Wednesday, December 27, 2017

What I Do When I'm Stuck in the Middle of Writing a Book

I'm currently working on a graphic novel and when the ideas seem stuck, or I just need some inspiration to continue (you know that period in the middle of the book where you realize you may not know what you're doing to finish the book?); then I revert back to simpler things such as drawing lines or spreading color with paint.

Doodling and painting papers keeps the hands moving and helps to relax the thinking. Ideas come to me when I let go and do this kind of fluid-non-thinking work.

A Cinderella coloring book and Crayola crayons work too. Be sure to smell the crayons and choose a coloring book you adored as a child. Crayola has a new crayon out called Slic Stix and they spread color so much easier.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Paper Dolls

I loved playing with paper dolls as a child...Cinderella was my favorite. I also made my own paper dolls. I would fill a shoe box full of female paper dolls. Each one was colored with colored pencil and a I wrote her name on the back of the doll. I would love to see them today. I don't know what happened to them.

This is a selection of paper dolls I am making my grand daughter.


Friday, October 13, 2017

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hand*Book Sketchbook/Working Twenty Minutes a Day

I'm working in a Hand*Book sketchbook (5.5 x 5.5) by Global Art Materials Inc.

I'm creating a two-page spread every day of July. I'm a day behind...but as artist and author  Michael Nobbs, at Sustainably Creative, advises ... be kind and gentle to yourself...and work in twenty minute sessions every day. Set a timer and have a go at it.

Buy a fun timer here Amazon  (I'm becoming a bit of a novelty timer junkie).

Putting in twenty minutes of creative work a day produces more work at the end of the month than one would think.

The character in these illustrations is a dear friend of mine whom I've dedicated this book to.


Saturday, July 8, 2017

Creative Play With Carla Sonheim

More creative play with Carla Sonheim's "365 Phew Year Long" class. I am so grateful to participate in her year long classes. I am always reminded to use my "hoarded" art supplies in different ways and to play and have fun experiences.

Click here to see what juicy on-line classes Carla has to offer!


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Map Art

My theme map "The Wizard of Oz" is published over at Nate Padavick's "They Draw and Travel" website.

I just finished taking Sketchbook Skool's klass "Make a Map" taught by Nate Padavick. Nate is an illustrator and specializes in making map art. Visit They Draw and Travel (TDAT) to see his maps and books. TDAT publishes map art from artists all over the world.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Stop, Cease, Look

Leo Tolstoy had it right with, "Stop a moment, Cease your work, Look around you." I thought of Leo yesterday when my 17 month old granddaughter Primrose visited. Nothing mattered except for what was going on moment to moment. We simply played. I laughed with her. I sang with her. We spoke in sign language and one to two word sentances. We investigated, discovered, and explored whatever caught our attention at the moment. I experienced the heightened sense of joy and discovery for birds in the sky or the stick with the peeling bark just as Primrose had. Today as I venture in and out of my day I will Stop, Cease, and Look around me. I'll PLAY through my day.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Heirloom Novels Honor Grandmother

I like to order from Saturn Booksellers. Purchased autographed copies and had them gift wrapped to myself.

Get your copy now. Releases March 21st!

Snap a photo of your charm bracelet and post it on Viola Shipman's Facebook page.

I took my first writing workshop with author Wade Rouse. It was a writing retreat held at a lovely country bed and breakfast in Granville, Ohio. Part of the writing retreat focused on participants reading aloud from their novels. I read a chapter from my book, "No Bra, No Teeth, No Service" which is a humorous memoir based on my job as a convenience store clerk while balancing the creative life. I'll never forget hearing the laughter from Wade and the other participants. (Oh so this is funny to other people and not just in my own head.) I showed illustrations to compliment my book. Wade was very excited about my work. His immediate reaction was to write this as a graphic novel. And he was right. I left that retreat knowing I had purpose for writing and drawing. He was the single force who gave me the courage to continue with this work.

I knew Wade Rouse previously through his books. I found a book of his while browsing a small college bookstore, "At Least in the City Someone Would Hear me Scream." I started to read it and found myself laughing out loud in the store. I sat down in an over stuffed chair near the window with the sun warming my back and read a chapter. Then I read the next. I laughed so hard people started to stare. I read the entire book there that day. Purchased it. Hurried home and got on the computer to get the titles of his other books

America's Boy
It's All Relative
Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler

Currently Wade is writing his heirloom novels under the pen name Viola Shipman 
Wade is an award-winning memoirist. He chose his grandmother's name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose stories inspired him to write these novels. The first in the heirloom novels is, "The Charm Bracelet" and the second is to be released March 21st, "The Hope Chest."  A third novel will be released in 2018.

I hope you will read Wade Rouse and Viola Shipman. If you belong to a book club the heirloom novels would be excellent choices. Perfect gifts for sisters, mothers and dear friends. The Charm Bracelet was only 700 copies away from being on the New York Times Bestseller list. I'd love to see The Hope Chest make it to this list. Don't wait. Buy a copy now.

Wade Rouse
Viola Shipman Heirloom Novels
Saturn Booksellers  (Their S/H is only $1.99 for one book or a hundred)


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Glue Stick Resist

Spreading color is always fun. The glue stick adds an uneven texture that I like. Great background technique. Added the lines and swirls with Martha Stewart Glitter Pens.


Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Blind Contour Drawing

Blind contour drawing can be fun and relaxing because I get to let go of the results. It is good practice to train the eyes and hand to work together...and to slow down while drawing.


Monday, March 6, 2017

365 Year-Long Class With Carla Sonheim

I am taking Carla Sonheim's 365 Year-Long Class. I'm using her 365PHEW! book to record my creative adventures for 365 days. The class started in January. I just joined so I'm working in my own time to catch up. If I see the project all the way through to the end of the year I will have a sort of art reference book when I get done.