Expressive Flowers

Sketch 5 & of course you’re there

three roses in a ceramic cup painted with blue tempera paint.

Not sure why, but I’ve become obsessed with roses. There are peach roses and variations of pink roses. Oh, how can I forget my lovable white roses! Now I’m liking the blue roses I’ve been painting. I should paint blue roses when I’m done writing this post. I shall! I’ve been observing the improvements in my journal papers. Are my roses looking more realistic? No, and I don’t want them to be. I feel like I’m coming into my style. Suddenly the right voice says,” Your style is always here. I’m always here.

Michelangelo said it best.

The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.

And the superfluous material is emotions, expectations, routines, jobs…all the clutter and nonsense that we pick up from being humans. I think I’ll go for a walk outside now. It’s cold but my thoughts will keep me warm.



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Sketching with paint 4

For this entry, I used a paper roll. These flowers are fun to make. You stamp and get random textures. You paint over the texture when the stamp is near dry. It’s beautiful! I even used the tips of the paper roll petals to create a speckled texture.

two blue flowers made with a paper roll

Here’s a few other flowers I’ve made

I’ll be posting a tutorial on Pinterest. The holidays are here. I should do a holiday version of this flower. Sounds good.

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You will bloom, so bloom!

two orange paper collage flowers with a you will boom quote inside them

It feels like I haven’t worked on paper collage in a long time. I’ve been having fun with my journal. I’m taking time to explore ideas, layouts and color schemes. I spent at least a few hours working on ideas. These blooms are my mood right now.

And so I simply say don’t wait for someday. Don’t wait until…because you are blooming right now. You are growing. Have a plan but like you cut and paste in the process do the same with your life. Live for today. The peach color has a walk in the park vibe. You get this breath of fresh air. With this breath of fresh air comes, you got this! Oh my goodness I do have this! This thought is the theme of my flower collage book.



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Sketching with paint 3

I have two thoughts right now. You don’t need fancy expensive tools to make beautiful art. The other thought comes from James Victoria’s newsletter. What is the purpose of my art?

sketching flowers

Just the mere thought of existing means I am beautiful. I am. We are. I feel honored to be Mexican American. I love the music and these days it’s been Banda and of course the food. I am an artist! All I really need is to create from this appreciation place. I think of all the art I created with my students. We painted awesome art. The best tools we had was ourselves.

The purpose of my art is… that with every project I’m brighter and bolder. My art is colorful, there’s a lot of texture. I experiment and explore with different tools. This love brings me peace. It’s bliss. What else can I say.

Art journals can be expensive. And this one was free. Yes, the paper wrinkles if you add too much paint. It’s thin but I can play. I can still blend a little, enough to paint. As I fill up this journal I’ll be answering and refining the purpose of my art. Here’s sketch 2,



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Color is always around us

I don’t do much lettering but these letters came out good. I think I used leftover paint.

This cocoon was made with leftover collage paper scraps. I wanted to express how nature makes me feel.

every butterfly needs a cocoon collage

I simply wanted a pink flower.

pink and yellow paper collage flower

And this watercolor mosaic is a tribute to culture and of course Park Guell.

In all of these I simply had an idea. I wanted to paint and I painted. If you are interested in more of my work please a visit my shop. You can also click on each of the above prints to purchase the print. There is a 50% off sale going on. I appreciate your support.



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Sketching with paint 2

Copy paper. $4 medium size tube of acrylic paint. Tempera Paint. One Brush. Game Changer!

Green vase with green flowers sketch practice

That is all I need. I usually paint on Canson XL watercolor paper. I have Golden Acrylics. There are beautiful greens and pinks. Right now copy paper and tempera paint are working beautifully. I painted this in like 15 minutes.

Lately I’ve been arriving at my painting sessions with these thoughts:

I like my colorful art on a cream background but other artists have full page color.

Should I be thinking about trends?

Should I take time and draw with pencil? But I want to paint!

I should get to know good paint but I don’t want to waste my good paint.

