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.

thoughts are things

Daily Prompt: Abrupt

There I am living-drifting at times and then Abruptly this idea emerges from the  sunny breeze.  There it is, even on a cold cloudy day as this may sometimes happen. What do you do with an idea? I love that book and I must answer. I think on the idea  and follow it. Or rather I hesitate but my curiosity and imagination have a mind of their own.

It’s wonderful when ideas like these happen abruptly

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via Daily Prompt: Abrupt

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

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, watercolor and tempera

Paint a pink tree with a Qtip

I have been thinking about the wise trees book and holding it in my hand. I painted and messed up, started again and repeated the process until I decided to just paint. That has allowed me to paint amazing trees.

Yes this page makes so much sense.

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There you are walking along and all of a sudden there it is, a pink tree…

 

Notes:

  • mix-up color using tempera, acrylic and just mix the perfect pink
  • maybe use a little watercolor paint with water and mix that with the paint above so the paint isn’t as thick.
  • then test out the paint color
  • mix a little of the pink with the brown to create an awesome brown tone for the tree trunk (I did mix up an awesome pink.)
  • then use the Qtip and paint
  • just have fun and add the flowers

 

I am having so much fun and Earth day seems like a great time to release my book. Sounds Good,

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

 

 

watercolor and tempera

Painting a tree with a sponge brush

I am so glad I MADE this awesome brush.  I saw this fantastic brush and I wanted to make one a whole lot smaller. I had this old sponge brush and a fabulous idea…LOVE WHEN THAT HAPPENS!

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I used a little yellow and green acrylic paint. Did I mix in tempera paint? I may have. All I know is I applied the paint in layers. First yellow and then green. I wanted to build up contrast and get these various tones of green. I applied paint and magic happened…this breeze and the yellow just gives it a warm carefree rhythm. I love it. Another tree for the wise trees book.

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I simply had an idea and 15 minutes later it turned out BRILLIANT! More trees to paint and …WAIT A MINUTE… I should continue this mixed media exploration for the next book side project. YES I shall paint fabulous animal characters for my Ana Bee and George Bird book. Sounds like a fabulous idea. I love working on art and there’s NOTHING in the world I’d rather do and I love so much! Thank goodness for that!!

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible. 

 

watercolor and tempera

Lesson in color

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I wasn’t even going to write in my journal this week BUT here I am. Seems like a great summary for my week.  Seems like I started the week in a routine. I don’t like routine. I love not knowing— it’s the best!  I keep getting all of these awesome tips and ideas: words of James Victore.  “Learn EVERYTHING about art, forget it, and create” he says.   What a wonderful master plan!  Another quick You tube video on this amazing artist and her fabulous tips on my most favorite element of all-COLOR. “If you’re going to paint a red apple, mix the red with it’s compliment green to add form.  Oh I should make this a side project! I also found out about this awesome book, ITTEN The Elements of Color. The best part of my week is that I finally, not sure why today was the day but it was,  sat down and read my rough draft. Two months ago I sat for three glorious hours a day rewriting my script. I put it away until today and read it. Not a bad story AT ALL but there’s lots to do.

Yes it’s a big task and so is immersing myself in the world of Art History and King Lear. It’s not, but the feeling like I want to learn it all, paint and create at the same time… is. For now I’ll start with simple objects that I can draw like leaves. I printed up some pictures for reference and then painted going from light to dark.I mixed things up and outlined with a crayon. Maybe I don’t want to outline with a complementary color.IMAG0248[1]

 

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watercolor and tempera

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.