thoughts are things

Aha moment

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Just now I had a aha momet. I’ve never seen a hand written dictionary before. The writer must be obsessed with words. WAIT!  I used to do the same with my dictionary.  Not excatly, but I too love words. I’d read lots of books. And every time I came across a  beautiful word I’d highlight it in my dictionary. What happend to my dictionary? I gave it away. Why?

I have always loved words. I wanted to preserve beautiful words like unmistakable or frolic.  Hand lettering. Quotes. Books. Music. Wise Trees.  I could go on but it all makes sense. I will write all of my book ideas, ALL OF THEM…

There are no impossibilities

wise trees book

Wise Trees

 

tree with heart leaves

Edit my next book to help me learn the editing process for my current book project? Yeah makes sense.  Just now I read Wise Trees, after having not read it for a long time and

Let’s have a world full

of beautiful trees.

That’s the way it’s meant to be.

Wouldn’t you agree?

For our trees we must care.

Give them water, HUG them and most importantly

allow them to grow.

The final words, the idea and all the trees I painted– I’m in LOVE.  What’s more, this project has me writing idea after idea. Some ideas have been lingering, begging me, to be written.  These stories have stayed with me. You know what, I will do it. I love to write.  Oh but painting is something I love too.

I love to paint and create. It’s the only time I fully feel free. No strings attached. No fear. Nothing but love. It’s true.

Recently I had a BIG MAGIC moment. I painted and oh my goodness WHAT I PAINTED. I’ll reflect on that in a few more days.

Oh my gosh did I really set up a fall launch date for WISE TREES! Yes…

there are no impossibilities

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Crazy day

blue watercolor paint cup

for a crazy week. Sometimes I feel like I’m running around with to dos AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. Then I sat down to repaint Ana and George’s hot air balloon.

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I sketched this new design. Just a pencil. No eraser. It turned out beautiful. And the quote is exactly on point. That’s probably what gave me the idea to draw this today. An Alice in Wonderland color scheme? Yeah this is going to be great!

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SO I set up my supplies and began painting. I mixed up the paint. Things were feeling  good. The more I painted the more I made mistakes. I tried to make it work. IT DIDN’T. I just kept imagining this balloon on the cover of my picture book–the adventures of Ana and George. I just wanted to crumble up the paper and call it a day. Any little thing was about to set me off. And then I said,” Look you drew the awesome sketch so just paint. Just paint.  And I did, but my painting session had come and gone for the day.

And still I wonder, was that session a total waste? Of course not! I still have to edit wise trees and add the remaining trees. Now I have all these books to write.

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

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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 came across the loveliest work twice. A giraffe who stands tall, his neck becoming part of the pattern of birds flying in the sky. The awesome quote treads,” I’m like a bird.” What a wonderful idea!

And the other is an I Heart Guts collection. It’s cute, funny, and unmistakable.

Both of these are unmistakable and creative.  Both are created by artists who simply did.

 

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

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A letter to idea

Last night I felt the need to write a letter to idea. I have never in all my life felt the way I  do now about the notion of an idea. I have, its just that the book BIG MAGIC is amazing. I sat down when all was quiet and calm and I  wrote idea a letter:

letter to idea

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

wise trees book

wisdom and painting a pink tree

hand painted tree with pink watercolor monotones

 

You walk as you always do and then all of a sudden there it is–a PINK TREE.  Ideas and creativity are like this.

I’ve been reading a few books on creativity and listening to artists talk about their experiences. It’s the pink tree in a park full of green trees that becomes the purple cow– Seth Godin’s purple cow.

 

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I believe that every person in the world is a pink tree in a field of green ones. It takes courage because who knows what “they” will think. Ideas are pink trees too. They happen but I ask myself, Have I have really been aware? This an interesting idea. I want to explore and express tis notion with my art.

This book is amazing. I have seen it many MANY times before. After many times of thinking abut how much  I love the book cover I finally am reading it.  I mean there it was, always being a pink tree.

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I am so glad this tree is in the book. Now that I think of it maybe this tree could make the cover?

 

Notes:

  • It’s good to let loose with an idea to see what happens.
  • I just did what I wanted splattering the paint here and there
  • oh wow what a relief that was
  • curiosity thrives on change and creatives need change
  • take a big brush and dip it in various tones of  pink
  • let your eyes do the painting
  • layer from light to dark
  • make sure in between layers dry
  • This is a nice addition to the wise trees book.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

 

 

 

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It’s Saturday night…

 

 

hand painted tree with pink watercolor monotones

and change feels good. I’ve been updating my art website. I put aside the wise trees book and started editing the Ana and George book. Seems like there’s always something to work on. The more you work on projects the better you get period. You learn not to care so much about the nonsense.

Oh right, this Friday I should post a tutorial on this fabulous pink tree. I am excited for the changes to come. I am ready or at least I believe I will be. The more you play the more confident you become too.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

wise trees book

stamping a tree with tempera paint

 

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

 

Did Johnny Appleseed really wear a pan for a hat? What was it like to wander here and there for days, months and years all to plant seeds. He never gave up. I  doubt it was an easy breezy carefree journey. Why then do we give up so easily at the first sign of despair? Today I am working on a project for a wonderful cause and I hope I do well. Who am I kidding. I have tons of wonderful ideas. I’m so glad this tree is in the wise trees book.

 

green and red paint stamped tree

notes:

  • the back of a bamboo brush works great as a stamp
  • a craft sponge brush too
  • oh maybe I should try using a soda cap to make a flower for my book
  • sounds good
  • anything that has a flat surface or not can be used as a stamp
  • test the paint and stamp first to get your desired texture
  • I love my color choice.
  • have nice contrast

 

Imagine all possibilities that are possible

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an artist’s doubt

hand painted hears in shades of blue

Seems like many artists these days are talking about how to survive the deep doubt…

When am I going to make a sale?

I’ve been blogging for a long time and still no one cares.

What’s wrong with my art?

There’s too many artists out there already.

I have run out of ideas

His or her work is amazing but I don’t know about mine.

I just started and they’ve been creating art for a long time. I’m late.

I could do this or do that but I have no idea how

How do I make it to the other side of glory…the place where my work has been accepted?

I wonder what Jon Contino’s first sketches looked like? How can you possible be on the other side of glory when they’re on the side of deep doubt? How? 

a digital tree I created years ago.

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On the side of excitement sure there’s a little doubt but I hardly notice it. My book is near finished.  I’m just waiting to do one last edit and then the cover page.  I just think of the kid who will read it and hopefully wow at all the pictures. 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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believe in your ideas

blue bird with green butterfly and quote

 

This design makes me smile, right now at this very moment. I have had trouble as an artist often does. There’s so many examples to draw on with this hand painted piece.

  • do these letters work
  • a bird and the butterfly?
  • who’s asking who to believe and believe what?
  • so many questions and so many answers
  • believe what your heart desires

I just feel like YES I believe in my work and in all of my ideas. Even if the sight of me doesn’t I have to keep going and so with that LET’S DO THIS!

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible