thoughts are things

thoughts are things

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As an artist there’s this whole idea of seeking fame and dealing with the people who tell you to get a real job. You even doubt yourself!  Why shouldn’t they. I don’t know about fame but to earn a living doing what I love and doing it my way is WELL that’s my living dream. 

I had to face a terrible truth in my heart. I had to realize that my PRESENT for a long time was filled with doubt. I had the desire but deep down I didn’t have faith in my art. Yes I loved my ideas and I wished but did I LIVE IN THE PRESENT? Did all of my daily to-dos and thoughts dedicate themselves to this desire? No.

All of the ones who are living the dream ALWAYS BELIEVED and its as the words of the great Muhammad Ali said,  “I am the greatest, I said that even before I knew I was.” He also said, “If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it—then I can achieve it.”

The present may be a certain way but you must see the present as it is truly meant to be. The present is a gift! What you choose to think of it makes all the difference. Your present actions influence your behavior.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

via Daily Prompt: Present

thoughts are things

Live your story

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The greatest love story can be found within the pages of a novel, movie or one’s heart. Most including myself forget that the greatest hopeless love begins with self. I wrote this poem and it was my hope to have it ready for Valentine’s Day. It was BUT not like I wanted. I kept reinventing the wheel expecting an awesome layout and ended up more in love with the first design. This design feels right and once I change a few words it will be awesome. I can turn this awesome poem into a picture book!! Why then, do I keep reinventing perfection? Doubt I guess, but doubt in terms of what others will think.

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I realize that in a real love story there is no doubt and certainly no perfection.  Okay there may be doubt but take away all of the outside junk and there isn’t any doubt.  It’s all the outside junk that fools us. It’s True!  I love this poem and this poem loves me. I can’t seem to stop writing it and thinking of ways to express how it makes me feel.

I wrote this poem for myself but I smile in hopes of all the eyes who’ll read it.

In the words of a wise man Feck Perfection! I just want to write this on a wall someplace for all to read it. I’m dreaming of an old building that needs new character.

The old design–the one my heart seeks the most.  I love the color and texture. Oh the words highlighted…what a great example of how love just happens. 

Make a note to test various markers and I’m gonna try this one more time…however many it takes.

Oh right– back to painting trees for the wise tree book.

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Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible. 

 

thoughts are things

Thoughts are things

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What is mnemonic? I say it’s different and unique.  SO it’s a pattern be it a theme, color or ideas put together. Every artist dreams of the moment when one says,” I saw your work the other day and didn’t see a name but I knew it was you! That kind of art is unmistakable. Ha I think of a moment–an argument over a song and the unexpected artist who created it. I guess that’s Mnemonic too!  The point is to create something that people remember. Create the kind of information that people remember and resonate with.  The trouble is you can only do that by forgetting this and everything except what you want to say, and how you want to say it.

via Daily Prompt: Mnemonic

mixed media painting

Kraft paper brush Tree

 

 

papertreeTechnique inspired by an awesome painter. He painted with newspaper and I painted with a kraft paper roll.  This was a powerful lesson on exploring your creativity. Now I have one more tree for the Wise Trees book. Lots of trees and soon will come the time to scan them and create a story book layout…SO GLAD I FOUND Affinity Photo! That’s all thanks to an Instagram friend!

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

thoughts are things

Thoughts are things.

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What is a creature?  I have seen and heard aliens being described as creatures. Creatures are unknown. Maybe this creature is something bigger than you. What about the Creature from the Black Lagoon. I visualize chaos and everyone emotional and fearing for their lives.  What a minute… the words I’ve used to describe creatures are unknown, bigger than one, huge gigantic even,emotional, chaos and yes… there are interesting definitions and sentences in the dictionary.  BUT I’d much rather contemplate all the art ideas in my head and the ones I put on paper. For you see I am a creature of such curiosity and imagination. Today as I warmed up my tea I had a thought. Those ideas, the ones I glance at and really start to look, either because I don’t get it and yet it continues to intrigue me. Or the color and idea moves me to the paint of obsession! Ideas like these be it a good song or a great art poster do so because the idea or technique is unknown, gigantic, emotional and that creates so much chaos it brings others who want to create their own creature to fear for their lives!

