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Just get it done.

I had a busy week. Got up at 5:30-6:00 am every single day with a plan. I painted, edited, scanned and set up the layout for Ellie. I never realized how much work goes into scanning all the artwork and preparing the files.

I went back and forth publishing and updating Wise Trees. I shared the book with art friends and it felt good to have them excited with  me.

And then the stupid book cover didn’t upload. It just wouldn’t load. Something went wrong with the file. There it is, I had it all done, worked out, finished and the cover wouldn’t upload.

Oh but I finally got it right.  I finished Wise Trees!  I have been working on these books for months, two summers and …..I  am reminded of some words from The Nose Knows podcast.

You get to a point where things get crazy, and you just got to get things done. You have a deadline to meet.  Your adrenaline is full speed. You have to trust your instincts because there’s no time for fear or doubt. 

Two days later I’m done DONE with Ellie.  And done with Ana and George. That’s it DONE. 

I’m  using my old sketches for the artwork.  These sketches are pretty good. 

Scan these sketches  in as images? Redraw some of the messy ones. A full color page and title page? Maybe I should outline each art piece with full color . I do like the sketches in The Giving Tree. But I want to add a little color. I have to meet this deadline.  I’ll have to think about that, but yeah, I think this will work. 

-There are no impossibilities

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6 Posts I need the most…

tight now.

 

Yeah, tbese days I’m close VERY CLOSE TO hitting that button and finalizing my VERY FIRST BOOK.  I’m working on lots of projects and most of them are out there. The world says only show the good stuff. I share mostly everything. The world says paint trends. I paint what I want.  Today I read about a janitor,  a single mom. She wrote a book and it won a prestigious award at a prestigious university, the university  where she worked as a janitor.

I never would have found this article had it not been for Austin Kleon and his KEEP WORKING KEEP PLAYING… newsletter. It just so happens that today  I need to reflect.

 

You gotta make that story!

 

A star is born…

 

BIG MAGIC

believe in your ideas

 

painting a purple tree…

practice helps

 

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A star is born…

ideasgl

 

the words you have talent…everybody has talent…what are you going to say…how are you going to say it…

What ever you say, say it with everything you got…WITH YOU

this movie hit me hard…made me FEEL what it truly means to be an artist. Everybody has a story…a voice but not everybody can find the courage to just be. You don’t need fancy costumes or lights or dancers…just sing SING THE SONG…

yeah that’s where I’m at right now.

 

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On writing a book

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Seriously writing a book is hard. I love the painting. The stories practically write themeselves. BUT it’s the editing mind games that twist you up. Do I keep this? Who are these characters? What’s the message? Will I make the kids smile? Bartholomew makes me smile?

At some point I began writing because this story was filled with lessons I need to read, lessons I need to live.

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What a lesson to learn from. Some dogs want to fly. Some foxes want to sing. Some bears want to paint. Some rabbits rather grow strawberries. Why not. For when you explore and listen to the voice that tells you the truth, you discover there’s a world of wow-a world of no impossibilities.

 

I have two books written. What I love most about these book projects is that I am learning to let lose and just create. I am learning to listen to curiosity. 

 

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A letter to idea

Last night I felt the need to write a letter to idea. I have never in all my life felt the way I  do now about the notion of an idea. I have, its just that the book BIG MAGIC is amazing. I sat down when all was quiet and calm and I  wrote idea a letter:

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-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

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Lemonade Talk

Movie Heroes and Success…

Name your favorite movie hero. Lately I have been obsessed with the Rocky movies. I do this every now and then and this time around I realized this:

(For me these days it is Rocky but feel free to fill in the black with your super hero)

-Rocky had heart

-he trained

-he was focused

-yes he enjoyed the money but he fought because he was good at it

-it isn’t that he never felt fear but that his determination, will and skill was greater

-he was focused and didn’t think about anything else but winning

-he had a mentor

-he was thankful, giving and humble

-he was selfless

-he was surrounded by genuine love

Come to think of it isn’t this what every truly successful story has?

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I love Disneyland

0407150906If I could go back in time I would love to sit down and talk to Walt. What would I say? I would ask how did you know to keep going when odds seemed completely against you.  I always thought that he just came up with this brilliant idea and boom Disneyland happened.  In a sense it did but there were big failures and mistakes before Disneyland.  Big things happen from big failures. I have to get out there and try again and again and again.  Forget that I will do and do and do until I get it right…I got this! DO you?

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Ever feel fear or lost and then….

you go for a walk and suddenly everything makes sense and you feel a sense of comfort and hope. Maybe it brings back your imagination and you feel a sense of connection…

Here is my latest work. Just drafts and what I felt inspired to draw and paint given that days walk.

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So I just took this test and…

... test. The new findings reveal some pretty alarming statistics

I have learned something.

My three strengths are Attitude, Thinker and Teamwork.

These make so much sense. I do start out with a good attitude and think about my actions and just daydream about life and purpose and life…. and if I am in a competition truth be told I would love for both of us to share the prize. I want to win the prize but feel sad if the other person looses.

My weaknesses are Goals, Initiative and Mentoring

Yes I have a hard time executing my thoughts and my ideas on goals. O do have goals and have done pretty good achieving them but still need lots of work. I have a hard time organizing my to-do list into effective goals. I don’t put myself out there as much as I should. Oh and I always dream of mentoring and helping others more and sometimes don’t know how to…does that make sense.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

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Life is a crazy ride…

an update to my work….well yesterday I felt down about my work. I submitted it to a contest, as part of a class project, and didn’t win. Then I did something one should never do…compare my work to the winner. Okay so I could have done this to learn and get better at my art but I looked at it in a negative way. I realized that I am a beginner and the winner probably had more experience than me. I realized that I didn’t fulfill all of the requirements to the best of my ability and this is my fault. I own it and say my dreams haven’t died because I didn’t win a contest.

So what matters to me the most? I want to write to children and inspire them…even children of all ages. I am working on finishing two projects and will post them here when I finish.  Isn’t success all about going over the biggest rock ever and not even realizing you did because you keep on going.

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