About Writing a Book

a reply to someone eles’s blog post but I had to save it to my journey here. I have lots of writing to do need the motivation.

I have been blogging for years. I love writing because I find that I can say more on paper. It feels more intimate to me. I am working on a book and have writen 5 other books. I realize that my problem is that when I write I write as though I have to have all the answers and let the story write itself. This can happen only when I just begin to write, just write and write so much. Then go back and refine because the best stories are usually there or the new idea that would have never come had I not just written. I am a creative and working hard to explore. in a Corita Kent way. I felt bad/embarassed of my writing that I piblished on Amazon. I realize that it is my process and it’s always a part of the process. At least now that I have corrected and republished the book I know that my writing keeps improving. I am no longer embarassed about the book or my writing. I suposse now I realize that sometimes you have to be willing to make a fool yourself.

List of Ideas

A list from the start of this project. The eraser one surprised me. The paper one did too. It isn’t the tool that makes the flower. It’s the idea that anything is possible.

Next week I’ll give some of these ideas a second take. I want to go further as I observe. Not to get the lighting or petals right but to use color, form and texture to convey the emotionts that inspire me to love flowers and create this book.

a self made watercolor palette

I have stacks and stacks of flowers and thoughts to go through. Last night I worked on Affinity Publisher (similar to Indesign) for the first time and … where have you been all of my four books of writing. Wow! What a difference. I can’t wait to start working on the book. I have been using Word. Word is ok but Publisher makes the process enjoyable. In Word you make one change and the entire book shifts. There is a reason for wonderful software. Now I’m going back to the first book I published and making a few changes.

Here’s a few notes to get me pumped up for writing:

Work smarter not harder.

Focus on why you want to write this book.

Step by step.

Not every flower is a save. Take it for what it is, practice and part of the big process.

Build so you have enough room to get rid of what doesn’t fit.

Keep the ideas going now and question later.

Some details are important and some you have to let go of. Know the difference.

Breath.

Love you.

Heart Florals With Power

pink florals

If a paint tube smells bad it is. The pigment separated and created these chuncks in the paint. For some weird reason, bad paint gave interesting texture. Sadly the scanned flowers look like a pale gray pink, nothing like the sweet pink texture.

I’ll just repaint again. To make the petals you paint an opem heart. Then connect the two with one thick stroke. Yes the same can be done with a human heart. As for the thick line uniting a broken heart, it could be a song, a book, a walk among the stars, the very idea that there is no one like you, you are a living breathing soul and earthly love exists for you, writing, or painting.

Bad Paint-Intersting textures? That’s a good one too.

Guess I better go start on the book. I have two months to write, edit and scan all the art work for the book 100 Ways to Flower With Power.

Dew Drop Flowers

Don’t Likes

  • I didn’t use watercolor paper
  • not enough blending
  • spacing of petals and leaves

Likes

  • green stem and blue stamp color scheme
  • the blending on Watercolor paper
  • adding drops of watercolor
  • the yellow ochre dot
  • bending of the yellow and blue stamps to create the yellow green

Likes and dislikes are a good way to learn. Not liking isn’t exactly a reason to change and yet it is.

Lessons from a Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower

I did have fun painting the Lotus because I tested a variety of watercolor techniques, wet on wet, wet on dry, drops of color and mixing pink. I should definitely practice color mixing tomorrow.

Two lessons learned here. I don’t care about painting realistic details. The best happens when you just create without the need to “get it right”

I prefer the loose expressive strokes of vibrant color. A Lotus flower comes from mud….a beautiful flower that grows out of mud… the way it holds it’s petals welcoming the sun. Oh and the illuminating yellow with a shade of pink, these are the ideas I want to capture in my painting of a Lotus.

So now, how can I or what tool can I use to create these radom petals. How do I mix up that lovely shade of pink. Not to worry the answers will come during my afternoon stroll. I can test out a variety of brushes and there’s a big bottle of tempera paint waiting to be used. Perhaps.

Palms Make Cool Flowers

blue flower

Paint flower petals with my palm? Tracing petals and then painting? Which would you choose? Pianting petals with my palm is much better, for two reasons. When you put you in your work, you make a difference. There’s uncertainty of how the paint will stamp. There’s the gratification of ” I made this.”

Last night’s words of Seth Godin showed up in today’s painting session. I hope they always do. His words and James’ words,” What made you weird as a kid, makes you great today.”

As I painted my plams, with each stroke I was further in a mess. The mess where a teacher says, Stop that your’re making a mess. Yet if I didn’t make a mess, I wouldn’t have made beautiful art.

Unmistakable who?

That’s the question I want to keep in mind as I dig deep into the world of Branding and Trends. Seth Godin says do what you love is for amateurs. Love what you do is for professionals. That ‘s where I intend to be.

For now I must keep making more Collage, more flowers and connect that with a few of the trends. I can totally work with night affirmations and mystics. The place I want to be in is no rules, I want to know why, I can relate place.

Ok so my word of the year is make. Making involves observing, making, changing, growing, listening to the voice inside you, not lizard brain. At some point I’ll have my answer.

Lettering In Watercolor

lettering with watercolor

I had so much fun writing with watercolor. Lettering is a big part of my new style of work. I like to think, about life, about me, my place in life…nature is such a great way to epress that.

Last night I started an Acrylic Painting Class. I want to paint the mindnight skies with the words I love people but I belong to the moon and the stars. Do you see what I mean!

Today I tested a few brushes. Size 6 works great! I create a reference sheet a few weeks go. Oh my gosh I should letter my Live Your Love Story Letter. With an Ombre background?

Today’s post is short and sweet. Take care of yourself. Embrace your own lettering style because it’s YOU.

Yellow and Pink Stamp Flowers

Oh right, the cool flowers that gave me hope.

Cut a craft sponge into a half and inch piece, mix-up a warm yellow and begin stamping. Finish by covering unstamped areas with a Shell Pink Watercolor. That’s all there is to painting these flowers.

Take some random objects from around the house and stamp flowers. You could use erasers, lids, paper, straws…straws are an interesting way. Use your favorite colors. You’re the artist!

I’m waiting for pink and white Acrylic Paint to arrive in the mail. These colors will be great for the center of the flower and a little pollen. Not sure why the flower in the middle is a little squished. Just a little, but I’ll adjust the spacing in the digitizing. I suppose I was thinking together we can, together we will.

There’s nothing like a breeze, a bird’s song or the warmth of a sun. How can you not feel love. How can you not feel peace.

Have fun. See you tomorrow.

Wait, are you a subscriber? I have lots more flowers to paint this week. I have a few self love Valentine’s Day ideas for next week.