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.
for a crazy week. Sometimes I feel like I’m running around with to dos AND THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TODAY. Then I sat down to repaint Ana and George’s hot air balloon.
I sketched this new design. Just a pencil. No eraser. It turned out beautiful. And the quote is exactly on point. That’s probably what gave me the idea to draw this today. An Alice in Wonderland color scheme? Yeah this is going to be great!
SO I set up my supplies and began painting. I mixed up the paint. Things were feeling good. The more I painted the more I made mistakes. I tried to make it work. IT DIDN’T. I just kept imagining this balloon on the cover of my picture book–the adventures of Ana and George. I just wanted to crumble up the paper and call it a day. Any little thing was about to set me off. And then I said,” Look you drew the awesome sketch so just paint. Just paint. And I did, but my painting session had come and gone for the day.
And still I wonder, was that session a total waste? Of course not! I still have to edit wise trees and add the remaining trees. Now I have all these books to write.
Did Johnny Appleseed really wear a pan for a hat? What was it like to wander here and there for days, months and years all to plant seeds. He never gave up. I doubt it was an easy breezy carefree journey. Why then do we give up so easily at the first sign of despair? Today I am working on a project for a wonderful cause and I hope I do well. Who am I kidding. I have tons of wonderful ideas. I’m so glad this tree is in the wise trees book.
the back of a bamboo brush works great as a stamp
a craft sponge brush too
oh maybe I should try using a soda cap to make a flower for my book
anything that has a flat surface or not can be used as a stamp
test the paint and stamp first to get your desired texture
I had to repaint some trees. It’s awesome how you can create something beautiful out of literally anything. I write about this little lesson in my book. Of course the tree for that lesson is the tire tree. I’ll be repainting that tree next week. I made this tree without a care in the world, some tempera paint and a sponge brush I customized. SO glad I had that idea.
As I write this I feel a breeze. Yeah that’s what this tree’s about.
notes for next week:
paint purple tree
finish the other tree
work on layout
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
I have stolen like an artist. I walked in to this project with an idea. I took my love of nature and connected that with my imagination. Along the way I stole lots of awesome ideas and put them in my creative box.
I stole this idea from a 1st grade teacher but I made my own small brush. She and her class painted the ocean and I painted a tree. I’m painting this tree again.
I’ve made some awesome friends. I watch myself drawing trees and as of last night bears with texture, highlights and shadows. I did this before but this project has made me appreciate and love all of the wonderful resources that are allowing me to bring this book to life.
…a sample of my recent drawing for the next book Ana Bee and George Bird. I stole the idea for the book layout from observing the Mercy Watson books-and lots of them really.
Wise Tress would not have been possible without all of the artists who answer my questions. I wrote about this before.
I stole the idea to experiment with mixed media and fun objects from Eric Carle. I really should turn this guy into a frog and share his story with the world.
It’s just that 4th of July is a day to celebrate freedom. I am reminded of a few words of a boy who lives trying to survive in the midst of war and he mutters something along these lines. “I thought about the good times and the day that I’d be free…the only freedom they can’t take away.”
Yeah I love the idea that freedom exists in the mind and is the most precious of freedoms. Freedom of thought is powerful. Freedom is a choice to creativity seek out that which must be sought.
If in the end you have 100s of ideas that didn’t work, at least you have an experience and a hellavua story for the next artist to steal from. I’m so grateful to live in a wonderful country where I can be free to think as I choose and create as I choose.
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible
The best part of painting with melted crayons is you have to work super fast! There’s no time to think. You have to paint and PAINT before the crayons dry up. I planned everything out before I melted the crayons. There’d be two projects. I’d paint a tree and a quote. I love this idea of painting with melted crayons and wish I could work fast enough to write a quote- but that didn’t go to well. It sure was fun exploring! The other project…well a tree for the wise trees book!
Melt the crayons and work fast.
The green melted great! The pink well not so great. Guess that means it’s time to toss these crayons. Oh but I DO HAVE AN IDEA FOR THE WHITE CRAYONS AND COME TO THINK OF IT A floral design I want to redo!
So glad I used paint brush soap to coat my brushes before I painted with them. I don’t know. I simply painted because I had to work fast. A texture I came across on Instagram entered my mind as I kept painting. Or did I paint and realize I’d seem this before? Hope this is one of those steal like an artist moments. Yes. And I love this BOOK too! This was so awesome! Doesn’t look much like a tree but in my mind it’s a beautiful sideways tree. I did see it once!
Here it is and I love it! For sure going to include this in my trees book.
Oh right I will be spending this weekend getting the pictures ready. Can’t wait to add this to my threadless shop but first I will clean it up.
Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.