Nitty-Gritty

still with the nitty-gritty and that’s all I’ll be doing this week. I’m going through all of my art and analyzing color. I’ll be painting more of my awesome, I just want to paint this idea stuff.

As I release my book out into the world I can’t help but feel these wise words. “You have one shot to show em’ what you got and you’re going to tell me that’s all you got?”

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All the more reason to take a moment to breath and reflect on all of my art. What do I want to say! I’ve got lots to say! I need to take some time and make sure color is right and that eveyrthing is the best it can be at this very moment. Maybe not the best best but great enough for the cause.

Here we go.

Thank you world and in your honor I am giving away free Ebooks

ok done!

That’s it world, get ready. I ‘ve done the hard work, and now I wait…WAIT for my printing proof to arrive.

Happy Dance! I have so many people to thank and love. I love you world. I could not have done it without you!

In honor of my book I’ll be sharing more of the art that went into the book illustrating. I’ll be offering my other Ebooks for free until May 7th.

I’ll be painting and adding new art prints to my shop. Now which trees should become art prints? I’ll give that some thought. BUT first I’ll piant and oh yeah spend this coming week in the business and marketing nitty-gritty.

art lights me up

Yes art lights me up. I can talk about it for hours. I may be sad, tired, confusd, mad, lost or sick but somehow painting and creating invigorates me.

Painting is my happy place. Writing is my happy place.

I painted this idea that has been a sketch for a long enough time.

Today I’ll be painting this one with a brand new Windsor Acrylic Blue.

What does all this have to do with Wise Trees and my Live Your Story Book. EVERYTHING.

I’m reminding myself that I do have awesome ideas. The world keeps saying it’s time. It’s time! For what I’m not sure but I know it’ll be good.

Yesterday, I did the final FINAL edit for Wise Trees. Now it’s time to submit and wait WAIT for the final copy to arrive. I can’t wait to hold the book in my hand.

More and more people who’ve read the Ebook are asking about the paperback.

There you go another sign that it’s time.

It’s a good day!

From May 3 – May 7 two of my Ebooks will be available for free.

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

 

Artist vs. Painter

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Linchpin is a great book. I’ve always wanted something more than a job. I want to change people by thoughts or emotional appeal. Can my art do this? Or am I simply a painter?

Most artists can’t draw. I’m glad for that one because I admit its true. Yes. I get frustrated trying to draw. Today I sat thinking, what should I draw? I haven’t drawn lately. That is one of my goals BUT why haven’t I drawn? I sat looking around the room, searching books but there was nothing I wanted to draw.

WAIT! I  have been drawing like crazy for my newest book Ellie. Yeah Ellie sounds like a great name for a book. Forget about the title How to Grow A Tree. Ellie it is.

I painted for Wise Trees. I started this whole writing adventure with Ana & Gorge. I moved on to other books so I could learn how to draw. I took a drawing class. Did lots of drawing. Wise Trees and Ellie were passion projects designed to help me improve. Yeah, I have been drawing the whole time.

What do these projects mean to me? Why? I have stories begging to be told. I have to create. I can’t breath without art.

These stories and all of my projects are ways for the reader to play in that wonderful place of imagination, curiosity, and love. If I can create from this place then I’d say that’s awesome art.

Now I’ll go adjust the font color and add my  name to Wise Tress before. I’ll edit one last final time before I set up the file and press send. breath…

there are no impossibilities

Passion Projects

I’ve got tons of them and yet I am painting this poster.

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…which has me thinking about all the books I want to publish. Seems like there’s not enough time to get them all done. Maybe I should start with ebooks? Yes, that seems like a good idea. But I have dreams of holding my book in hand. I loved paining all of those trees. What about giving the ebook away for free? I want readers to imagine and be curious with every turn of the page.

I’ve been thinking about all of the lessons I’ve learned. I’ve learned that I’m not an illustrator. I doodle. I paint. I CREATE. Ok yes I illustrate but I realize my talent is along the lines of, The day the crayons quit or Eric Carle’s collage art. I could do that. Well. not like Carle BUT like ME.

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I long to create  this type of work  everyday of my life. That’s why I painted this poster for #HOMwork. Painting this made me think of all the books I’ve either written or started painting.

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I feel like I just have to share my work. I have days where I paint thoughts that pop in my head.

I have days where I work on books. Winning the scholarship could help me write my books the way I see them in my head.

-there are no impossibilities

Can’t draw right?

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.

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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!

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

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

 

 

Could I paint with a Q-tip?

I’ll say!

So glad I saw this on You Tube! The idea was that you take a bunch of Q-tips and wrap them up together with a big rubber band. So you use this new Q-tip brush to then dip in paint to create instant awesome flowers.

I love the idea but I didn’t feel like wasting a bunch of Q-tips. I didn’t want to paint flowers BUT I want to paint trees. I have lots of trees to paint for my new side project– Wise Trees.  I had an idea.  I simply mix-up tempera red and white, a little water and a touch of pink watercolor of course.  Maybe some brown, just to create a warm pink.

 

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Okay so that didn’t go well. Wait, the color is fabulous but the branches are WAY to thick and heavy.  No need to mention that I didn’t blend the paint on the branches or the trunk right. Besides, the pink here is so pretty. I can’t get over how pretty my pink is.  And with the shade of brown…wish is worked out.  Well I do have lots more paint.

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Alright so here we go. Not the same wonderful color but still a beauty. I painted the tree with a marker. I colored with a marker then applied water with a paint brush. Not bad. I LOVE the idea of using mixed media to practice my art skills and at the same time focus on a project like my book. Wise Trees is an amazing book that combines my love of nature, painting and writing.

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Next week I’ll paint more trees and tackle the love poem. I keep writing. Oh the frustration but I have fun.  Oh and I’ll be working on a pink tree. Maybe the Q-tip idea will work for my tree after all?

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.