Expressive Flowers, Roses Project

Orange Peace and Hope Roses

Orange roses with blue leaves painted in watercolor

Oh my! I completely forgot about Wednesday’s post entry. There’s a good reason! My interent was down and I was on the phone trying to fix it. The good news is I have. My blog post is a little late but here I am!

Now on to my orange roses. I was wandering around UCLA and found these orange roses! I painted the way these roses made me feel.

The orange shade stopped me in my tracks

Peaceful mind you don’t have to come back

You are always here

Tenderly holding me near

Magnificent color, how is it so

Together we glow

Yes, this is how the orange roses made me feel. The shade of orange is bright and terracotta. I just did research on terracotta and terracotta radiates warmth and happiness. These are the words and colors of how nature makes me feel. The blue is orange’s best friend. Blue is faith. Faith is what I was feeling too!

This design is in my shop if you want to explore it further. Thank you for reading! Thank you for being a part of creatively hue.

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Roses-Just Paint Them

eight pink roses in various sizes with pink and blue leaves

I don’t know why I place so much thought in the outcome. I’ve blogged about hoarding my paint. I’ll use professional paint when I’m ready. Will I ever be ready! No, but as I paint I become ready. My mind wanders to the children I had the honor of chaperoning at the California Science Center. At first, the grown-up in me was reading the exhibit info. That was fine! The students got right into exploring. Some were so eager they forgot to wait patiently for their turn. We speak of it still.

Amazon like all print-on-demand platforms are changing its pricing system. That led me to update my book collection. There’s No Right Way to Paint a Flower is about painting and exploring. In that book, I painted flowers with erases, fingers and a variety of tools. I’ll keep filling my journal with lovely roses. I’m halfway through the journal. Actually, I am more than halfway done! I want to be like those children who are eager, curious and just want to explore. I am!

I saw large beautiful orange roses yesterday! I am overwhelmed with peace and love when I see roses. Days ago, it was yellow and pink roses. Once I finish the journal I’ll start painting and write the roses book. I’ll paint orange roses! I want lavender roses too! I’ll be sharing my progress in daily blog posts. I’ll post some of the artwork in my shop. This week I’ll talk more about my summer plans. Wait, I think I just did.

For today only, you can get the book for free. Click on this link. How do you paint roses? Have an artist tip? Or who’s your favorite artist? Perhaps a garden that you enjoy visiting. Comment below.



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Roses-You’re the Artist. You’ve Got This!

I do? I am? I am! I’ve been getting good feedback for my pink roses skillshare project. These expressive flowers were painted for a Skillshare class. There were many revisions. I was able to overcome uncertainty. That emotion flowed through. I have a good rhythm.

Pink Roses Painted with Acrulic paints in magenta

Now I’m not worried about what the artwork will like. Not going to lie, the thoughts are there but there not at my center. Yesterday’s post did give me clarity.

Painting expressive abstract roses with acrylic paint

With all of this goodness, I painted blue roses. The first layer was a mess. Then I added a second layer of darker blue, used my finger to blend the petals, and explore leaf shapes. As I dotted the centers of the flower, I thought of the actual roses I had seen in Heritage Square. Like a true artist, I just want to paint and share that. Some of my best moments are creating with students.

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acrylic painted blue vase filled with pink and blue roses

Ok, so I never really appreciated the beauty of a rose. Roses. Typical. Right? I started noticing them last year. This year roses are huge and in such gorgeous colors. I want all this in my art, in my book? Here are my two thoughts. Why just paint roses when I miss painting all of the other flowers I paint? Oh but roses, you beautiful roses are keeping me out of my comfort! Do I know how to paint them? No. I’ve been practicing. I still don’t know what I’m doing. I love what’s happening with my work. It’s not great but I don’t want to throw it away either. My art seems to be blooming from this peace zone. All artists need to have mindfulness, connect and create from your spirit.

Sounds like I’m right where I need to be? I needed to clarify. Not to worry, I’ll be sharing my blue roses in the next post.



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Roses-Watercolor Sketching and Exploring

Various colorful watercolor rose doodles

I had finished a painting session. I don’t remember the outcome but taking my finepoint black pen and doodling roses is memorable. I took random watercolors and painted in a quick blending motion. I used the back side of watercolor paper so it wasn’t even watercolor blending. The orange and pink look beautiful together! I created a pattern, called it doodling peach roses and added the design to my shop. I never intended for these flowers to be a design in my shop. These roses weren’t good but they weren’t bad either. What I was painting probably didn’t work, so I picked up the brush and did something random. I’ve been doing a lot of random art. That’s how I’ve given these roses a second look and I want more of these roses.

I read in Feck Perfuction that we overlook and dismiss the random weird “stuff”. The random weird stuff makes the best art. These doodles are me. I feel like I’m on to something. That something is the focus of Roses: Friendship for the Spirit. I want a book filled with my roses:

The book will contain all of the random thoughts that come from painting roses. It’s time to get painting and painting I shall! For now I’m not thinking of the book. I want to paint and let the ideas emerge. My priority is self-expression. I trust that the book will be there.

I’ve added new work to my shop. Here’s a wildflower that expresses what I’d like to be known for, what I want my work to mean. I did a little lunchtime sketching. Thanks for reading my blog and for being a fan. If you enjoy this content please subscribe.