The good paintings happen on cheap paper with the wrong colors. When I try to replicate, I can’t.

Maybe I should sketch with a pencil first?

The biggest thought of all is that I’ve been painting for a long time and have yet to see the results I seek. It’s been about three years since I started painting flowers. I’ve written six stories and counting. I self-published the books. I wrote, edited, and purchased an ISBN for three of them. I painted all the artwork. Have I grown personally with these projects? YES. Am I keeping my writing skills alive? YES. Is my curiosity satisfied? YES. Am I having fun? YES. Did I fulfill a life dream? YES.

I was recently asked, “What do you see yourself doing? I was beaming on the inside with ART. I am an artist. I always will be. I want THE story. You know the story of I just doodled to pass the time or for comfort. I started posting and I’ve been busy ever since. Not my story AT ALL.

I am an artist. I like the feel of the paint on my fingers. I like that I can paint with ornaments or a fork. This post is about me saying forget about the art business. Keep creating and growing. Be open to what lies ahead. Trust that you will be where you are meant to be. Let go, stop comparing, judging, and keep painting.



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Flow with paper collage

Pink paper collage flower

What I love most about paper collage is that you get to paint all these simple textures. Yet the beauty is revealed when you cut leaves or flowers. You let your eyes arrange. Color comes alive. Paper collage does take longer to create. It’s easier to pick up the paintbrush and paint. I rarely throw out a collage project. That’s because I get an idea. Today it was a sunflower. I wanted a pink sunflower.

It’s like the idea comes to life. I’m just the hands. the painter that puts it together.

I wanted an idea to express the importance of taking care of you.

every butterfly needs a cocoon collage

I was drawn to an Ana Victoria Calderon book project because it helped me express how colorful and beautiful our world is. Wait a minute! Is this in my shop? It should be. That reminds me, I need a white ink pen. I want to write something at the bottom of the page.

watercolor galaxy with paper collage plantes, moon and sun

This window display had me. I had to do my own version.

This is a book project in the works.

yellow collage flower with the words let's written inside

I’ve got many more ideas.

Colorful letters spelling Alma Libre on a blue background

I have been posting idea pins on how I paint my flowers along with a little artist chat. These videos are preparation for the collage course. I’ve not forgotten. Not sure how I started working on paper collage. Oh right, it was Eric Carle!

In case you haven’t noticed art is my life! I love painting and enjoy writing abot it too. Thank you for reading and subscribing to my blog. If you have a friend who would enjoy these posts then share it. If you have a blog please use the contact form to let me know about it.



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Tempera paint you did good!

My bottle of Crayola paint is almost gone. There was this almost dry blob in the cap. I scooped it out with a brush, put it on a plate, added a little water, and painted. For days I’ve been trying to paint something good. This time I had no intentions. I was curious. I made a mess. Did I mention that I painted with nearly dried-up paint? I painted over ugly art. Not my words. It was a cool video. Or was it an Instagram post?

Blue Flowers in a Blue Vase

The textures and color that came from folding the paper. Painting the entire flower with one brush. The vase seemed too small. I painted over it and made it work. I’m working on design layout. These beautiful blue flowers practically painted themselves.



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An Artist Signs Her Work

Three paper roll blooms

My name is Mireya Pizarro. I am the artist. I am the writer. I have gone back and forth with how to sign my art. At first I didn’t even sign my work because am I an artist? The verdict must still be out on this one. I just paint. My curiosity needs to be satisfied. It doesnt matter what I’m feeling or thinking. When I pick up the paint brush it’s all play. I love love losing myself in the idea because nothing matters.

So I have gone through creatively hue. This is the name of my site and blog. I have signed my art with Mireya. I recently blogged about my name and how I’m usually the only one. Now I’m thinking MP. Morgan Harper Nicols signs her work MH. I like it.

Any way I had to share this. I want something that is easy to remember. Do you ovethink little things like this. It’s that CatCoq uses her signature to promote her brand. I want people to find my work too.

How do you sign your work? Do you sign your work?