Pink Brush Stroke Florals

Permanent Rose is a beautiful color. I mixed in a little white and water for slight variations of pink. The color looks better in my creative space, as I photograph it. It is going to be beautiful when I scan and digitize.

There was this phase of needing to draw realistic flowers. Now I’ve moved on to observing the color and shapes I see on my walks. I observe, take note of what made me stop and admire and come home to recreate. I walk the same area every single day. Yet each time I find something new. From the pink peach to the magenta flowers, I am in love. Here I wanted to express the beautiful color that just is, and how lovely when we take the time to notice. The same can be said about us, right?

Tomorrow I will spend hours writing for 100 ways to flower with power. All of these posts are great notes for the book too. I have lots more ideas to paint. I should proably order the acrylic brush set I had my eyes on.

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.

Finished!

The book is done. I am excited to share it. I will soon. This is the phase where I set it aside and read it with a fresh pair of eyes. It is truly amazing how the book comes together after countless hours of…you have all these notes, ideas and the main theme. Little by little you get rid of what doesn’t work and refine refine until it works.

For the remainder of this week I’ll plan out my creative exploration…more on that tomorrow and a three color lettering idea.

Daily Prompt- Light

A walk in the park.

With ROXY.

Warm sun hugging me.

Big hat to shield me.

Greetings of smiles.

Reveiw art projects of the past and thinking.”Wow I painted that. What an idea!”

The occasional cupcake with buttercream frosting.

Here I am listing a few of my favorite things. The sound of Music.

Seated in a pew, just me and you.

color and texture,painting on my terms. No still lifes or real lifes. All that is, is the wonderland in my mind.

My favorite song.

Jogging.

Midnight strolls among city lights.

Look up at the stars not knowing, then seeing the moon and the stars all for ne.

Books, new places, new food. I love so much…

Did I mention music? I sure love to dance!

Writing is wonderful.

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Have a good day!

Drawing still life style

Still life drawing is an absolute must for every artist. I sketched my favorite shoe.

How did I sketch a pretty good shoe in five minutes, with a pen? This morning I set up my shoes and began sketching. I took way to long sketching. I kept trying to replicate my shoes. Sure, many could replicate color and all. I’m not so good at this. It was horrible. In between the erasing my IC grows.

Then it occurred to me, I’ve seen illustrations from detailed realism to mere dots. The more I research types of art and technique, the more I realize that any form of drawing, doodling, sketching, and painting is art. Part of my process doesn’t need to include perfection. So yes, I have an idea for Road Trip. I wanted to push past the mistakes and make it work. I got to use gouache paint. I thought I needed to purchase a fine tip round brush but I already have one. Good practice!

Painting Blue Bonnet flowers

I researched photos and watched a tutorial. I made previous attempts.

This morning I took a second look at what went wrong and painted. I added a few more layers. I used a size 10 brush. A size 10 brush made it easy to do the diagonal right and left strokes for each petal. I had the right tones of blue purple. I finished up with warm vanilla acrylic paint. Oh how I love this white acrylic.

The two big lessons here are fall in love with the process . The other is that there are no mistakes. Bouns idea: This would be a great thumbprint project for kids. I should try this.

I’ve decided once and for all that this book is a journal of a road trip. Sketches in pen and watercolor will do just fine. It’s ok if it’s a little messy. It’s a journal right?

Oh, I was suppose to sketch my shoes. I’ll sketch and paint them tomorrow.

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!