book projects

Art is?

I believe everyone is an artist.

I just hit the submit button,  on my third book. As I read the final words, my mind wandered.

I’ve spent a lot of time on this book. I rewrote it many times Ana was originally supposed to be a bee.

George well he was inspired by Elvis.  He still is 

That all changed.

I’m happy with the final edition. I keep thinking about how much work goes into writing a book. I can’t imagine authors who write chapter books.  How do they do it?

I know more than every, that once you start writing the characters, and the story takes on a life of its own. Its like this force takes over . You have to write. You’re tired and your eyes hurt but you have to finish it. I think I even dreamed about these characters.  

I want to gaze upon a rethogot tree. I want to attend the jolly jam. I want to paint more trees.

I hope my readers feel the same.

-there are no impossibilities

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E-book is here!

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My book is here. Did I just upload the file and hit submit? Yup. Now I wait, until I receive confirmation that everything is ready for printing and press.  Thank you amazon. Thank you wonderful person.

Funny how the tables turned. Yesterday I felt this nudge in my heart. It yelled, I knew you couldn’t do it. I saw all of the books I am working on. All of the deadlines I committed to and the hope and love poured out on every single page.  I knew I could do it.

I took a break. I had some chocolate, tea and painted for my next book. Oh and I asked for help. Today I came home and in minutes finished my book.

Oh shoot now its on to other projects. I’m scared. I’m excited.

-There are no impossibilities

 

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Don’t let resistance win

Oh my goodness resistance almost won today but I am still here. I uploaded the files for my book. I was already to do it. Today is the day.  That’s it, no more holding on to this project. The deadline is TO-DAY. I was nauseous, nervous  and scared. That’s when I new I had to do it.

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I had it all planned out. Copy and pasted my awesome book description. The listing was ready to go. I planned on giving the book away for free. It was my holiday gift to the world .I checked spelling and grammar, read the book out loud. Everything felt good. I got this, I told myself. Then I uploaded the file and previewed the e-book…

in that moment resistance showed up. The formatting was all wrong. I kept fixing it, hours went by and I just couldn’t get it right. I came close to desperately whining. OK I did. I have been working on this book for a year. Well, maybe 8 months. I went back and forth with the editing, the images, layout, font and every single detail. I still need to fix it but I needed a break.

It’s weird because I feel like this feels like a PROJECT. I mean launching something is hard. There’s sweat and tears. I certainly felt that today. If things had gone smooth, I would have just stayed in my comfort zone. I need exactly the opposite to succeed. Right? How many times have I published a book. Never. How many books do I need to publish to now what I’m doing? Who knows but I’ll keep working.

 

-There are no impossibilities

 

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On writing a book

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Seriously writing a book is hard. I love the painting. The stories practically write themeselves. BUT it’s the editing mind games that twist you up. Do I keep this? Who are these characters? What’s the message? Will I make the kids smile? Bartholomew makes me smile?

At some point I began writing because this story was filled with lessons I need to read, lessons I need to live.

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What a lesson to learn from. Some dogs want to fly. Some foxes want to sing. Some bears want to paint. Some rabbits rather grow strawberries. Why not. For when you explore and listen to the voice that tells you the truth, you discover there’s a world of wow-a world of no impossibilities.

 

I have two books written. What I love most about these book projects is that I am learning to let lose and just create. I am learning to listen to curiosity. 

 

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New Classes Are Live….

I hope you check out this class! It’s live in a few hours!

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Have you ever been so sick and tired and just about ready to call it quits but you figure no way I put in too much work to go home now! Well, I’m recovering from this. Right now I ‘m sick of looking at my videos. Frankly I’m sick of the site of this computer screen, but of course I had to stop by and say HI! YES I need a break…a fun Halloween break

Please check this class out and tell someone about it.Tell me about it with a review. Thanks

Here’s the link : http://skl.sh/2dPMNtf

-there are no impossibilities

 

 

 

 

 

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Art and riding a bike

Yes the universe is talking and do you know what it’s saying? Get out there and just draw. GO ON live your dream. Just go on and MAKE it happen.

You know the day you wanted to ride your bike down the street. Maybe you hated those dumb training wheels.  If you were like me you wobbled a whole lot and even fell. Maybe at that moment you were scared but not too scared to get back on that bike and try again. Then all of a sudden it happens and you are riding like the wind.

