Roses Project

Roses-painting for me!

The podcast episode featuring Cat Coq is inspirational. If you don’t know who Cat Coq is, she has her work in Urban Outfitters and recently Anthropologie. Having my work in Anthropologie would be a dream come true! Cat Coq is a print-on-demand queen. She quit her job because she was making more money on society 6. Companies like Urban Outfitters found her. When asked about how she started, here’s what she said: “I painted for me.” She painted for her. All I need to do is paint for me? It’s not about followers, subscribers, or making money. The other important question was what would you say to those who are starting out. If you could go back, what advice would you tell yourself? “I would have shared my work sooner. ” Let that completely be me right now.

Fun story. There I was blending with my finger, layering on the paint with a white brush. It was red, white, then red and white again. The bottom left has a beautiful texture. I sighed. Suddenly I hear these sweet words, “Are you upset because you’re painting roses” So somebody can tell that these flowers are roses! Yes, I’m doing something right! I did work on There’s No Right Way to Paint a Flower. But then, I always go back to doubt. As I said, I don’t know where this project is going, but it’s going to be good. I’ll use Carrie’s flowers as a reminder that all ideas are possible. It’s time to focus on color, and texture, making those brushstrokes taking my time, and capturing how I feel. The artist who’s doing a daily 23-minute painting challenge is inspiring too. Enough writing, it’s time to paint. A slice of cake would be good because that’s my favorite dessert.

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Mireya

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Roses Project

Roses (More Pinks + Sketches)

This is a good video on mixing pink. I want to mix warm pinks. I’m mixing three colors to get my desired pinks. My favorite is magenta+purple. Purple made with red and turquoise is beautiful! Oh, and there’s orange+white+magenta+raw sienna. Plum and pale pink are some of my favorite pink tones. Of course, I love magenta too!

Mix pink in various tones

As I paint I’ll think of today’s prompt. What is success? Success is what happens when you separate the outside from yourself. Did I sketch roses? No. I did but not good ones. Wait till you see the roses I painted with my finger! I painted daisies. Did I mix up beautiful pinks? Yes!

Children are successful. Nobody gives them permission. They don’t have knowledge of the principles of design. Children just paint black and purple leaves. And you know what, this is the best tree we’ve ever painted!

Next, I’ll find videos on how to paint roses. I have a few artists in mind.

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers

What Kind of Artist Am I?

I wonder if any of my ancestors were artists? If so, what kind of artists were they? A quick search of my last name reveals that there is indeed an artist, a conquistador, a musician, and a warrior. Yes, my great-grandfather spoke of fighting alongside Pacho Villa. Now that is interesting! Inspirational!

What kind of artist am I?

I paint with the heart of an impressionist. I rather paint the roses as they make me feel. This explains the texture and color of my work. But the emotion of my work is Expressionism. When I piant, what I paint comes from my spirit. Yes I long for spring, the days of long walks under the sun, butterlfies a flutter and me too. The birds singing their song and I capturing every color and every breeze. I’m breathing it all in now. It’s going to be beautiful!

Thank you to all of my new readers! Thank you to all of you who have been part of creatively hue. If you are interested in my work please check out my art prints. The idea pin for the ornament roses is now live on Pinterest.

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Mireya

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Viva Pink Ornament Roses

Today’s prompt is what brings me joy?

Lovely rows of flowers painted with an ornament and with tones of pink

Let’s see…nature, family, helping others, the moon and stars, a slice of cake, a cup of tea, and the noodle soup I’m about to have for lunch. Painting roses with an ornament brings me joy. Painting gives me confidence and makes me feel free.

To paint these beautiful roses I held a mini ornament in my hand. I wanted to wrap rubber bands around the ornament but the rubber bands wouldn’t stay on the ornament. And I painted. I mixed up some sweet pinks. I dipped the ornament in paint and I painted. The paint should have been thinner. I didn’t want the texture to be thick in some areas. Yet I can imagine these roses in a pink frame. I think I have the first project that will go into the roses folder. Roses are my new project.

Thank you to all of the new subscribers. I appreciate your readership. I’ll be posting an idea pin tutorial for these roses on Pinterest.

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Artist Tips of the Year

Practice for Flow Not Perfection

Blue Flowers in a Blue Vase

Practice isn’t about getting good or great. Practice is about letting go. At some point, there’s this voice and you realize it’s there, always has been. I have sat and sat for hours trying to paint something. Nothing happened. On this occasion, I had one color, one damaged brush, and five minutes.

