I wanted to paint a sketch of three flowers in complimentary color. The idea is to compliment each other with our talents, strengths, culture, language, art etc.

Now that’s certainly worth celebrating.

Live Your Love Story

Happy Valentine’s Day! I always loved decorating a shoe box as my mailbox. Then I’d look at all my cards as soon as I got home from school. Fun times. I took the heart pattern idea from the book cover and painted cards.

Painting hearts is relaxing. Painting hearts is an easy way to create a hand painted card. Oh by the way, my ebook is available for free until February 18th. The paperback should be available today if not by Saturday. The paperback is available for a specal price of 7.99. Here’s a link to my author page on Amazon.

Thank yu so much for reading. The tribe keeps on growing and it means the world to me that I can share my art with you. Have a good day!

Show ’em your moves

One last edit for the book. Dance. Show ’em your moves. It’s important to dance your dance. Dance like no one’s watching or dance like they’re watching and you could care less.

Process

The process is what it’s all about. Taking the time to review and asses your journey allows you to see how much you’ve grown. So much work goes into perfecting a craft. It could be writing a song, story, movie or playing Basketball. Practice is how you become the best that you can be. Thanks Kobe.

Every doodle and idea takes time. Is it Michelangelo who described the idea of creating a statue as the form is already there? You just need to carve out the parts that don’t belong. Process helps you do this. Beautiful.

My Process

First the idea floats around in my head. Sometimes nagging me to be written. I draw a thinking map to gather my ideas. Then I start writing. I write and keep on writing. In between I go for walks. Heree’s the fun part. I am open to inspiration and let ideas happen. Ideas don’t just happen but because I am relaxed I can freely create.

I don’t know but last night I was amazed at how all the process work led to the awesome story about to be published.

Dung Beetles

Flightless dung beetles don’t fly. They can roll a ball 50 times their weight. Not easy yet they do it. Seems impossible but flightless dung beetles do it. They don’t sit around and focus on the fact that they will never fly like all the other Beetles…that would be a good story to write.

These days have been emotional. Have yet to do the paperwork for Live Your Love Story. I finished the edits. They’re beautiful! I might redo the bee for Different Is Beautiful.

Fish

Viperfish? Firefly Squid? There’s a whole world to explore. Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Viperfish aren’t exactly cute but they have light producing organs. Different is indeed beautiful.

Are these poppies?

I dipped the brush in orange and yellow and let creativity take over. Except for the slight darkness, I like them. The ones at the top are beautiful. I’d erase the rest but how would the stem look? I could always paint some lines. I’m an artist of course I’ll think of something.

Ok for real the collage animals are done. All I need to do is add eyes and legs. All I need to do is finish digitizing, edit once or thrice and it’s on to the next book.

Live

Martin Luther King Jr. was one man who made a difference. To hear him speak of his dream among hundreds of people with all the confidence in the world makes me feel. Freedom is choice. Freedom is self mastery. Freedom is knowing that you belong when others say you don’t. Freedom is having the guts and the glory to know that no matter what you will still rise. I have a dream. You have a dream. We all have a dream. Dreams aren’t easy. Dreams strip you of your comfort. They will test you. Only the strong survive and for good reason too. Dreams aren’t easy but the choice to make them happen is.

New edition of the letter. I realize once and for all that the first edition of this letter can’t be replicated. Having the right color isn’t the point. The point is to live your story. Love you. Don’t wait around for permission. Write your own damn story. Know your worth. PERIOD.

Investing In Myself

I’ve been stocking up on supplies. I am gathering my thoughts.

I want to have a book on my shelf that containes all of these easy wonderful textures. I can fill the first pages with my collage animals. I can have pages filled with 50 ways to paint a flower. I can have pages filled with letterforms. These letterforms could be fonts.

On the subject of letter forms, I can paint on colored paper and use various tools to create layered textures.

I was supposed to use these aniamls sketches to creaate my collage animals. At some point this voice said,” oh come on, just draw.”

I just read about rhythm vs. counter rhythm.

I don’t need facny pastels. Certain paints do make a differnece.

I think, say and write these ideas often.

If you want it then never stop fighting. Keep moving. These are the words I read in a Martin Luther King Jr. book. Just what am I doing to frully trully live my freedom? I know I need to invest in myself. How and where I choose to spend my time is a reflection of how I feel about me and my dreams. I apreciate the positive feeback for my books. Your kindness means the world to me. Monday will be a great day to work on the book layout.

I’m reading Think and Grow Rich and all I can say is I’m feeling vulnerable. I know what I want and yet my focus gets lost. It’s time to get real. Have something to say and say it. Go get em’. I’ve got to go.