Color tells such a story

Today I had to test out this new tube of acrylic paint. Oh the pinks, yellows and oranges I could create-perfect for the around the world little project I had in mind. Who new mixing up a little red with this pink would create such a beautiful peach. Mixing color is a great way to learn about the element of color.

Around the world is another fun project. I need a few in between projects while publishing books. Learning about art has enhanced my appreciation for culture around the world. The colors excite me so. I love color!

Right now there’s sketching for Road Trip to be done. Then it’s Ellie. Yup, I need to repaint the book and the cute characters too. Wait, I need to work on the collage art too. I’ll put that on hold.

Tonight I need to get the paperwork started for the Live Your Story paperback. And finish the sketches for Road Trip. The illustration method will come to me.

Tangled up

I’ve had this design for a while so I decided to paint it. Thanks to a watercolor doodle.

But it just wasn’t happening with watercolor.

It turned out ok with acrylic. Not really.

On a positive note I started playing around with a brush. This a cool technique I want to work with.

First rough yet awesome draft of Road Trip is done.

Dear Inner Critic

Today was a weird day. Not that other days aren’t. Sometimes I have these days where nothing works. I’m learning to get past that by continuing to create. I get an idea and then it gets lost in the process. The acrylic paint was too thick or old. The flirty color scheme didn’t mix right. Maybe I should have went with the blue. Probably. This letter made me smile. Yes it’s funny. Yes, it’s silly.

My scanner didn’t do these colors justice. Good practice. I’m better at drawing letters with brush pens and markers. I’ll add this to the repaint pile. You never now where an idea will lead. Maybe I should start a book collection of various letters. One to curiosity. One to idea. One to imagination. One to….not to bad…not too bad at all.

Road Trip Book has begun

Let the fun times begin. I ‘ve been drawing letters and today I found myself googling Hallmark lettering artists. Then just now I’m looking at my sketches. This is the “stuff” that I love to do. I’m good at it too.

I’ve also spent time going over the story notes from last summer’s road trip. I had a good time but honestly I had a bad attitude here and there along the way. Wait… this just gave me another thought for the book. Let me go write it down.

Ok so I began sketching from all of the places we visited. The problem is I’m no good at drawing King Tut. I can do a pyramid but….

I glanced over my sketches and realized that my book should be about the thoughts I had along the way.

Beautiful thoughts for a beautiful mind.

Yeah I feel good about this book. Starting this book will help me forget about Live Your Story so I can review it, with a fresh pair of eyes next week.

Tomorrow I begin Christmas Tree Designs.

First book layout is done!

It’s been crazy, my eyes are tired but I think I’m done with the lettering.

I finished the layout earlier and somehow it didn’t save. I kept making all these mistakes. I needed to change the book size because the images didn’t look right. Back and forth and back and forth and now I’m done. Now it’s time to relax and refresh my eyes for the next phase of editing.

Good night universe.

Create because you want to

I’ve been sketching a lot of letters.

It’s always the ones that just happen that keep me excited.

I totally get the whole you gotta love the process. Should I be signing my work?

I have this habit of creating and sharing…everything. So there I go on society 6 going over all of my designs.

I parted ways with the ones that didn’t excite me, be it color or idea. Now to figure out the theme. To ponder over why. As an artist you change. Not because of season but because your voice and wisdom grow. Skills change. Yes so glad I painted with leaves today.

I wonder what tomorrow brings.

A Wonder to Behold…

Every single object in this book is heart shaped or has some embedded heart shapes. I did some research and found some beautiful heart shapes in nature. 

 

I had lots of ideas, even the possibility of a Desert Rose. Then I realized that I should stick with my skills.

I could paint a Desert Rose. Wait a minute. I could outline the plant with a crayon and paint a beautiful green wash over it. That would have been beautiful.

This works.

Sometimes simple is good. You are a wonder to behold. Yes it’s a simple leaf that millions of people probably overlook as they rush to school, work and urgency.

I have too. Yet I wander and wonder as often as I can. I embrace every shape and beautiful color that nature has to offer. I’ve seen leaves, a lake, a shadow, Roxy’s spots…

Every single one is a heart. A beautiful Wonder. These objects spark my curiosity and embrace my day. I believe this beauty exists in all of us.

Yeah just one of the many beautiful thoughts in my Live Your Story Book.

I can’t wait for the book to be done.

Blue Idea Lightbulb

soon to be in Live Your Story

I love the blue so much better than the pink. Ideas. We all have good ones if only we take the time to listen.

Today I briefly glanced over my instagram posts and Jame’s Victore’s post got me thinking. What is my pourpose?

Without any doubt I replied:

to inspire others with my beautiful thoughts be it books or art. My art is freedodm to express my curiosity, creativity, and the inner child.

Many a times, I’ve tried to put this in words but thought and thought and thought.

As I begin the first day of summer plans I contemplate just how in the heck I’ll live up to my purpose among the pages of my books, art prints and everything else I’ve planned.

Let the good times begin!

Creative Brainstorm

I just want to have fun with this book. I’m still working on my summer plan. All the details are almost in place.

I sat and doodled away at some lines, patterns, and textures. Ok at first I referenced some Instagram faves. Then I just kept creating.

It’s like writing. It’s always good to just write and write even if it’s garbage. Eventually you’ll arrive at an awesome idea.

I’m coming up with ideas for my letters and gathering my thoughts.

It’s been a good day!

Thinking map for Live Your Story

Rewind. I have a way better idea for this book. I’ll use color and fun hand lettered pages to tell my story. I’ve added a few words so the poem will change.

I’m so excited for this poem. It’s a great way to kick off my summer and it’ll be completed just in time for back to school.

I need this poem. I need this book. The world needs it too. It’s a win-win.