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!

 

What Excites?

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.

What a good day!

Creative Brainstorm

I just want to have fun with this book. I’m still working on my summer plan. All the details are almost in place.

I sat and doodled away at some lines, patterns, and textures. Ok at first I referenced some Instagram faves. Then I just kept creating.

It’s like writing. It’s always good to just write and write even if it’s garbage. Eventually you’ll arrive at an awesome idea.

I’m coming up with ideas for my letters and gathering my thoughts.

It’s been a good day!

Thinking map for Live Your Story

Rewind. I have a way better idea for this book. I’ll use color and fun hand lettered pages to tell my story. I’ve added a few words so the poem will change.

I’m so excited for this poem. It’s a great way to kick off my summer and it’ll be completed just in time for back to school.

I need this poem. I need this book. The world needs it too. It’s a win-win.

I’m your biggest fan!

(reposting this )

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Dear Mireya,

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.

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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.

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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.

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Who Am I?

I keep fighting voices in my head that tell me I’m not enough. …Every single lie tells me I will never measure up…I love this song.

This happens often and too much really. I guess it comes with the creative process. It comes with play.

It’s with my sketches. My books. With the children. With my family. With my spirit.

Who am I? If I had one chance to show the world my stance, what do I say? I have lots of chances and I believe in all of my ideas!

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Sometimes fear shows up. It could be a doubt, mistake or a lazy moment that makes you think if only I had more time.

Show up fear that’s ok. I got this! I realize that I have nature’s favor. I walk with the breeze in my hair. I walk with the sun against my cheek.

This week I want to enjoy every moment. Focus on my art. Buy ten ISBN’s and publish Wise Trees in paperback. It’s ready. I’m ready.

My days, creative process in all, is a roller coaster ride. There’s fear. There’s thrills. There’s fun. There’s fear. You leap in and out of your seat having the time of your life.

I think I found inspiration for today’s painting and perhaps the overall feel of my website.

flower stickers coming soon…

I gotta be me…