The year was so busy I felt like a bumbling bee bumping into everything but the flowers I intended to encounter. It was long and much of it went by in a blur but not without some good lessons. I moved from NC to The FL Space Coast which was rough. I walked the beach a lot, almost every day after our move to FL because it is one of my anchors in times of lots of change. It truly calms me. After adjusting from the move I found this amazing writing critique group and we meet each week. I’ve learned so much from them. I found a job as a media assistant and love it! That put me in overdrive, but I’m still loving it because I’m curious beyond infinity (yes, I know realistically that doesn’t make sense but it’s fun saying it). I learned I shouldn’t let anyone dull my sparkle, and how to pace myself in my writing. With that said, my word for 2019 is PAUSE. I will:
Pause to enjoy the things I love, curious things, and mi familia.
Pause when I make mistakes to ponder on what I learned and to plan for improvement
Pause when I’m being my worst critique so that I have time to make a U-turn and switch to positivity and constructive things instead.
Pause when I’m not brimful of happiness, or balance so I can regain my wits and fill my lamp with light and love to edify others.
So with that, I leave you a token from one of my many beach adventures:
52 week illustration challenge:
A lot of this is still a work in progress but I wanted to show the updated stuff I’m working on.
I was told I can enter a photo for Susanna Leonard Hill’s Illustrator Contest with the illustration prompt “discovery.” I love that she has added this fun contest for illustrators, very exciting stuff! Well, since I had a crazy amount of fun painting this piece I wanted to post it here for those of you who are not on other social media and may not see it. If you click on the image it enlarges it. 🙂
Here it is: Little Red Riding Scarf
The first watercolor is “Little Red Riding Scarf”. I’m finding I like working on coldpress paper.
The second is from a prompt “discover” for Susanna Leonard Hill’s challenge but I will also be using it as my SCBWI “adventure” prompt. Unless I decide to use “Little Red Riding Scarf” for that instead. The next time I paint it I’ll be taking out the two smaller balloons because I feel they clutter the area surrounding the bird a bit much. I’m still working on giving the scene some depth with shadow under the highway.
I’m really enjoying working on both of these. I’ll post again when they are finished (aiming for June 2oth or prior to that). Feel free to add your thoughts in the comments as to which I should use in each prompt. 🙂 Adios for now.
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