thoughts are things

Daily Prompt: Core

 

…love, art and every drop of paint I use to draw a phrase or these days trees. At my core is a sensitive soul who loves people. That makes me vulnerable and sometimes I say the wrong things. At my core is a song, dance, tear, laugh, love, hope, and a whisper…a voice that tells me I am free if only I believe it to be true.  Imagination, curiosity and weirdness are also at my core.

All I can do as an artist is to do just that with every word and picture I paint. Knowing what’s at the core of you and of your art is what it’s all about.

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via Daily Prompt: Core

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.

 

thoughts are things

thoughts are things

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We each have a path in life. This BIG idea that makes us giggle smile. I know it and everyone knows it. We begin this path and then doubt, fear and negative outside forces and people  influence us in the worst way. These are the curves, zigzags, twists and turns in our simple path. This weekend I have been literally contemplating my purpose–well not really because deep down I know what it is. I love working with kids but art and writing is also a LOVE that has become an obsession. I spend most of my free time drawing and painting. But then there’s these meanders. These bumps in the road. I’ll be painting and for some reason the painting doesn’t feel right even after I have painted the same poem for like EVER it seems. Then I hear the same words,”Grow up and how can you draw all day?”  It’s not that they want to hurt me but come on isn’t every idea or dream a silly dream until OH it came true That’s just it I simply want to paint.  The point is this is a meander. Do I let these thoughts bring me to a stop? No absolutely not! 

Here’s a poem  that sums up how I feel and great timing that I finished it.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

via Daily Prompt: Meander

book projects

Spiral Tree

 

I went from this sketch   ( p.s when you’re tired of blowing your nose and your stomach hurts from coughing you don’t care about taking a perfect picture…but should I ever?)

 

Love Lives Here

 

 

to this painting.

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My goal was to create this place of mystery, growth, peace, wonder, and magic…EVERYTHING that love is.  I deviated a little thinking of details and color to express the notion of love. I have noticed that by chance…WHIMSICAL CHANCE I draw hidden hearts. The element of shape and color really helped me out here. Sometimes it’s hard to let go but you have to do that. You have to let and just paint. Eventually you have these I don’t know what that is but I love it or I don’t know what that was but I’m not doing that again.

Once again I see just how much it helps to adjust color in Afinity Pro and I should add more spirals.

 

Oh gosh I love the color and another awesome tree for the wise trees book.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

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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Thoughts are things

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What is mnemonic? I say it’s different and unique.  SO it’s a pattern be it a theme, color or ideas put together. Every artist dreams of the moment when one says,” I saw your work the other day and didn’t see a name but I knew it was you! That kind of art is unmistakable. Ha I think of a moment–an argument over a song and the unexpected artist who created it. I guess that’s Mnemonic too!  The point is to create something that people remember. Create the kind of information that people remember and resonate with.  The trouble is you can only do that by forgetting this and everything except what you want to say, and how you want to say it.

via Daily Prompt: Mnemonic

book projects, watercolor and tempera

Painting with melted crayon

The best part of painting with melted crayons is you have to work super fast! There’s no time to think. You have to paint and PAINT before the crayons dry up. I planned everything out before I melted the crayons.  There’d be two projects. I’d paint a tree and a quote. I love this idea of painting with melted crayons and wish I could work fast enough to write a quote- but that didn’t go to well. It sure was fun exploring! The other project…well a tree for the wise trees book!

Choose color

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Melt the crayons and work fast.

The green melted great! The pink well not so great. Guess that means it’s time to toss these crayons. Oh but I DO HAVE AN IDEA FOR THE WHITE CRAYONS AND COME TO THINK OF IT A floral design I want to redo!

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Paint

So glad I used paint brush soap to coat my brushes before I painted with them. I don’t know. I simply painted because I new I had to work fast.  A texture I came across on Instagram entered my mind as I kept painting. Or did I paint and realize I’d seem this before? Hope this is one of those steal like an artist moments.  Yes.  And I love this BOOK too!  This was so awesome! Doesn’t look much like a tree but in my mind it’s a beautiful sideways tree. I did see it once!

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Here it is and I love it! For sure going to include this in my trees book.

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Oh right I will be spending this weekend getting the pictures ready. Can’t wait to add this to my threadless shop but first I will clean it up.

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

book projects

Can Anyone Draw?

I watched this amazing Ted Talk. There’s this amazing theory that everyone can draw. We can all draw. I believe that.  But very few of us can draw the School of Athens.  My question is okay so in between the theory that everyone can draw and actually drawing the School of Athens is my skill level. What is it?  I might have some idea of what I can draw but all will reveal itself in due practice. I could never draw the School of Athens but I do love to draw.

 

Here’s my little suggested exercise.

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This was so simple and there wasn’t much thought to creating these characters. I simply started with shapes and added more shapes. I loved that it was so simple and FUN. I will be doing more of this simple and fun drawing. I’m not after perfection or anatomy. I  simply want cute characters and to be able to paint them. As I painted little details for my Christmas cards and edited my book I realized that I draw good.

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I can create some awesome work. The frustration comes when I doubt my skill and seek perfection.  Interestingly I checked Instagram this morning and I came across a similar quote. Fear and doubt only happens when you try to live up to society’s expectations. Yeah….

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

book projects

Love Wins

Let go and paint. LET GO–love wins!  That’s what the universe keeps telling me. So I had to look at my love wins design. Oh how I love the color. Wow I am learning so much about color these days. This would look lovely on a wall. Yes I will add it to my possible art poster pile. Wonder what my fans think.

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Yes it sure DOES!

I have started working on my book, and oh the ideas and illustrations are…well… they’ve given me lots to plan for. I’ve been drawing and with each new illustration I begin to say uh…. this doesn’t look good…BUT I finish with BIG HOPE I know deep down each time I draw I get better. That’s it!!

All I need is ideas, PRACTICE and a positive attitude.

 

Imagine all the impossibilities that are possible.

 

 

 

thoughts are things

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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