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

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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. 

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

 

 

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Note to Self

What’s going on in your heart and in your mind? Okay so the Tale of Ana Bee and George Bird isn’t going to be told anytime soon.  Keep drawing and that way you’ll have had time to draw they way you draw at your absolute very best. Oh but the Wise Tree book sounds like a great idea! What a great idea to paint trees and use all kinds of mixed media to learn about color and most importantly play, explore and keep creating. That original date of having it in hand reading it for Read Across America week seems feasible.

Open up a threadless shop and share your art? What? A Myra original on a zip bag or a poster leaves lots of room for possibilities. It began this whole real possibility of lots of side projects. Each small project is a good step in saying yes I can do that. The love theme is something personal and filled with projects created with simple paint and an idea. Nothing else but an idea. Keep on creating and keep on enjoying the process. Stand tall and keep painting trees…paint what you want.  

 

 

Nurture your talent. Don’t make or break the rules JUST BE YOURSELF. 

 

 

 

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Note To Self

 

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Dear Mireya,

I just don’t know where to begin. I know there’s plans to post the awesome tree you painted using art tape, but a note to self is much needed. That will happen next week. Yes your idea to create a first children’s chapter book that doubles as an art book is awesome. Can’t wait for next weeks post.

Look I believe in you and your art. Sometimes I have to say you set out to paint something awesome and then bad happens. I get that it’s hard. Keep going and just look at it as a mistake that you can learn from. The day when you FINALLY get it right seems far FAR FAR FAR away.  Get over this and get over yourself. Just paint and write the book you want to write.  So you haven’ t a clue. Then get one! How many times have you drawn letters only to walk away thinking practice isn’t enough. Maybe it’s been the wrong approach the whole time. Maybe you should THINK ABOUT WHAT your awesome at and start with that first.

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Here’s a list: you can write, you can draw simple letters. YOU CAN just don’t even think about the PERFECTION kind because it may not happen. Look you need some orange in your day today and everyday.

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KEEP THINGS SIMPLE and just work on projects. Embrace that your hand writing will always be a little messy. What you can’t do is settle and have this terrible attitude that your art isn’t good enough so oh well who cares. Look you painted this on an old piece of watercolor paper. You should have painted it on a blank piece. You were afraid of messing up a perfectly good piece of paper with your mistakes. Stop that. Don’t practice. Paint a masterpiece! You are thinking you don’t know how. You don’t know how to put your book together much less draw the pictures for it.

Just paint. Just write. Just get messy. Through it all, always give your absolute best–the very best you can possibly be! I have a plan. You’ll work on side projects that are all geared toward your book. Each project will include illustrations done with mixed media. This way you’ll have mini projects to help you learn as well as get that book ready. Yes it’s all happening in November. Remember that I love you and I’m your biggest fan.

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The learning of a curious artist

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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…

THINK of all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

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Lettering with Tempera Paint

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A little Art History is where it all began. I came across this big magnificent book. Every page filled with art history–the story–the WHY. Right there among the pages of  Expressionism, this quote had me thinking a WONDERFUL thought.

Anyone can brush letter the word love. Most do.  But only an artist can manipulate color or whatever he or she wants to make us feel the story. There’s a difference. I don’t like the word manipulate. Maybe it works here?

Got my tempera paints in the mail. I had to mix color first.

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Then came the real reason I’m here. I was dying to recreate an amazing paint texture.

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Amazing and done by a 1st grade class is even better!

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I didn’t have the right tool so I made one.

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I painted this mixing color right on the page in a blotting motion. Not exactly the same. I should do a softer motion so I get more texture with the brush.

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I will definitely try this again. I’ll make the brush bigger and use a bit more tints. Work in layers?

That led to my  color book . I saw a leaf stamp idea that needed doing. I went outside and found the right leaf.

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That idea led to this idea. Writing these letters was amazing. I just wish I could have painted on  a blank piece of paper instead. Oh well I do want to reuse every piece before I recycle.

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and here we are.

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The background symbolizes what I want to say. I like it….fabulous idea. Yes I’ll keep working on texture backgrounds and take notes.

What will I work on next week? Maybe it’s time to get organized, do a little 5 minute draw and have fun because it is my birthday!

Think of all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

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