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Favorite Projects from 2017

I have worked on tons of ideas and many of them have been terrible BUT I suddenly find people commenting that my letters are improving. YEAH I notice too and I love it! I get more likes and I’m not after likes so much as the idea that a like means people enjoy the idea. Art is always about the idea!

This year I will CREATE AND PLAY but for real this time. I’m going to experiment with mixed media and yeah still going to get my first book out and a few more. I am going to keep adding art to my threadless shop.

Here’s some of my favorites and not surprisingly most are from recent months.

 

 

There’s a whole lot more.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

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Reposting this because I

forgot to add the pictures. Sometimes I’d forget to screw on my head if I had to.  But love tells me I’m among friends.  Okay Happy Saturday World because I am ready for ya. I am loving the new time for my blog. Friday evening is a great time.

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Book Project (Part 2)

Practice is meaningless unless you actually learn. Oh gosh were do I even begin. I feel like it’s been awhile since I wrote in my journey.  I spent a good three days going over my art for a threadless shop. Okay about a week and that week took me away from my book project.  BUT thanks to that big adventure I got some photoshop practice and the realization that I have to get in the habit of creating. I mean really create what I want period. I mean who cares how it looks. Yesterday I worked on a poem. I had it all planned out. I would upload my love poem on threadless and that would be the biggest I don’t care statement ever. Only I didn’t go through with it and here’s why:

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Yes I LOVE the poem but I used the wrong tool and forget trying to remove the background in photoshop.  I tried but I came away with an awesome lesson.  Baseline or no baseline. Rules or no rules. The most important part of your design is why and how you express your idea. The best stuff is original. 

All this made me (deep breath as I write this) place a hold on my book. I found myself with easy distractions. I mean every time I was faced with the task of drawing the pictures I didn’t want to do it. I realized it’s because I have no confidence to draw. I will be working on this and as a confidence booster I THINK IT’S A GREAT TIME to take all the trees I have painted and put these in a book called wise trees.

 

 

 

The chapter book is a whole lot more complex and overwhelming.  The wise trees is a simple picture book that could give me confidence. In the meantime I can work on drawing. I will publish my book but I will start with a small book first.  Another lesson that I learned is that one must recognize their weaknesses and strengths. There’s a lot that I do right and I will focus on that.  In my first book I haven’t a clue how to set it up and much less illustrate it. Yet in the wise trees I have all the illustrations accept one and well I wrote the awesome story in like an hour.  Which brings me to some plans for my journal. I will focus on simple mixed media art because am I ever giving this up. NO.

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I will fill my journal with these on a weekly basis but once a month I will share about my book project the wise trees and my other book project.

That brings me to 2018, well I’ll…

Imagine all the possibilities that are possible. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Book Project

Ideas and words swim around in my head. I think of J.K. Rowling and the voice that told her, “Your book will be hard to publish but if you, do it’s going to be huge. I think of  Whitney Houston who at an early age, singing in a church, she knew right then and there what she must do.

Right now I just want to write The tale of Ana Bee and George Bird. I don’t know why I started it but I need to see it through. I am not J.K Rowling or Whitney Houston but I am passionate about this project. This is a great way to immerse myself in creative writing, drawing, and color!

Intro to my book:

 

Chapter 1 George Bird

George could feel and see the crowd. “Sing—SING George!” said Ana Bee. He looked for her and tried to sing but the words wouldn’t come out. Scratch! The music stopped and George woke up.  George rubbed his eyes and took a deep breath. “WHY do I keep having this dream?”  It had been a while since George sang. It had been a while since the terrible talent show.  He thought of Mr. Gables’ words, “You’ll never make it as a singer. For some reason he had a hard time singing in front of crowds but not in front of Ana Bee … “ANA BEE!” said George as he jumped out of bed. George washed his face, brushed his teeth and combed his hair. Then grabbed his suitcase and ran to Ana Bee’s house.

 

 

Character profiles and sketches.

Ana Bee

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George Bird

There have been some changes.

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One day I just got this idea in my head and not sure how but a voice did say.” you gotta right this down.” I get ideas and I need to follow them. My problem is that I need to stop being such a wuss and wondering what if, how or buts.  I realize now as I write that oh my gosh but I have failed at all these ideas so what makes me think that this one will work. Am I wasting my time? Only if I am not giving my best. I mean don’t you have to go through all these terrible ideas to get to the good ones. I guess.

 

Imagine all the possibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

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Daily Prompt: Miraculous

 

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What is it? Miraculous is something amazing and wonderful. I think about walking along Hogsmead. All this existed in someone’s mind and now it’s a world that we can all enjoy. Miraculous. Miraculous are the people who help me and love me when I need it the most. Okay these are my small simple miracles. Miracles happen all around us but we need to be open and live like they are here because they are. The real miracles happen where there seems to be no hope and all seems lost but for some reason there is an ounce of light and that light changes everything.

