What!!? “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” My favorite “bard”, Mark Twain said those words. Why would doing art that I choose to do be like eating a live frog (YEEESH!)? It’s the: getting into the studio, focusing, figuring out the next move, avoiding distractions by starting earlier, etc. that falls into the category of eating a live frog. (Again, YEEESH!) On a Sunday night I declared that I would get up at 7am the next morning, do morning rituals, and be at the work of art by 8am. Sabotaged myself by staying up really late and fell asleep without setting an alarm. At 6:59am Monday morning I spontaneously woke up. Had one minute to decide whether or not to eat that frog. Ate it! Was at work by 8:07am. The preceeding or following is what happened this last week.
October 26, 2014 | Categories: Art Adventures | Tags: A Little Sad Love Story, art, art adventure, art life, art project, author/illustrator, concept painting, creativity, design, Dilleen Marsh, eating a live frog, Facebook Timeline, fairy-princess, getting into the studio, impressionist/realistic painting, Inktober, Instagram, Laser Mode Masters, Mark Twain, Nicki, Nightmare Roundup, oil painting, painting, pen and ink, posting art every day, preliminary drawings, self-publishing, Siz, social media, studio, telling a story | Leave a comment
There are now FIVE weeks to “show time”. The last FIVE paintings that I sold left room for five NEW paintings to take their place for the four artist storytelling art show at Dixie College’s Sears Gallery in June. FIVE paintings x FIVE weeks = a new adventure in painting. I pulled FIVE ideas out of the idea pile and began last week to prepare them for painting. First I planned each new painting in a small drawing in my sketchbook. Secondly, I transferred the image to the painting surface. I did this by either by tracing an enlarged blueprint of my small drawing onto the paint surface or using a grid to redraw my design to size. Last night I began the painting. Yee-Haw! Of course, the quality of the painting will be the determining factor as to whether it makes it into the show, but, the next FIVE weeks will be an “artist’s ride”!
April 27, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: Barracks Canyon, black and white, cactus, chickens, Kanab, LaVerkin Bridge, LaVerkin Overlook, painting process, pencil drawings, preliminary drawings, sketchbook, values | Leave a comment
The war against fear and lethargy continues! Spent the week putting final touches on a book proposal to send out into the publishing world. The title of the book is “Nightmare Roundup”. I’ve written the story and created small size preliminary color drawings to go along with the story. These drawings are just “roughs” to show what a finished piece of art could look like. They also show the action of the story since this is going to be a picture book. Synopsis: There’s only one tough little girl that stands between us and our nightmares. It’s one of her chores. But it’s not just scary monsters she has to face-she has to face her Ma! Then there were some hours spent on the internet looking up publishers and their submission guidelines. I started with 13 publishers I listed from Caldecott winning children’s books that I have in my home library. Only 5 of them might even look at a book proposal that hasn’t come through an agent. Those 5 will only let you know if they have received your submission if they are interested in your book. And that could take months. So, when I send my stuff off into the publishing netherworld I will let it “fly my pretty” and start the next book idea right away. I will need at least 3 fleshed out story proposals to approach an agent with. Patience, patience, patience . . .
February 11, 2012 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: book art, book proposal, fear, illustrating a story, lethargy, little girl, nightmares, preliminary drawings, publishing, publishing world, roundup, scary monsters, writing a story | 7 Comments