What started Wise Trees?

I actually intended to publish Ana & George first. I spent four hours every day during summer months and Saturday mornings writing the world I imagined.

The problem was I couldn’t draw, at least not like the characters I had dreamed up. So I put the story on hold.

I needed a motivator to help me draw. There I was in the middle of the park. I thought of the trees I had painted.




And that’s it…

Curiosity made me write this book.

The idea came to me as I was in the park,

walking my dog, surrounded by the breeze of trees.

I came home, put my thoughts on paper and

painted trees. I painted with straws, sponges,

Q-tips, and…

I’ve learned to listen to curiosity.

I’ve learned to embrace me.

I’ve learned there are no impossibilities.

Along the way there were many ups and downs.

proof copy has arrived…

so I was nervous and excited to open it. There are a few minor changes to make. Overall the layout and color are good.

Even my brown font looks good, I can’t believe it. Part of me wanted to run out of the quiet classroom in search of readers.

I felt like a kid who’s got a new toy or the cute little girl who just had to smile and tell me she got to have Mcdonald’s breakfast this morning.

I am grateful.

Nitty-Gritty

still with the nitty-gritty and that’s all I’ll be doing this week. I’m going through all of my art and analyzing color. I’ll be painting more of my awesome, I just want to paint this idea stuff.

As I release my book out into the world I can’t help but feel these wise words. “You have one shot to show em’ what you got and you’re going to tell me that’s all you got?”

preview of new art
hearts sticker collection too

All the more reason to take a moment to breath and reflect on all of my art. What do I want to say! I’ve got lots to say! I need to take some time and make sure color is right and that eveyrthing is the best it can be at this very moment. Maybe not the best best but great enough for the cause.

Here we go.

Thank you world and in your honor I am giving away free Ebooks

ok done!

That’s it world, get ready. I ‘ve done the hard work, and now I wait…WAIT for my printing proof to arrive.

Happy Dance! I have so many people to thank and love. I love you world. I could not have done it without you!

In honor of my book I’ll be sharing more of the art that went into the book illustrating. I’ll be offering my other Ebooks for free until May 7th.

I’ll be painting and adding new art prints to my shop. Now which trees should become art prints? I’ll give that some thought. BUT first I’ll piant and oh yeah spend this coming week in the business and marketing nitty-gritty.

painting trees with a straw

Here it is. I used a straw to spread the paint every which way. I was careful to blend in yellow over blue to create beautiful shades of green. Then I used a brush to flatten the paint and add a little more texture.

I do love working with a straw as it creates sporadic beauty. But it takes time. The layers work best when you allow each layer to dry before applying the next color.

painting trees with shapes

This is my book cover. This is simple but it conveys the essence of my book. I love nature and that’s just it, when I am in nature I experience love.

There’s always this voice that tells me I am and I can…

wait that was a tree I painted with a straw.

Ok now it’s time to write a description of my book. As I come to the final stages of publishing my book, I’m a little scared. I’m a lot scared. I’m excited because a few people want to read it. I’ll take that! More will follow and heck I love Wise Trees too! OK for real it’s time to get workin on my book description…

free Ebooks May 3-May 7

art lights me up

Yes art lights me up. I can talk about it for hours. I may be sad, tired, confusd, mad, lost or sick but somehow painting and creating invigorates me.

Painting is my happy place. Writing is my happy place.

I painted this idea that has been a sketch for a long enough time.

Today I’ll be painting this one with a brand new Windsor Acrylic Blue.

What does all this have to do with Wise Trees and my Live Your Story Book. EVERYTHING.

I’m reminding myself that I do have awesome ideas. The world keeps saying it’s time. It’s time! For what I’m not sure but I know it’ll be good.

Yesterday, I did the final FINAL edit for Wise Trees. Now it’s time to submit and wait WAIT for the final copy to arrive. I can’t wait to hold the book in my hand.

More and more people who’ve read the Ebook are asking about the paperback.

There you go another sign that it’s time.

It’s a good day!

From May 3 – May 7 two of my Ebooks will be available for free.

painting trees with acrylic

This is the last and final tree for the book. It’s a weird tree but it’s beautiful. My ending thoughts for the book are that we should allow trees to grow however they choose.

We should protect our trees, give them water and allow them to grow.

Should we not do the same with each other. Yes I think so!

This book is both a love for people and nature. This notion is the premise for a new book.

Purpose Peristence Desire

Days later these words hang over me like all the ideas calling for my attention.

Whay did I write Wise Trees? This book gave me the push I needed to well push past all the doubt and once in for all say OK curiosity let’s do this!

I’m so glad I read Big Magic. I now know that it isn’t just me and ideas are real.

Ideas need a voice. I will be working hard to get my paperback ready.

Will it be perfect? No, because what matters is purpose.

painting trees with crayons

melted crayon painted tree

Love this technique. Melted crayons are hard to paint with because they quickly dry up. I was forced to hurry up and paint.

Not sure I’d try this again, as it ruined some brushes. Melting crayons made such a mess.

But this is one of my favorite trees because I fed my curiosity. This has to happen ALL THE TIME.

I must keep testing ideas and if it works great! If not then at least I had fun!