I write this as a painter and a writer who is contemplating her life. It’s always been my dream to I don’t– nothing has ever been solid. I know that I LOVE THE WAY I feel when I am in the classroom and when I AM PAINTING OR WRITING. I FIGURE MAYBE I SHOULD COMBINE THE TWO TEACHING KINDER AND working on my own side projects. I am scared even though I have guest taught for a long time now. The other day I went for a walk and realize that the best part of what success is overcoming the fear and being scared. It’s okay to feel this way and in the end who knows but there can be no doubts.

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Can Anyone Draw?

I watched this amazing Ted Talk. There’s this amazing theory that everyone can draw. We can all draw. I believe that.  But very few of us can draw the School of Athens.  My question is okay so in between the theory that everyone can draw and actually drawing the School of Athens is my skill level. What is it?  I might have some idea of what I can draw but all will reveal itself in due practice. I could never draw the School of Athens but I do love to draw.

 

Here’s my little suggested exercise.

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This was so simple and there wasn’t much thought to creating these characters. I simply started with shapes and added more shapes. I loved that it was so simple and FUN. I will be doing more of this simple and fun drawing. I’m not after perfection or anatomy. I  simply want cute characters and to be able to paint them. As I painted little details for my Christmas cards and edited my book I realized that I draw good.

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I can create some awesome work. The frustration comes when I doubt my skill and seek perfection.  Interestingly I checked Instagram this morning and I came across a similar quote. Fear and doubt only happens when you try to live up to society’s expectations. Yeah….

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

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Get rid of art that…

isn’t you. Weekends are a good time for fun. I have been working on my book and literally going through the tiniest of details. I been doing it so much that the project stopped feeling like a project. I thought it was best to take a break and do a fun project that’s on my redo list.

 

Here it is old.

Watercolor Art

Here it is new.

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I love the color and love the letters. Once I had time to relax I went for my book. I have been drawing and drawing. That got me thinking about my voice and what I really want to say with this book. What is the purpose of this book anyway?  Then I researched childhood characters like Peter Rabbit and Care Bears for inspiration. I could borrow a nose here, and the eyes from there. I wanted to get a sense of drawing and learn about my favorite characters.

That led to this idea of using a limited color palatte and using only those colors to mix the colors for the entire book. Maybe I’m thinking to much.

Here it is. I’m thinking of peach, yellow, light blue and using these colors to mix the right brown for trees and Ana Bee:

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I listed to this great podcast. The interviewer was praising the artist. He said, “Everyone knows your work.  It’s identifiable without a name. That’s every artist’s dream.”  Yes it’s true. I long to grow into my style and process. I want people to see it someplace in the world and know that it’s Myra’s work.

I felt the urge to go through one of my very first sketch books.  I saw some clever ideas and I saw work I must have drawn thinking of so and so’s work. I didn’t like that.  I did love the ideas that I could look at and know exactly why I created with the emotions behind it.

I know that I needed to go through my sketch book to be reminded of the most important art lesson of all. Be me and be my best.  I do love the idea of visiting old characters but I am most interested in the designs I drew. The ones I drew for some reason….

I have so many edits to go through and still working on my blog. What did I get myself into?  I think I’ll…

Think of all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.Think

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Painting a book cover

This week has been a week of many thanks. I needed a fun project. I found it.  I thought it would be fun to paint hot air balloons. This has to be the way Ana Mary and George travel to Apple Orchard to meet Mother Apple.   I found this cool project post on starting with geometric shapes. The idea is you doodle and let your ideas just happen.   I reviewed the element of shape.  I painted lots of circles. Circles represent unity, peace, life, energy and oneness. Rectangles in curves represent an unexpected twist–adventure.  The color does a good job of telling the story BUT…

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The word explore is way darker than it should be…

guess I couldn’t draw or paint in a straight line…

the rectangles should have been curvy…

truth is I remember thinking too much and playing just to get things right..

I love the sun. I love how you can see the sun right behind the word explore. The sky is amazing. The letters are good just a little space fixing. Not bad for round one of the my book cover.

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I’ve been drawing characters. Learning to draw isn’t that hard…I guess. I’m starting to draw minimal features like dots for eyes and looking at everything from shapes to color to bring the character to life. I realize the importance of  separating what I would do versus what the character would do.

Ana Mary is curious, happy, and that part of us that really just is. I drew thinking of her but borrowing this idea and that idea from other characters I found online.

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Who are the characters? How do their clothes, actions and speech project this. I will work on this one character at a time. Oh and a walk in the park had me thinking. Take all of my tree illustrations and turn them into a picture book.  I should organize my journal again. So much to do! BUT I will remember to have fun and embrace the curiosity as it comes.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.