thoughts are things

The right project

If you work on a project that isn’t for you, then it probably won’t work out.

“There’s good in all of us and I think I simply love people too much, so much that it makes me feel too fucking sad.”

I couldn’t agree more with Kurt Cobain. I  agree and so I set out to paint Kurt’s words in my own words.

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I kept trying to think up the words and the color, it just wasn’t happening. After three times it happened…

As soon as I uttered the thought, “Did I just waste 3 sheets of watercolor paper?”, another idea popped in my head. Let’s take the teal tempera paint and glide it across the page. Let’s do a layer upon layer technique and see what happens.

And as I glided the brush over the mess, a quote revealed itself.  I painted my words and my  idea of Kurt’s beautiful words. The texture is unexpected. I saved another art poster.

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-There are no impossibilities

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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!

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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

 

 

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Mixed Media Tree

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This is the final tree featured in the Wise Trees book. I created this texture with meleted crayon, and tempera paint. I added a few more bracnhes with the clone tool,just a few. The texture sparks my curiosity.  I almost forgot about this beautiful tree.  With all its mixed media and curiosity, its the perfect ending. We are all one and must allow eacher other to grow into who we are meant to be.

-There are no impossibilites

 

 

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Karma is Real

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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.

Notes:

  • Learn from this.
  • focus
  • 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.

–There are no impossibilities

 

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Crazy day

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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.

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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!

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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.

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

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Painting a tree with a sponge

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.

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notes for next week:

  • paint purple tree
  • finish the other tree
  • work on layout

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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painting trees with crayons

This past week I submerged myself in a creative retreat and the experience was SO AWESOME. I had a great time following my curiosity but things didn’t go as planned.

I made a huge mess…

 

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but I had fun  and I do see a turtle collage art project happening here…that’s always good…

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and if at first I didn’t succeed I kept on trying. The part in the middle is where I  was able to paint what little I could with the melted crayons. This turned out awesome but I wonder…WAIT melting crayons are best melted in the oven.  So why did I microwave them?  I probably won’t use this tree because the lovely  texture is hard to scan.

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…yup melted crayon and tempera paint

Should I keep this tree in the book? It was magic when I  painted this tree. I had to work fast too. The only problem is I didn’t like the brown trunk. Leave it to me to figure this out as I’m in a drawing class. Maybe I can cut out the leaves and paste it on a different trunk?

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I did and I’ll clean and remove the paper lines.

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now that’s a beautiful tree

 

I do like the tree. This will probably be the one I go with for the book. I don’t know, this is a weird tree but I guess that’s why I love it. I saw a tree with branches like these and what a great idea for the very idea of curiosity for my book.

I have painted with crayon before

I Color with Crayons

There’s something about this new way of coloring that warms me. I  should try the eraser brush lettering technique to write this quote? Wish I had thought the color through a little more.  Let me see what I  can do…

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Notes:

  • melting big crayons was easier
  • melting crayons works best in the oven
  • 275 degrees and check them every 20 seconds
  • working with crayons is super messy
  • use old brushes, wax paper and an old muffin tin
  • melt a blue crayon with a green to make your own color
  •  create awesome contrast but
  • just paint with your eye
  • use dish soap or masters soap to cover your brushes in soap before you paint for easy clean up
  • work fast and have fun

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BUT what if….

I waste my supplies because I don’t know how to paint—like I expect myself to. What if I want to fill this awesome $12 watercolor notebook with only the best. I could sell these? They could be ready to scan awesome art work.  What if …WHAT IF…that’s how I feel these days. I catch myself doing this ALOT and it BUGS me.

Here’s what I mean:

I painted this and ran into problems. The scary part is that I almost found myself in the pits of darkness and the awful place of despair–BUT I refuse to enter.

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A few days later I redrew and pained how I felt. I used different tones of blue. Yes blue is the color of faith, serenity, wisdom, calmness, universal and so much more.  I expected the brown to be lighter but the color’s growing on me.

IMAG0282[1]As I thought of all this, I listened to some powerful words. Make a mess. Messes lead to unexpected awesomeness. Command the respect you want with your art and don’t settle for less. Thank you  James Victore and  Unmistakable Creative.

To make your dreams happen you have to have two elements: absolute confidence and be transparent with people. Where there is doubt there is no confidence. Interesting how at the very moment, I ponder life and self worth I come across these powerful words. I love when this happens! Slowly but EXCITINGLY I am working on my book.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible!

 

 

 

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Fully Painted

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Tools: watercolor paint and a little acrylic for the mistakes I made

Thoughts: Gosh I realize that you have to take your time and there’s so much to just painting.

Do I want to be an impressionist and focus on painting what I see and more importantly what’ s in my heart? Yes I really like this approach.  I love color and I do like the color I came up with here. Bubbles need work.

Yes I wasn’t so happy with the bubbles and…

 

I think I like these colors more

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but with this layout

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Ever feel like you are lost because you just thought way too much…

-See you next time!

P.S. I have something fun to share.

 

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That was then…

This is now!

 

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I love the color scheme and the butterfly. I love the idea of the dandelions too.  I like the layout much better  and the color scheme is beautiful….BUT its not the astonishment I hope for.

I imagine this girl or boy having the biggest smile and the warm sun with a breeze…how I love a dandelion wish.

Originally I had the quote…

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After the Pete Pan book of course. I do love the letters and the bird. So I clearly have much more practice ahead of me. Why am I showing you my work? However humble my work is right now, its my work and I am proud of it. I want to make friends and share my love of what I do and that’s it.   My art really does remind me of growing and I hope it does for you too.

P.S.

Starting Wednesday  I will begin a letter a day challenge. I am so excited! Let’s draw letters together!