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A Love Note to Myself

Ok so I ‘ve been inspired by an activity that includes sending a Valentine to yourself. I also wrote a similar poster for a classroom.

Your painting is improving .

It is amazing what happens when you let go of comparing and doubts and trust yorself. You are kind and always try to help people. Your book ideas are awesome. Keep writing. Pay no attention to negativity. Listen to the tree’s breeze and all its realities.

It’s been raining cats and dogs. Remember there may be a drought but the rain is coming. I mean literally it has come! I should paint this?

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It’s Valentine’s Day!

There I was, creating all the elements for a Valentine craft table. I’ve been designing lots of classroom character posters with construction paper. Yes pun intended. I realized this is great practice for breaking down drawings into simple shapes. What and idea!

Then I thought about my famous live your story poem, soon to be book. Why not change the color to pink for Valentine’s Day!

Every day is a day to love yo self and when you love yo self…..there are no impossibilites.

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pink heart lightbulb

Today I mixed up the right pink. I mixed in a little gray to get a warm pink. I want the book to have a warm inviting vibe. I am so glad I am reusing this old crayola palette to create a color palette of my own.

I thought I could mix up two complementary colors and get the right black gray tone.

Then I painted the idea of how with one spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is wonderful flavor.

Yeah sums up this wonderful experience I’ve been having lately. Look at this color. You start out with the black and mix in a little pink. Look at all the beautiful tones I made. These tones would not have been possible without black tones. After I painted three hearts I realized I could have made the process more gradual but sometimes you have to go with good enough.

I make lots of art that was…that’s the thing I can’t even say ugly art because it was art that led to this project. All that art had to happen to overcome the 10,000 tries. That’s always a beautiful thing.

Then I was looking at my heart

and realized this sketch makes so much more sense.

The whole idea for the heart is the idea of something so beautiful that you wonder how it ever came to be. Yeah we all have that beauty within us.

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try new things

Idea 1 : Paint some cool clouds with this cotton pom-pom. Not bad.

Idea 2: Use a little India ink to paint a heart. That was fun.

Maybe I should rethink the color here?

…but the more I look at it, the more I like it
…which one has the right vibe.

Who you are is a wonder to behold. Which one has that vibe. I’m going to say the 1st is easier on the eye and sporadically feels right…

Idea 3: Paint a heart character ( idea 2and 3 are for the book)

Idea 4 : This idea came from a book. The passage is something like this,” Most fish talk. You just have to be willing to listen. One, of course must want to hear.

india ink is beautiful but the fish and lettering need help…

“What an awesome way to say believe in the impossible. The impossible can happen but one must be willing to think it so.

Idea : 5 It’s been raining a whole lot and yesterday the sun came out. To bask in the glory of nature one must experience pouring rain. Oh it’s so true because the skies are ever so blue, crisp and clean. The first glimpse of sun always warms me on a cold day after a storm. It did today. Then …we’ll there goes the awesome clouds I made this morning.

Oh well ,you win some and you lose some. It’s the game of trying new things. I have two projects down for the book. I still have to think about the lettering layout. I can’t obsess because I got this. I will paint the words, practice watercolor. I want this book out there. People are going to love it. They already love the poem…no hay imposibles.

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let the painting begin…

Thinking map is done.

Many of the sketches are done.

 

Color scheme is almost figured out. I’ve got two weeks to make the deadline. Will I make it? Should I make it?

I don’t know, I’m taking my time.

Letting all those ideas and words work out fine.

This live your story poem is good.

Breeze, you tell me I got the skills, the talent…yeah its understood.

I am a writer

With you lizard brain I am a fighter.

 

Ha this whole Muhammad Ali rhyming thing is so cool! People are lovin’ my live your love story poem. Some are already waiting for the book to come out. Good things are happening….there’s no impossibilities.

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sketches of the past

 

Build a tribe of 14,000. What was I thinking? Now I realize the most important part of building a tribe is to create. Not just create but really have something to say. To speak with the heart and soul.

This year I vow to create EVERY SINGLE day. I’ll paint and write every step of the way.

First project of the year is the love book….

-there are no impossibilities

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It’s Christmas

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there’s something about the season that has me all chocked up.

I’m feeling the love.

I’m his, the one from above.

Like Lauren I keep fighting voices in my head.

BUT I choose love instead.

There are Christmas moments that last everyday.

The problem is how do I make them last…

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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

thoughts

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.