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!

Habits

I am reading Think and Grow Rich and right now all the words I’ve circled seem to sum up these words in Feck Perfection.

Let’s do this.

proof copy has arrived…

so I was nervous and excited to open it. There are a few minor changes to make. Overall the layout and color are good.

Even my brown font looks good, I can’t believe it. Part of me wanted to run out of the quiet classroom in search of readers.

I felt like a kid who’s got a new toy or had breakfast at Mcdonald’s this morning.

I am grateful.

Why books? Why art?

I’m about to publish my first paperback and I find a book that should be in my studio.

Eric wrote his books as a means to leave the readers with enough imagination and curiosity to paint their own animals. He described books as reading toys. That’s my hope for my book.

That’s exactly what I want for my books and art. I started thinking about all the projects I’ve worked on this past month.

I can’t wait for all the projects to come!

Today begins my free Ebook promotion. For 5 days Ellie and Ana & George will be free.

I should go paint something!

color makes a difference

Today I took a closer look at color. Publishing this book has helped me look at my audience and how to use simple elements like color to tell my story as an artist.

I listed my favorite colors. Then listed my favorite books. I compared the two.

I just finished the final FINAL layout edit. Wait there’s a few layout issues to fix. Publishing is a nerve wracking exciting experience.

I’ll contiune to explore color. I’ve got lots more art to create.

Tomorrow’s the day for free Ebooks.

painting trees with a q-tip

pint tree painted with acrylic paint

This tree didn’t make it in the book but here it is. I used a round q-tip.

purple hand painted tree with brush texture

This one was painted with an angled q-tip. The idea behind this purple tree is that art can be anything you want it to be. You can create art from literally anything you want. In my case a q-tip.

I’m reminded of a few words in a book I started reading. They are purpose, persitence and a burning desire.

I’ve thought and THOUGHT about these words. I recognize persitence and burning desire sometimes get lost. And that confuses my purpose.

We all have purple ideas. Or as Seth Godin says. a purple cow.

But it’s up to us to stand up with our purpose, persist along the way as others laugh because hey, our desire is burning.

The right tools or…

the right attitude

I say attitude makes all the difference.

The one on the right is awesome. The one on the left needs work.

I definitely used the wrong paper and the wrong brush but still painted an awesome flower.

The right attitude always wins!

Painting a new book cover

I did recently discover a new use for his facial brush. I do have to paint a new book cover for Wise Trees.

I love the texture and I really see this working. It’ll be lovely. I’ll touch up the color and up the size. 

 

Next step is to review a few elements from my favorite books.

lovely textures

These textures of past projects are looking good. It felt good to hold the paper in my hand and sporadically feel a horse or a turtle emerge. I believe I needed to feel curiosity in this moment.

I have to admit, collage work is a lot harder than I thought. I suppose there is a big reason why Eric Carl painted his textures on tissue paper. Tissue is probably a lot easier to cut than 140 Ib. watercolor paper. I just painted all of these lovely colors and they make the perfect animals. I want to demonstrate that our world and everything is beautlfully, colorfully connected.

I can’t believe my week off has come and gone. I do feel a sense of renewal, motivation for lots more projects. I cut up squares of various textures so I could transform them into letters. Wow I love when this happens…

It’s a beautiful day!

teaching art…

Here’s what I’ve learned teaching children the fun of art.

Everyone loves art,

Be it a song or paint, art keeps no one apart.

I’m an artist and there’s no one that paints like me.

BUT together we really did create a masterpiece.

Everyone needs a safe place.

There’s so much your eyes shouldn’t see, too many you shoulds or can’ts to erase.

Picking up the brush leads to forgetting, forgetting the paint brush and using your thumb.

Or opting out of water while using watercolor, oh the textures and the trees leave my voice numb.

I have to keep creating…my books…my words…. it’s as obvious as the nose on my face.

I suppose I will and must protect this happy place.

There’ll be ups and downs, lots of downs but through it all ,I shall cling tight because I hold the Ace of Spades.

Room 12 you forever have my heart.