Creating projects means you are showing up. You show up and that helps you persevere.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
When I had the wrong idea, I showed up.
When my work sucked, I showed up.
There’s been many times where I reference Adobe Kuler, or How magazine to get ideas for color schemes.
There’s been many times where I have no clue how to improve my drawings. That led to a Udemy class. This drawing class made me study realism, perspective and shading. All this tied in so well with Ana Victoria Calderon’s class about transparencies with watercolor.
I had this design in my sketch book for way too long.
So why did I hold onto it. Well I don’t like to paint or wear black. I do like the little black dress…
Today I looked at my design tucked in a brand new pad of watercolor paper. I placed it there as a work in progress.
I painted with a deep purple.
Doesn’t the idea of a purple hat add fun to what I’m trying to say? Yes. Nothing speaks more to me than the purple tone. When you let go of what they’ll say, magic happens.
I imagine a woman walking down the street. All eyes are on her. Some are jealous. Some are uttering how much they hate purple. “Who would wear a purple hat?” they’ll laugh. All the while she is walking, smiling and wearing her hat never even noticing.
When you let go and be you, you could be Audrey Hepburn. Yes.
I love drawing letters…especially the BIG block kind. Not sure why but I do. BUT sometimes I get bored with the same old practice.
Yes I know I need 10,000 times before I get it right, BUT doing the same old boring letters bugs me sometimes. I mean, I have all these awesome ideas bottled up in my brain. Right now the ideas have a hard time looking good on paper. What to do? YAY I have an idea! Valentine’s Day is coming up. It’s so much fun to make Valentine’s. OOOHHH and the little mailboxes you can decorate and put your Valentine’s in. I saw one at Target the other day. Where’s the fun in that?
I do need practice. I love the color pink and I want to paint. So here’s the fabulous idea. I played around and this is what happened. Looking Good. I am really liking the whole painting letters behind a texture.
After I painted these letters I just had to make cool words for them.
What about lettering for the title of my poem LIVE YOUR Love STORY. Yes I am thinking color scheme and something fun like the Live word for the title. I just started playing around with brushes till I found the one that’s right. I did! I worked on using a crayon to write my words and then going over it with watercolor. Just not sure what I’ll do. I will keep working. Can’t wait to add this to my diary. Note to self. Mix it up. Make it fun.If you’re bored you’re doing it wrong.
Someone wrote a letter to herself and I thought it was pretty awesome! What a great idea! I’m writing one to myself.
I know that it’s been a while since you had this crazy idea to hand letter and watercolor. Why you decided on this I’m not sure. I just want you to know that I’m your biggest fan. You are a caring person and yes you have made some lousy mistakes but the mistakes and stuff …that’s lousy. That doesn’t make you lousy. Sometimes I know you struggle with questions and being the best you can be. One of these is thinking if your art is good enough and if people will like it. Are you creating art because you want people to like it or do you have a message to share? Listen I know you have a message so don’t be bamboozled. Write your story and paint it too! No one cares that you can hand letter like others-the same words or same message. What is way more interesting is why you are fascinated with trees or crayons. That is what you need to paint more of. I’ve seen your work and it’s awesome. I see you compare and why you do it is beyond me. That makes me so mad! They are them and you are YOU! Once in for all who cares what the haters are going to say or do. You know I’m your biggest fan! The big guy upstairs is your biggest fan too.
These are some of my favorites! They make me smile and play. I love the color and the shapes and I’m wondering what made you paint this way? I think you got to do more of this stuff! Just keep playing! Just keep swimming!
Stop doubting yourself. All the painting and art lessons are paying off . You are getting better. Believe it! This is awesome and fun! What do I see? Yes this is rockin’ but tweak the lettering a bit. I think I’ve been hanging out with you for to long and I’M BECOMING A lettering nerd.
What are you doing with crayola? Work more with these too. Awesome. That’s a neon pink crayon right?
Listen to me because I know what’s good for you and listen to God. Keep doing what you are doing! Paint what you want!
