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Painting trees with…

 

watercolor, tempera and artist tape.

Treasure Tree Hill

 

Sometimes life can be overwhelming…okay ALOT.   I could be a big worry wart and make myself sick… but where would I be?  I’d be lost. If I’m lost then how can I be my best? I’ve always had a creative imagination. My best is embracing new ideas even if it means I leave the most comfortable place. The weird AMAZINGNESS is that art gives me comfort.  Ideas excite me and fill my days with pizzazz.

Here’s what I mean. This blogger had an amazing idea to paint trees using artist tape. She painted a winter scene.  I had to try this, only I painted a scene for my book.

Step 1 apply artist tape on paper. This was fun because it’s a new idea!

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I had an idea to explore different mixed media techniques. My plan was simple and beautiful. Sure takes the pressure off of learning to draw. I am learning to draw BUT now I’m drawing my way. This feels Sooo much better. As I look at this, I realize that I want a more organic feel.

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Step 2. I used a paint brush to paint the background. I was thinking lovely shades of analogous color. David and Goliath showed up. I had two options. I could continue to work or start over. I am after all creative right?  I kept on mixing no matter what. I had his idea to use yellow tempera paint. I applied paint with a dab motion. Oh and I used the contrast technique I learned. I mixed in a little red with green to create contrasting shades. Afer all was said and done, I noted a Big something. I didn’t leave space around the small trees for perspective. I guess this still looks okay. I had painted Treasure Tree Hill…this wonderful place where Dimples tests his flyer because he wants to fly, even though dogs don’t fly.

If a first you don’t succeed try again. I referenced an awesome picture I found online….

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but I painted Treasure Tree Hill.

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I used salt to give the hill texture.  I even painted the lopsided lollipop tree. I need to paint Dimples of course. I’ve sketched him but not sure I want to mess up what I’ve done so far.  I’m so happy with this idea. I want to sell limited edition tree theme art prints. Wonder what my fans think.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible!

P.s If you’re going to read my journal be a fan.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Imagine all the possibilities.

 

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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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Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

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Critique Your Art

Last week the challenge was to create some bouncy lettering. The holidays are here so of course I had to come up with an awesome quote.  One lunch afternoon I drew this out.

Just a pencil, some awesome graphic paper, markers, and 2o minutes.

YEAH okay doubt, I’m not sure about this either. I think about all the artists. I love watching them work. Wow how do they do it. Everything from the idea to the sketch is amazing!  THEN they go an call their sketch messy… call it a ROUGH sketch. I’m thinking WHAT?

Don’t Compare. They’ve had tons of practice.

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I felt like I had a good idea but again my SKILLS were hiding and seeking some other artist..  My etsy shop deadline is in 2 months.  Am I really an artists or am I fooling myself?  Will I be ready for my etsy shop?  Is an etsy shop a smart move right now?  That’s when it hit me. YES I’m an artists BUT I have to keep working and what’s that word HABIT.  Yes work on my art and learn from my mistakes. Problem is I always feel like I’m making mistakes…always waiting…always hoping….always dreaming and I know it’s coming. I see it and I feel it or do I?.

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I DO! So I’m looking SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW …and taking notes. I have to hold on and focus on the good! I CHOOSE to look at all the wonderful progress I’ve made. I mean I know what I did wrong and how to fix it. That’s got to count for something.

OH! The brush lettering should be thicker. I’m on a roller coaster.

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Every story is filled with mistakes, fears and an even bigger desire to persevere.

-nothing is impossible.

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Try New Tools?

Funny story. As I was painting this and blowing away at the paint to create hay hands, feet and hair for my scarecrow,  I had watchers laughing at me. I thought about this and yes it does look funny as I’m doing it. I had such a fun time doing this.

This is a a work in progress. Not sure what quote to add here. I was thinking about how a scarecrow just stands there and doesn’t say or do much. BUT scarecrows have a big job and they do it well.

I painted color of cheer, happy and just friendship.

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Well that’s it for now. I am working on much more. See you next week! Try using a straw and create something. I have used a straw to paint a scarecrow and  a sun. What else can I create?  Let me think on it for a while.

-there are no impossibilities

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Swim & Flow

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You have to put yourself out there and Swim and just keep swimming. You also have to enjoy every moment of it and flow. Flow like the easy breezy current. Flow without a care in the world. Flow like you always know that we are all the same. I mean sure you and I are different but that’s what makes me awesome. Yes you are awesome too and that is the point. This is what I wanted to capture in this painting. It’s like the 5th time I paint this idea. My idea gets better every time!

I love LOVE art and love sharing with you. I will be taking a week off to really work on my blog. I will be working on my art of course, but just need some time to swim and flow. I need to really think about my blog and give it the voice and professionalism it deserves. I write from the heart. I draw from the heart. I just want to let the kid play. I named this blog little lemonade for the spirit of playing and putting up a lemonade stand.  Remember that. I want to go back to a simpler time filled with the drawing and painting.  I appreciate the club and how we have grown. I appreciate every one of you!

I will be back August 8th. I will start with the school days lettering series.

I will have a short post next week on the updates and a little preview of what’ s to come.

Thanks see you friends!

 

 

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Gosh Darn It!

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Supplies: Windsor paint and crayola Size 1 cottman brush

Thoughts:

Oh boy this brush is my best friend in the whole world right now!! You see all along I have been practicing details with a size 0 and the results were a big sad face.  I mean okay they were not that bad, but then I bought this brush!  I painted some textures for a texture class and doodled letters.  I have even practiced color mixing and it’s amazing!! The point is I was using the wrong brush! I can’t say it enough you have to practice and try and try again. Step out of your comfort zone and just play….COME ON KID PLAY. If your an artist come on try a new tool. If you simply read for fun then what are you waiting for get out there and try something new. You sing but are shy to do it in public. Do it!

I did make a mess last week with eyeshadow.  Yes you read right. I love love the texture.

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Last week I shared my influence map and this week I am just having fun drawing and playing really! More about that later. I am also heading to the Sawdust Festival on Friday. I have lots of fun ideas that I have painted and will be painting.  I will be sharing with you.  Paint along with me.

See you.

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I’m going to live my love story

Class Activity to figure out who and what I am-how to tell my story

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I am an artist. Make no mistake about that.  Maybe I am a superhero and my powers are I can express my thoughts with my art.

These were everything to me and still are. I have lots of ideas and now that I think of it they make sense. My ideas relate to all of these ideas that these characters represent. I feel awesome about all of my ideas. My work well needs work and so I am learning color, art history, writing and everything I can. Do you ever feel like you have this idea you believe in and can think of all these reasons why its right but get frustrated because your skills aren’t their yet?  Yeah I am moving on

In the coming weeks I will be sharing my projects:

  • inspiration by Amelia Bedelia
  • puzzle style like giving clues to create the message
  • fun animal drawings
  • what’s the idea again…I forgot but I will remember
  • Oh Starting August- not sure when but I will be doing Daily Doodles inspired by all the reasons why school is so awesome. Going back to school can be hard but I intend to make it fun.

I am so excited!

-See you soon!

 

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Letters Y & Z

Tools: regular pen and today I drew  near a turtle pond

Thoughts: I don’t focus too much on these letters as I don’t use them much. Well the y yes but the z not so much.

I love the yours truly

 

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Hard to believe I am done. Have no fear I work on art every day so please make sure  you join the party .Or stop by when you can.  I post every Wed. and Thur.  I hope you had fun because I certainly have.

See you  friend.

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Letter I

Tool: no.  Again watercolor but Windsor

Thoughts: I love hearts and I love block letters It was an accident with the O’s but they look like eyes.

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