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 this has been my project. I painted these trees becasue I needed too. I understand how creative it is to create for yourself first before you can create for others.
But why not keep it. Let’s see–let me work on the writing for this.
Then theer’s this tree. Not enough WOW.
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.
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.
I’ll go back and continue working on this tree. This is a big powerful tree but I need to make a few changes…
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.
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
Is 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!
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?
You walk as you always do and then all of a sudden there it is–a PINK TREE. Ideas and creativity are like this.
I’ve been reading a few books on creativity and listening to artists talk about their experiences. It’s the pink tree in a park full of green trees that becomes the purple cow– Seth Godin’s purple cow.
I believe that every person in the world is a pink tree in a field of green ones. It takes courage because who knows what “they” will think. Ideas are pink trees too. They happen but I ask myself, Have I have really been aware? This an interesting idea. I want to explore and express tis notion with my art.
This book is amazing. I have seen it many MANY times before. After many times of thinking abut how much I love the book cover I finally am reading it. I mean there it was, always being a pink tree.
I am so glad this tree is in the book. Now that I think of it maybe this tree could make the cover?
It’s good to let loose with an idea to see what happens.
I just did what I wanted splattering the paint here and there
oh wow what a relief that was
curiosity thrives on change and creatives need change
take a big brush and dip it in various tones of pink
let your eyes do the painting
layer from light to dark
make sure in between layers dry
This is a nice addition to the wise trees book.
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible
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…
but I had fun and I do see a turtle collage art project happening here…that’s always good…
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.
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?
I did and I’ll clean and remove the paper lines.
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.
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…
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.