I had a plan but it didn’t work out. As soon as the spork hit the page, very little paint glided across the page.
So I tried straight lines, circular motions and then… I had to use a flat brush. I spread the paint. With the paint wet, I glided the spork in an ocean wave manner.
I took things a step further with trying to paint a green boat. The boat turned into a mug. The bear turned into a kangaroo. I wanted to test painting with one medium size flat brush. Not such a good idea. I don’t have a texture for the book. I’ll paint something tomorrow.
Ha, I didn’t sketch with a pencil first. I had a color scheme in mind and let my creativity lead.
The first time I painted this, it was a total disaster. Anyway. I looked over my first book dummy for Road Trip, I thought and thought. Everything leads back to enjoying the process. Oh and having the right attitude is important too. But enjoying the process is having the right attitude. Again Shantell Martin’s words appear. There are no mistakes. You have to love the process. I do. I really really DO.
Writing books and painting them is all I want to do. Even the tedious stuff is worth it. Nothing ever feels forced. Yeah… I painted this dreamcatcher as reminder that your beautiful mind and your heart has to drive out the evil.
Ok so next week,start the illustrations for my book, do some more watercolor exploration, and read more. Oh That’s right, my ebook officially launches July 17th.
I’m making changes. I started with blue hearts both medium and small size. That just wasn’t working. I didn’t want to toss this aside…again. I took my size 10 brush and blobbed on the paint and here we are.
It works. Yes this is beautiful. The book and images are coming together. Now what about the fruit tart? My audience is children and I need another treat?
… There’s this warmth, sweet like a …cup of hot cocoa on a cold day? … summer days and watermelon? …yes
In the beginning I felt this need to rhyme because I thought it was fun. Slowly this poem/ letter has shown me that rhyming was all wrong. Rhyming is fun but it was hard to pull off. I want this book to be a fun interactive experience with a beautiful message.
You gotta love yourself. I have one more week to finish the book and then I start on road trip. I can’t believe it will be done, book cover and all, e-book ready. The perfect occasion will be back to school. That’s just around the corner. Oh my gosh…
Gong over my designs was interesting. There were designs I painted because they followed a certain trend. Or a texture, color or technique I admired from a fellow artist. Not one gave me the feeling I felt today…
One for the redo pile.
I pressed the unpublish button and thought, ok I love this idea, but how can I change it. Add blue and the above design happened.
Everything came together as I was going over the book dummy. I was trying to think of an expressive way to say Love is like this you know. I believe I found it. This idea flows right into the next page. With each spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is a wonderful flavor.
I just don’t know where to begin. I know there’s plans to post the awesome tree you painted using art tape, but a note is much needed. Your idea to create a first children’s chapter book that doubles as an art book is awesome.
Look I believe in you and your art. BUT I have to tell this. You set out to paint something awesome and then bad happens. I get that it’s hard. Keep going and just look at it as a mistake that you can learn from. The day when you FINALLY get it right seems far FAR FAR FAR away. Get over this. Get over yourself. Just paint and write the book you want to write. So you haven’ t a clue. Then get one!
How many times have you drawn letters only to walk away thinking practice isn’t enough. Maybe it’s been the wrong approach the whole time. Maybe you should THINK ABOUT WHAT your awesome at and start with that first.
Here’s a list:
you can write
you can draw simple letters.
YOU CAN DRAW
Don’t even think about the PERFECTION. You aren’t and you never will be. Look you need some orange in your day today and everyday.
KEEP THINGS SIMPLE and just work on projects. Embrace that your hand writing will always be a little messy. What you can’t do is settle and have a terrible attitude.
Look, you painted this on an old piece of watercolor paper. You should have painted it on a blank piece. You were afraid of messing up a perfectly good piece of paper with your mistakes. Stop that. Don’t practice. Paint a masterpiece! You are thinking you don’t know how to put your book together much less draw the pictures for it.
Just paint. Just write. Just get messy. Through it all, always give your absolute best–the very best you can possibly be! I have a plan. You’ll work on side projects that are all geared toward your book. Each project will include illustrations done with mixed media. This way you’ll have mini projects to help you learn as well as get that book ready. Yes it’s all happening in November. Remember that I love you and I’m your biggest fan.