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!

Make Art Not War

I snapped this photo from my shop because I’m on my phone. The file is on my computer. Anyway, my favorite artists have understood me. My favorite artists encourage and demand that my quiet voice be heard. They have allowed me to become the writer and painter I am today. I can only hope and dream to encourage you. I planned to begin the Adolfo Serra creative class two- three days ago but I feel like my screen time has…I’m glad all of the digitizing is done. This is my least favorite part of the process because HELLO I was born to create. Yes I know I can create on the computer but I much rather paint. It’s been this way is kinder.

Speaking of creating I want to create a whole series of patterns with quotes in the circle.

OK. As always, thank you so much for reading. I will see you next week. I might do a special post going over all of the tips… everything I learned throughout the process of writing Road Trip, which has been a lot. I’ve certainly grown as an artist. Have a great weekend!

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!