They shine for you

What I like most is the texture. What a boost of sunshine. I’ve shared this idea before but not with a quote. Life isn’t rainbows and sunshine all the time. There are ugly times that make it hard, REALLY hard to smile. Sometimes I’m angry, sad, confused, heart-boken and I create. Or I go for a walk and the warmth of the sun, smell of a flower mixed with a tree’s breeze comforts me. This remindes me that there’s always a reason to smile.

Yesterday I was looking through my sketchbook journal. There’s a lot of good ideas. I didn’t realize how many. I don’t have a habit of reviewing my work. Nor do I keep stacks of journals. I should have a few. I keep a few pieces from each project in folders. I do digitize most of it.

So piant a rainbow. Paint the sun. During the rain think of what will happen after the rain.

Thanks for reading.

In honor of today, Mexican Independence, I’m including a link to visit Frida Kahlo’s home.

Good Ideas

Eyes, fish, leaves, balloons, hearts, lines, pearls, bubbles, clouds, confetti, goggles, shamrocks, flowers, peacock feathers, patterns…

Why didn’t I add these to the journal? I will. Three attempts, THREE and all of them trashed. Like the feathers. Like the tree. Like the pink and blue carefree vibe.

What if I used this circle to make clouds? There are countless ways to paint clouds. Soft. Dark. Whimsical. Big. How would this effect the mood or the message? Now that’s interesting!

Just Keep Swimming

It is easy and fun to paint paper. Cutting and pasting is easy too.

No matter what you’ve got to keep swimming, yes even when you are tired and lost.

Watercolor + Hearts

Love this. Actually saw this on Pinterest. What a simple and beautiful idea.

Th hardest part was waiting for the layers to dry. All you need is watercolor, watercolor paper, glue, scissors and copy paper.

You can use the negative space technique and paint around your heart shapes or paint hearts with gouache or acrylic. I used a sheet of coy paper. It was fun cutting and cutting and revealing different heart shapes.

What’s the thought behind this design? Love is different. Love is sporadic. Love isn’t perfect. Love is always here. Love is powerful. Love will surprise you. Love never dies. Love is…maybe we overthink overlook love because it simply is.

This week I’ll be posting the Live Your Love Story paperback details. Free ebook copy too.

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Let the Collage Animals Begin

I’m really excited about illustrating my book collage style. I have yet to read my rough draft. I should proably do that right after I finish this entry. I used a wide big brush to paint one side with water and the other with paint. This did prevent the paper from curling up. Then I used a variety of tools to stamp and scrath the paper.

With textures anything goes. A broken paint tube and three fish later I realize collaging takes time. It’s relaxing.

My animals. What a beautiful start. As I paint I am reminded of a morning conversation. Each of us is unique because otherwise, the world would be boring. That’s exactly the point of my book. Sure lizard brain momentarily showed up saying, but your star fish doesn’t look exactly like the reference image. Good! These are my fish. My book. My ideas. My art. My fish. And the world is a wonderful place because of the odd, weird, unique and different fish.

Sea Wave Texture

I had a plan but it didn’t work out. As soon as the spork hit the page, very little paint glided across the page.

So I tried straight lines, circular motions and then… I had to use a flat brush. I spread the paint. With the paint wet, I glided the spork in an ocean wave manner.

I took things a step further with trying to paint a green boat. The boat turned into a mug. The bear turned into a kangaroo. I wanted to test painting with one medium size flat brush. Not such a good idea. I don’t have a texture for the book. I’ll paint something tomorrow.

Color tells such a story

Today I had to test out this new tube of acrylic paint. Oh the pinks, yellows and oranges I could create-perfect for the around the world little project I had in mind. Who new mixing up a little red with this pink would create such a beautiful peach. Mixing color is a great way to learn about the element of color.

Around the world is another fun project. I need a few in between projects while publishing books. Learning about art has enhanced my appreciation for culture around the world. The colors excite me so. I love color!

Right now there’s sketching for Road Trip to be done. Then it’s Ellie. Yup, I need to repaint the book and the cute characters too. Wait, I need to work on the collage art too. I’ll put that on hold.

Tonight I need to get the paperwork started for the Live Your Story paperback. And finish the sketches for Road Trip. The illustration method will come to me.

Dreamcatcher

Ha, I didn’t sketch with a pencil first. I had a color scheme in mind and let my creativity lead.

The first time I painted this, it was a total disaster. Anyway. I looked over my first book dummy for Road Trip, I thought and thought. Everything leads back to enjoying the process. Oh and having the right attitude is important too. But enjoying the process is having the right attitude. Again Shantell Martin’s words appear. There are no mistakes. You have to love the process. I do. I really really DO. 

Writing books and painting them is all I want to do. Even the tedious stuff is worth it. Nothing ever feels forced. Yeah… I painted this dreamcatcher as reminder that your beautiful mind and your heart has to drive out the evil.

Ok so next week,start the illustrations for my book, do some more watercolor exploration, and read more. Oh That’s right, my ebook officially launches July 17th.