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You Help Me Orange Collage Flower

Orange strokes collage flower with a blue background and quote

Who would have thought that using scrap paper could create lovely texture? Morgan did and I thank her. I have a collection of objects but paper isn’t one of them. Using paper to create texture, is as much fun as stamping with a candle lid. You stamp, mix and blend. You don’t know what will happen until the paint dries. Oh, that reminds me, I want to paint more ornament flowers.

7 pink and orange ornament flowers

I can’t get over the texture and color. Art and nature always help me navigate through negative thoughts. Art satisfies my curiosity. To paint this flower I applied color. I did a few sprays with a water bottle. I added more color. I flickered drops of blue and green. I used the piece of paper to stamp over the wet paint. And I painted on thin mixed-media paper. The more I experiment the better my art gets.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Magnolias Blooming in Blue

6 white magnolias on a blue and emerald watercolor background

For these magnolia’s I applied the watercolor techniques I learned from a watercolor video. It seemed like a typical video but the lessons hold true to the title of the video. Sure you’re practicing techniques but the idea is about play and letting watercolor do what it does. Watercolor lets you embrace curiosity and unexpectedly fall in love.

I had an idea, referenced a photo, and sketched with a pencil. I rarely sketch with a pencil. I probably should have sketched my trees with a pencil. That’s another post. I added layers of blue and emerald green. I dabbed a little color here and a little water there. Halfway through I had an it’s a mess I tried moment. I’m glad I kept painting. I let go of the photo and dismissed perfection. The line work, the color it works. These magnolias are imperfectly unexpected and beautiful!

Let these magnolias and all their blue remind me to have faith in my art and my process. Ok, the cat coq make a ton of art advice helped too. Perfect timing. My lines may curve a little more than they should. I may use a few more sheets of paper but the important part is to paint. How else will my best work come? I need a ton of paper.

Siempre,

Mireya

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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.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Thank you

2 light and 2 dark pink wild flowers

It’s another week in Creatively Hue. For some reason, I had a daydream that someone was commissioning me to paint my blooms. I thought, what if they expect me to paint these realistic fabulous blooms? I can’t do that. Nor do I want to. And then I started adding more color, and more details to my stack of artwork. I have lots of work that should go in my shop. But, I came to my senses and realized if they are asking me to paint flowers, they want my blooms.

Ok, I had to share that from time to time I have doubts. We all do. Let the doubts be times of mindfulness. Anyway, thank you for being a fan. Every day there are more of you. More blooms, a collage course, and a book. What a summer! It isn’t over yet. I try to have a little spring and summer in all of my days. Thank you for helping me do that.

Have you read my books? If you have leave a review. Shop my art too.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Art is such a wonderful world

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso

What a wonderful quote. And just now as I was about to work on this post, another blogger posted about feeling like your work isn’t enough. You play a comparison game. I should fill up the page. I should work on patterns or certain motifs. I can recall some time ago when I set a goal to fill up my pages. Then a few days ago I came to my senses. I’m just going to trust the process. Ok, I am on a roll with textures right now. I’m going to watch a video on textures but I’ve realized this.

The very point of practice is not about building skill. The point of every project is that you get brighter and bolder. Each project allows you to wash away the dust of every day life.

This flower is beautiful. I was building these words of self-love. All good words by the way. Now that I realize so much, I am going to scan this flower and put it on watercolor paper. It’s going into my shop. It’s going to be beautiful. It’s a beautiful flower.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Butterfly Floral Collage

a yellow butterfly filled with pink and blue flowers
colorful

Not sure where this came from but Wow! I wasn’t sure what my journal entry would be. Catcoq’s email was about animal motifs. I read a fabulous EttaVee post on abundance mentality. You know I had to do something with flowers and a butterfly. Beyoncé’s new song was fresh on my mind. That is all I have to say about this beautiful butterfly. I do want to paint the background. I want to cursively write the word fly someplace inside the butterfly. I want this to be a print on the wall. As the color catches your eye, you’re curious, and your eyes lead to fly. Altogether the word fly just makes you want to release, flow and fly. Fly like the wind. I want to fly. I need to fly.

Ok so I had a lot more to say. I should write a poem. I shall. It’s written.

With Love

Mireya

Are you a subscriber? There are lots more blooms to come. All these journal entries are going to lead to a book project. Not sure what that book will be. I do have an idea. It will come together.

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Wise Trees Collage Tree

There are a few trees that I redid for the re-release of Wise Trees. The other is a crayon one. Glue gun and crayons is amazing! I should add that to my Pinterest. I will. I have many many more trees to paint but I’ll save these for the next book project.

Ok I’m kicking off my summer painting this week and what better way to do that then with Wise Trees.

Have you read the read? Oh it’s so good and azure to spark your curiosity and make you feel like you can paint what you want to paint! Please do leave a review of the book on Amazon. Your support means so much to me.

Let’s make it a great week! Let’s make it a great summer.

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Giving art a second chance?

Use new tools like a dagger brush to paint flowers

I had these flowers in the love the color and petals but not a good bloom pile. The file was on my computer and in a redo file. The color is beautiful. Seems like color is a constant in all of my work. What was wrong with these in the first place? Maybe it was because the idea was quick to produce. I’m adding these flowers to my shop. These flowers are my process and a reminder to always have a faith in my work. Do I still have the actual artwork? I could paint a textured background. Even if I don’t have the actual blooms, I have the brush! I suppose it’s important to ask why I’m rejecting my work. Wait I’ve seen this quote someplace:

Make now. Question later.

You see that is a true artist. Though I may not be physically painting, I am painting in spirit, in my imagination! Art is always on my mind, in my heart.

With love,

Mireya

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Using household paint as your artist paint?

What! I never thought about that but why not? It’s paint. I was watching a video today and apparently you can. Since aim not painting this weekend, I can think about it and watch others paint.

Happy painting and with love,

Mireya