Flightless Dung Beetles

This Beetle can’t fly but it can roll and move 50 times its weight. I say we are better off engaging in what we can do rather than dweling on what we can’t do.

(ideas from the lastest book project Differnet Is Beautiful)

hills of trees is done!

Taking your time makes a huge difference. You have to lett each layer dry before starting the next. Oh and layering from light to dark makes for easy blending.

I used a size 10 brush and lightly blotted the paper with color. These trees made me let go of what should be. I didn’t sketch. I didn’t have any idea how to paint trees. All I did was paint trees.

Probably should have started from the top and ending at the bottom for seamless blending.

But the biggest lesson is that I got to play. YES PLAY. I signed up for this illustration design let the kid play course and it’s amazing. Adolfo Serra talked about this very subject. What a coincidence!

I remember my first sketch book. Come to think of it, that was the beginning of my creative journey. It was the beginning of Belissia too. The bee character that started this whole picture book writing. There’s been many ideas since then.

Back to today, these trees helped me loosen up with a artist tape watercolor idea and…I’ll post about it tomorrow.

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!

 

Enjoy The Process + Fun

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, but yesterday’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!

A Wonder to Behold…

Every single object in this book is heart shaped or has some embedded heart shapes. I did some research and found some beautiful heart shapes in nature. 

 

I had lots of ideas, even the possibility of a Desert Rose. Then I realized that I should stick with my skills.

I could paint a Desert Rose. Wait a minute. I could outline the plant with a crayon and paint a beautiful green wash over it. That would have been beautiful.

This works.

Sometimes simple is good. You are a wonder to behold. Yes it’s a simple leaf that millions of people probably overlook as they rush to school, work and urgency.

I have too. Yet I wander and wonder as often as I can. I embrace every shape and beautiful color that nature has to offer. I’ve seen leaves, a lake, a shadow, Roxy’s spots…

Every single one is a heart. A beautiful Wonder. These objects spark my curiosity and embrace my day. I believe this beauty exists in all of us.

Yeah just one of the many beautiful thoughts in my Live Your Story Book.

I can’t wait for the book to be done.

Eric Carle Collage

…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!

Wisdom Tree

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

E-book is here!

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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.

-There are no impossibilities