You know this poem your wrote years back.
Well hang it on your wall and hang it proud. You wrote that for who? I think it was them and you. Yeah I love the idea of selling it in your etsy shop. Give it a go and see what happens! Go on girl! YES you have editing to do and some work to get done but I love the poem.Don’t worry I’ll help you and together we’ll get it ready for press. I know what you want. and Gold Bless you in every way! Your dreams will come true. Probably not as you expected but good things are coming your way FOR REALS! Just be patient and stay focused. I LOVE YOU! WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU! YOUR MY BESTEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD!
Yes I long for the days when I can decide to walk in my garden and then head to my studio and paint. I could plan to travel to Mexico City for a workshop and stay at my Hacienda because it’s my place. What does it take? I read someplace that you have to walk your talk.
Some of the work that means the world to me.
Some new stuff
I found a great quote for this happy guy. Be Strong in Witt.
Elvis walked around in an expensive jacket and pants. He took his guitar every place he went. YEAH …Elvis spent everyday living his DREAM until it actually came true! I’m going to do that. I have BUT let’s be honest not exactly. I’ve just been thinking. I mean I was on instagram posting my work. By my work I mean some good copy from Mary Kate Mcdevitt:
and thinking how awesome Mary Kate Mcdevitt’s work is. I love her style and YEAH she gives speeches and teaches classes. She has books and OH I love her work. SO there I was posting MY WORK and noticed the same old same old brush lettering video. I see so many of these and then I see work I’ve never seen before..like gold watercolor or melted crayons melted in an awesome heart shape and I ‘m like HOW DID THEY DO THAT. All I can think about is YES that’s what I want. I am working on my story because I don’t want to compete. Yes I want to dominate with my story and my art.
Working on new stuff and exploring. Working on my book. Got to keep working!
I was working on a project and proud of my painting skills. YES I’m improving. but I want so much to jump in the phase of a famous artist who flies to Mexico City or New York to give a speech or host a workshop. Hold the famous part-well maybe? I just want to paint and make people smile and laugh.
Part of working on art involves being good at what you want to do…REALLY GOOD! I’M working on color and texture.
I love my ideas:
I really do
But I’ve got to face the facts. I want to practice the basics before I can create beautiful art. I am the intern who spends two years mastering color and technique before she can create her own masterpiece. That’s it! I’m as they say losing myself in experiments and sketching. AND I will share it all with you. The holidays are here and that brings so much fun!. I CHOOSE to practice lettering, anatomy of lettering, color, and art history. I will spend EVERYDAY working on this fun and exciting stuff. BUT I’ll work on one weekly project to test myself.
Today sketching and color and tomorrow more sketches.
Yes the universe is talking and do you know what it’s saying? Get out there and just draw. GO ON live your dream. Just go on and MAKE it happen.
You know the day you wanted to ride your bike down the street. Maybe you hated those dumb training wheels. If you were like me you wobbled a whole lot and even fell. Maybe at that moment you were scared but not too scared to get back on that bike and try again. Then all of a sudden it happens and you are riding like the wind.
I am happy about so much in my life but I want to draw, paint oh write the stories I am working on. I want this so much that it scares me. That’s when doubt creeps in.
But goodbye doubt you’re not wanted. Sketch something or maybe paint something that reminds you of the good childhood days.
Next week I will should you how to create awesome art with a straw and watercolor of course …oh yeah!
This is just another fun idea. Laying all your supplies out and deciding what you want to create. The best part is you get an idea and go for it. There is always that one kid who shouts,”Hey why did you draw your trees like that? They’re ugly. ” That’s when you know that some kids just grow up way to fast. Paint some purple trees!
I love this design.Wait! Maybe, this is my favorite. I would love to paint it for real. If there is one thing I have learned from this challenge its that my best work just happens. I love it when that happens. Again recess is just a carefree time. I love the murals right there on the handball courts. I think this one speaks for itself. I think of the smiles.