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…
What ever it is you must do, do it knowing that fear is in it’s rightful place. Fear doesn’t go away. Durning every project there comes a time when I contemplate TIME. Is my time well spent? I go back and forth adjusting the book, allowing for new aha moments.
And so I created another edition of the poem. What do I do, I forget to include the word heart, Ha! I think I like it anyway. Enjoy the process has become a mantra to live by. This week I had fun exploring and digging deep into what excites me.
Yes it’s all about love and letting the kid play. Watercolor ink doesn’t work so good for stamping leaves. Acrylic and Tempera does.
Stamping with leaves was incredible! I must do more of this. I got a little practice with layout and color schemes.
Painting with a q-tip was fun as well. It’s all in the consistency of the paint. This is supposed to be for the Love is like this you know page, butyesterday’s idea is much cooler.
Fun Hand lettering
Oh wow I scanned the paper underneath too. Definitely need to fix before it goes in the book. Ha. How’s that for the first day of summer!
…there’s a book inspired by Eric Carle’s collage technique and many MANY watercolor beautiful messes …
There comes a time in every project when you realize it’s time to alter coarse. I wanted to make good use of these messes but it’s hard scanning 140Ib paper.
I said goodbye and recylced most of the lovely textures. It felt weird. And then it hit me. I can keep use some pieces to test ideas. I’ve been seeing lots of collage work these days and today I had to try.
…inspired by a movie quote about making the impossible possible.
This one is inspired by long lazy days writing and sketching. It didn’t work out but I don’t care. I had fun.
Ahh… I long for those days again. The days of me and my Roxy. The summer days will soon be here.
I’ll do much better with thinner paper. Thinner paper will help me layer and scan easier.
I just remembered this Elmer’s liquid glue I saw at Target. It’s Wise Trees all over again!
That’s it world, get ready. I ‘ve done the hard work, and now I wait…WAIT for my printing proof to arrive.
Happy Dance! I have so many people to thank and love. I love you world. I could not have done it without you!
In honor of my book I’ll be sharing more of the art that went into the book illustrating. I’ll be offering my other Ebooks for free until May 7th.
I’ll be painting and adding new art prints to my shop. Now which trees should become art prints? I’ll give that some thought. BUT first I’ll piant and oh yeah spend this coming week in the business and marketing nitty-gritty.
There was an Oprah speech a Sean Wess podcast I haven’t lsitened to in a long time, Laren Daigle’s You say and a movie.
BUT as I hand lettered my words all I could think about was Muhammad Ali’s rhyming. I ‘ll give it a try.
The only world I want to listen to makes me feel like I can do.
With her breeze she always puts me at ease.
The sun warms me. There is no doubt, I clearly see.
I will paint what I want
I got talent and I’m gonna flaunt.
You see flaws. Please put away your claws.
Cuz I got the breeze, she’s telling me keep walking with ease
There is no greater power than love,
I’ve got love
I swim among the most beautiful doves.
Today I gave a writing lesson to a first grade class. It was brilliant and I discovered …I’m a writer. This week was incredible. I sat down and I drew letters. I drew. The more I spend time in nature, the more I can say girl, Flow. Just let go and create. You got this now get out there because…there are no impossibilities
My book is here. Did I just upload the file and hit submit? Yup. Now I wait, until I receive confirmation that everything is ready for printing and press. Thank you amazon. Thank you wonderful person.
Funny how the tables turned. Yesterday I felt this nudge in my heart. It yelled, I knew you couldn’t do it. I saw all of the books I am working on. All of the deadlines I committed to and the hope and love poured out on every single page. I knew I could do it.
I took a break. I had some chocolate, tea and painted for my next book. Oh and I asked for help. Today I came home and in minutes finished my book.
Oh shoot now its on to other projects. I’m scared. I’m excited.
I’m not an illustrator. I am not a hand letterer. Wait a minute, did I just write that? Yeah I did and its forever on the last page of my journal entry. Something feels wrong about this. I feel limited.
So then I go and listen to an awesome The Nose Knows Podcast. Jon Contino answers the question, when can you call yourself an illustrator. “It’s all in your head he says. You don’t need for someone to tell you, a degree or instagram likes…”
Not exactly his words but yeah that’s what he said. He’s right.
I don’t need a contest on instagram to tell me. For some reason I did look to this contest as a way to prove myself in a sense. I don’t need to do that. It was awesome to be part of this project. It was awesome to share my project. I am happy for all the winners! I’m happy that I was able to put this poster together. I am growing and working on amazing projects. Yes every now and then it is awesome to have a MOMA artist like my work. I’ll take that.
THERE YOU GO. I am an illustrator. Sure my are isn’t like the cool illustrations in a Curious George book. Nor do they have to be. That’s the point. I am an illustrator and a hand letterer. There are different styles and mine IS MY STYLE. I mean its my voice. Lots of people draw letters, with quotes, about life BUT ITS HOW YOU SAY IT. Shouldn’t I be telling my story? Yes.
All this goes back to the movie A STAR IS BORN and the phrase I learned from a character who when the world shouts impossible she says
…there are no impossibilities. She says it a smile.
Just got back from a road trip. I had fun. But thre were moments…I acted like a fool. I’d like to think it was all ego’s fault. I said some nasty things. Days later I went to an art store!
I bought some radiant greens and vibrant blues– all the right colors to paint my newest project. YES, a series of art prints inspired by my road trip. Days later the paint accidentally ended up in the trash. What a heart break. The project will happen BUT…
KARMA IS REAL
No good comes from a negative place.
Learn from this.
work more with liquid watercolor
clean my watercolor palatte
things go downhill when I focous on what “they” think
I could paint this quote?
I’m working on the cover for the Wise Trees book and I’ll get started on the next book. So many projects and so little time.
I am not happy with this tree. I knew better. How could I not mix up the perfect brown?
SO I repainted over it. I had to make it work and I may have…
I’m not liking the dark areas, especially the left corner. I do love the idea. If there’s time I will repaint this exact tree.
use green and orange to make the perfect brown
Why did I mix the wrong color? Maybe It’s time to clean my palette?
add more blue
test out other brushes
an angle brush works good
do I want to have leaves go in all directions?
It’s great to paint with a brush any other way except for the “right way””
Wait I should try this exercise?
I realize that all of my trees are whimsical. I question why I painted all the trees without dirt or grass–except for a few.
I thought about changing this but why should I. Maybe it brings home the idea that each tree is valuable. That individual value has to come first before the worldly value comes. YEESSS. I knew curiosity had a reason. We are almost done.