I’m your biggest fan!

(reposting this )

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Dear Mireya,

I just don’t know where to begin. I know there’s plans to post the awesome tree you painted using art tape, but a note is much needed.  Your idea to create a first children’s chapter book that doubles as an art book is awesome.

Look I believe in you and your art. BUT I have to tell this.  You set out to paint something awesome and then bad happens. I get that it’s hard. Keep going and just look at it as a mistake that you can learn from. The day when you FINALLY get it right seems far FAR FAR FAR away.  Get over this. Get over yourself. Just paint and write the book you want to write.  So you haven’ t a clue. Then get one!

How many times have you drawn letters only to walk away thinking practice isn’t enough. Maybe it’s been the wrong approach the whole time. Maybe you should THINK ABOUT WHAT your awesome at and start with that first.

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Here’s a list:

  • you can write
  • you can draw simple letters.
  • YOU CAN DRAW

Don’t even think about the PERFECTION.  You aren’t and you never will be. Look you need some orange in your day today and everyday.

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KEEP THINGS SIMPLE and just work on projects. Embrace that your hand writing will always be a little messy. What you can’t do is settle and have a terrible attitude.

Look, you painted this on an old piece of watercolor paper. You should have painted it on a blank piece. You were afraid of messing up a perfectly good piece of paper with your mistakes. Stop that. Don’t practice. Paint a masterpiece! You are thinking you don’t know how to put your book together much less draw the pictures for it.

Just paint. Just write. Just get messy. Through it all, always give your absolute best–the very best you can possibly be! I have a plan. You’ll work on side projects that are all geared toward your book. Each project will include illustrations done with mixed media. This way you’ll have mini projects to help you learn as well as get that book ready. Yes it’s all happening in November. Remember that I love you and I’m your biggest fan.

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What started Wise Trees?

I actually intended to publish Ana & George first. I spent four hours every day during summer months and Saturday mornings writing the world I imagined.

The problem was I couldn’t draw, at least not like the characters I had dreamed up. So I put the story on hold.

I needed a motivator to help me draw. There I was in the middle of the park. I thought of the trees I had painted.




And that’s it…

Curiosity made me write this book.

The idea came to me as I was in the park,

walking my dog, surrounded by the breeze of trees.

I came home, put my thoughts on paper and

painted trees. I painted with straws, sponges,

Q-tips, and…

I’ve learned to listen to curiosity.

I’ve learned to embrace me.

I’ve learned there are no impossibilities.

Along the way there were many ups and downs.

Chachipe

is a gypsy phrase that I painted a while ago.Why not simply paint and let the idea emerge as I paint? As I create this year I want to simply do what I want to do and have fun. Freddie Mercury was a wise man. Chachipe’ is a gypsy term I learned while watching a Spanish novella. It means reality and truth.

The Gypsies would greet and say good-bye using this phrase. I like the phrase but the above interpretation doesn’t do this cool phrase justice.

Day 1

Do some research on gypsy patterns and color. Then paint. Same rules.


Day 2

let’s really get to work here and fix this.

Looking good

Weird but I like it…

Alright maybe rethink the color scheme here. BUT working with patterns and layering color is great for learning color the Josef Albers way. I’m ready to move on to the next project. Yes I need to start working on the live your story book.

-there are no impossibilities

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

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

say what?

So here I am reading a book, Creative Inc. and researching Banksy. The artist pops up here and  there with something to say. His ideas are original. Banksy ideas are thought provoking. He’s an artist.  

…which makes me ponder the meaning of my art. What do I hope to achieve? I hope to speak to those who are tired of reading the same old self-help books. You are not broken. You are beautiful so create like it. I want to let the kid play. I want to let the world know there’s room in the sandbox for all of us….

And I take a deep breath…alright

-There are no impossibilities