watercolor and tempera

thoughts are things

I feel awkward when I am misunderstood. Sometimes it feels awkward when I think of what it would be like to see my book finished and presented to the world for all to see. It feels weird to see my name on the book and know that it will be right there on Amazon and Barnes and Noble for everyone to see. BUT when I read it to that one kid I don’t feel awkward. I feel the exact opposite as a matter of fact. It would feel awkward running into someone I haven’t see in a long time. What will they think of me? When I’m feeling a breeze against my check and an idea for a new project, awkwardness fades and I don’t care….good night.

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via Daily Prompt: Awkward

watercolor and tempera

paint brush? Johnny tree…

(just going to be reviewing some of my favorite trees for the wise trees book while I make exciting changes?)

with tempera paint and a little watercolor.appletree

I’m so proud of this tree and all that it stands for. I mean Johnny Appleseed is this guy who had an awesome dream and with just one seed…just one idea he changed the world. The more I think about it the crazier it seems. He traveled by foot all over for MILES AND MLES just planting seeds. Today I can drink apple juice. Oh and I did just that the other day. In a bagel shop I bought a Martinelli’s apple juice, yes the kind that comes in a apple shaped glass. From the smile to the childhood memory to the thirst quenching on a hot spring day, I thank Johnny.  Now that I realize it every single seed I spread always made a difference. The moment I realized this oh my whole world changed. Every dream is worth exploring and walking MILES AND MILES FOR no matter how crazy it seems. I say if it sounds crazy then maybe your on to something big.

I can hardly believe that my book is near completion. I’m so proud of this book.

notes:

  • use the bottom of a round craft sponge brush to get this awesome pattern
  • imagine what happens when I find extraordinary ways to use ordinary objects
  • use tempera paint
  • used watercolor for the apples but probably should of went with tempera or acrylic
  • layer light to dark when stamping
  • as you stamp think about the story and let color tell it.
  • just stamp and see what patterns emerge ( I stamped a heart)
  • dark color for the leaves
  • choose a shape for the leaves that symbolize togetherness, earth and so much more so yes a circle seems fine
  • love your design and share it.
  • create awesome contrast (light tree trunk and beautiful vibrant color for the leaves)

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible…I just love the thinks I think up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

watercolor and tempera

paint brush? Johnny tree…

 

with tempera paint and a little watercolor.appletree

I’m so proud of this tree and all that it stands for. I mean Johnny Appleseed is this guy who had an awesome dream and with just one seed…just one idea he changed the world. The more I think about it the crazier it seems. He traveled by foot all over for MILES AND MLES just planting seeds. Today I can drink apple juice. Oh and I did just that the other day. In a bagel shop I bought a Martinelli’s apple juice, yes the kind that comes in a apple shaped glass. From the smile to the childhood memory to the thirst quenching on a hot spring day, I thank Johnny.  Now that I realize it every single seed I spread always made a difference. The moment I realized this oh my whole world changed. Every dream is worth exploring and walking MILES AND MILES FOR no matter how crazy it seems. I say if it sounds crazy then maybe your on to something big.

I can hardly believe that my book is near completion. I’m so proud of this book.

notes:

  • use the bottom of a round craft sponge brush to get this awesome pattern
  • imagine what happens when I find extraordinary ways to use ordinary objects
  • use tempera paint
  • used watercolor for the apples but probably should of went with tempera or acrylic
  • layer light to dark when stamping
  • as you stamp think about the story and let color tell it.
  • just stamp and see what patterns emerge ( I stamped a heart)
  • dark color for the leaves
  • choose a shape for the leaves that symbolize togetherness, earth and so much more so yes a circle seems fine
  • love your design and share it.
  • create awesome contrast (light tree trunk and beautiful vibrant color for the leaves)

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible…I just love the thinks I think up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

watercolor and tempera

thoughts are things

How do you know you got it? How do you know you’ve got something to flaunt? I say it’s time to flaunt when I’m sitting with a, as I like to say, a giggle smile. When I get this idea and all I think about is transferring this idea from my mind to paper. I think of color, and the right brush or…yeah see it all come together. It’s a feeling like no other. What of the guy who walks along the street swag in all… in the introduction to the Stay In Alive movie.  I say if you have a song to sing or a story to write then flaunt it.

Today I’m flaunting this…

appletree

I am proud of this tree and the book that it will be featured in. Wise trees is reminder to always follow your imagination and curiosity.

