My book is here. Did I just upload the file and hit submit? Yup. Now I wait, until I receive confirmation that everything is ready for printing and press. Thank you amazon. Thank you wonderful person.
Funny how the tables turned. Yesterday I felt this nudge in my heart. It yelled, I knew you couldn’t do it. I saw all of the books I am working on. All of the deadlines I committed to and the hope and love poured out on every single page. I knew I could do it.
I took a break. I had some chocolate, tea and painted for my next book. Oh and I asked for help. Today I came home and in minutes finished my book.
Oh shoot now its on to other projects. I’m scared. I’m excited.
-There are no impossibilities
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.
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!
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
I am procrastinating the final stages of my wise trees book. It’s true I have. I admit it to you world. The bigger question is WHY? I’m afraid of what” they’ll” think. Wise Trees came to me as I was strolling through the park, just me and Roxy. Since then I have painted many MANY trees. I have written and REWRITTEN many times.
Yeah… this tree and the color works
I Believe this book is awesome. I know it is BUT I am curious what the world will think? I keep painting and repainting trees.
I pencil in a time to register my book with the Library of Congress but have yet to do so. It’s time I know it is. There are many other books calling my name. I want and need to answer before the excitment ceases. I can eaither hold on to this book for a long time or go with what I feel and revel in that I already know that kids love my trees.
To do list
- hand write a few pages
- put together the book
- digitally clean up some of the trees
- Show my work-publish it
-There are no impossibilities.
I have a fast deadline ahead of me. There’s the Wise Trees book deadline and other projects. And yet I take time to paint ideas that have nothing to do with the project. I have a book cover to finalize and the final draft–I keep saying this. It’s nerve wracking so I have to paint.
Some projects are old…
but I had this inclination to repaint
What a relaxing breathe of fresh air. This is my first book. I’m nervous. I have read the book,many times. I love it. BUT I must edit with a fresh pair of eyes. Why not take a breather and build my confidence with fun art?
OK so I guess my book can’t escape me entirely. I used a tree watercolor wash as a background for this quote. The idea for this quote is–WAIT A MINUTE should I do something like this for the book cover?
The WISE TREES BOOK helped me realize that I am a writer and a painter who needs to write all these stores in my head. It’s not fair to have them exist only in my imagination and not give them a chance. I will bring them all to life. Wherever I go whatever I do, the ideas are simply there-nagging me really.
Only now there’s many short stories but…
There are no impossibilities
You walk as you always do and then all of a sudden there it is–a PINK TREE. Ideas and creativity are like this.
I’ve been reading a few books on creativity and listening to artists talk about their experiences. It’s the pink tree in a park full of green trees that becomes the purple cow– Seth Godin’s purple cow.
I believe that every person in the world is a pink tree in a field of green ones. It takes courage because who knows what “they” will think. Ideas are pink trees too. They happen but I ask myself, Have I have really been aware? This an interesting idea. I want to explore and express tis notion with my art.
This book is amazing. I have seen it many MANY times before. After many times of thinking abut how much I love the book cover I finally am reading it. I mean there it was, always being a pink tree.
I am so glad this tree is in the book. Now that I think of it maybe this tree could make the cover?
- It’s good to let loose with an idea to see what happens.
- I just did what I wanted splattering the paint here and there
- oh wow what a relief that was
- curiosity thrives on change and creatives need change
- take a big brush and dip it in various tones of pink
- let your eyes do the painting
- layer from light to dark
- make sure in between layers dry
- This is a nice addition to the wise trees book.
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible
Did Johnny Appleseed really wear a pan for a hat? What was it like to wander here and there for days, months and years all to plant seeds. He never gave up. I doubt it was an easy breezy carefree journey. Why then do we give up so easily at the first sign of despair? Today I am working on a project for a wonderful cause and I hope I do well. Who am I kidding. I have tons of wonderful ideas. I’m so glad this tree is in the wise trees book.
- the back of a bamboo brush works great as a stamp
- a craft sponge brush too
- oh maybe I should try using a soda cap to make a flower for my book
- sounds good
- anything that has a flat surface or not can be used as a stamp
- test the paint and stamp first to get your desired texture
- I love my color choice.
- have nice contrast
Imagine all possibilities that are possible
with a cotton swab. Well I tried and it didn’t turn out well. But then it did.
I mixed-up the right beautiful pink. Or wait I meant purple. These are purple shades but they do have some pinkness to them. I love that. I’m not one for purple purple but these are awesome.
palette looks amazing (still looking for a heart shaped one)
testing the color before I start painting. Most of these are too dark.
Oh my …I am rolling my eyes and taking breaths. Literally I sat down with an idea; the idea for a purple tree has been on my mind. The tree I painted last week came out awesome. Sometimes ideas have a mind of their own but, the fun is in experimenting.
First attempt notes: cotton swabs are fun to work with, need more contrast and the green is all wrong
Second attempt notes: The tree trunk came out awesome. The texture and color with the purple was amazing. SO I had to goof it up. I started layering with a brush and a mess happened. I don’t know. I almost threw it away. Somehow I love it.
Third attempt notes: OK forget about the cotton swab and alter course. I liked where this was going until I applied too much dark.
Fourth time is the charm: I went back to the original tool, took my time and fixed the contrast. Looking good! The idea for this tree is that trees come in all colors and are beautiful. This is the last tree I pant for the wise trees book. Oh maybe not since I still have the book cover to work on.
Painting this purple tree was a real surprise.
- good lesson on if a first you don’t succeed
- first ideas are often the best ones
- so now I have all these cool textures that need lovin’.
- Maybe this is the start of another book about cute animals in all different shapes and shades. Yes lets. Who knows.
- there’s a whole world out there to explore
- mixing acrylic with tempera works
- don’t forget to keep that brush or cotton swab moist with paint and a little water
- or that could be an awesome texture too
- so in terms of mixing the more red you add the darker the purple.
Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
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.
notes for next week:
- paint purple tree
- finish the other tree
- work on layout
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.
Yes Austin Kleon’s book is filled with wonderful ideas.
I have stolen like an artist. I walked in to this project with an idea. I took my love of nature and connected that with my imagination. Along the way I stole lots of awesome ideas and put them in my creative box.
I stole this idea from a 1st grade teacher but I made my own small brush. She and her class painted the ocean and I painted a tree. I’m painting this tree again.
I’ve made some awesome friends. I watch myself drawing trees and as of last night bears with texture, highlights and shadows. I did this before but this project has made me appreciate and love all of the wonderful resources that are allowing me to bring this book to life.
…a sample of my recent drawing for the next book Ana Bee and George Bird. I stole the idea for the book layout from observing the Mercy Watson books-and lots of them really.
Wise Tress would not have been possible without all of the artists who answer my questions. I wrote about this before.
I stole the idea to experiment with mixed media and fun objects from Eric Carle. I really should turn this guy into a frog and share his story with the world.
It’s just that 4th of July is a day to celebrate freedom. I am reminded of a few words of a boy who lives trying to survive in the midst of war and he mutters something along these lines. “I thought about the good times and the day that I’d be free…the only freedom they can’t take away.”
Yeah I love the idea that freedom exists in the mind and is the most precious of freedoms. Freedom of thought is powerful. Freedom is a choice to creativity seek out that which must be sought.
If in the end you have 100s of ideas that didn’t work, at least you have an experience and a hellavua story for the next artist to steal from. I’m so grateful to live in a wonderful country where I can be free to think as I choose and create as I choose.
-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible
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.
I learned to add texture with my trees and my painting has improved too. Put to use the skills I learned with Ana Victoria
..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
…to the recent version I painted. Loving this tree and I posted about it today.
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.