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


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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This whole world

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This whole world is big you see. This whole world is BIG enough for you and me.   Yeah LIVE YOUR LOVE STORY AND SHARE YOUR GLORY.

Something told me to post with this word. I started this morning but had to run off. Don’t want to. There’s so much art for me to do! I’ll DO it and I will do it with love.

SO excited for my book and all that’s to come. Here me, in the words of a school sign I read today, ROAR!!!


and the poem LOVE STORY



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is like beauty in  the eye of the beholder. Brilliant is an idea that makes you light up and  say YES I am painting this. Brilliant is you did it without doubt. Brilliant is the idea that lives inside you. Brilliant is the mistakes you make and then say oh WOW wait a minute here’s what I can do next time. Brilliant is a smile right when you need it. Brilliant is this very word that made me write all of this when I needed it the most.


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thoughts are things

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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Could I paint with a Q-tip?

I’ll say!

So glad I saw this on You Tube! The idea was that you take a bunch of Q-tips and wrap them up together with a big rubber band. So you use this new Q-tip brush to then dip in paint to create instant awesome flowers.

I love the idea but I didn’t feel like wasting a bunch of Q-tips. I didn’t want to paint flowers BUT I want to paint trees. I have lots of trees to paint for my new side project– Wise Trees.  I had an idea.  I simply mix-up tempera red and white, a little water and a touch of pink watercolor of course.  Maybe some brown, just to create a warm pink.



Okay so that didn’t go well. Wait, the color is fabulous but the branches are WAY to thick and heavy.  No need to mention that I didn’t blend the paint on the branches or the trunk right. Besides, the pink here is so pretty. I can’t get over how pretty my pink is.  And with the shade of brown…wish is worked out.  Well I do have lots more paint.



Alright so here we go. Not the same wonderful color but still a beauty. I painted the tree with a marker. I colored with a marker then applied water with a paint brush. Not bad. I LOVE the idea of using mixed media to practice my art skills and at the same time focus on a project like my book. Wise Trees is an amazing book that combines my love of nature, painting and writing.


Next week I’ll paint more trees and tackle the love poem. I keep writing. Oh the frustration but I have fun.  Oh and I’ll be working on a pink tree. Maybe the Q-tip idea will work for my tree after all?


Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.


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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:


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.



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


George Bird

There have been some changes.


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



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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