Imagine all the impossibilities

 

 

via Daily Prompt: Flaunt

book projects, watercolor and tempera

paint a pink tree with a q-tip…

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I love the color pink and it’s important to surround yourself with what you love. Love brings out the best in you. It would be very hard to help someone be their best without love. There’s this other idea that you could be living your life and all of a sunned there’s this pink tree and it’s so beautiful. This is a great tree and I’m so glad it’s in the wise trees book. I’m so excited and I can’t wait to share it.

 

notes:

  • use a q-tip
  • or the back of the paint brush to make your dots
  • layer from light to dark
  • mix a little pink with brown to get a perfect shade of brown
  • mix a little brown with the pink and add water to get the perfect pink
  • this technique would be great for painting pomegranate seeds
  • have fun
  • create a journal entry on lessons this project has taught me

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

watercolor and tempera

thoughts are things

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Life is much too short to be vague. I have been thinking about this ALOT. I love my life and I love all the possibilities that I think up. I can create my art and share it with the world. Those who love will.  Those who don’t, well I’ll love.  I’ll create the kind of art that I was born to create. I mean why in the world would I not want to. Why in the world would I allow someone to define me? I define me. I choose to show up. Am I really?  There’s that world vague again. That’s just it when I am loving I’m not vague. Sure there are moments but in the grand scheme of life… no.

These beautiful red-velvet hearts are a new creation that I recently added to my shop. I felt a little overwhelmed with the wise trees book and took a little break…a few days. I’m almost done and have started a drawing class…got to record notes on this tempera paint layering technique.

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible

 

 

Vague

watercolor and tempera

Strong Roots

Wise trees book

This week I spent a good deal removing backgrounds from the trees paintings. Only  to realize I did it wrong. I was frustrated and then something happened. I kept going and redid all the PNG images… ALMOST ready to look at the final book layout. When I say final I mean the first round the of the whole book put together for the first time. This tree about sums up my experience. You’ve got to have strong roots.

notes:

  • use an angled brush
  • mix various tones of green
  • use a mix of dry brush and wet on wet painting to get awesome tree textures
  • apply paint in a dab and press motion
  • paint here and paint there and paint until it feels right
  • don’t focus on one spot at the same time

-Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

book projects, watercolor and tempera

tree with oil pastels

 

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Oh yeah this is another tree for the WISE TREES Book. I  have the process down and just about finished with the pesky business of creating digital files all ready to create the first draw of the entire book. Feels good and come to think of it, this tree sums up the experience. To create this book I have to bare down to ME, my imagination and let curiosity run wild. Or is it the other way around? 

Notes

  • crayola oil pastels.
  • watercolor paint for the leaves.
  • combination of tan and brown. Mix in a little of each color with a little brown to create  unified tones throughout.
  • layered with light and then dark. Hey this is becoming a pattern…a style.
  •  love this idea and this just seems to be illuminating and radiates the intended message.
  • Note to self…just paint and play because that’s when the magic happens.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

watercolor and tempera

thoughts are things

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What thwarts us from our chief aim in life? What keeps us from living as our true selves and loving every moment. OK really being in love with art that of COURSE you pull in the all nighters and all dayers to get all the little things done.  You don’t mind these little things because you see your finished book or t-shirt ready and you believe in the message.   I’m realizing that I’ve always had lots of questions. I’ve always been curious! ALWAYS! But that doesn’t matter. What matters is what you do with curiosity. What matters is how well you are able to follow your curiosity and what  you do with it.

What thwarted me from my chief aim in life? I know now that I didn’t listen to the voice and surrender to it. I will all of my heart surrender! I am here and I surrender. I listen to the voice echoed among the swaying of the branches sun-kissed by the sun. Oh I hold my hands like a bird ready to fly. I’m here. I’m ready and listening. Listen to me.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

via Daily Prompt: Thwart

book projects, watercolor and tempera

pretty and pink

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One of the last trees I painted for the wise trees book. I created this tree from an actual tree in my home town.

Notes:

  • use a size 10 round brush or bigger
  • use the prettiest pink you can find
  • mix that pink with a little brown for the perfect shade of brown
  • apply the paint in transparencies of pink.
  • start with the lightest color and work up to the hue
  • take the brush and mix the paint the water and spatter here and there
  • flatten some of the splatters to make cool shapes
  • fun shapes will happen

It’s time to scan images, remove backgrounds and work on layout.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.