I  am happy about so much in my life but I  want to draw, paint oh write the stories I am working on. I want this so much that it scares me. That’s when doubt creeps in.

But goodbye doubt you’re not wanted.  Sketch something or maybe paint something that reminds you of the good childhood days.

 

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Next week I will should you how to create awesome art with a straw and watercolor of course …oh yeah!

-there are no impossibilities

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Its an exciting but scary time…

when you have the whole world waiting to see what you will do. I  feel excited for all the kids who have graduated and will move to a new class with a new teacher or mo to a new place. Oh yes it stings to leave behind the friends you made and the places you are used too….even that routine “stuff” isn’t so boring.

Well now that you are you one step closer to you dreams  you are one year further from being that kid you used to be.

Oh but it’s  amazing to think of the unknown and not have all the answers. I mean who cares if you don’t know how to play. What matters is that you get to be in the game! What matters is that you smile, laugh and keep on keeping on.

I have posted a class and a few days ago and was nervous about it . I don’t have too many positive reviews and I understand. I mean yeah it’s not the professional video class you would expect. But who cares…because I created it with love and it would be nice if just one person can benefit from it. Oh my she has and I love it!!

I just have to explore and be open about all of my art no matter what someone might say. I have to get out of my comfort zone and how else will I improve.

Oh its the crayon that just makes me smile!

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I don’t care about the reviews because I am on a journey and no journey is perfect.

  • This week I will be taking a sabbatical and working on a new  30 day journal.
  • Its the entire alphabet  and practicing one letter a day with a different tool.  (Coming in two weeks)
  • I will be working on my picture book. I am almost done with the manuscript.
  • I will also be drawing an object every day
  • I will draw outside more

So that’s it my summer plans. In July I will  be doing another art summer theme challenge.

Bye for now!

 

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Dare to Dream

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Walt had a big dream and he risks and lots a lot to get there.  He is here now and will always be. Never forget that you are wonderful and have the makings to be the greatest(                 ).  All you need to do is fill in the blank and fight for it! I mean fight with that four letter word and take a stand by doing it over and over again until your dream comes true!

This is what I am doing. Everyday I draw a art or paint it. I go through the whole process in order to become a hand letterer. My art has grown so much. I will be sharing more details about my process and creative challenges.  I recently finished a 30 day art challenge and am continuing to do this every single day!

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I love Disneyland

0407150906If I could go back in time I would love to sit down and talk to Walt. What would I say? I would ask how did you know to keep going when odds seemed completely against you.  I always thought that he just came up with this brilliant idea and boom Disneyland happened.  In a sense it did but there were big failures and mistakes before Disneyland.  Big things happen from big failures. I have to get out there and try again and again and again.  Forget that I will do and do and do until I get it right…I got this! DO you?

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To live your dream…..

Here is a sample of my latest work. I have been thinking about my career and pondering this question that I am sure all artists have. How do you let go of the day job in search of what you really want to do? I love teaching but it is not my passion and quite sure it is not what I am meant to do.  Let me explain. I am a guest teacher and love every chance I get to read to them, see them light up when they learn and building confidence. The art and books I want to write are a great idea to continue this. I love art and daydream about the things I draw and write about…..so I’ve been thinking. How do you get to that place where you are doing what you love and you see the rewards? How do you know it is the best use of your time where you can make the biggest difference? People are enjoying it and yes okay you are living a pretty decent life. I have heard many say you need to have a really full time job other than what you want to do and then let it grow organically. Makes perfect sense but how do you find the right job that doesn’t consume you to the point to where you are not motivated to pursue your dreams….just a thought. For now here is a preview of what I have been working on an informal tone for this blog and some other fun elements.

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Yes I love drawing with lipstick…not sure why but I do!

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Went for a walk and just drew what inspired me. I cam across this beautiful tree that had barely any leaves and noticed how all the branches seem to emerge from the trunk and go every which way…perfect for my we are one idea…..just need to work small details like color and add a bit of whimsy….

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a title for my book and a few notes:

My pitch is this: Bellisia is a bee who love’s life, is a dreamer and always tries to help everyone when she can. In school she’s not the smartest, or the best at playing volleyball but she has fun. When asked to become the next queen of the hive she panics and flies away but with the help of an apple tree and lots of help within she learns to believe in herself.

As always I’d love to hear your comments and please let me know what your dream is and what you are doing about it.  Every like is a boost of confidence and thank you to all who have done so!