Paper Collage is a Great Way to Learn About Color

Collage pink flowers and lettering the words free soul in Spanish

I’m putting together a creative exploration course with a paper collage. Sometimes I go into the process knowing that I’ll be creating flowers but it’s nice to just use random tools to stamp and blend colors. Then I’ll get an idea and start cutting and arranging. The idea blooms right before my eyes. That’s what happened with the letters M and L.

Social Media needs my attention and consistency

Various papers painted with vibrant orange and pink tones

I like to experiment and paint. I occasionally post on Pinterest. When I do the results are awesome. At one point I had 80k monthly views. I had no plan but to share my work. It worked. I am still learning about SEO. I have ideas. Here’s to more traffic.

Focus on the Moment

I know I’m the artist and I get attached to my work but I shouldn’t. I should only be that spiritual connection that comes as I create. I’m not the end result of my work. Nor am I entitled to the fruits of my labor. My best ideas come when I focus on the moment. For example, I many times have the opportunity to paint with my students. I set up the paint and brushes and wonder what will come of the dried-up dollar store palettes and beyond-bent shapeless brushes. These thoughts have nothing to do with me, my spirit. What is me is curiosity? I’m always curious about what everyone will paint? And every time before my eyes, the children mix up interesting colors, and awesome textures and they are artists. No one gives them permission. They just pick up the brush and go for it.

Expressive Flowers

Pink Roses

I wrote this post a week ago and somehow it stayed in draft. Finally here we are.

It’s the holiday season. We are about to begin winter. I can’t wait for spring. Last week I wrote about my obsession with roses. Have these lovely shades of pink always been there? Have they? I could be walking along in thought and suddenly I stop. Pink and peach roses catch my eye.

My next project should be pink roses? I could work on creating pink tones. Ettavee wrote this wonderful post on how to use fluorescent pink. I have been working on painting roses. I have! I am working on the layout and working on flower arrangements. Yes, I can use my art journal for this exploration. Pink Roses is a good book title? Ok there we have it. Pink Roses it is!

I love the pinks in these blooms.

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Mireya

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Pink and Purple Blooms

There is strength in letting go and painting. There’s pink, purple, blue, and a little sparkle. These colors are the creativity, faith, and play that should be in every painting session. I layered, splattered, painted and you know what, this is the best painting I’ve done in a long time. I say best because this is me, my ideas. Yes, my influences come from everywhere. But I’m not painting with outside forces. It’s just me. It’s the tools. Sure I’m holding the brush and gliding it along the page but the idea takes over. It isn’t about me. It’s the idea.

Kute Blackson had this amazing quote in one of his posts. Surrender your attachment to the outcome and get into the flow. Yes! That is what I did for this painting. I need to keep going.

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Mireya

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A Burst of Sunshine Collage Flower

a yellow center with shades of pink and orange petals flower

You’re a star and you shine. The morning after it rains, the skies are clean. At the first glimpse of sunshine you are in love. Oh and I sat letting the ideas live, for hours, for days. These are my bursts of sunshine. Now about those bursts of sunshine?

Ideas are always here. Love is always here. We are free but we allow ourselves to think we are not. My art is my time. I get to confront and release what has happened during the week, and sometimes prepare for what’s to come. Really it’s right here right now, this is you, everything else is noise. I get to work on my creative spirit. Your creative spirit is your imagination and curiosity. Your creative spirit has everything it needs to be brave, weird, different, and beautifully you.

I’ve been painting and thinking. I painted many Anthropologie display collage flowers. I need a new name for my flowers. I am working on an idea pin video for pinterest. More on that for tomorrow’s post.

Anyway, it has been nice! I love to paint. I have a day job but oh my, I want to create full time. Hearing you say that my artwork brings you joy, well that motivates me too!

Love source collage flower

I made a few changes to the website. I guess my plan is I don’t need fancy, I just want to be me.

Do you see how art projects turn into philosophy sessions? Thank goodness. I should come up with a list of fall flowers to paint? The weather is feeling like fall. I’ll go for a walk and capture it all.

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Mireya

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Sunflowers you make me happy!

There I was painting sunflowers. I had Cat Coq’s sunflower tutorial on my mind. I’m ready for fall. Sunflowers are trending. I want good work for the shop. I kept painting and referencing photos. This technique never works because I obsess over details. I was about to call it a day when pink sunflowers popped into my head. Pink and peach express how nature makes me feel. At that moment I knew I needed to paint and let my flowers bloom. Then I thought about the rainbow watercolor art print. The lines in between colors were uneven but the neutral colors and the Maya Angelou quote, beautiful!

I’m going to paint more sunflowers this week. All these sunflowers gave me the confidence to design a logo for my website but that’s another post. Here’s to painting like you mean it, painitng with your heart. Wait till you see my pink and orange collage sunflower!

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Mireya