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

via Daily Prompt Creature

mixed media painting, picture book side projects

Painting with melted crayon

The best part of painting with melted crayons is you have to work super fast! There’s no time to think. You have to paint and PAINT before the crayons dry up. I planned everything out before I melted the crayons.  There’d be two projects. I’d paint a tree and a quote. I love this idea of painting with melted crayons and wish I could work fast enough to write a quote- but that didn’t go to well. It sure was fun exploring! The other project…well a tree for the wise trees book!

Choose color

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Melt the crayons and work fast.

The green melted great! The pink well not so great. Guess that means it’s time to toss these crayons. Oh but I DO HAVE AN IDEA FOR THE WHITE CRAYONS AND COME TO THINK OF IT A floral design I want to redo!

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Paint

So glad I used paint brush soap to coat my brushes before I painted with them. I don’t know. I simply painted because I new I had to work fast.  A texture I came across on Instagram entered my mind as I kept painting. Or did I paint and realize I’d seem this before? Hope this is one of those steal like an artist moments.  Yes.  And I love this BOOK too!  This was so awesome! Doesn’t look much like a tree but in my mind it’s a beautiful sideways tree. I did see it once!

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Here it is and I love it! For sure going to include this in my trees book.

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Oh right I will be spending this weekend getting the pictures ready. Can’t wait to add this to my threadless shop but first I will clean it up.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

thoughts are things

Thoughts are Things

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There are always inklings all around us. Some tell us what we should or need to do. Inklings remind us what we did wrong and keep on reminding us. Inklings are so important and yet we ignore them. We invite fear and failure for tea. I read this book on Friday and this line about building a desire and planning for it in a way that doesn’t recognize fear or failure is the key to success. Then there are these inklings that remind us of love and the power it bestows on any of circumstances…if we follow the right INKLINGS.  Imagine all of the people who were surrounded by inklings they didn’t even acknowledge. These inklings are far too great and far to WONDERFUL.

 

Little WONDERFUL INKINGS this week:

-the book I read and the beautiful line

-the plans I made

-the trees I am painting and more importantly the way I felt as I painted them

-f… wait what’s it called again.

-love wins

-everybody hurts

-you can be of them or of yourself

if you don’t like your life then create a new one

-keep mixing wonderful color

-FOLLOW YOUR CURIOSITY

-Obsession is key because it leads to all the help and guidance you  need.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

a Daily Prompt: Inkling

mixed media painting

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.

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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. 

 

mixed media painting

Splish Splash Pink Tree

This is by far the best tree I have painted.   This color is awesome and it’s the perfect lipstick color.

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There I was on a Sunday afternoon thinking about what technique I’d use for my pink tree. Then I came across a blogger friend who painted this WONDERFUL tree and that was it. I had myself an idea. Thoughts are things. Yet another example that thoughts can lead you to what you need and WANT. Here we are. The perfect idea to paint the pink tree for my book.

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I got my size 10 brush–the biggest round brush I had. I got out my tempera paint and magenta ink and mixed the perfect PINK. I had some old paint left over and threw that in the mix too. I was both excited and had no clue what I was going to do, but I knew it was going to be awesome. I did a combination of splashing dots on the paper in a tree shape. Then I blotted here and there adding various tones of pink. Oh my goodness using pink’s complementary which is green helped make the most wonderful brown. I mixed up the paint and created various transparencies and what a wonderful contrast.

What I LOVE ABOUT THIS TREE IS THAT I borrowed someone’s idea but I applied my own ideas to make it my magnificent tree. Halfway through I contemplated starting over but as I painted I visualized the image of a beautiful tree and in the end I painted it. That’s right! Can’t wait to keep painting these trees. Now let me go edit the words.

Imagine all the possibilities that are possible.

mixed media painting, thoughts are things

A LOve Story

Yeah in the words of what I just read a while ago, a REAL love story is imperfect, incomplete and oh there will be tears. This is a poem I’ve been holding on to for a long LONG time……and I sat there working on it for hours-not all at once but I did.

LOVE POEM I finally got it just right. The words are just right!

lovestory  I PUT ON SOME MUSIC.  The song Life is Worth Living song. An unexpected love from an unexpected artist. The words of Oprah played next, just as doubt showed up–nonetheless. All I knew was the time is now. What do you know I WROTE IT and I love the way it is. I changed a few words BUT it’s a smile and it FEELS. The poem is ready but now I have this idea to create the poem in various colors too.

Can’t wait to add this in my threadless shop.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.