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Sometimes you draw good and sometimes you don’t.

There are times when I have just five minutes and I draw and paint beautifully. Then there are days where I’ve got all the time in the world…I erase and erase only to end up feeling like I haven’t made good use of my time because  I can’t even draw a simple object….

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Well, hold on I bet the best of the best have these days. Lots of artists do. The BIG difference is they probably deal with it much better than I do. They also have 10,000 hours more of practice. I’m working on it.

I drew and spent most of my time thinking of all the awesome tips I get from artists.  They’re amazing and kind…so kind in giving me the help and guidance I need. Thanks Christine for this idea. Oh and I had fun using watercolor, crayons, acrylic paint and markers. Why did I choose an almost dried up marker for the lettering notes? I don’t know.

I thought this turned out well except I didn’t plan the layout right so I couldn’t scan it right.

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Now I have a cool layout and the idea to paint with blue monotones. Yes I’ll paint and post on my instagram.  Oh on the other positive crazy….my book is turning out to be awesome. The editing is easier and my drawing is improving but my story keeps changing.

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Lesson in color

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I wasn’t even going to write in my journal this week BUT here I am. Seems like a great summary for my week.  Seems like I started the week in a routine. I don’t like routine. I love not knowing— it’s the best!  I keep getting all of these awesome tips and ideas: words of James Victore.  “Learn EVERYTHING about art, forget it, and create” he says.   What a wonderful master plan!  Another quick You tube video on this amazing artist and her fabulous tips on my most favorite element of all-COLOR. “If you’re going to paint a red apple, mix the red with it’s compliment green to add form.  Oh I should make this a side project! I also found out about this awesome book, ITTEN The Elements of Color. The best part of my week is that I finally, not sure why today was the day but it was,  sat down and read my rough draft. Two months ago I sat for three glorious hours a day rewriting my script. I put it away until today and read it. Not a bad story AT ALL but there’s lots to do.

Yes it’s a big task and so is immersing myself in the world of Art History and King Lear. It’s not, but the feeling like I want to learn it all, paint and create at the same time… is. For now I’ll start with simple objects that I can draw like leaves. I printed up some pictures for reference and then painted going from light to dark.I mixed things up and outlined with a crayon. Maybe I don’t want to outline with a complementary color.IMAG0248[1]

 

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Forget the Fun in Art?

Teaching language arts to a 4th grade class was awesome. I think about them and the words,” This is fun”.  Makes me smile. Yeah the word Fun in a classroom where learning happens is PROBABLY the best way to learn. I think of the little girl who whispered in my ear “You are a fun teacher” I think of the students in the adult transition class who….the girl who dances moving with each rhythm… feeling the need to raise up the volume. The boy who figured out a funnier way to separate each bead. The boy–I mean awesome artist who colored a mosaic. When I asked him about the colors he  simply shows me the four markers. ” I just colored” he says.

Oh the 2-year-old boy who bangs on pots and pans. He wanted to make music and now he’s a huge artist.

I think of the artist who’s had his work in the finest New York museum. He hosts retreats and workshops. He writes his letters messy. That’s what his clients love the most. It’s true! It’s what he says that invigorates my mind!

I eavesdropped on a conversation. They were talking about the same thing. When an author was asked how he wrote an amazing book, he simply said he just wrote it and wanted others to enjoy it. That’s it nothing complex.

What do all these people have in common? They are just creating–no rules-no doubt just I’m going to do this because I feel like it. Oh and they nurture their talent. THEY ARE IN THE MOMENT LOVING THEMSELVES AND LOVING LIFE. Don’t you need this to be the best. If you’re bored with the task at hand then change it up. YES.

So what a coincidence I’ve been doing the same. I painted over old watercolor paper but who’s asking. This is my journal. Love the orange color I mixed up. I like the vibrant orange and the spontaneity in the letters!

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So I ‘ll keep making mistakes–but that’s it they’re not mistakes. They are proof that I’m learning! It’s all how you look at it!

Oh I love working with straws but the lettering didn’t quite work out. The blue and orange is awesome. Next week I’ll be working on painting leaves. Oh I guess I should review some of my sketches too 5 minute draws are sometimes silly.

