thoughts are things

change is happening

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This journal is going through big changes…I’m planning to write more on my whole writing and publishing a picture book experience.  I’m thinking 30 days of daily posts starting June 21st and possibly extended throughout the summer.  There’s going to be design changes for the blog and nothing major but just making sure everything is cohesive. Really who knows, but it’s all good.  My book will launch on my birthday…yeah that would be a great gift I will use my blog to promote my wise trees book and there’ll be giveaways like limited edition prints for the first few who purchase my book…there’s lots more ideas. I’m super excited!

 

 

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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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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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

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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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

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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.

 

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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, 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.