E-book is here!

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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

 

Can’t draw right?

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.

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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!

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

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

 

 

BIG MAGIC

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…

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but I had this inclination to repaint

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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?

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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?

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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.

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Only now there’s many short stories but…

There are no impossibilities

stamping a tree with tempera paint

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

 

blue green and yellow round stamped tree

 

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.

 

green and red paint stamped tree

notes:

  • 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

painting a purple tree…

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

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.

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palette looks amazing (still looking for a heart shaped one)

 

 

testing the color before I start painting. Most of these are too dark.

Purple paint swatches

 

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

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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.

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Third attempt notes: OK forget about the cotton swab and alter course. I liked where this was going until I applied too much dark.

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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.

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

 

 

Painting this purple tree was a real surprise.

Notes:

  • 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Painting a tree with a sponge

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.

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notes for next week:

  • paint purple tree
  • finish the other tree
  • work on layout

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

thoughts are things

hand painted hears in shades of blue

 

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So I’ve been gathering my thoughts on the process of writing my book. I had actually been working on another book. I had all these images in my mind–but I didn’t have the skill to draw them. I went for a walk and this idea to create a simpler picture book  emerged. I could create a book with paintings I already painted. I had painted a series of trees and nature scenes.

I love nature. This was the very first tree I  painted and this really started it all. For some reason I love trees and there simply a part of nature that makes me feel peace, love and a sense of oneness. When I am walking I get ready for my day.

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Over this summer I’ll think of  the lessons I have learned while working on my picture book projects. I also want to continue to use the creative space I’ve made for myself. It’s a crazy wonderful place that proves you don’t need fancy tools or lots of money to make your dreams happen. All you need is the will to love…

Working on a side project helps so much. This summer seems like a good time to start writing these notes down. I know someday this will make a great little journal book for others to read and plan out their own projects.  Maybe a fill in the blank side by side with my thoughts and how I answered the questions…I like the idea. Oh  tomorrow’s Friday fun day so yeah I’ll work on a poem about art. Yes art’s in the shop and doing well. I am getting back in to shape for the busy fall that will soon come. Time for me and Roxy to go for a walk.

 

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

thoughts are things

Today was a funny silly day…the kind of day you go through emotions and ponder life. I did and know that elements must change as nature always does. Out with the old and in with the NEW ever changing lovely ways of sweet lovable nature. Only sometimes love hurts, but that’s just the way it must be…honestly brutal. Or is it the other way around?

I sat and wondered about life–my life and my circumstances. Inside I thought why oh why does it take so long for a dream to surface. Others make it seem so easy walking along with the wind in their hair without so much as a care. Others struggle to hold on and the wind knocks them down again and again but the love that love never gives up. I witnessed this while watching Jane Eyre. I feel this as all the artists describe and share their latest collaborations. This very word Tantrum makes sense…when you have one, well nothing could spell out the truth so clearly as a tantrum.

I came upon the sketches I drew 5 minute style:

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My favorite is the top right one. Roots sticking out, sideways and all, branches broken, and yet still there is that little plant… a life. That’s where the tantrum happens. We cry and revolt against the status quote because we can not bear to be without what we truly want. No matter what we mustn’t let go. We must always feel–feel and revolt with our IMAGINATION, CURIOSITY AND ACTIONS. We can’t let go what simply is and therefore never die…

 

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all that led to my latest Instagram postIMAG0036

yeah today was a silly day but as my neighbor said, “I can’t complain.” I sure can’t. These are the final sketches for my wise trees book . We shall see. Continue reading

Wise Trees Book Layout

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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.