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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BUT what if….

I waste my supplies because I don’t know how to paint—like I expect myself to. What if I want to fill this awesome $12 watercolor notebook with only the best. I could sell these? They could be ready to scan awesome art work.  What if …WHAT IF…that’s how I feel these days. I catch myself doing this ALOT and it BUGS me.

Here’s what I mean:

I painted this and ran into problems. The scary part is that I almost found myself in the pits of darkness and the awful place of despair–BUT I refuse to enter.

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A few days later I redrew and pained how I felt. I used different tones of blue. Yes blue is the color of faith, serenity, wisdom, calmness, universal and so much more.  I expected the brown to be lighter but the color’s growing on me.

IMAG0282[1]As I thought of all this, I listened to some powerful words. Make a mess. Messes lead to unexpected awesomeness. Command the respect you want with your art and don’t settle for less. Thank you  James Victore and  Unmistakable Creative.

To make your dreams happen you have to have two elements: absolute confidence and be transparent with people. Where there is doubt there is no confidence. Interesting how at the very moment, I ponder life and self worth I come across these powerful words. I love when this happens! Slowly but EXCITINGLY I am working on my book.

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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thoughts are things

Update on Live Your Love Story

I’ve been working on this poem. Had it for so long. I really wrote it to myself knowing there are tons of people out there who can benefit too.

Here’s what I’ve been working on. What color and texture do I create?

Testing various brushes and color… and yes I practiced on the back side of watercolor paper. That’s okay for practice but not good for the amazing watercolor textue you can create.

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I had this idea for a rainbow layout.

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I was stuck on the curve shape layout. I really love the color blue. I did some research on blue The color turquoise seemed like a fabulous idea. Turquoise is amazing and represents a communication between the heart and words. It guards against evil and is friendly and open, a color said to look good on anyone…..all the emotions I want.

Let me mix up the right color.

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I took a bunch of notes and I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the rainbow.  Rainbows are cute but do I want the energy in my poem to be cute. No. The turquoise is on my mind and what a wonderful idea. I can’t let go!

I put on my favorite song and just practice the poem. Yeah “I got issues and one of them is how bad I need you”…. ooooh back to my exploration.  I edited the poem to simplify and add some fun.  My goal was to pratice writing the poem so there’d be less mistakes when I painted it for real. Turns this layout -I really love this layout that just happened. It has the feel of someting written on a wall for all to see..yes someplace cool like old town Brooklyn-just thinking.

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Stepped away for a few days then I painted this. I used a pencil.  Took my time drawing each word as I wanted. I chose words that at a glance would emphasize live your love story. On the days when I don’t have time to read it I can glance at these words and know. 

To me this feels like something I could have written on a wall. One of those vintage walls with character on some island or cute little town.  I said this already but WOW love how this idea emerged.

Think of  a vintage building with all it’s character. The message or perhaps signage is all that’ s left from a once happening place. Maybe the place is still open. The point is the letters are slightly faded but still speak volumes of the place and it’s people. Yeah I believe that makes sense for my piece.

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Will be working on the layout and the lettering itself. I love the backwards R! Keep watching and see where I take this.

Everything is possible

 

 

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