Ana & George

On Saturday morning, with butterflies in my heart, I read Ana & George. This was supposed to be my first book. The book that would set me on a path to confidence in my artistic abilities.

I didn’t know how to draw. And the verdict is still out on this one. All I know is I drew these characters and the little scenes.

Am I proud of my work? Yes! Do I need more practice? LOTS OF IT. I drew over 30 illustrations in a matter of two days. When I drew these, I drew with the intent of bringing my ideas to life.

I literally set up a color scheme and colored. Hadn’t used colored pencils in like ever, but I drew in a matter of TWO DAYS.

What matters?

Today I sat in a room full of high school seniors. I heard laughs the words scared and hard work. All this emphasis on passing a class, graduation parties and over the top celebrations.

And then it hit me, the one who’s reading Think and Grow Rich, graduation and passing a class doesn’t matter all that much.

How you dress or what kind of phone you have doesn’t matter. Ok I’d be a fool if I didn’t agree that having an iphone could help you.

What matters is what you do with what you’ve been given. But that’s just it, it’s what you decide to give yourself.

We can’t just walk around going from class to class fullfilling a script. Every day is a choice to give ourselves an opportunity. Yes grades are a refelction of this but not always. “I’ve been working hard”, they say. Shouldn’t you always? Yes! In a wise and wonderful way you must always do your best!

And so I sit here and ponder what I’ve done since the day I set sail. I’m still on a journey, still planning. I’ve got lots of books to write. I did write Wise Trees and I know it’s good.

Now’s a good time to go practice my Live your story Poem. I should have finished the book as a graduation book. It’ll be perfect for back to school.

Eric Carle Collage

…there’s a book inspired by Eric Carle’s collage technique and many MANY watercolor beautiful messes …

There comes a time in every project when you realize it’s time to alter coarse. I wanted to make good use of these messes but it’s hard scanning 140Ib paper.

I said goodbye and recylced most of the lovely textures. It felt weird. And then it hit me. I can keep use some pieces to test ideas. I’ve been seeing lots of collage work these days and today I had to try.

…inspired by a movie quote about making the impossible possible.

This one is inspired by long lazy days writing and sketching. It didn’t work out but I don’t care. I had fun.

Ahh… I long for those days again. The days of me and my Roxy. The summer days will soon be here.

I’ll do much better with thinner paper. Thinner paper will help me layer and scan easier.

I just remembered this Elmer’s liquid glue I saw at Target. It’s Wise Trees all over again!

Summer Plans

new art for the shop

…and she’s at work on five to six new titles at all times. I read these words in an article about Danielle Steel and her career. What- wait- that’s the thought I had today, as I contemplate my summer plans.

Here’s a list

  • finish drawing for live your story and publish that book
  • work on hand lettering a word with in a timed session. I know, I’ll call it word wall.
  • draw cute animals…I am on the lookout for a good tutorial book
  • collage animals for the book
  • road trip book which is based on last summer’s road trip

I’m excited!

Habits

I am reading Think and Grow Rich and right now all the words I’ve circled seem to sum up these words in Feck Perfection.

Let’s do this.

proof copy has arrived…

so I was nervous and excited to open it. There are a few minor changes to make. Overall the layout and color are good.

Even my brown font looks good, I can’t believe it. Part of me wanted to run out of the quiet classroom in search of readers.

I felt like a kid who’s got a new toy or had breakfast at Mcdonald’s this morning.

I am grateful.

Why books? Why art?

I’m about to publish my first paperback and I find a book that should be in my studio.

Eric wrote his books as a means to leave the readers with enough imagination and curiosity to paint their own animals. He described books as reading toys. That’s my hope for my book.

That’s exactly what I want for my books and art. I started thinking about all the projects I’ve worked on this past month.

I can’t wait for all the projects to come!

Today begins my free Ebook promotion. For 5 days Ellie and Ana & George will be free.

I should go paint something!

color makes a difference

Today I took a closer look at color. Publishing this book has helped me look at my audience and how to use simple elements like color to tell my story as an artist.

I listed my favorite colors. Then listed my favorite books. I compared the two.

I just finished the final FINAL layout edit. Wait there’s a few layout issues to fix. Publishing is a nerve wracking exciting experience.

I’ll contiune to explore color. I’ve got lots more art to create.

Tomorrow’s the day for free Ebooks.

painting trees with a q-tip

pint tree painted with acrylic paint

This tree didn’t make it in the book but here it is. I used a round q-tip.

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

This one was painted with an angled q-tip. The idea behind this purple tree is that art can be anything you want it to be. You can create art from literally anything you want. In my case a q-tip.

I’m reminded of a few words in a book I started reading. They are purpose, persitence and a burning desire.

I’ve thought and THOUGHT about these words. I recognize persitence and burning desire sometimes get lost. And that confuses my purpose.

We all have purple ideas. Or as Seth Godin says. a purple cow.

But it’s up to us to stand up with our purpose, persist along the way as others laugh because hey, our desire is burning.

The right tools or…

the right attitude

I say attitude makes all the difference.

The one on the right is awesome. The one on the left needs work.

I definitely used the wrong paper and the wrong brush but still painted an awesome flower.

The right attitude always wins!