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…

More love sketches

Some sketches were cool and others I have no idea what was going on…

It’s almost Friday and why does that bother me. Maybe because aside from the kids I love, I really want to work on art more and have this be my full time gig. Oh to be among those who say yes I do what I love and earn a good living at it. It’s a journey and I’m on my way.

Heart shaped stickers

Here I am working on a book and finishing my last illustration. Then I get this amazing idea to paint hearts.

I do love hearts. I do love the idea that one project leads to another. Live your story is a fun book for kids to look at…the grown up ones too.

Painting objects with embedded hearts led me to another book idea. I want all of my books to give the reader a sense of , “I can do that.”

Art is a Process

This past weekend I went WAY back to my humble beginnings on Skillshare.

In some ways I feel as though I’ve not made progress. On the other hand I feel I have.

Time and time again I look at my work and notice:

6. A lot of the new art for my new book is amazing.

The most important lesson is

When I show up everyday

I don’t care what you say.

Yeah I got a plan

I’ll paint what I can.

Even the ugly art is

dear to my heart.

Because it’s the beauty that makes brilliant.

When I share my thoughts there’s no I can’t.

What I see in my mind

On the canvas it sometimes doesn’t look fine.

Oh but the idea is wonderful.

Keep painting and creating, let go of the bull.

I did take a little break from the book this weekend

…and painted some fun confidence idea trusting painting and always makes me feel like there are no impossibilities

Finger Painting With Acrylic and Watercolor

I’m looking for a cool background or pattern for my poems and quotes.

I’ve been playing with acrylic paint and watercolor of course.

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You’ve seen the one with crayola here Note to self, paint more of these. There’s something about mixing color that excites me. You add color and drop it on the page like this and spread it. There’s no structure. The paint just takes on a life of it’s own.  I love that.

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I love dropping drops of paint and then using a flat brush to spread the paint in a horizontal motion. Use my  finger prints to create a pattern? Yes I will try that next time!

Instead I got this quote in my head and why not play around with it.

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Oh dear I need more space! Oh but I do love this idea! I love the color. I used the dot method to grab a couple of colors and then paint….looks awesome but I want to go back to the drawing board with this one.

Here it is! Yes I am also testing different paper and this is a store paper bag. The purple paint is done in acrylic and the dots were done with watercolor paint.

Put your stamp on the world

I’m still going to try the fingerprint pattern.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible!

 

 

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Mosaic Watercolor Masterpiece

That’s the crazy wonderful thing about freedom…you are free to create what you want.  That’s a big question and a scary responsibility.

Oh but imagine all the WONDERFUL impossibilities that ARE possible.

I had to think up a good quote.  I wanted the word masterpiece to be a mosaic. I love Eric Carle’s collage art. I’m encouraged every time I read the Hungry Caterpillar to a classroom of 1st grades.  We get excited EVERY time.  From collage art to the BIG idea that art can be anything you want it to be, I’m amazed!

A True Artist Quote

Let yourself go. Go Mad. Go Bonkers. Lose Yourself.

I love the color and that the words freedom, creates and masterpiece all create a movement leading from one to another. This love wouldn’t have happened without the entire process of letting yourself go. I had an idea and started with a color palette that best expressed my idea. I mixed up the colors and oh the color in the word creates happened! I probably need to rework the freedmom color them. I will. Let’s do add that to my claendar.

Losing yourself helps you find yourself.

Just now as I uploaded the picture I can see the promise of this piece. I’m in love with the idea and the mosaic just takes my breath away. Let’s be honest my heart aches because I see that I need to focus on the nitty-gritty of pulse and precision. I mean the color scheme is to die for but, the smudges and the staying in the lines… oh I get so excited. I know I have awesome ideas. No one will ever know how awesome they are, if I don’t work on the skill. At least I know what needs working and what doesn’t. Let’s work on the quote. Let’s paint!

 

Everything is possible

I’d Rather Write With a Lipstick

I like to wear lipstick BUT there’s something incredible that happens when I write with a lipstick. I’ve done this before with an AVON lip balm a long time ago –out of pure curiosity.

There’s something about the texture that I love. Look at the chunk pieces and the color! I’m in love. Well more in love.

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Seems crazy to want to write with a lipstick.  Or does it? One day in a classroom, I found this perfect shade of lipstick- only it was paint.  This lipstick idea popped in my head again and here we are. I used variations of red and pink. Oh I love the color. Which by the way isn’t easily noticeable, but if you look closely the beauty’s there.

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At first I felt this urgency.  I was on a lunch break and literally only 5 minutes left. I made a few mistakes. Wait these little mistakes are fabulous- for the point I’m making. Is pretty perfect? No! We sometimes allow ourselves to be fooled by photoshop. In my case all the little perfect imperfections created by my brush.  Let’s move on to the real topic here.

Beauty is on the inside. That beauty shines through so bright on the outside. Yes lipstick helps you shine brighter. Nothing wrong with that. At a first glance this is messy and not necessarily pretty or beautiful. Then I kept looking at the color and the brush strokes here and there. That was BEAUTIFUL! That brought me to this whole notion of what beauty is. We see with our eyes and that can blind us.

 

A few days later I saved a lifeless tube of lip gloss. Again the color is off but that’s okay. I just bought a scanner. I now have and awesome idea to keep me practicing!

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All this led to this quote. Obviously, this is a rough sketch

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everything is possible.

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Drawing a horse is hard

PERFECT IDEA! Watch a You Tube video and in eight minutes Ill have drawn an awesome horse. It  turns out drawing a horse is a whole lot harder than I thought. Not worries I just need more practice.

Yes drawing a horse shape by shape makes so much more sense. YEAH, my horse is funny looking. I stated drawing the two circles and thought yeah okay this is easy I got this and and all of a sudden …I don’t know what happen to the horse. The smaller horse on top looks better for a second drawing. Now all I have to do is draw this  until it looks like the horse I want it too.

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I’m putting this in the awesome keep working on it pile. Yes I love the Just word being made in the sky with thee string of a kite and stay tuned for this idea.

BUT wait I have to paint something for the class project. I worked on some new techniques here and love the tree. Yes there are some issues with the textures and of course the spacing with the  lettering. I really need to practice lettering with paint.

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Note to self. Keep working and eventually you got this!

-nothing is impossible