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Roses-Use What You Have

Do I know how to paint floral arrangements? I’ve just painted one. I’ve painted good sketches.

sketching flowers with tempera paint

Children never fully say they’re artists. They always grin and say,” I like to paint!” I was doodling with my bag of markers. I felt the childhood days of coloring with a huge box of crayons. I didn’t care if I had skills. I wanted to use the colors. I’ve been thinking like this all day, always.

I have a lot of paint

Do I need to buy more paint? Maybe I need a cerulean blue. I’m always going to want more paint. But, I should use what I already have. I have tubes of pink, blue, yellow, and neutral tones. I can paint beautiful flowers with what I have. I remember when I went to the store to buy green. I have blue and yellow. I have turquoise and teal. I can mix beautiful greens! Color is part of my story.

I have professional grade and student grade paint

I was, cleaning and organized my paint: watercolor tubes, acrylic tubes, and acrylic fluid bottles. I’m a lover of color, not brands. I read that someplace, and I declare. I have favorites. Some of my favorites are professional grade. Many of my paints are student grade. Someone else said,” You can give an artist a box of crayons. They’ll be able to make awesome art.” Crayons are great. But you make the tools. The tools don’t make you.

I seem to prefer Windsor Newton Watercolors

The professional acrylics are creamy. Other artists will fall in love with Liquitex Heavy Body. I have my favorites. I have my doodles. I have my happy mistakes.

I haven’t used my violet iron to paint

The best way to learn is to paint. Paint with your supplies. Use what you have and make it work. I walked through the aisles of a Blick store and sporadically picked violet iron. I thought it was an interesting shade of brown. Tomorrow I’ll be color-mixing with violet iron.

It’s so much fun to doodle

I have tons of markers. I like to draw. I organized my markers and pens in a pencil pouch. I can easily grab them when my blooms need a little more life. When I don’t have time to paint, I can doodle. Let’s be real. The only time I don’t paint is when I’m sick. Basically, I paint every day. Oh, I should take them with me on the road! Lunchtime draw! When I go downtown!

Yes, these are the roses I’ve been painting. Do you see the hearts? I painted the background weeks ago but hearts are the right symbol to remind me to paint with heart. All I need to do is keep exploring. The ideas and the talent are already here. I don’t need permission, except my free will to continue self-expression.

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Roses-Hope Is Never Lost

It was a beautiful morning. The sun had risen, and the skies were clear. It has been raining a lot! Of course, that means spring is going to be beautiful. And it has been. I’ve come across beautiful flowers and a butterfly. It made my heart flutter.

With all this love in my spirit, I got out my Quinacridone Magenta, Titanium White, Medium Yellow, bright brush, and painted a lovely peach texture. I used a credit card piece to smooth out the paint. Then I was off to give an old painting new love.

Much better!

A sketch of two purple roses on a peach background

Suzanne’s class is exactly what I needed. Mixing your own green is amazing! Sporadic brush strokes are fabulous! The most important part is, I feel empowered to express my ideas.

I got to paint for the first time in a week. I’m grateful to be feeling better! Thank you so much for reading and for subscribing. I’ve been checking the numbers and Creatively Hue is growing. As I said, I’m sharing more content. I have a new idea pin that I’ll be posting on Pinterest. Do you have a tip to share? Comment below.

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Show Your Work

I’ve been sharing more of ME on Instagram and Pinterest. Little by little, my Creatively Hue family is growing. I just wanted to say hello. I don’t care that I wrote an awesome post and accidently deleted it. These roses didn’t work out but they are perfect to test out the layering technique from my skillshare class. Tomorrow I’ll be painting. It’s been a long week and Quinacridone Magenta is calling my name! I’m feeling better and I knew that I would.

See you Sunday!



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Doubt is Not Who I Am

sketching flowers with tempera paint

I almost forgot about today’s post. I haven’t been feeling good. Instead of painting, I want to share a thought that seems to be a theme in everything I’ve been reading. Your art is not about technique. Art is about what you feel when you are painting. Art is YOU. I’ve always been spiritual and connected to the world around me, especially nature.

I painted the above arrangement on thin sketchbook paper. I used Crayola tempera paint. I miss that paint. When I painted these blue flowers I felt free. I painted faith. Here’s to more of this self-expression.

That’s all for now. I’m keeping things short and sweet. Reading, and taking notes on post-impressionism and Suzanne’s course are great ways to rest and still work on art. I’m always working or thinking about art.

Thank you so much for reading. Take care of you.



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Roses-Pursuing Self-Expression

Anthropologie is one of my favorite stores to roam. I recently checked out their about page. These words are absolutely why I paint. As I read these words, I felt like, this is me!

creative-minded community, and we take pride in our connection with individuals who prioritize self-expression and pursue inspiration, knowledge, and experience in the spirit of boundless curiosity.

Then opening up my journal and reading my written words.

So I have changed my about page. I’ve been trying to put into words why I paint. I paint the way nature makes me feel. When I paint I feel free. Self-Expression is exactly what I’m about. I want to be in a state of mind that’s neither good nor bad. I’m just feeling the sun, warming me after a cold storm. It’s me wanting to paint green roses on St. Patrick’s day.

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