Everything’s Rosy? No I like Make it a colorful life. Yes because life is what you make it. This week I’m getting back into texture painting for the book. I want to fill out my Morgan Harper Collins agenda while I wait for Blick order!
I painted and pasted these blooms a week ago. Today, todoy these blooms made me smile! I selected these blooms this morning. and after a weird day of second guessing, making little mistakes and learning a lesson I love them even more.
This is more of a note to self but I suppose there are others in this world who need these words too.
Left over Valentine’s hearts?
It was an idea from the start!
Teacher said green, blue, yellow or brown
The students painted with black, purple scribbles and lines
Would the tree turn out fine?
What would other teachers say?
But the children, not once did I hear is this is ok?
There were moments of look at my work.
Friendships were mended.
Quiet voices transcended.
It was like a spanish word and its accent
How does one make a masterpiece?
Tune out the noise.
Place with posie
Serves me right, well
For the chilren, I mean artists, are the swellest of the swell.
They know that a Valentine is a leaf with heart.
Remember the days of back to school crayons and markers? Maybe you had a big box. The other kids wanted to borrow your carnation pink. Yes the names are fun to read too. If felt good that you owned the box. You share and your just having fun. It still feels good. Crayons, wait a minute, why don’t I have a box in my tool box?
Crayons are simple, inexpensive
With every color you can be expressive
You make me feel mellow
Young or old
We can all be bold
Did I say old?
I mean little kids big kids
With crayons I can be a big jar of hearts no lid
Yeah I like that.
Yes crayons are so simle, easy and beautiful. Color is all around us. As children simple makes us happy. The older we get the more we forget. Oh the magic of color. The magic of color? Maybe that’s good name for my book.
Hope you are enjoying these thoughts on color. I am working on the book. Ooh I can paint crayons!
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Your dreams no matter the time or circumstance are posible. The color on these blooms are like yes of course your dreams are possible. Now how do I make that happen??? Ha
I was mixing up my version of turquoise green and suddenly I’m expressing a recent conversation.
Doodling is fun.
There’s no idea only a love for color, blooms and fulfilling a need to create…
Oh yes I was wondering what to call these watercolor blooms. Wander and wonder often. Yes always make time to ponder and frolic.
I’m working on a few flowers but last night’s rainbow in lava had me thinking. Not my rainbow and lava by the way but I had to paint a rainbow. There’s worries, hard and uncertain times. There’s no magic answer on how to make them go away. How you live each day is by remembering to feel the rainbow often.
This rainbow is unlike anything I’ve ever painted. For some reason I like the texture. Maybe not for the shop this time. I am working on the just making art. Oh this rainbow could make a cover for the new project? Maybe.
What makes you feel like rainbow?
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.
I have stacks and stacks of flowers and thoughts to go through. Last night I worked on Affinity Publisher (similar to Indesign) for the first time and … where have you been all of my four books of writing. Wow! What a difference. I can’t wait to start working on the book. I have been using Word. Word is ok but Publisher makes the process enjoyable. In Word you make one change and the entire book shifts. There is a reason for wonderful software. Now I’m going back to the first book I published and making a few changes.
Here’s a few notes to get me pumped up for writing:
Work smarter not harder.
Focus on why you want to write this book.
Step by step.
Not every flower is a save. Take it for what it is, practice and part of the big process.
Build so you have enough room to get rid of what doesn’t fit.
Keep the ideas going now and question later.
Some details are important and some you have to let go of. Know the difference.
Paint flower petals with my palm? Tracing petals and then painting? Which would you choose? Pianting petals with my palm is much better, for two reasons. When you put you in your work, you make a difference. There’s uncertainty of how the paint will stamp. There’s the gratification of ” I made this.”
Last night’s words of Seth Godin showed up in today’s painting session. I hope they always do. His words and James’ words,” What made you weird as a kid, makes you great today.”
As I painted my plams, with each stroke I was further in a mess. The mess where a teacher says, Stop that your’re making a mess. Yet if I didn’t make a mess, I wouldn’t have made beautiful art.