thoughts are things

projects help you learn

There is so much I’ve learned since I had this crazy idea to write my very own picture book. Seems like such a looong time since then.  I’ve been thinking about this a lot.

 

I learned to paint my trees with fun objects with Jay Lee.

pint tree painted with acrylic paint

I learned to add texture with my trees and my painting has improved too. Put to use the skills I learned with Ana Victoria

Color Theory class

 

..and improving on my drawing. It’s only getting better because I’m taking a drawing class with a Disney animator and it is awesome!

When I started

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…to the recent version I painted.  Loving this tree and I posted about it today.

 

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This week I will hand letter the manuscript and begin learning how to design the book layout.

I have learned and I keep growing. I’ve learned how to plan my time and most importantly I’ve learned to embrace my ideas.  I’m writing as I have always loved to write.  I’ve gotten back into hand lettering, and oh yeah there’s this constant need to take deep breaths and learn how to deal with the fear and doubt. I am excited for the wise trees book to finally be completed but the thought of it on Amazon and hoping I did the best I can do and then seeing a mistake haunts me. I will overcome this. It’s ok to feel this way. The cool part is I heard the great James Victore talk about this. We all go through this no matter how much experience we have but it gets better!

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

wise trees book

Strong Roots

Wise trees book

This week I spent a good deal removing backgrounds from the trees paintings. Only  to realize I did it wrong. I was frustrated and then something happened. I kept going and redid all the PNG images… ALMOST ready to look at the final book layout. When I say final I mean the first round the of the whole book put together for the first time. This tree about sums up my experience. You’ve got to have strong roots.

notes:

  • use an angled brush
  • mix various tones of green
  • use a mix of dry brush and wet on wet painting to get awesome tree textures
  • apply paint in a dab and press motion
  • paint here and paint there and paint until it feels right
  • don’t focus on one spot at the same time

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

watercolor and tempera

Happy Fourth

Freedom is a beautiful verb.

Sometimes it’s hard for grown-ups to stay in the life’s awesome phase. I keep thinking about my past summers ( swimming in the pool, drinking Kool- Aid, endless school free days) as a kid . I probably learned more with all the books I read and getting creative with games and toys.  That’s a different topic. Freedom is a verb. It’s an action. Yet, most don’t take full advantage of freedom. Where am I going with this popsiscle idea and the freedom idea?

Staying in the life’s awesome phase is a choice-a verb.

Freedom is what you do everyday to have your American Dream. Everyone has a purpose and I sure know what mine is. Sometimes it can be scary to think okay I know what I want BUT now what? What direction should I go in? What’s the best way to get there. Just go and make it happen! Live!

I went to the store and saw these… the good old days:

 

I love when this happens. I’m thinking and then there it is – the coolest way that I can express what I’m feeling-to say what I want to say and most importantly excercise the freedom do it my way! That’s freedom and it’s an exciting scary! More on this whole idea and just wait… I painted an awesome quote to express this! I’m adding that to my journal next week or so.

Watercolor Popsicles

This is a little before and after to show my progress.

Watercolor Bomb Pop

The one on the right is the old one. The yellow and pink popsicle is a new idea I’m working on. I love the new bomb pop I painted. I’m going to paint more popsicles to work on my basic skills. What happened with the stick?

My goals for this summer are:

  • Read up on art history.
  • Wrap up my side projects (3 more)
  • Go back to the basics

I’ll put away all of my projects and focus on pulse precision and color mixing. I recently discovered that I need this practice. Okay I’ve known it all along BUT makes smarter sense to focus on one task, master it and move on to drawing. I’ve got the freedom to do my best and do the tons of practice.

  • finish editing my book

I’m almost done with editing.  Then I’ll move on to the illustrations.

Gosh no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to narrow the focus down. This is a good list.

Happy Fourth!

Everything Is Possible

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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

 

 

 

 

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A Letter To Me…

Someone wrote a letter to herself and I thought it was pretty awesome! What a great idea!  I’m writing one to myself.

Dear Mireya,

I know that it’s been a while since you had this crazy idea to hand letter and watercolor. Why you decided on this I’m not sure. I just want you to know  that I’m your biggest fan. You are a caring person and yes you have made some lousy mistakes but the mistakes and stuff …that’s lousy. That doesn’t make you lousy. Sometimes I know you struggle with questions and being the best  you can be.  One of these is thinking if your art is good enough and if people will like it. Are you creating art because you want people to like it or do you have a message to share? Listen I know you have a message so don’t be bamboozled. Write your story and paint it too! No one cares that you can hand letter like others-the same words or same message. What is way more interesting is why you are fascinated with trees or crayons. That is what you need to paint more of. I’ve seen your work and it’s awesome.  I see you compare and why you do it is beyond me. That makes me so mad!  They are them and you are YOU! Once in for all who cares what the haters are going to say or do. You know I’m your biggest fan! The big guy upstairs is your biggest fan too.

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These are some of my favorites! They make me smile and play. I love the color and the shapes and I’m wondering what made you paint this way? I think you got to do more of this stuff! Just keep playing! Just keep swimming!

 

Stop doubting yourself. All the painting and art lessons are paying off . You are getting better. Believe it! This is awesome and fun!  What do I see? Yes this is rockin’ but tweak the lettering a bit. I think I’ve been hanging out with you for to long and I’M BECOMING A lettering nerd.

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What are you doing with crayola? Work more with these too. Awesome. That’s  a neon pink crayon right?

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Listen to me because I know what’s good for you and listen to God. Keep doing what you are doing! Paint what you want!

You know this poem your wrote years back.

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Well hang it on your wall and hang it proud. You wrote that for who? I think it was them and you. Yeah I love the idea of selling it in your etsy shop. Give it a go and see what happens! Go on girl!  YES  you have editing to do and some work to get done but I love the poem.Don’t worry I’ll help you and together we’ll get it ready for press.  I know what you want. and Gold Bless you in every way! Your dreams will come true. Probably not as you expected but good things are  coming your way FOR REALS! Just be patient and stay focused. I LOVE YOU! WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU!  YOUR MY BESTEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

-there are no impossibilities

 

 

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Happy Earth Day!

I drew this and starting painting it  in the summer and today seems like the right time to let the world see it. I am proud of this design and this is what I want to sell in my shop and its just that I didn’t bother finishing it because how would I digitize it. I have since learned that I need to draw more…paint more..write more.   I love nature and yeah why not embed this love in my art. This was just the practice I need.

If you like this art please keep in mind that I will be launching an etsy business. This is the type of art I will be selling. If you are interested and want to see what else I create please click that like button and subscribe. I have more art that I will be posting and an exciting update on my book. 0422151433

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Ever feel fear or lost and then….

you go for a walk and suddenly everything makes sense and you feel a sense of comfort and hope. Maybe it brings back your imagination and you feel a sense of connection…

Here is my latest work. Just drafts and what I felt inspired to draw and paint given that days walk.

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