More collage animals

I like the cage and the whale. I need to add a few spots to the starfish. It’s amazing to see how much detail goes into each piece. I speak of the rooster I worked on today. It is a process but I’m getting there. I miss painting. I miss watercolor. I miss painitng but I am keeping with this promise of completing every illustration with collage. Besides, creating animals through observing shapes is good practice. I should start the year off doing creative exploration. AND that should lead me into the next book about hearts. Sounds like a plan.

I haven’t read Different Is Beautiful in a week. I’ll read it Monday and share a preview with my tribe.

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Drawing still life style

Still life drawing is an absolute must for every artist. I sketched my favorite shoe.

How did I sketch a pretty good shoe in five minutes, with a pen? This morning I set up my shoes and began sketching. I took way to long sketching. I kept trying to replicate my shoes. Sure, many could replicate color and all. I’m not so good at this. It was horrible. In between the erasing my IC grows.

Then it occurred to me, I’ve seen illustrations from detailed realism to mere dots. The more I research types of art and technique, the more I realize that any form of drawing, doodling, sketching, and painting is art. Part of my process doesn’t need to include perfection. So yes, I have an idea for Road Trip. I wanted to push past the mistakes and make it work. I got to use gouache paint. I thought I needed to purchase a fine tip round brush but I already have one. Good practice!

hills of trees ( Day 3 )

Taking your time when painting is a good way to gather your thoughts. I’ve been contemplating the direction of my art.

I had all these ideas … pages of ideas to market and promote my site and books. I had this big agenda, trying to pencil it all in. Yes I have lots of time to create but what’s the effective approach?

All I know is that taking my time allows me to enjoy the process. I love these trees and have more ideas for textures and page layouts. I can use road trip to help me create themes for pages.

Wait a minute, perhaps I should start a pinterest board on awesome textures? These are some of the textures my Lee friends made.

There was no plans. We painted textures on heart shaped leaves. They turned out beautifully. I insisted on tones of green but they knew better.

I’ll keep painting textures. Oh I have a fun way to work on my drawing. I’m building an around the world pinterest board and could draw architecture and art.

Let me go work on the pinterest board.

News

Live Your Story Ebook is here! It just launched July 17th.

Please get your copy here or click on the book. Be sure to let me know what you think. As a reward for helping me out, I will send you a free downloadable art print once the shop opens up.

This is all in preparation and celebration for the paperback launching next month.

Should I change the book cover? I’m not sure.

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.

It’s a process…

a fun and beautiful one at that. I forgot to get rid of second try. I’m relying too much on Afinity Photo. Anyway these are beautiful poppies. What color! Sometims the third time is the charmer.

I keep forgeting that I want children to have fun with this book and be able to easily read it. I’ll start hand writing and realize I should be printing.

Yes I’m making mistakes but I’m working through them. All the files are digitized and ready for the first book layout pictures and all. Ok.

Just a thought

Lots of sketches on love. I painted this heart with a facial massage brush. 70 sketches left. I feel like I’ve always had what I need to make my dreams a reality but I’ve been blinded by stupidity.

I read Wise Trees today and made some minor changes. My book’s got rhythm. It’s a reminder to be curious. The paper back will be published in April. Yes this month in time for Earth Day.

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Show-Up

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.

…to be continued

-there are no impossibilites

Book Process (Part 2)

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. 

What a roller coaster ride…

 there are no impossibilities