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Finding your voice…

 

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is like finding your purpose. That’s such a big task! It is. I’m learning that the best way to find your voice is to simply paint, draw, write–CREATE.  The words of a podcast echo loud and clear. Get out of your comfort zone and turn off the negativity.  Yeah GOLIATH is in my head but David’s there too. It’s been a relief to let go and–Let Go. I feel like my journal is filled with these kind of thinks. BUT IT’S TRUE.  The hardest part is to let go of the labels and the noise.  There’s always pressure to please and to make money–to be liked and live what we always thought as…the safe choice. The problem with safe means you’re not adventuring or learning something new–BORING. I love learning about art history. There’s something amazing about painting in a dark cave or the breath taking Babylonian Gardens. Or what about the language of William Shakespeare. Oh the painting on Papyrus scrolls like the Judgment of Hunefer. This is all new!  Gives me a sense of how and why and artist creates. I love this! Makes all the right sense. I guess that means I keep on writing “weird things”

 

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New brush that I customized and I gotta say it felt good! I love the unpredictability.  I tried to apply the paint in a series of dots. Then the paint didn’t spread and I was left with these dots. I ran out of paper. I messed up this sheet. I could throw it away or keep going. So I played around. I let the brush SLIDE across the page. Suddenly the perfect quote happened. Love the not knowing no strings attached feeling–WAIT that’s part of stepping out of your comfort zone right. I’ve also been learning to draw and WOW! I need tons of practice which will be great for a side project. I’m exited to start that next week! Yeah just the right motivation to get back to The Tale of Anna Mary and George…wait maybe his last name should be Wild..George Wild

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Writing Weird Things

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Not sure what the conversation was, but I remember the important part. I was talking about wasting time. Someone said, “Writing weird things that don’t make sense is a waste of time”.   I thought about that as I painted. These are strong words and at first they HURT–not going to lie. But wait a minute that’s a good point!

The most important part of your art is—what it says. So what am I saying? What am I doing?  Then it hit me. My favorite song–the words–the motions and how it makes me feel. Last week I put together some of my favorite projects   These are some of the pieces that mean SOMETHING to me. They are probably not as neat or as colorful and people may think they’re a waste of time. But that’s just it I don’t care. I do care BUT in the moment I paint. I just get an idea that I need to voice and that’s it!

Do I want to be just another King Lear daughter who voices with flattery. Or do I want to be the organic from the heart voice who makes them think, laugh, hope, dream, dance–like my favorite song? I choose the latter. That leads to the biggest question. What do I want to say? I will keep on painting and working out the details.

For now I’ll have patience with the stupid letter c on my keyboard that is slowly dying, keep testing acrylic paint, blending my oil pastels and work on the picture book that I’m writing. I can draw objects but need lots of practice.

I think I’ll go study Art History now…

 

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Get to know the ugly side of

success. I seem to be quoting James Arthur these days-twice. To succeed at anything you have to learn to master the ugly side. That about sums up my thoughts this week.

I’m going to paint and I’m going to write my heart’s content.

My heart’s content…

I don’t know why it was easy to keep on trying even when I fell and scraped my knees. I mean all I wanted to do was ride my bike.

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Working the straw was awesome and the color scheme–not bad

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There’s always a brighter day.

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Do I believe in all impossible things? I’ve got to.

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We are one but we each have a purpose…I painted this!

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Speaks for itself

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The learning of a curious artist

Feel Love

 

Sometimes it feels like there’s so much art and not enough time. I said this before. I realize that some art interests me far more than other art. Guess it’s the story and technique I’m after. Gold Leaf in Mesopotamian art! I want to enjoy art. So I’m reading a little on each piece. If it’s a piece that has my attention, I’ll take a closer look.

I was in a book store the other day. I found a table filled with $5 books. The one filled with fairy tales called me. Yes  magical worlds and motifs.   Sounds like good inspiration for my quotes and poems. There’s something about a world  be it fairy tale or Hogwarts that’s incredible.  I love Hogwarts and the whole good versus evil. I went with the complete plays of William Shakespeare. I love the times of kings, queens and horse carriages. I want to finish reading King Lear and it’ll be better reading.

I got back to the quick draw or 5 minute draw. I love not knowing what will happen or what the piece will look like. I get an idea and go with it. In the end I may have a layout that looked better in my mind BUT, hey it’s practice. It’s going from fear to freedom.

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The house is quiet now–good. I guess all books and draws just help me learn in a non- judgemental I can lose myself know thyself kind of way.  Wait… I need to make sure that I keep creating because that’s the best way to learn. I think next will be a great time to look at my old work and choose some favorites…

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