Build a tribe of 14,000. What was I thinking? Now I realize the most important part of building a tribe is to create. Not just create but really have something to say. To speak with the heart and soul.
This year I vow to create EVERY SINGLE day. I’ll paint and write every step of the way.
I can’t believe how creative these kids are. “You guys are artists. WOW” Seriously I am surprised at how much fun it was to watch them take control and feel a part of something. Prior to this activity we were doing boring fill in the blank busy work, the theme was how families work together. The discussion is awesome but busy work can be boring.
The moment I said your ticket to craft time is finishing these few pages, well I never saw them more focused. I showed them my sample and they were blown away. We had a great discussion. What usually takes an hour took a mere 20 minutes! Art made these kids smile and did we learn about families that day, Y-EAH!
These kids were sharing and creating! I could feel the energy and words that remind me of my purpose, words I’ll never forget. This is the best day ever! When I gave the kids compliments on their amazing skills, they simply said,” I’m just doing my best.” I watched as they were filled with joy from the mere scraps of paper, foam, ribbons and fabric I gave them. It felt amazing. Literally they were old scraps, scraps of projects from the past. But just the right pieces for their masterpieces. I wish I would have taken pictures. They encouraged each other too.
Yeah this was one of the best days ever. No one can take that from us. As for my purpose well, I’ll continue to share art with the world. I got books to publish, and …
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. Today I read about a janitor, a single mom. She wrote a book and it won a prestigious award at a prestigious university, the university where she worked as a janitor.
I never would have found this article had it not been for Austin Kleon and his KEEP WORKING KEEP PLAYING… newsletter. It just so happens that today I need to reflect.
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.
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.
…I remember painting these hearts thinking I don’t want these hears to be perfect because what heart really is, but as long as you have color it’s all good.
Sometimes I have a million thoughts going on in my mind. I love working on projects and I want to share that. There’s a sense of freedom that comes with creativity and creating can also be CRAZY.
I’m learning to draw and learning freelancing and just the idea of getting my work out there has become a full time job. I’m tired; I work on art every single day and end my nights with a late night uplifting movie…yeah
I’m just taking a moment to relax and embrace these million ideas. Why this morning I was thinking about maybe my two characters shouldn’t be a bee and a butterfly. Who knows. That’s another book. Today I’ll finish scanning the last of my trees for the wise trees book and oh yeah finish up a t-shirt design. I am still finished up the drawing class and so the truth is that the life of an artist is rather crazy.
I keep saying I must focus and I will definitely work this out. All I know is this is all I hope for:
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
There were times when I had this idea emerge and I’d go with it no questions asked.
AND then there were times when I had doubts and fear. That kind of quiet can be hard. The best part of having a quiet place is that you decide on positive or negative vibes.
Having a quiet place…YOUR QUIET PLACE allows you to notice when you do both and think about it. Then you create your masterpiece. Sometimes there’s no quiet place and you still manage to have this idea. That’s when you know you really have to go with it. BUT you need that peace and quiet place to take your time and flow with the idea–nurture it.
Yeah working on my book has certainly given me this perspective on having a place. I mean yes inspiration literally happens anywhere. In a room full of noise you can suddenly have an idea. This still represents a quick quiet place in your mind. You can physically set your self in the right place that will allow your creativity to flow. Either one and both at times are awesome.
I really like taking these few days a week to reflect on my book project and what I’ve learned in the process.
Rearrange my posting schedule and see what works best.
I’m thinking Monday, Tuesday and Friday.
Monday and Tuesday are for thoughts are things
Fridays will still be fun Fridays and WAIT what project and I working on this week?
Mireya you’ll figure it out and now it’s time to go work on your bright idea to hand write each and EVERY word for the wise trees book.
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible
I have been editing my book and that led to repainting a few of the trees. In every stroke I see improvements–improvements that came from lots of practice. It’s awesome to see how blending with watercolor makes it easy to blend with oil pastels.
I love the inner glow that radiates the meaning of this tree.
There’s not much contrast.
The leaves look more like seeds
use my knowledge of blending with watercolor
blend light to dark
use a q-tip and my finger to carefully blend the colors
just letting the oil pastel crayon glide on the page rather than pressing hard helps alot
using watercolor pencils and layering light to dark
coloring a leaf yellow then red makes an awesome honey orange color
bear seems like the right word here…one must bear the cold winters to get to the beautiful spring or let go of all the dead weight in order for beauty to grow
that’s just it, the dead weight is part of the beauty
color gets better with practice too.
the hand writing just makes more sense here
This tree is going into the book. The best part of practice is you get to see transformations like this happen.
Imagine all of the impossibilities that are possible.