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.

 

 

thoughts are things

thoughts are things

There you are LIVING and doing what you do. Until it happens out of the blue. It’s this warmth in your heart. It’s a song…it’s art.    Yeah this is the intro to my love poem and I have been working on this for a long time now. It’s a poem I wrote about love and it’s a hopeless love story that you experience with yourself and then the world. We all have an amazing song that should be danced to and celebrated. The real question is do we believe so.

Here’s the work in progress.

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My song has to include art. I am almost done with the wise trees book. If my fans love my blog I know they’ll love my book. In the meantime I am working on tons of art because if I want to get good then I better be drawing and painting every  single day! What am I saying? I am great! I listen to the birds sing and feel the warmth of the sun…nature and all its glory! I hear your song and I surrender singing back.

Oh to celebrate I am giving away these guys.

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via Daily Prompt: Song

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.

 

 

 

thoughts are things

thoughts are things

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Yes there are tons of toxic thoughts and behaviors that keep us from achieving our aim in live. We all have a story and yeah it does involve tears but oh it does involve glory.

I have been thinking about this and so I do what I do best..

curiosity grows

 

Ideas don’t have to be perfect and you don’t have to have all the answers. All you need to do is belief.  Let me add this to the threadless shop so others can hang it on their wall…wait I’d love to paint this on a wall…

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

via Daily Prompt: Toxic

watercolor and tempera

Visiting old designs

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My most favorite designs are ones that I worked on for the thrill of it. The ones I painted with an I don’t know, a giggle smile that started with curiosity and ran with my imagination. I think of the rabbit who huddles with her baby ducklings and below it written with my hand lettering style is an amazing idea. Be open minded. The world has yet to see this masterpiece sketch but the fact that I think of it always, is a sign that I need  to paint it. These ideas are the ones I  hold near and dear and the ones that I need to share with the world.

 

I loved making these flowers with a spoon fork and that idea led to a whole new book idea on creating awesome flowers. Yes one idea leads to the next.

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I am so blessed and I thank…well he knows.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

thoughts are things

thoughts are things

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All of my life I think and dream. I have always thought of how I can bring that element of art in what ever it is I happen to be doing. What matters the most to me is how I make them feel. Art is after all…well I painted this…

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I  think of all the times I’ve swallowed doubt right there inside the warm cup of green tea. I think about all the times I secretly swallowed the words…the lies that someone said and secretly knew the truth. I listened from a place a love…the only place and truth I know. I sit here and write this with every ounce of my being and know that my story…so vibrant and colorful is amazing because it’s my art–my story. I savor and then swallow the imaginary piece of delicious chocolate cupcake that will be mine. You see I planned to buy the cupcake Saturday afternoon but they sold out.

YES. I think the important question is not that I will swallow but rather what will I swallow. Yes the tea is great and it warms me so. BUT how can my favorite cup of tea really warm  me like a hug from a tree and all it’s spring or summer breeze, if I swallow with doubt? When I swallow and take a deep breath I do so with belief in myself because the word itself says so. Audrey Hepburn said so too. Do I swallow the words it’s not the right season for fig trees or do I swallow the belief right down to my soul that it’s the right day? The answer lies within what your mind bravely conceives. Henry Ford said so. I say so.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

via Daily Prompt: Swallow

book projects

Strong roots

I painted this tree as I uttered the words, “I’m going for it.” I went for it and this happened. Literally this experience and my art exploration really, ties in to a book about a bird who follows her curiosity. She had some idea…some plan.  Part of following your curiosity means you follow your ideas. I’m working on allowing  that full faith  experience to just run and play like a 1st grader when it’s recess time. That’s probably  the most important.

 

 

Something didn’t feel right about the design. Others on instagram liked the tree but I felt it wasn’t right so  I painted another.

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notes:

  • adding a little yellow- bright yellow at that- and mixing it with brown makes the perfect sun kissed yellow for the tree trunk.
  • for the trunk I  use a combination of dry brush and wet to wet to get awesome texture
  • The more I play the more I realize that certain color and other elements show up and call themselves my style.
  • I then took and angled brush and I dabbed here and there, then layered with dark and light tones.
  • speaking of my style…this project has be learning and discovering that maybe there’s a place for me in the children’s picture book illustrations.

 

The trees are almost done and soon I’ll be working on layout. I’m so excited! Yeah I will be giving away some awesome zip bags to kick off my threadless shop.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.