melt a blue crayon with a green to make your own color
create awesome contrast but
just paint with your eye
use dish soap or masters soap to cover your brushes in soap before you paint for easy clean up
work fast and have fun
Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.