books, Live Your Story

Live Your Story

I wrote this poem as a poster. I went through so many colors. My favorite was a much lighter shade of blue.

Somehow I envisioned it on a wall someplace. I recall an artist who travels the world painting his words and drawings. With each stroke he gives life to old buildings.

When asked why he does it, he says to bring color and smiles to otherwise overlooked villages. Not exactly these words but something like this.

I want my work to mean the same. To make people smile. To make people feel good. Like a song that plays on in your mind, days after you’ve listened to it.

And so, I continue to work on my live your story poem. Yeah, I can use this poem to practice hand lettering and get comfortable with my lettering style.

 

AND now of course I want to create a book.

sketches for writing a picture book
perhaps a new layout for the poem?
sketches for a book
…first sketch illustrations

OK February 14th is fast approaching but…

-there are no impossibilities

 

watercolor and tempera

sketches of the past

 

Build a tribe of 14,000. What was I thinking? Now I realize the most important part of building a tribe is to create. Not just create but really have something to say. To speak with the heart and soul.

This year I vow to create EVERY SINGLE day. I’ll paint and write every step of the way.

First project of the year is the love book….

-there are no impossibilities

thoughts, watercolor and tempera

The Love Poem

I’ve been working on this love poem. It’s a cool love poem and not the kind of cheesy love story that you see on screen. It’s the kind of love story that just is. You just love and that’s it. It’s the kind of love that loves… among doubt and distance. No matter how CRAZY OR LAZY you get, you somehow keep on. The kind of love where you’re covered in paint, idea after idea, notebook filled will letter after letter, and people say you’re crazy and you say no I’m not I just…LOVE ART…and yeah too late to change course. It’s an obsession that only those who relate can relate. Yes it’s a hopeless romantic love too! I did sell this poem and what do you know someone, a person, not my mom, bought it! That was awhile ago, years ago, but I’m working on  this poem again and will sell it in my etsy shop!

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Testing different brushes. Tried using certain color to emphasize the word like yellow for gold

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Love the bubble letters and the heart letters too. Maybe it’s a little too cute?

The lettering on the bottom looks much better. Guess I need to practice more. I can’t wait to test  the twistable crayons. Crayons may be a good idea to emphasize the idea of like when you learn how to ride you bike for the first time. playing and …you’re not worried about falling  because all you want to do is learn how to ride you bike. Right? Love is like this. You just love and do. Oh were is that quote I want to paint it.

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I love this poem. I love this poem even more when I think of all the people who will read it and feel the way I do!

there are no impossibilities

 

 

 

 

watercolor and tempera

Valentine’s Day….

So yes Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because it is all about love of course. I am passionate about life and people. I love a great song…Ed Sheeran or Sam Smith anyday. I love to walk my dog. I love my family. I love to paint. I love art. I love crafts. I made these for my family. The love letter was a class project. I know Valentine’s Day has this rap for being commercialized and yes it can be….I saw this Verizon ad about gift ideas.  Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember that a true act of love is priceless.

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