Art is a Process

This past weekend I went WAY back to my humble beginnings on Skillshare. In some ways I feel as though I’ve not made progress. On the other hand I feel I have. Time and time again I look at my work and notice: 6. A lot of the new art for my new book isContinue reading “Art is a Process”

6 Posts I need the most…

tight now.   Yeah, tbese days I’m close VERY CLOSE TO hitting that button and finalizing my VERY FIRST BOOK.  I’m working on lots of projects and most of them are out there. The world says only show the good stuff. I share mostly everything. The world says paint trends. I paint what I want. Continue reading “6 Posts I need the most…”

create your heart out

Ughh…this week was hard.  I spent most of my time cleaning up the files for my wise trees book. I am tired of looking at my laptop screen. It feels like I am neglecting my art. I am so glad last week happened. I set out to work on my work in progress folder andContinue reading “create your heart out”

Show your work

  I am procrastinating the final stages of my wise trees book. It’s true I have. I admit it to you world. The bigger question is WHY? I’m afraid of what” they’ll” think. Wise Trees came to me as I was strolling through the park, just me and Roxy.  Since then I have painted manyContinue reading “Show your work”

thoughts are things

  Today I saw this kid draw. He drew Disney characters. I should have taken a picture. He says he’s been drawing for a long time. BUT he’s only in 2nd grade. I thought about me and how I stopped drawing for years. I guess I grew up.  I am reminded of all the TOYSContinue reading “thoughts are things”

When they love your art

  Today I had an unexpected opportunity to share my art with an audience, the children who will one day read it. My trees got wow’s The kids were excited and that’s what I wanted. As I think of it now, gosh it made me feel good. What a birthday gift.  For a while thisContinue reading “When they love your art”

On writing a book

  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 thisContinue reading “On writing a book”

BIG MAGIC

I have a fast deadline ahead of me. There’s the Wise Trees book deadline and other projects. And yet I take time to paint ideas that have nothing to do with the project.  I have a book cover to finalize and the final draft–I keep saying this. It’s nerve wracking so I  have to paint.Continue reading “BIG MAGIC”

Painting a tree with a sponge

I had to repaint some trees. It’s awesome how you can create something beautiful out of literally anything. I write about this little lesson in my book. Of course the tree for that lesson is the tire tree. I’ll be repainting that tree next week.  I made this tree without a care in the world,Continue reading “Painting a tree with a sponge”

steal like an artist

Yes Austin Kleon’s book is filled with wonderful ideas. I have stolen like an artist. I walked in to this project with an idea. I took my love of nature and connected that with my imagination. Along the way I stole lots of awesome ideas and put them in my creative box. I stole thisContinue reading “steal like an artist”