Thursday, January 30, 2014

Watercolors & Colored Pencils

I took this dreaded watercolor painting and finished it with my cherished colored pencils. It feels more like home. I got the effect I was looking for with the layers of color. I will try the watercolors again, next time I'll use watercolor paper. I think the Bristol doesn't partner well with the watercolors.
A special thanks to my blog friends who sent notes of encouragement:
It's always nice to know we are not alone in our art struggles.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The dreaded Water Colors

The Ice Fishing idea intrigued me,
so I decided to see where I could go with it,
I love the colorful friendly fish in my head.
 I also wanted to try watercolors
- just watercolors -
no colored pencils. 
I am so out of my element/
Mud Mud Mud
I couldn't layer the colors,
 it just melted the color beneath it
 and made more mud.
I wonder if the colored  pencils can ever save this mess.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Warming up with colored pencils

I've been so busy with the illustrations for a children's book.
Unfortunately, I can't share them here.
But in my personal studio,
(which by the way, is where everything is,
personal and business,
 I even share it with the dog and the cars and the extra frig) -
 I have been sketching some ideas for paintings
 I will need in a few short months.
the black & white sketch

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Affirmation Journal Entry 1

This year, 2014, will be my year of positive thinking.
Along with my Vision Board,
I am practicing affirmations.
My affirmations are posted in my
Journal which I gladly share with you.
Feel free to use these affirmations and
make this year a Great One for You too!

Monday, January 6, 2014

My 2014 Vision Board
I am an artist
I am creative, I am a creator, I have a dream, I have a plan,
I am an amazing painter, as colorful and bold as
Victor Nizovtsev, Angie Rees, and  David Galchutt.
I am a successful children's book illustrator like Jerry
Pinkney, Patricia Polacco, and Tomie Depaola.
I am an illustrator as whimsical as Mary Englebreit.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Resolutions

This year, 2014, I'm going to try something new.
 Instead of the Dreaded Resolutions,
 I am going to create a VISION BOARD.

A vision board is a visual reminder of what you want out of life.  It can include images or words that trigger excitement and passion in you.   It is useful to create a vision board and place it in a space where you will frequently be reminded to go for your dreams.  The vision board is a powerful tool when you are trying to manifest changes, opportunities or experiences into your life.  Many people collect motivating images from magazines and make a collage but I decided to create a digital vision board. I used Pinterest to collect my images.
" To really work, a vision board has to come not from your culture but from your primordial, nonsocial self—the genetically unique animal/angel that contains your innate preferences.

When you start assembling pictures that appeal to this deep self, you unleash one of the most powerful forces on our planet: human imagination. Virtually everything humans use, do, or make exists because someone thought it up. Sparking your incredibly powerful creative faculty is the reason you make a vision board. The board itself doesn't impact reality; what changes your life is the process of creating the images—combinations of objects and events that will stick in your subconscious mind and steer your choices toward making the vision real."
This is an example of a vision board: 
If you have ever thought,
“I wish I could….”  put it on your board!

My vision board will be mainly focused on my art - since ART is my LIFE - along with a few health related suggestions, since that is also LIFE related!


   Merry Christmas