thoughts are things

practice

 

 

I’ve grown since I painted the first wise tree. For every wash and texture that went wrong, I learned–learned how to find my place, to practice and FLOW. Yeah I’ll write books for while.  I rewrote the Ana and George. Ana isn’t a bee anymore. Not sure what animal she’ll be.

I came across the loveliest work twice. A giraffe who stands tall, his neck becoming part of the pattern of birds flying in the sky. The awesome quote treads,” I’m like a bird.” What a wonderful idea!

And the other is an I Heart Guts collection. It’s cute, funny, and unmistakable.

Both of these are unmistakable and creative.  Both are created by artists who simply did.

 

-There are no impossibilities

 

 

wise trees book

hand writing words

testing brown markers

I spent a great deal of time working on the small details for the book.   One of them is hand writing and lettering the words for my picture book.

I have seen so many others do the same and I thought YEAH why not. I love Austin Kleon’s books and James Victore too. They remind me that the most important part of art is what it says.

Besides the way I write  is perfect for creating a journal vibe because that’s just what this book is. The wise trees book is a journal for my collection of abstract trees that I painted to satisfy my curiosity and imagination. Oh and this idea that we are all one follows me around too.

brown makrers and acrylic paint

Acrylic paint is just the right dark brown but it’s hard to write with. This is the lettering for my dedication page.

dedication page for book

Well hold on there. This doesn’t look too bad. I’ll practice later on today.

Notes:

  • picture books should be easy readers so 8-10 words per line
  • hand writing is a great idea—The day the crayons quit
  • this book is for kids of all ages but I need them to feel that every idea is worth exploring
  • Write big letters and have fun with a few of them
  • font size should be about 16-18
  • space in between lines helps little ones read
  • every detail has to work together to convey the message I want readers to experience
  • maybe I should brainstorm the book cover again
  • make sure acrylic paint isn’t too think
  • I’ll experiment by adding drops of water and we’ll see
  • oh I’ll use my water brush and short hand brush to feel which works best.

…I am so excited! Let’s face it I’m going to write with a brown marker.

-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.

 

 

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tree with oil pastels

 

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Oh yeah this is another tree for the WISE TREES Book. I  have the process down and just about finished with the pesky business of creating digital files all ready to create the first draw of the entire book. Feels good and come to think of it, this tree sums up the experience. To create this book I have to bare down to ME, my imagination and let curiosity run wild. Or is it the other way around? 

Notes

  • crayola oil pastels.
  • watercolor paint for the leaves.
  • combination of tan and brown. Mix in a little of each color with a little brown to create  unified tones throughout.
  • layered with light and then dark. Hey this is becoming a pattern…a style.
  •  love this idea and this just seems to be illuminating and radiates the intended message.
  • Note to self…just paint and play because that’s when the magic happens.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

book projects, wise trees book

Wise Trees Indeed

Wise trees book

So I didn’t make my Read Across America deadline BUT I was sick and still am. I am slowly recovering and something AMAZING happened. After a long LONG  week I got out my paint brushes and painted. With each stroke I felt this charge and painted an awesome tree.

Tree Notes:

  • observe a tree
  • wait a few days and recreate it from memory
  • use the shape of size 10 brush to create the leaf shapes
  • using brown and yellow watercolor for the trunk makes the perfect brown
  • use tempera paint and add the paint in layers going from light to dark

Afterward I reflected on how I felt and literally jumped up like a kid who’s just been told he’s going to Disneyland  That’s how I know that I can’t give this art up. Art is in my blood. It just is. I can’t believe how easy it was to create this beautiful tree. Four trees to go, and I will be ready to scan all of them and start putting the book together . There I go again with a smile.  I see every page and with a deep breath and a smile I know it’s going to be awesome!

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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Wise Trees Book Layout

Wise Trees

This week I didn’t have time to paint on account of my nose wouldn’t stop running and my lungs kept coughing. I did have time to do some awesome layout work.

This idea popped in my head. I wanted to write this book for children everywhere and of all ages. I have been reading up and learning all I can to make this what it should be–a wonderful reminder that inspiration and imagination are where you choose to find them. Turns out it’s true that writing for one person is easier!  That of course led me to change the order and the story a little bit. The more I work on the story the more tress I add to the story.

 

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Spiral Tree

 

I went from this sketch   ( p.s when you’re tired of blowing your nose and your stomach hurts from coughing you don’t care about taking a perfect picture…but should I ever?)

 

Love Lives Here

 

 

to this painting.

Spiral tree

My goal was to create this place of mystery, growth, peace, wonder, and magic…EVERYTHING that love is.  I deviated a little thinking of details and color to express the notion of love. I have noticed that by chance…WHIMSICAL CHANCE I draw hidden hearts. The element of shape and color really helped me out here. Sometimes it’s hard to let go but you have to do that. You have to let and just paint. Eventually you have these I don’t know what that is but I love it or I don’t know what that was but I’m not doing that again.

Once again I see just how much it helps to adjust color in Afinity Pro and I should add more spirals.

 

Oh gosh I love the color and another awesome tree for the wise trees book.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

wise trees book

Painting a tree with a sponge brush

I am so glad I MADE this awesome brush.  I saw this fantastic brush and I wanted to make one a whole lot smaller. I had this old sponge brush and a fabulous idea…LOVE WHEN THAT HAPPENS!

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I used a little yellow and green acrylic paint. Did I mix in tempera paint? I may have. All I know is I applied the paint in layers. First yellow and then green. I wanted to build up contrast and get these various tones of green. I applied paint and magic happened…this breeze and the yellow just gives it a warm carefree rhythm. I love it. Another tree for the wise trees book.

V tree

I simply had an idea and 15 minutes later it turned out BRILLIANT! More trees to paint and …WAIT A MINUTE… I should continue this mixed media exploration for the next book side project. YES I shall paint fabulous animal characters for my Ana Bee and George Bird book. Sounds like a fabulous idea. I love working on art and there’s NOTHING in the world I’d rather do and I love so much! Thank goodness for that!!

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.