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What do you do with an Idea?

Lately I’m embraced by wonderful changes. I’m excited about them.  Not sure where I was or why it happened… but this AMAZING IDEA  to write a book became part of me. I feel FEEL like the book I stumbled upon right there on the table at Barnes and Nobble happened for a powerful reason. I have these brilliant ideas. I say brilliant because they create a charge in me that I cannot dismiss. I say it’s a hopeless love. Love is messy but it’s SO beautiful.  I have all these thinks. Sometimes I think on them too much in that I wonder what cold be and what if.  Well I’ll never know until I do.


So I had this idea to paint with only a spoon fork.



I didn’t know what to do but I kept painting all over the place. I painted the green grass with a flat motion. I wasn’t having much luck with color mixing. I used a combination of acrylic and tempera paint. Then I tried to make dots with the fork points and that didn’t work either. Then I created circular motions with the spoon. I do love the color pink with the green… and there it was …what an idea!

Painting flowers with a fork.


This is one of the awesome places in my book. Maybe I will tweak the color and make room for the hot air balloon. I’m so excited about all these interesting ideas and it’s as if the world is whispering  yes.



After all this, I happened upon the incredible book” What do you do with an idea?” and the most beautiful words. When you have an idea you may want to shun it and shove it deep inside a box and let it get all dusty and filled with cobwebs.  You may abandon it the moment it starts to cause trouble and steals your security blanket.  This is my take on it of course. Everyone that I have ever known that is and not necessarily rich but wealthy in love and in financial comfort has had an idea and nurtured it. They held on tight and protected this idea from the storm and the bullies of the world. They had an idea that carried them through the heart ache and the terrible feels like I’m wasting my time days.  No more and I mean it. DONE!

My side project is to write a first children’s chapter book. I’m thinking a book like Mercy Watson. I love the feel of the book and the size.  I love the idea of a first chapter children’s book and just seems like a great balance of pictures and words. I am learning to draw and have no idea how to even self publish a book  let alone illustrate it and that excites me. Yes it’s scary but I’m excited.

Right now I am transferring my story onto computer so I can begin the editing process. In the mean time I am practicing with ideas to paint my illustrations. I have broken things down to the following:

1  Edit every word

3. In the mean time draw and paint illustrations using mixed media.

4. Draw profiles of each of my characters.

5. Learn all about how to publish my book.

6. Oh yeah in the mean time keep lettering and learning about art.

7. When I’m done with all of this I will publish a limited edition run of Wise Trees. A collection of my curious thoughts surrounding trees. YES THIS MUST HAPPEN. HELP ME ALL MIGHTY.

I can’t believe I am writing this out but a voice again says this book will be read this Read Across America Day. Okay I am doing it. I must and will have this book done by March just in time for read across America. Yes sounds crazy but I know I can do it. In the mean time I will work on illustrations and keep having fun.

My story. I can feel it now.

We have Dimples, Ana Mary, George, Claude, Bartholomew, Woodpecker, Fox, and Mother Apple. These friends live like you and me with hopes and dreams and honey cake too. Well except for the matter of Ana Mary who is a bee that wants to bake for people all over the world. George is the biggest butterfly ever and he sings. Claude is a loveable tea drinking painter who happens to be a bear. Bartholomew wanted prize winning carrots and fell in love with strawberries. Woodpecker lost his Opal but found Dimples.  Dimples is a dog who believes he can fly. Mother Apple is the biggest most beautiful and wisest tree that once was the size of a bonsai tree.

Yeah I’m excited.


Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.









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BUT what if….

I waste my supplies because I don’t know how to paint—like I expect myself to. What if I want to fill this awesome $12 watercolor notebook with only the best. I could sell these? They could be ready to scan awesome art work.  What if …WHAT IF…that’s how I feel these days. I catch myself doing this ALOT and it BUGS me.

Here’s what I mean:

I painted this and ran into problems. The scary part is that I almost found myself in the pits of darkness and the awful place of despair–BUT I refuse to enter.


A few days later I redrew and pained how I felt. I used different tones of blue. Yes blue is the color of faith, serenity, wisdom, calmness, universal and so much more.  I expected the brown to be lighter but the color’s growing on me.

IMAG0282[1]As I thought of all this, I listened to some powerful words. Make a mess. Messes lead to unexpected awesomeness. Command the respect you want with your art and don’t settle for less. Thank you  James Victore and  Unmistakable Creative.

To make your dreams happen you have to have two elements: absolute confidence and be transparent with people. Where there is doubt there is no confidence. Interesting how at the very moment, I ponder life and self worth I come across these powerful words. I love when this happens! Slowly but EXCITINGLY I am working on my book.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible!




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Love Wins

Let go and paint. LET GO–love wins!  That’s what the universe keeps telling me. So I had to look at my love wins design. Oh how I love the color. Wow I am learning so much about color these days. This would look lovely on a wall. Yes I will add it to my possible art poster pile. Wonder what my fans think.

Watercolor Love Wins Poster

Yes it sure DOES!

I have started working on my book, and oh the ideas and illustrations are…well… they’ve given me lots to plan for. I’ve been drawing and with each new illustration I begin to say uh…. this doesn’t look good…BUT I finish with BIG HOPE I know deep down each time I draw I get better. That’s it!!

All I need is ideas, PRACTICE and a positive attitude.


Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.




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Painting trees with…


watercolor, tempera and artist tape.

Treasure Tree Hill


Sometimes life can be overwhelming…okay ALOT.   I could be a big worry wart and make myself sick… but where would I be?  I’d be lost. If I’m lost then how can I be my best? I’ve always had a creative imagination. My best is embracing new ideas even if it means I leave the most comfortable place. The weird AMAZINGNESS is that art gives me comfort.  Ideas excite me and fill my days with pizzazz.

Here’s what I mean. This blogger had an amazing idea to paint trees using artist tape. She painted a winter scene.  I had to try this, only I painted a scene for my book.

Step 1 apply artist tape on paper. This was fun because it’s a new idea!


I had an idea to explore different mixed media techniques. My plan was simple and beautiful. Sure takes the pressure off of learning to draw. I am learning to draw BUT now I’m drawing my way. This feels Sooo much better. As I look at this, I realize that I want a more organic feel.


Step 2. I used a paint brush to paint the background. I was thinking lovely shades of analogous color. David and Goliath showed up. I had two options. I could continue to work or start over. I am after all creative right?  I kept on mixing no matter what. I had his idea to use yellow tempera paint. I applied paint with a dab motion. Oh and I used the contrast technique I learned. I mixed in a little red with green to create contrasting shades. Afer all was said and done, I noted a Big something. I didn’t leave space around the small trees for perspective. I guess this still looks okay. I had painted Treasure Tree Hill…this wonderful place where Dimples tests his flyer because he wants to fly, even though dogs don’t fly.

If a first you don’t succeed try again. I referenced an awesome picture I found online….


but I painted Treasure Tree Hill.

Treasure Tree Hill

I used salt to give the hill texture.  I even painted the lopsided lollipop tree. I need to paint Dimples of course. I’ve sketched him but not sure I want to mess up what I’ve done so far.  I’m so happy with this idea. I want to sell limited edition tree theme art prints. Wonder what my fans think.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible!

P.s If you’re going to read my journal be a fan.