the color sketching has begun. This will be the Road Trip Color scheme.
I wrote the story, created a story board, took notes, made revisions and it’s sketching time. I want to get used to painting without drawing with a pencil first.
The color scheme makes sense because with any journey you have happy times. You have times, lots of them, when your faith in you, your abilities and humanity will be tested. The aqua is a reminder for not becoming negative circumstances.
I know that my attitude was negative during the trip…I think a lot about the trip. The one year anniversary is approaching and this book is a good way to celebrate.
And just like that, I found the personal theme for this book.
Paint all objects with watercolor. (working on watercolor skills)
Use markers and pencils to add details. ( gain confidence in drawing)
paint pages of textures( let color and texture tell the story)
I’m going to paint several sketches and choose the best ones for the book.
Still working on the map. I mean I penciled in everything but not sure of the layout…
I’m tired. I look tired. I feel tired. But even then, I paint. I stare at a blank page and for the first time in like ever, the tiredness has me fooled into thinking I have no idea what to paint. Should I paint gems or hearts?
I had my Prussian Blue and Shell Pink ready to go. OK let’s paint. Let’s test the gouache. It’s amazing how opaque gouache is even at its lightest.
I keep using the word amazing today, not sure why, but I’m loving the word. What a beautiful color! Its perfectly clear that the thickest paint is hard to control. The trick is adding just enough water. The trick is to use the brush delicately and paint in one direction. That works for watercolor too.
Maybe this is the wrong color for the idea of sour lemons…with every spoonful of sugar the sour fades and all you savor is wonderful flavor.
Take two colors
Begin with yellow and gradually mix in pink. Wow, this is awesome. I thought of getting these guys smooth. Then Eric Carle’s sporadic paint patterns had me. This idea will definitely make its way in the book. It’s a colorful and beautiful way to express the sour lemons concept.
I’m learning color too. Do I see a little living coral? Yes. Let me work on the word love to practice transparencies. Have a few fun poster pages and some blank ones for writing? This could be part of the book ? I’ll figure it out…there are no impossibilities