The hope the excitement and the flowers were about ready to be trashed. In fact I deleted the manuscript that I thought was close to being finished. Oh but last night Deepak Chopra’s believing can lead to reality gave me the rerouting I needed. Sure I needed to alter course and didn’t realize what or how until today. I started from the basic manuscript and just started writing. It was the words. It was the feeling in my heart. Then as I was talking and writing I made the connection. Total turn around..
I did plan to work on book covers this week but I should just paint. Ramadan started today. I want to learn about about this celebration. I love people and cultures all over the world. The world is my family.
because I need to know. I am confused about the layout and that has me second guessing my work. Just because you work on 100 ideas doesn’t mean you’ll have 100 good ideas. Most of my flowers are ok I am going back and forth figuring out how to incorporate all of the flowers. Not sure I want to. It’s time to go find how-to videos and keep working.
The color scheme was all wrong but I like this! It’s going to make a great book cover.
where can I find a cube?
Ok I’ll work on some sketches this weekend. Next week I’ll be working on book covers. The book design and layout is going to take more time. I have time. Right now I am going through all of the flowers–have been for days. At first glance the flowers aren’t that good but it’s the ideas that keep me going. The more I look the more I realize that sometimes the ideas are hidden behind ugly color.
Copy paper. index finger. Mixed up a sun kissed yellow. Sure I see the oddball greenish petal. I could prpbably fix that. I will. Still this flower is one of my favorite flowers. Not that this is my best work but the road to best work comes from exploring ideas. You need to not take yourself so seriously to keep making. What better way to relax than with a technique we used as kids. If anythng you learn that your best ideas come from the simplest ideas. They often do. AND in the process you learn to digitize and digitizing leads to other ideas.
Hope you are enjoying all of these cool flowers. I can’t wait to put them all in a book and turn the pages. I look forward to sharing a free ebook edition of the book. I want feedback before I go ahead with the paperback. More on that very soon. Subscribe if you haven’t.
My next step with this journal is to create flowers and patterns. I have already begun adding new art to the shop.
Today was a good writing day for the book. There’s a letter I want to include. I am undecided as there are many edits to go.
You are much more than you give yourself credit for. Get started on a project. You have an idea and questions. Answer them as you go. The importance is you keep making art. Stop every now and then for quiet reflection time. Realize that in every project you will have many questionable pieces. Maybe ugly ones. Why? Forget about the self-help that tells you are a work in progress. You are a beautiful life force connected to the bigger force. You are loved. Keep going and observe. In the end you will be closer to your best work. Not everything you make will make it in the shop. Everything you make comes with a valuable lesson. That’s where the growth is. Let your voice be heard. Some may not like what you have to say and that’s ok. Know that there are artists who are ready to pass down their motivational wisdoms. Some of which are mentioned in the book.
I have been wanting to lay out all of the paintings and sketches. To observe them and how they make me feel. I should lay them out across the floor and make a video. The flowers that wow me still do. They always will. The flowers that I was unsure of are still in question. Then there’s the new ideas. You should have done this. Wouldn’t it have been better to have a lighter pink. Or this technique with that technique. All the above. The doubt never goes away. You learn to work through it, inspite of it and because of it.
The beauty of 100 Ways To Flower With Power is that you can work on you, this allows you to just make art and that leads to play. Play is where magic happens. Wait a minute, I was writing on the topic of you for the book and I sat there writing and writing and I couldn’t write. Guess it was good to go for a walk. Or I just had to write. Okay back to the book
Have you ever layed out all of your sketches, drawings or paintings?
I painted this months ago in lovely shades of nature. At that time the idea was, yes it’s OK to have negative thoughts but keep them to a minimum. Think Positive thoughts. I still believe that but this podcast about doubt being good has me thinking. If you are doubting then you’re not doing. It’s true because the moments when I have that spark, the warmth I am not doubting or thinking negative. James Victore said in his recent IG live, fix your sh**. Not my words but his. It’s the truth. Are you doubting? Are you afraid? Confused? Negative thoughts may always be there but we must choose to turn them into positives.
When you look at this poster as I did today, I noticed that two negatives became a postive. Sometimes you have a lot of negatives before the positive comes.
Right now I am writing this to motivate myself. I know I am not alone. That is why I create. I will continue to create and build and create more. For now I leave you with this poster. I’ll leave a link if you want to purchase.
Thank you for all your kind words and for the encouraging posts you write. You inspire me. Let’s keep creating.