What Excites?

Gong over my designs was interesting. There were designs I painted because they followed a certain trend. Or a texture, color or technique I admired from a fellow artist. Not one gave me the feeling I felt today… One for the redo pile. I pressed the unpublish button and thought, ok I love this idea,Continue reading “What Excites?”

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 stepContinue reading “sketches of the past”

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 placeContinue reading “Who Cares?”

How do you get better?

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.Continue reading “How do you get better?”

List of Wise Tree Lessons

I worked for an entire year on this project. I feel like its time to reflect and make sure I don’t forget  what I’ve learned. Here goes and off the top of my head:  Listen to creativity. It will steer you in the right direction So will curiosity and imagination. These guys are your bestContinue reading “List of Wise Tree Lessons”

Whimsical Tree

I am not happy with this tree. I knew better. How could I not mix up the perfect brown?   SO I repainted over it. I had to make it work and I may have… I’m not liking the dark areas, especially the left corner.  I do love the idea.  If there’s time I willContinue reading “Whimsical Tree”

practice

    I’ve grown since I painted the first wise tree. For every wash and texture that went wrong, I learned–learned how to find my place, to practice and FLOW. Yeah I’ll write books for while.  I rewrote the Ana and George. Ana isn’t a bee anymore. Not sure what animal she’ll be. I cameContinue reading “practice”

The final tree and no second guessing

I thought to replace this tree But why not keep it.  Let’s see–let me work on the writing for this. Then theer’s this tree. Not enough WOW.       I had been out and about when there it was, the biggest tree and beautiful too. I thought,”That’s it! That has to be the finalContinue reading “The final tree and no second guessing”

Kraft paper brush Tree

    Technique inspired by an awesome painter. He painted with newspaper and I painted with a kraft paper roll.  This was a powerful lesson on exploring your creativity. Now I have one more tree for the Wise Trees book. Lots of trees and soon will come the time to scan them and create aContinue reading “Kraft paper brush Tree”

Painting a tree with a sponge brush

I am so glad I MADE this awesome brush.  I saw this fantastic brush and I wanted to make one a whole lot smaller. I had this old sponge brush and a fabulous idea…LOVE WHEN THAT HAPPENS! I used a little yellow and green acrylic paint. Did I mix in tempera paint? I may have.Continue reading “Painting a tree with a sponge brush”