Today I mixed up the right pink. I mixed in a little gray to get a warm pink. I want the book to have a warm inviting vibe. I am so glad I am reusing this old crayola palette to create a color palette of my own.
I thought I could mix up two complementary colors and get the right black gray tone.
Then I painted the idea of how with one spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is wonderful flavor.
Yeah sums up this wonderful experience I’ve been having lately. Look at this color. You start out with the black and mix in a little pink. Look at all the beautiful tones I made. These tones would not have been possible without black tones. After I painted three hearts I realized I could have made the process more gradual but sometimes you have to go with good enough.
I make lots of art that was…that’s the thing I can’t even say ugly art because it was art that led to this project. All that art had to happen to overcome the 10,000 tries. That’s always a beautiful thing.
Then I was looking at my heart
and realized this sketch makes so much more sense.
The whole idea for the heart is the idea of something so beautiful that you wonder how it ever came to be. Yeah we all have that beauty within us.
I can’t seem to draw Ellie right. I keep trying and erasing. I guess tonight’s not a good day to draw. I can’t seem to concentrate. My drawing feels to forced. I keep erasing and erasing and ERASING…stuck in the same place. Do I draw my characters as I have? For some reason I’m drawn to this historical vintage feel. I sketched clothes and animals BUT my drawing skills– wish I could just draw.
It was so much easier to paint trees. Wait …maybe I should take what I’ve learned from my Wise Trees book? Yeah I painted trees with Q-tips and melted crayon. It was awesome!
Note to self. Stick to the book deadline. Publish Wise Trees. Publish Wise Trees. You’ve talked about it.Now walk your talk. Keep writing and creating. Keep making art. It’s all you can do. Create your art.
–there are no impossibilities
You gotta make that story!–the email that I literally just read. Well, not exactly but the subject line singled me out. I’ve been thinking about this dream of making money doing what I love. I love art. I love art so much, I realize teaching 1st grade at an art program school isn’t the option for me. I love kids. I love learning but that’s not my story.
SO I sat thinking about the first days of my guest teaching. What’s changed since then? I check in, give my all and CHECK OUT. I check out, go home and paint.
What exactly have I done since them? Have I been running in the same place? I have but wait…I’ve painted hundreds of times. I’ve learned to trust my ideas…
The eraser tool has become such a friend! I draw and draw.
If I make a mistake who cares. I ‘ll make it work.What a relief.
I’ve learned that one idea leads to who knows where.
I’ve got this new talk of the town collection I’m working on. I keep jotting down ideas for books and yeah… the BEST PART OF ME IS I’M A CREATIVE WRITER. I’M A PAINTER. I love love love writing books. I had no idea how to publish a book and Wise Trees is done!
I will do the paper work to make it official and once in for all publish it. I’ve been doing a lot of writing since then and THE TIME IS NOW. NO someday I’ll wish upon a star, as Judy Garland sang. The time is now. No holding back. Back then, I lingered in someday and today I’m shouting THE TIME IS NOW. I have grown so much and I’m excited for the future because…
-There are no impossibilities.
seems like so long ago that I had this crazy idea to write a book. I painted trees and wrote. Now I have a collage animal book idea inspired by the man himself Eric Carle, the love poem that will be converted to a book, a flower book…I’ll be creatiing a book dummy for the next book. Oh gosh my heart is pounding.
First I must tie up loose ends with Wise Trees.
I have been repainting AGAIN, making sure all is the best it can be.
This is pretty good. BUT there”s not enough contrast in the spirals.
Maybe the tree needs texture?
Texture is all wrong? I went back and forth. I kept editing and editing… back and forth and looking at the words for the book.
This tree needs a squirrel. Yes, hearts and all lookin good.
There’s always an artist who has everything figured out. They are living the dream and maybe even film a live sketching or painting session. The art is amazing and the artists proceeds to say, this is a mess and it isn’t perfect so I’ll clean it up in photoshop. Ha! Perfection is false. It’s all about the process.
There is so much I’ve learned since I had this crazy idea to write my very own picture book. Seems like such a looong time since then. I’ve been thinking about this a lot.
I learned to paint my trees with fun objects with Jay Lee.
I learned to add texture with my trees and my painting has improved too. Put to use the skills I learned with Ana Victoria
..and improving on my drawing. It’s only getting better because I’m taking a drawing class with a Disney animator and it is awesome!
When I started
…to the recent version I painted. Loving this tree and I posted about it today.
This week I will hand letter the manuscript and begin learning how to design the book layout.
I have learned and I keep growing. I’ve learned how to plan my time and most importantly I’ve learned to embrace my ideas. I’m writing as I have always loved to write. I’ve gotten back into hand lettering, and oh yeah there’s this constant need to take deep breaths and learn how to deal with the fear and doubt. I am excited for the wise trees book to finally be completed but the thought of it on Amazon and hoping I did the best I can do and then seeing a mistake haunts me. I will overcome this. It’s ok to feel this way. The cool part is I heard the great James Victore talk about this. We all go through this no matter how much experience we have but it gets better!
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
So I’ve been gathering my thoughts on the process of writing my book. I had actually been working on another book. I had all these images in my mind–but I didn’t have the skill to draw them. I went for a walk and this idea to create a simpler picture book emerged. I could create a book with paintings I already painted. I had painted a series of trees and nature scenes.
I love nature. This was the very first tree I painted and this really started it all. For some reason I love trees and there simply a part of nature that makes me feel peace, love and a sense of oneness. When I am walking I get ready for my day.
Over this summer I’ll think of the lessons I have learned while working on my picture book projects. I also want to continue to use the creative space I’ve made for myself. It’s a crazy wonderful place that proves you don’t need fancy tools or lots of money to make your dreams happen. All you need is the will to love…
Working on a side project helps so much. This summer seems like a good time to start writing these notes down. I know someday this will make a great little journal book for others to read and plan out their own projects. Maybe a fill in the blank side by side with my thoughts and how I answered the questions…I like the idea. Oh tomorrow’s Friday fun day so yeah I’ll work on a poem about art. Yes art’s in the shop and doing well. I am getting back in to shape for the busy fall that will soon come. Time for me and Roxy to go for a walk.
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.