Favorite Projects and Colors of 2019

I’ll never forget my friends. They painted the heart shaped leaves in all kinds of color and patterns. I arranged them. I want to paint with a fork more often. My Rooster is looking confident. The gingerbread house was so much fun. My Magnolia friends have a special place in my heart. The Adolfo Serra illustration class really helped me realized I can draw. These birds are beautiful. I can reference these for my collage work. That’s right working on birds tomorrow.

The just of it is that all these projects have given me wings to fly. I’m done with my 5th book. I should read it tomorrow morning. Take notes. I am so gratful to have served the students I taught this year. I am grateful for the students who taught me, who am I kidding. I learn from them and I’m still learning. They remind me that there is indeed a place for us all. That we each have a bit of magic and by magic I mean that we can make a difference.

I chose these projects because they just happened. I let my mind wander. I create.

I need to make changes. I’ll think on it and write tomorrow.

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!

Thinking map for Live Your Story

Rewind. I have a way better idea for this book. I’ll use color and fun hand lettered pages to tell my story. I’ve added a few words so the poem will change.

I’m so excited for this poem. It’s a great way to kick off my summer and it’ll be completed just in time for back to school.

I need this poem. I need this book. The world needs it too. It’s a win-win.