Just Keep Swimming

It is easy and fun to paint paper. Cutting and pasting is easy too.

No matter what you’ve got to keep swimming, yes even when you are tired and lost.

Discovery Prompt-Bite

Imagine there’s a huge pie. Maybe it’s apple or my favorite Coconut Cream. Peach Crumble is delicious too. Imagine the pie is among several treats on a dessert table. You can’t have them all. So you choose your favorite. What if there’s a new flavor? A cake or dark chocolate brownines with pecans. Eat too much and you’ll end up with a stomache ache. It’s important to share. You could have a small piece of your favorite. Have small bites of what’s new. That way you leave room for NEW FAVORITES.

Come to think of it, what agreat advice for creatives. Yes stick to what you’re good at. Practice and often. Every now and then indulge in creative exploration. Not so much that you spend too much money on storage. Not too much that you don’t get to use it.

I’ll be working on an Easter craft later. For now paint your favorite dessert.

Watercolor + Hearts

Love this. Actually saw this on Pinterest. What a simple and beautiful idea.

Th hardest part was waiting for the layers to dry. All you need is watercolor, watercolor paper, glue, scissors and copy paper.

You can use the negative space technique and paint around your heart shapes or paint hearts with gouache or acrylic. I used a sheet of coy paper. It was fun cutting and cutting and revealing different heart shapes.

What’s the thought behind this design? Love is different. Love is sporadic. Love isn’t perfect. Love is always here. Love is powerful. Love will surprise you. Love never dies. Love is…maybe we overthink overlook love because it simply is.

This week I’ll be posting the Live Your Love Story paperback details. Free ebook copy too.

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M

Let the Collage Animals Begin

I’m really excited about illustrating my book collage style. I have yet to read my rough draft. I should proably do that right after I finish this entry. I used a wide big brush to paint one side with water and the other with paint. This did prevent the paper from curling up. Then I used a variety of tools to stamp and scrath the paper.

With textures anything goes. A broken paint tube and three fish later I realize collaging takes time. It’s relaxing.

My animals. What a beautiful start. As I paint I am reminded of a morning conversation. Each of us is unique because otherwise, the world would be boring. That’s exactly the point of my book. Sure lizard brain momentarily showed up saying, but your star fish doesn’t look exactly like the reference image. Good! These are my fish. My book. My ideas. My art. My fish. And the world is a wonderful place because of the odd, weird, unique and different fish.

Painting Calaveras for Day of The Dead

Painting a calavera is a lot harder than I expected. These are my third and fourth tries. The one on the right is done with kraft paper and white ink pens. That’s it. I was trying and trying with watercolor and all the while attempting to replicate the pictures I’ve seen. I must have been sitting for an hour and nearly called it quits but I had to post. I want to post. I love to create and besides I had to fight resistance. I just let go and drew. I set aside doubt. I let go of the fear that I would make a mistake with nothing to show for my time.

I am proud of these designs. The one on the right is inspired by the Audrey Heburns of the world. The world said no but they persevered. It’s so beautiful how we each inspire each other with our gifts. I really like working with kraft paper and white ink or paint. I’m greatful to all the greats of the past who inspire us with their powerful examples of love.

Sea Wave Texture

I had a plan but it didn’t work out. As soon as the spork hit the page, very little paint glided across the page.

So I tried straight lines, circular motions and then… I had to use a flat brush. I spread the paint. With the paint wet, I glided the spork in an ocean wave manner.

I took things a step further with trying to paint a green boat. The boat turned into a mug. The bear turned into a kangaroo. I wanted to test painting with one medium size flat brush. Not such a good idea. I don’t have a texture for the book. I’ll paint something tomorrow.

Color tells such a story

Today I had to test out this new tube of acrylic paint. Oh the pinks, yellows and oranges I could create-perfect for the around the world little project I had in mind. Who new mixing up a little red with this pink would create such a beautiful peach. Mixing color is a great way to learn about the element of color.

Around the world is another fun project. I need a few in between projects while publishing books. Learning about art has enhanced my appreciation for culture around the world. The colors excite me so. I love color!

Right now there’s sketching for Road Trip to be done. Then it’s Ellie. Yup, I need to repaint the book and the cute characters too. Wait, I need to work on the collage art too. I’ll put that on hold.

Tonight I need to get the paperwork started for the Live Your Story paperback. And finish the sketches for Road Trip. The illustration method will come to me.

Dreamcatcher

Ha, I didn’t sketch with a pencil first. I had a color scheme in mind and let my creativity lead.

The first time I painted this, it was a total disaster. Anyway. I looked over my first book dummy for Road Trip, I thought and thought. Everything leads back to enjoying the process. Oh and having the right attitude is important too. But enjoying the process is having the right attitude. Again Shantell Martin’s words appear. There are no mistakes. You have to love the process. I do. I really really DO. 

Writing books and painting them is all I want to do. Even the tedious stuff is worth it. Nothing ever feels forced. Yeah… I painted this dreamcatcher as reminder that your beautiful mind and your heart has to drive out the evil.

Ok so next week,start the illustrations for my book, do some more watercolor exploration, and read more. Oh That’s right, my ebook officially launches July 17th. 

100 sketches

This book is awesome. Feck Perfuction. Wow so ok these 100 sketches will help me explore and dive deep into the theme of love. I just watched the Rocky movies, my favorite movies of all time.

This will help me come up with some really cool hearts.

They’re sketches and it’s the ideas I’m after.