What if it doesn’t work out?

Here’s a good example of what work looks like sometimes. Work isn’t perfect. Work is messy. Work is you letting go of what you think it should be. Like life, there is always a plan but at some point the plan changes. The real idea emerges and you only find it when you let go. I am really liking the blue thumbprint flower.

The world series games begin. Two teams want to win. The one who wins will be the one who can powerfully play the game. Play the game with heart. No prize. No millions of fans waiting to ruckus the streets. What’s this game have to do with my creative zone.

Creative for you. For a better you. That’s what creativelyhue is all about. When the pink flower doesn’t work out make amends. Layer with blue. I like the pink that mixed with the blue. Outlining it with a blue pencil makes it come together. Sure I have some cropping to do but…

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Keep Going

I painted these flowers a few weeks ago. Time flies when you are in peace. This was part of my hand painting floral series. You create a hand fist and stamp with the bottom of your hand. You stamp in a circular motion. The color was all wrong. I kept it in a keep going pile. Sometimes work has an agenda of it’s own. Nothing a little oil pastel and pencil couldn’t fix.

Next week I want to go over my plans for the remainder of the year. Reflect on my work and work on projects, see where my thoughts lead me. Beginning November 1st I begin celebrations and exploring the world. Dia De Los Muertos is a perfect time to start.

CreativelyHue is the new name.

The days are geting shorter. Summer weather is taking its time. All the more reason to long for sweater days and fall nights. Is there ever a winter in Los Angeles?

I didn’t like the pumpkin version of this so I painted a tree, Oh yes, I drew this tree after reading Bruno Munari. Not too sure about the color scheme, Is this a little melancholic? My problem is that I saw this tree a different way. I definitely worked through this painting. Paper and paint do make a difference. The major difference comes from you.

Then I see the swing and gaze up at the moon. And the stars. One could be boggled with doubt. Then you look up and the moon, she speaks of love.

Now I’ll go work on a floral pinata. Thanks so much for all of you who sunscribe. Creativity is in my blood. I enjoy sharing my lessons and projects because I know I’m not the only one. There’s lots more to come!

Flightless Dung Beetles

This Beetle can’t fly but it can roll and move 50 times its weight. I say we are better off engaging in what we can do rather than dweling on what we can’t do.

(ideas from the lastest book project Differnet Is Beautiful)

Painting flowers

I know I wanted to work on Road Trip today but the printer broke and it’s been a week. Tomorrow’s another day. Today I will simply admire these flowers. I can draw. I can paint.

hills of trees is done!

Taking your time makes a huge difference. You have to lett each layer dry before starting the next. Oh and layering from light to dark makes for easy blending.

I used a size 10 brush and lightly blotted the paper with color. These trees made me let go of what should be. I didn’t sketch. I didn’t have any idea how to paint trees. All I did was paint trees.

Probably should have started from the top and ending at the bottom for seamless blending.

But the biggest lesson is that I got to play. YES PLAY. I signed up for this illustration design let the kid play course and it’s amazing. Adolfo Serra talked about this very subject. What a coincidence!

I remember my first sketch book. Come to think of it, that was the beginning of my creative journey. It was the beginning of Belissia too. The bee character that started this whole picture book writing. There’s been many ideas since then.

Back to today, these trees helped me loosen up with a artist tape watercolor idea and…I’ll post about it tomorrow.

Enjoy The Process + Fun

What ever it is you must do, do it knowing that fear is in it’s rightful place. Fear doesn’t go away. Durning every project there comes a time when I contemplate TIME. Is my time well spent? I go back and forth adjusting the book, allowing for new aha moments.

And so I created another edition of the poem. What do I do, I forget to include the word heart, Ha! I think I like it anyway. Enjoy the process has become a mantra to live by. This week I had fun exploring and digging deep into what excites me.

Yes it’s all about love and letting the kid play. Watercolor ink doesn’t work so good for stamping leaves. Acrylic and Tempera does.

Stamping with leaves was incredible! I must do more of this. I got a little practice with layout and color schemes.

Painting with a q-tip was fun as well. It’s all in the consistency of the paint. This is supposed to be for the Love is like this you know page, but yesterday’s idea is much cooler.

Fun Hand lettering

Oh wow I scanned the paper underneath too. Definitely need to fix before it goes in the book. Ha. How’s that for the first day of summer!

Eric Carle Collage

…there’s a book inspired by Eric Carle’s collage technique and many MANY watercolor beautiful messes …

There comes a time in every project when you realize it’s time to alter coarse. I wanted to make good use of these messes but it’s hard scanning 140Ib paper.

I said goodbye and recylced most of the lovely textures. It felt weird. And then it hit me. I can keep use some pieces to test ideas. I’ve been seeing lots of collage work these days and today I had to try.

…inspired by a movie quote about making the impossible possible.

This one is inspired by long lazy days writing and sketching. It didn’t work out but I don’t care. I had fun.

Ahh… I long for those days again. The days of me and my Roxy. The summer days will soon be here.

I’ll do much better with thinner paper. Thinner paper will help me layer and scan easier.

I just remembered this Elmer’s liquid glue I saw at Target. It’s Wise Trees all over again!