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.

 

 

 

mixed media painting, picture book side projects

Clever Painting Brush

Sometimes I see trees and imagine that MAYBE the leaves of a tree are just it’s hair. Trees must need their leaves like we need our hair. I smile and the tree smiles back. The warm sun and the breeze come along for the ride. This sounds CRAZY I know,  but maybe I have a gift for IMAGINATION that I shouldn’t hide

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YES, this is going to look great in my book…one page of the many trees I will paint. And all it took was a walk, my imagination, some paint and a size 10 round brush.  I press here and there and everywhere. Wow this looks amazing! Adding a teal tempera paint made the whole tree pop. I love it!!!

Imagine all the impossibilities that are impossible because I’m doing it right now!

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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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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.

 

 

picture book side projects

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

mixed media painting, picture book side projects

Writing Weird Things

Bare Before Beauty

 

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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