New website coming soon!

 

Oh my goodness, it’s been way too long since I’ve been here! So much going on and many changes that have happened and are still happening. I’ve been meaning to work on this site and make it more me, but, honestly, I am still trying to figure that out.

I definitely feel some very exciting new things on the horizon and I’m trying to capture that in my journal and sort it all out.

So, in the spirit of new things, I’ve decided to create a new website on Squarespace. To put it politely, I’m not a huge fan of WordPress. Ugh! I know how it works and can do it just fine, I just don’t love it.

I am working on my new website this week and am hoping to at least have a decent shell of a site by the end of the week so I can start blogging again. I have lots and lots to write about and am kind of chomping at the bit to do so. So, I’m not going to stress myself out if my site isn’t perfect yet. It definitely won’t be. But at least it’ll be a start. 🙂

If you’d like to know when my new site is up, I’d love for you to follow me on Instagram here: @kimmasmithart . I’ll be sure to make an announcement there when it’s up and running – hopefully by Sunday (July 16th) at the latest.

Lots of love,

xo ~ Kimma

 

Watercolor dreams

 

I dreamt of watercolor painting last night. I was mixing gorgeous color combinations and having so much fun painting with them. It was making me feel fulfilled and happy.

 

 

I woke up this morning happy and excited to start the day. That doesn’t happen very often, but it’s actually been happening more and more lately – ever since I started painting with watercolor again.

So, some great news:

 

I won a spot in Danielle Donaldson’s A Color Narrative class!

 

I am loving it so much!!

I’ve always felt a bit insecure with my color choices, and the whole color theory thing is something I’ve had a hard time grasping.

This isn’t a color theory class. It’s more of a let’s-dive-into-our-colors-and-get-to-know-them-intimately kind of class. Way more fun than color theory! If you get the chance, I highly recommend taking this class (It’s only $48!!).

She’s got us mixing colors and making color samples, but not in the traditional sense. I’m still on the first lesson doing the color mixing charts, but only because they are so much fun to do. There is no set formula – “Mix this color with that.” It is more of a feeling of color and way more fun!

I couldn’t resist skipping ahead though and trying my hand at one of the geode projects she shows us:

 

 

I didn’t do it exactly the way Danielle showed us, but I really love how it came out! I’ve started a few more using the leftover paint from my palette.

As soon as I post this, I’m going to dive in and splash around in more fun color combinations!

 

In other news…

I am out of work. It happened late last week. I have no savings and only about $30 to my name. I’m praying either for some new virtual assistant clients to sign on with me or some other miracle.

I’m doing my best to trust in God and believe that He truly is my provider and will supply all of my needs, including blessing me with a source of income. I’m putting in the work and He will open the right doors for me. Nothing is impossible with God. 🙂

 

Learning by copying

 

As I mentioned in my previous post, one of the things I’m doing to teach myself to draw and paint better is to copy some of my favorite art by some of my favorite artists.

The first artist that really motivated me to start painting again is Marisa Cummings, the artist behind Creative Thursday.

I was using acrylics in the first few paintings I did. But when I got to the following piece something inside me told me to give it a bit of my own self by doing it in watercolor.

And so I did…

 

Learning to paint – Painting 06 – Copy of Marisa’s Cummings painting

 

I fell absolutely in love with this piece and it felt so good to put my own little spin on it just by changing which medium I was using.

It was like the clouds parted and the Hallelujah chorus began to sing. This is my medium.

I’ve gone on to do several others:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These were so much fun to paint! Now I’m working on copying some other artists that I love.

I’m currently working on copying some adorable paintings by Kit Chase of Trafalgar’s Square. Her stuff is so sweet and cute and I just am head-over-heels in love with it.

I’ll be back later this week to share the fun. 🙂

 

Copying art that I love

 

Learning to paint – Painting 01 – Copy of Marisa’s Cummings painting

 

One of the things I’m doing to teach myself to draw and paint better is to copy some of my favorite art by some of my favorite artists.

I started with Marisa Cummings of Creative Thursday. Her little characters and paintings are so sweet. When I look at them they make me feel happy.

I took pictures of my paintings next to the ones I copied in Marisa’s book Creative Thursday: Everyday Inspiration to Grow Your Creative Practice. 

 

Learning to paint – Painting 02 – Copy of Marisa’s Cummings painting

 

Learning to paint – Painting 03 – Copy of Marisa’s Cummings painting

 

These were so much fun to paint!

I did a couple more trying to put my own spin on it, but they didn’t work out so much.

I’ll show you them in my next post. 🙂

 

On not being perfect

 

It’s really hard for me to post this entry and the one before. There are no pretty pictures and I don’t have a pretty banner. I don’t feel ready. There’s still so much to do!

Done is better than perfect though, right?

It’s time to dip my toe into the water and get this site and blog up and running and out there. I have had new visitors every week for months and they’ve seen nothing. (Not a great way to start.)

But that’s okay. This is a new journey and I’m going to give myself the grace and patience to take this one baby step at a time and to not get hung up on being perfect.

Let’s all give ourselves some much needed grace to not be perfect.

 

The journey of an aspiring children’s book illustrator – The Beginning

 

I’m starting a new journey to become a children’s book illustrator. I’ll be chronicling my adventures here.

Stay tuned as lots more will be coming.

A little about me:

I’m 47 years old, divorced, two grown kiddos who are both married, I have two adorable grandchildren.

I homeschooled my kids and I loved every minute of it.

I am a late bloomer. I didn’t start making art until I was about 25 years old. Somehow I found out about the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. I read it, did the exercises, and surprised the heck out of myself by actually learning how to draw (something I used to envy certain elementary friends for).

I started painting with watercolor shortly after. Basically teaching myself with books. (It was so long ago that I didn’t even have internet yet!)

Years passed and hear I am 22 years later with two grown kids and facing the second half of my life wondering what in the world I’m going to do that is meaningful and joyful and fun.

I love to look at children’s book illustrations. They make my heart so happy and bubbly. I want to be able to do that! I want to make gorgeous children’s illustrations that captivates young children and takes them into magical worlds.

And so here I am. I’m going to finally take my art dreams seriously and do the work I need to in order to become the artist I want to be.

I’m kind of starting from the beginning. I haven’t drawn much over the last two decades. Just here and there.

I just recently took up watercolor again and I am completely smitten with it.

I am self-educating. I wish so much that I could go to art school, especially since Montserrat College of Art is only about 20 minutes from me, but it’s way too expensive. So I’ll be learning from YouTube videos, books, and SVS – Society of Visual Storytelling. They have some amazing classes there – all illustration based.

I want to keep track of all that I’m learning, my progress, and all the ups and downs of making my art dreams come true.

If you want to know what it’s like to start from the very beginning and become a successful children’s book illustrator, then I would love for you to join me for this exciting journey!

Talk to you soon!