Expressive Flowers

Color Palettes of 2022

Here’s a collection of color palettes that made me happy. Color can infulence your mood.

Various papers painted with vibrant orange and pink tones

Fluorescent pink is amazing! Just a little of it makes my oranges brighter. I now have the pinks I want.

I love yellows and pinks. These shades remind me of spring.

Swatching all of my acrylic paints. I want to do a few color swatches for the fluorescent pink and what was the other color I purchased?

Swatching my new Phoenix watercolors. These are close if not the same as Cotman. This was another artist’s observation.

Green and pink painted towels for collage

This napkin painted with markers and liquid watercolor came out cool.

This orange-yellow is warm and happy. I wonder what will happen when I mix a little fluorescent pink with o yellow.

pink and orange paint on a ceramic plate

Sun-kissed pinks!

color scheme for a poster that reads de colores

This is a palette that explains what I hope to continue with my art. There are deep forest greens and warm oranges. I do want my art to be joyful, magical, and playful. The pink is a good example of the pinks I’ve been mixing. It’s a nice pink, but not bright.



Expressive Flowers

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.



Expressive Flowers

Acrylic Paint Swatches

Student grade. Premium. Hard Body. Soft Body. Fluid. All of these have a special place on my palette.

Today I took the chance to share my art with children. It was the first day of school. What better way to overcome first day nerves than paint. My plan was to have the children paint paper to make butterflies. Oh, but the children had their own ideas!

The textures, the mixing, blending, choosing color, what focus and confidence! Did they make a mess? Yes! Water was spilled on half the table. They didn’t mind. Neither did I. All of the students painted like true artists. No one gave them permission. They just picked up the brush and painted. The other activity was answering a question?

What do I want to be when I grow up?

What does all this have to do with swatching my acrylic paint? Do you want to be an artist? Pick up the paintbrush and paint! Try this. Try that. Try it all. Adjust accordingly. I’ll hold this experience dear as I move forward with this blog and teach my creative collage course.

I showed up to teach them. Yet I was inspired. I’m going to write a poem about this experience. A few Anthropologie-inspired blooms? I’ll finish the blue Blue Wildflowers I started.



Creative Exploration

Feel the Rainbow

I’m working on a few flowers but last night’s rainbow in lava had me thinking. Not my rainbow and lava by the way but I had to paint a rainbow. There’s worries, hard and uncertain times. There’s no magic answer on how to make them go away. How you live each day is by remembering to feel the rainbow often.

This rainbow is unlike anything I’ve ever painted. For some reason I like the texture. Maybe not for the shop this time. I am working on the just making art. Oh this rainbow could make a cover for the new project? Maybe.

What makes you feel like rainbow?

Creative Exploration

Collage Lettering + Scrapbook Paper

I choose my scrapbook paper like I do my paint. I walk the displays and pay attention to what catches my eye, no particular project in mind. If I happen to be out of a certain color I’ll pick it up. This next book is going to be called You Are Loved. Earth loves You is no longer good for the theme of the book. Wait this reminds me of a brilliant idea to end the book. I’ll do it!!

The lemon pattern gave me this whole when life gives you lemons vibe.

Today’s creative idea.

Use leftover texture painted paper, scrapbook paper, white ink pen, and paint over an art print that didn’t work out. The idea here is that lemons on their own are sour but when you combine then with good then that’s magic.

We can should learn and be empowered by our mistakes and trials. As we develop that into a positive then we open doors. Focus on the sour bitterness of the lemon and you won’t get far. Focus on the infinite possibilites like chicken, bars, candy, cake, fruit, tea, drink, ice cream, pasta and so much more.

I really like the colors and the idea. Every day I’ll be working on an idea like this. This is a celebration of spring and a compilitation of prints for my next book. Speaking of, I got the full color editor edition of my book Live Your Love Story on Saturday. I’m so excited and I’ll share that tomorrow. I did post a preview video @hellomireya.

As always thanks for reading. I hope you have as much fun as I did creating and writing this book. I would love to know what you are working on? If you tried any of my ideas? Email at

AND I should change this up and choose paper that I wouldn’t choose, colors that I typically don’t work with to see what I come up with.

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