You Are…

The first attempt at a Redbud tree didn’t work out. This happens often. The second was a fail too. The third is the charmer. I had some leftover shades of pink. I started writing words.

Glad I did? Now I have a quote for the shop. I could hang this up on the wall behind my pink chair? I see it in a square frame. Ok, now I’ll scan and clean it up a bit.

Much Better. Note to self. Perfection is Photoshop. Boring.

Just enought to, now that’s what I was thinking.

Typography Class Assignment

Today I am working on a the final project for a typography class. My goal is to refresh my memory and improve my work. I started taking notes recalling the course details and the poster samples. Then I realized, wait a minute, where’s me in this poster. What would I like to do with this poster? I want to be able to fulfill the intention of the the project and have fun too.

I like color and texture. I can create a Tiger texture. The eyes of the tiger would be my focal point. Instead of the typical block lettering I could handwrite? Add a little blue, teal perphaps in the hair.

The Rocky Saga is my favorite. What I would really like to work on is a record or album cover.

What am I working on this week? I need to publish the edits. I’ll be working on an Owl, lemonade jug and lettering. I want a few art supplies.

How do I draw a chair

I have an idea for a pink chair.

At first I wasn’t sure how to draw a chair. I drew many. Now I have a chair that I like.

If you don’t know how to draw a chair, then draw until you can.

Now I have a chair that I like. I keep going back to the You are loved theme. The idea keeps changing. I want a book that is filled with positive thought provoking images.

Sometimes you’ve had a long day. Too Long. You go through the day wanting to close your eyes and rest. When you do get the chance you breath relief. Many times I circle Disneyland. It’s hot and I’m thirsy looking for a place to sit. When I finally do it’s always a breath of fresh air.

With every bite or sip I wonder of all the people sititng nearby. What brings them here? Are they happy? Am I?

Olives + Olympian Crown

Where did I get the idea to paint a olive leaf crown? Maybe it was in my research? I’ve been going over the places where I’ve noticed hearts. The one I keep drawing and trying to get right are the white iron chairs at Disneyland.

I sitll want to draw and paint a pink chair perhaps. I love Disneyland because every little detail is reminder of fun. play, love, and magic. It is easy to walk the park and feel Walt’s words.

“If you dream it. You can achieve it.”

That gives me a whole new idea for this chair. AND so Olympians used to wear crowns of olive leaves. I can only imagine how it feels to win. You work hard. Endurance is beyond words. You focus and you go where no one else can, above what you can do.

No we are not all Olympians or Walt Disney but as teachers, artists, dreamers, Imagineers, Doctors, Lawyers, Officers, Firefighters, friends, mothers, daughters….we all are olympians in one form or another.

Kindness is golden. We can do way more than what we give ourselves credit for. Here’s my gratitude for all who have been kind to me. Here’s my gratitude for all who inspire my work and for those who deter it. For it is you who give me the greatest lesson…to keep on.

Create

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I’m taking this creative innovation class. These words really spark my curiosity.

Your problem is likely not your ideas, but your skills for pitching ideas to others.

Many books on creativity are surprisingly uncreative.

My answer to both is practice. Practice helps you work through idea after idea until you arrive at IDEA! I speak from experience! Today I had this leftover paint. I painted lilac. Wait, that was a good practice too! It didn’t work out but I wanted to enjoy the experience and explore. I now have wonderful Lilac and two quotes! I’ll finish up the lettering but the ideas are awesome! The best part is we all struggle with this. This never gets old. Many times we stop at a mess and toss it out. What we really need to do is work through. It’s only after the mess that THE IDEA happens. The idea that works. There are no messes. There are works in progress. CREATE.

Have a good week! I’ll be on a another round of editing for Different Is Beautiful! Working on more Creative Exploration for You Are Loved.

Sea Wave Texture

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.

Dreamcatcher

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. 

Painting Trees & Treats

 

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…

Let’s do this! The world awaits!