Drawing Trees ( Day 3)

Draw trees from memory. Draw my favorites. Draw what comes to mind. The more unusual, like leaf shape or color, the better.

Intersting how the mood of the tree changes with the strokes. My favorite is the hair looking one. It’s a great one for some of my breeze thoughts.

The square leaves is my favorite.

What should the words be? Find a place where you can rest, think, think, rest, PLAY, and dream. The color and path of the leaves make a heart shape. Literally eveything about this is thinking, resting, playing and dreaming. No doubt.

Well done!

Acrylic + Stick Tree

I like painting trees. Greens and blues are a color scheme that I often come back to.

I like appying the paint in a series of dots and then using a brush or in this case what’s left of the brush. Wiat a minute, I carefully squeezed the paint bottles in a tree shape. All I did was take the stick and spread the paint in a right to left line pattern. Simple. Easy. Beautiful.

Mixing the right color is key. Did the brush in a little water helps spread the paint. More trees to come. I’ll add these trees to my holiday etsy shop.

Geometric Shapes Tree

I’m using shapes to express what Christmas means to me. Color helps me express how Christmas makes me feel. I used watercolor paint, pencils and a pen. I sat for a few minutes pondering ideas and then circles popped in my head. This is a simple idea with lots of posibilities. More trees to come.

The book’s going good. I have a litttle over a month to finish. Tomorrow I’ll post an update on my book. SO glad it’s Friday!

Holiday Collection

How I painted

  1. ( top left corner) watercolor and salt.
  2. heart shaped loops in various green tones
  3. painting circles and letting the paint blend together
  4. downward strokes
  5. using color to create a bountiful tree
  6. more salt.

The trees and this project are pretty much done. Last night was crazy! I was sure that this project was done. I wasn’t feeling the connection between my books and this holiday project. But then some awesome ideas came into play. I busted out the thinking map, changed my attitude-thought and thought.

After a walk with Roxy and three hours later I have 11 designs. I went with my ideas.

Tomorrow’s a new day. I’m working on Road Trip and a fun painting puzzle idea.

painting trees with a sponge

I love this tree for two reasons. This tree is inspired my cutie Roxy and her love of trees. Why this is exactly the way I start my my book!

I’ve yet to read my book for the secod time but the vibrat colored trees are truly page turners. I love texture almost as much as I love color.

It’s time to look through my old posts. I want to reflect on my emotions. What do my very first sketchces look like?

Can’t draw right?

I can’t seem to draw Ellie right. I  keep trying and erasing. I guess tonight’s not a good day to draw.   I can’t seem to concentrate. My drawing feels to forced. I keep erasing  and erasing and ERASING…stuck in the same place. Do I draw my characters as I have? For some reason I’m  drawn to this historical vintage feel. I sketched clothes and animals BUT my drawing skills– wish I could just draw.

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It was so much easier to paint trees. Wait …maybe I should take what I’ve learned from my Wise Trees book? Yeah I painted trees with Q-tips and melted crayon. It was awesome!

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

Note to self. Stick to the book deadline. Publish Wise Trees.  Publish Wise Trees. You’ve talked about it.Now walk your talk. Keep writing and creating. Keep making art. It’s all you can  do. Create your art.

–there are no impossibilities

 

 

stamping a tree with tempera paint

 

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

 

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.

 

green and red paint stamped tree

notes:

  • 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
  • sounds good
  • 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 love my color choice.
  • have nice contrast

 

Imagine all possibilities that are possible

painting a purple tree…

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

with a cotton swab. Well I tried and it didn’t turn out well. But then it did. 

I  mixed-up the right beautiful pink. Or wait I meant purple. These are purple shades but they do have some pinkness to them. I love that. I’m not one for purple purple but these are awesome.

palette with temepra paint

palette looks amazing (still looking for a heart shaped one)

 

 

testing the color before I start painting. Most of these are too dark.

Purple paint swatches

 

Oh my …I am rolling my eyes and taking breaths. Literally I sat down with an idea; the idea for a purple tree has been on my mind. The tree I painted last week came out awesome.   Sometimes ideas have a mind of their own but, the fun is in experimenting.

First attempt notes: cotton swabs are fun to work with, need more contrast  and the green is all wrong

purple tree

 

 

Second attempt notes: The tree trunk came out awesome. The texture and color with the purple was amazing. SO I had to goof it up. I started layering with a brush and a mess happened. I don’t know. I almost threw it away. Somehow I love it.

purple tree

 

Third attempt notes: OK forget about the cotton swab and alter course. I liked where this was going until I applied too much dark.

purple tree texture

 

 

Fourth time is the charm: I went back to the original tool,  took my time and fixed the contrast. Looking good!  The idea for this tree is that trees come in all colors and are beautiful. This is the last tree I pant for the wise trees book. Oh maybe not since I still have the book cover to work on.

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

 

 

Painting this purple tree was a real surprise.

Notes:

  • good lesson on if a first you don’t succeed
  • first ideas are often the best ones
  • so now I have all these cool textures that need lovin’.
  • Maybe this is the start of another book about cute animals in all different shapes and shades. Yes lets. Who knows.
  • there’s a whole world out there to explore
  • mixing acrylic with tempera works
  • don’t forget to keep that brush or cotton swab moist with paint and a little water
  • or that could be an awesome texture too
  • so in terms of mixing the more red you add the darker the purple.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.