Today why not share some of my words. This is something I’ve been telling myself. I have this stack of kraft paper that I haven’t used. I have been holding on for the right project, my hopes and dreams. What I have learned with creative exploration is that the best way to learn and grow is through making art. At some point you get into this flow. You don’t think so much. There’s this force that guides you and it’s your zone, your place. It feels like looking up at the moon and stars.
More flowers and still working on my letters. Love letters for the self because we are one.
Thank you for reading. Every day there is more of you.
…wasn’t going to post this but I should because it’s weird. Not sure if it will make a good book cover. I want a textured background with the title so the book looks and feels like a journal. All my books are journals to me, for me. I want others to experience my books too.
Different is Beautiful is a celebration of all living things. It is a great book. My problem is resistance. The eBook is available but I’ve been holding off on the paperback. I don’t know a thing about book cover design. I don’t have a clue about designing a book either. I had an idea and wanted to bring it to life. I need to do more of that. LOTS MORE. There’s so much I want to learn.
I’ve been looking at all of my work, doodles and all. I have skills. I want to contiune working. I move on from project to project that I forget the joy and talent that went into previous projects. Frankly I fear that I don’t appreacite enough. I love that the entire book was done with simple black ink and sketches. I wrote on copy paper. My sketches were, ARE good!
I didn’t use a q-tip. I used a size o round and size 6 flat brush. There are two lessons today.
1. Sometimes it’s not what tool you use but how you use it.
2. Not every idea is a winner but to get to the wins you must do the work.
I have lots of work to do. Mixing blue with hot pink made a difference. I’ll use watercolor paint to paint the sky around the tree. By the way acrylic paint works similar to watercolor when you water it down.
I did use the q-tip for painting flowers.
I’ve been listening to an awesome podcast by James Victore. Have a good weekend all!
I’m really excited about illustrating my book collage style. I have yet to read my rough draft. I should proably do that right after I finish this entry. I used a wide big brush to paint one side with water and the other with paint. This did prevent the paper from curling up. Then I used a variety of tools to stamp and scrath the paper.
With textures anything goes. A broken paint tube and three fish later I realize collaging takes time. It’s relaxing.
My animals. What a beautiful start. As I paint I am reminded of a morning conversation. Each of us is unique because otherwise, the world would be boring. That’s exactly the point of my book. Sure lizard brain momentarily showed up saying, but your star fish doesn’t look exactly like the reference image. Good! These are my fish. My book. My ideas. My art. My fish. And the world is a wonderful place because of the odd, weird, unique and different fish.
These are some of my supplies. The old Crayola educational set is now filled with Mission, Grumbacher and Cotman. I’m in the process of organizing a new paint palette. Today I didn’t work on the book. Instead I worked on a project for the creative exploration class.
The assignment was to choose an art painting and create variations. I chose Bridge over a pond of Water Lilies. I love nature and I wanted to use various tones of green and pink to convey the majesty and warmth of nature. I mixed up the galleria blue with the green acrylic. It was amazing.
Why this painting exercise? What does this have to do with Road Trip? Adolfo Serra instructs his classmates to play. Gather up as many supplies as you can and create variates of the art. Art is open for interpretation. There are many ways we can choose to express if only we allow ourselves to play.
Today I timed myself for 45 minutes. I sketched with just a pen to observe the shapes. My phone battery was also dying so the screen blanked every 30 seconds. Still I drew. Then I painted. I painted a second variation. I mixed paints. I used a make-up brush to cover up some mistakes. No pencil. No thinking except to choose a tool. I just painted. More importantly, I painted my love for nature.
I realize that I need to take a step back and allow my self to develop, to come into my style. I can do this and I will. Now that I’ve relaxed and had some fun I’ll be ready to finish the book doodles tomorrow.
It’s been crazy, my eyes are tired but I think I’m done with the lettering.
I finished the layout earlier and somehow it didn’t save. I kept making all these mistakes. I needed to change the book size because the images didn’t look right. Back and forth and back and forth and now I’m done. Now it’s time to relax and refresh my eyes for the next phase of editing.
Here’s the first try, sketch and all. What a mess.
I took my time sketching and then I messed up. So I took another sheet and painted. No sketching just painted. Mixed up some color. What a masterpiece.
I still need lots of details but this is great. The color and poppies in three growing stages really express others will try but you live your story. Everyone blooms at their own pace with their own beauty. Wait… that’s a storybook lion who was a late bloomer.
A few more leaves, some white acrylic to cover up the mistakes and more details…this is awesome.