Draw trees from memory. Draw my favorites. Draw what comes to mind. The more unusual, like leaf shape or color, the better.
Intersting how the mood of the tree changes with the strokes. My favorite is the hair looking one. It’s a great one for some of my breeze thoughts.
The square leaves is my favorite.
What should the words be? Find a place where you can rest, think, think, rest, PLAY, and dream. The color and path of the leaves make a heart shape. Literally eveything about this is thinking, resting, playing and dreaming. No doubt.
The top half is all me. I did google blue things and not much came up. I contiuned to challenge myself, thnking of project ideas yet to be finished, thinking of past projects and pinterst faves. This is a great starting point for lots of ideas.
One I’ve been wanting to create. I’ll paint that one another time but this just came to me in the car. Love when this happens.
In many ways I feel as though I am a beginner? There is always something new to learn. Beginners always ask the same questions? I have so many ideas but how do I know it’ll work. How do I find my voice? How do I find my style?
PRACTICE. Practice to explore. Practice for curiosity? Practice for new techniques. Practice for the answer. Some of my favorites have been simply creating with what sparked my interest.
And to think, today I am learning about Bauhaus school. This is great timing as I begin the creative journal. I have a list of activities. It’s going to be good. My goal is to build a base for many many projects.. I want to gather ideas for Creative Ways to Draw A Flower.
Eric Carle Art with the students at Lee. This is by far is the best experience ever. Maybe I should turn this experiene into a book? I must. Who knows how many times I have had this idea and its not going anywhere.
This year I’ve casually told others that I am an author and talk for hours about me. Bless them all for listening. It wasn’t hours but I found others who feel the same way. Somehow we found each other.
I’ve been painting animals. Then insects. Today I painted flowers. What I’ve learned from the creative exploration class is:
using various tools is fun
using various tools makes is easy to work through a mistake and somehow make it work
using various tools makes it easy to come into your syle
using various tools gives you more ways to discover your talent and gain confidnece.
I’m going to use what I’ve learned to paint all the animals for the book. All of a sudden I have a plan. I had one before but it was elusive.
I like the flowers I painted. All it took was some simple acrylic, tempera, colored pencils and a little watercolor. I have an idea for creating a garland of flowers with a quote that reads whatever you do, do it with you.
You will need droppers, food coloring in red and yellow, cups of water and paper. Mix a little of both and you have orange. This can get messy so make sure you use layers and lay down a few sheets of paper to work on rather than staining the table. For this we did use coffee liners. Layer two to three of them because dye will leak through.
It’s fun to play around with the intensity of color. You prepare the dye like you would when dying eggs. Then use the droppers to apply color.
Use brown construction paper for the trunk and place the dried circle on top of the trunk and you have a tree. You can glue a few of the liners together. Make a few cuts to form leaves and then dye.
I did this activity a few years ago but here I am trying to think of a cool project.
I am officially done with the manuscript for Road Trip. I did leave out a few pages but I’m done. This seems fuzzy and unclear when I resize. The standard size I scanned looks great. I scanned at 600 DPI but not sure what’s wrong. And I thoght the hard part was the writing. Ha.
Today is the last day to get my e-books for free. Make sure you subscribe to my blog so you’ll know when Road Trip is finished and ready for free. “It’s another manic Monday I wish it was Sunday because that’s my fun day.” Honestly, Sunday was a little manic.