Tangled up

I’ve had this design for a while so I decided to paint it. Thanks to a watercolor doodle.

But it just wasn’t happening with watercolor.

It turned out ok with acrylic. Not really.

On a positive note I started playing around with a brush. This a cool technique I want to work with.

First rough yet awesome draft of Road Trip is done.

Create because you want to

I’ve been sketching a lot of letters.

It’s always the ones that just happen that keep me excited.

I totally get the whole you gotta love the process. Should I be signing my work?

I have this habit of creating and sharing…everything. So there I go on society 6 going over all of my designs.

I parted ways with the ones that didn’t excite me, be it color or idea. Now to figure out the theme. To ponder over why. As an artist you change. Not because of season but because your voice and wisdom grow. Skills change. Yes so glad I painted with leaves today.

I wonder what tomorrow brings.

Creative Brainstorm

I just want to have fun with this book. I’m still working on my summer plan. All the details are almost in place.

I sat and doodled away at some lines, patterns, and textures. Ok at first I referenced some Instagram faves. Then I just kept creating.

It’s like writing. It’s always good to just write and write even if it’s garbage. Eventually you’ll arrive at an awesome idea.

I’m coming up with ideas for my letters and gathering my thoughts.

It’s been a good day!

Choices

I realized something HUGE today. You have two choices with the decisions you make.

Do what your expected to do? Or follow your heart for it will never steer you wrong.

I started doing lettering thinking they had to be perfect and when I say perfect I mean Sean Wess or Mary Kate McDevitt beauties.

But I realize that the most important part of lettering and painting is the idea. My ideas always come from heart. My heart has never EVER steered me wrong.

To think I learned this art lesson at school inside of a life skills class is crazy.

What a great day to paint a heart for the collection!

Thank you G

It’s important

Curiosity is a mind changer. Curiosity allows you to dream,imagine and most importantly wander. It’s the greatest gift that led us to fly in a plane or on Space Mountain.

I saw a strange movie last night. It was about a woman who’s brain lived but her body died. Through a brain transplant she lived on in someone’s body. What about the heart? Isn’t the heart where love and curiosity live? The brain is the door or gate that opens and releases…

I get these creative spurs. My heart’s like YES. My mind’s like I don’t know. One can’t exist without the other.

I could sketch these ideas for today’s sketches on love…

Done

I’m done with the illustrations.

I like the ones I repainted a whole lot better.

Maybe I should repaint this

…and I found an awesome marker to do all the hand lettering.

What an awesome brown. I’d like to buy more of these. Yes!

…and then there’s this obsession with hearts. This book has been about moving forward and learning to let my creativity grow. Sometimes ideas work and sometimes they don’t. In the end it all works out.

Heart shaped stickers

Here I am working on a book and finishing my last illustration. Then I get this amazing idea to paint hearts.

I do love hearts. I do love the idea that one project leads to another. Live your story is a fun book for kids to look at…the grown up ones too.

Painting objects with embedded hearts led me to another book idea. I want all of my books to give the reader a sense of , “I can do that.”