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

thoughts are things

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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Go for it!

When you have an idea? Go for it! Nothing more than this past creative retreat and certainly my projects have shown me this. Working on your project helps you learn so much about yourself and about the projects you should really be doing.

Hand lettering is not for me. Yet it is!

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I love these letters and the ones I recently painted as a result of my creative retreat. I love this type of lettering…Reminds me of wall art and the vintage stuff you see on old buildings. I’d like to do wall murals. Then the other day I opened up a society 6 shop and what do you know…there’s wall mural art.

I mean I painted this and I had no idea how it would turn out but I said hey universe let’s do some #HOMwork and here we are. It took lots of hand lettering to realize I like this style. Sure I need more practice and I’ll do it.

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Working on side projects really led me to this crazy idea for a picture book. How did I start with hand lettering and end up with publishing a picture book?   I just got an idea and and went for it. I also read the book STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. Austin Kleon has these awesome books. Austin creates with his own words and drawings. Yeah he talks about creating and sharing EVERY SINGLE DAY.

And I, well I feel like I’ve carved out the perfect spot just for me. A place where I use vibrant color, fun  objects and hand painted words and pictures to sing the only why I know how.. with paint.

-No hay impossibles ( There are no impossiblities)

 

wise trees book

The final tree and no second guessing

I thought to replace this tree

watercolor painted tree swing

But why not keep it.  Let’s see–let me work on the writing for this.

Then theer’s this tree. Not enough WOW.

 

 

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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 final tree I paint.

With help from my drawing class I painted the form.

painting of the form of a tree

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But now that I think of it, I like this tree too. I don’t know why I second guess myself. I have to stop doing this, otherwise I will fall in the trap of it’s not good enough. I will stop that right now.

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I’ll go back and continue working on this tree. This is a big powerful tree but I need to make a few changes…

hand painted big tree

 

 

 

Notes:

  • I used a little too much orange when mixing the brown
  • keep working on form
  • use the clone tool to fix the left side of the tree
  • maybe I should have used a thinner brush?
  • yeah add some more leaves
  • I realize now that I focused on the image A LOT side by side as I was painting and that put pressure on me. I should have just created freely after studying the tree.
  • the color and the form of the 1st step tree is beautiful

Time to get painting.

Done

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I can’t believe the stuff I painted these past few days. God it feels so good. Thank you.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

wise trees book

repainting a tree for an audience of one

watercolor painted tree with a tire swingIs this tree is too dark? Does it feel right? The tree got a lot of likes when I posted it on instagram. Yes it has that BRAVE Merida color scheme. This tree is about taking something ordinary and creating something extraordinary-and to always have fun of course. Maybe? I mean it does take bravery–courage to say, “I’m going to take this wheel and turn it into a swing.” I THINK THAT MIGHT BE IT! When I paint I get lost in my old world with these wonderful ideas. It’s only when  I fall out of this magical place that I doubt. It’s true.

On another note, I am half way through the e-book BIG MAGIC and realize I want this book in my studio. Then I listen to an Unmistakable Creative episode and the phrase create for an audience of one hooks me immediately. I need this book in my life too.

For a while I should write my thoughts more often and I intend to for a couple of weeks or so. Maybe Sunday, Wednesday and Friday will work instead of the usual Friday.

I am repainting this tree because there’s not enough wow. Oh but I have an idea!

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Notes:

  • creating for an audience of one means you create for yourself
  • it’s a lot funner this way
  • this frees you up to just mix up watercolor and do whatever
  • mix dark blue with green
  • I see lots of hearts and yeah I love that and maybe that’s what others love to.
  • using big brushes and starting with a light layer is best
  • go slightly lighter when painting these shade (tire swing tree) because when scanned they appear darker
  • be delicate when applying color
  • using pastels to give my tree form is a genius idea-not mine
  • I tried using artists tape to paint the square shaped tree and the paint still got all over the place. Maybe the artist tape was old? Was my paint to watery?

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.

thoughts are things

Go for it!

When you have an idea? Go for it! Nothing more than this past creative retreat and certainly my projects have shown me this. Working on your project helps you learn so much about yourself and about the projects you should really be doing.

Hand lettering is not for me. Yet it is!

loveinbluetemp

I love these letters and the ones I recently painted as a result of my creative retreat. I love this type of lettering…Reminds me of wall art and the vintage stuff you see on old buildings. I’d like to do wall murals. Then the other day I opened up a society 6 shop and what do you know…there’s wall mural art.

I mean I painted this and I had no idea how it would turn out but I said hey universe let’s do some #HOMwork and here we are. It took lots of hand lettering to realize I like this style. Sure I need more practice and I’ll do it.

hey universe art

Working on side projects really led me to this crazy idea for a picture book. How did I start with hand lettering and end up with publishing a picture book?   I just got an idea and and went for it. I also read the book STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST. Austin Kleon has these awesome books. Austin creates with his own words and drawings. Yeah he talks about creating and sharing EVERY SINGLE DAY.

And I, well I feel like I’ve carved out the perfect spot just for me. A place where I use vibrant color, fun  objects and hand painted words and pictures to sing the only why I know how.. with paint.

-No hay impossibles ( There are no impossiblities)

 

wise trees book

painting trees with crayons

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…

 

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but I had fun  and I do see a turtle collage art project happening here…that’s always good…

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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.

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…yup melted crayon and tempera paint

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?

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I did and I’ll clean and remove the paper lines.

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now that’s a beautiful tree

 

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.

I have painted with crayon before

I Color with Crayons

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…

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Notes:

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

wise trees book

design a book cover

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This is the tree I feel good about for the cover of the book. I’ve been hesitant to put my name on the book cover.   I want this to feel more like a journal book so adding my name to the inside cover page makes more sense.

Then there’s this tree. I had been removing the background with the eraser tool and by accident I started writing letters. What a fabulous mistake! The letters are a little wobbly but this feels more personal like a journal book. I’ll keep practicing.

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Maybe I could take some of the other trees and create limited edition posters with this technique.  Ideas always happen when you let them. 

Limited edition posters sounds amazing. I should paint another tree just to be sure and then choose the right tree for the book cover. I love the trunk of this tree but the first one really does a better job of expressing the message of the book…we must allow trees to grow…and by WE I mean we must allow each other to grow and be who we are meant to be. 

Yesterday I painted the final tree for the book… I think. I spent half my morning…all of it really working on this crazy idea to paint with crayons as I have done before except improve on the color scheme.  The crazy part is I filmed the entire process so I could create a new class to promote the book. The videos aren’t bad and yet they were. I worried that I had wasted my time but let’s be real I got to be creative and painted some awesome trees. Yes that was awesome and I will make notes of this in my journal.

What’s the point of life if your not playing with a crazy idea?

(I should paint this)

For now I have challenged myself to writing in my journal daily starting June. 21 which is the first day of summer. I’ll be journaling all the ideas and tips I have learned in the process of creating my book.  Part of my creative process is to voice my curiosity and if I can help others do the same then that would be incredible…so I’ll be posting here and there and adding my art to my shops. This is my summer to curate and share and I going to do just that!

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible