Love making these flowers. So easy to make and different beautiful petals every time. I’m posting this right now because I need a reminder to keep creating keep making art. I am my best tool. Here’s to creating more. Here’s to just making art and being you.
I keep trying to paint this pattern and it hasn’t come out same. At all. What brush did I use? The colors are great together. All I know is when I painted this I let go, just did what I wanted. I need lots more of this. Oh and without hesitation I added it to the shop. This is the work my dreams are made of. The work that flows. At least that’s what the greats say.
Why am I exploring culture? The more I do, the more I feel connected to the world. I’ve admired it always, especially when I’ve gone to Mexico or San Diego. Along the highway, on my road trip I saw the Colorado Mountains and the Pennsylvania’s sign. Welcome to happiness is a great title for this book. Nature along with the people, what a great idea. For this project I’m going to bulid a collection on pinterest, learn and paint what catches my eye. I don’t know how I will organize this or what I’m painting but it’s going to be good.
Note to self:
Stop judging your skils and your work. Paint. Explore color and see what happens. Let the vase be slanted. Practice your drawing and PAINT. Explore. Watering down acrylic makes for good ceramic glazing textures. Instead of going from culture to culture paint what catches your eye.
If you are painting ceramics, think about what story you want to tell? Reminds me of a Egyptian vase? Oh.
Materials I used are acrylic paint, round brushes in sizes 1 and 7
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I’ve been looking at a few referece photos of Mexicos ceramics. This video showcases the colors, patterns and animals found in a variety of ceramics. Ceramics have been around for over 3,000 years. In Old town San Diego there’s a ceramic shop. Near the town is Bazaar Del Mundo. The patterns and color are really connected with nature. Here’s some sketches I did some months ago to test my ideas and skills. Pretty good.
I painted the plate pattern. I like the color. As I look at my sketches I see that I’ll benefit from beginning with simple deisgns.
Today’s task is to paint a pot. Using the inspiration from the video I’ll create a pot with a design that incorporates my love of nature. I should try to make a pot from clay? Maybe.
Have you ever taken the time to frolic in the breeze observing every single detail? Seems like the more you observe nature, the more your condifence grows. Every element is unique in color, shape, line and space.
This quote expresses my sentiments, exactly.
All these things are an extension of myself. And I think how beautiful. how really great I am. – Alan Watts
I need to spend more time in nature.
Go to pinterest and find some picutes of pumpkins. I much rather roam a patch but these days that’s a no.
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I like the color so much that I had to paint circles with the leftover paint. Flowers? Yes but how? A few days later I reviewed the flowers I painted. My desktop wallpaper was an influence too. What I love most about art is there’s room for everyone. Everyone has a way, it could be collage, oil paint, fruit or fabric. When asked why, it’s always I just do. It’s an idea that takes over. Nature is art.
There’s also something in the neutral colors. I long for walks in the park with Roxy. That’s the kind of peace I want more of.
Politics isn’t my topic. Sometimes that is a great motivator. Yesterday an artist posted #riseupshowupunite I woke up to kites and watercolor. That didn’t happen. Oragami paper worked great.
I’ve got the election on my mind. We all do. The last one broke my heart. I know that there’s some pessimism in this but the idea is that there are challenges in our lives. We come acroos defeat. That doesn’t mean we’ve lost. It means we have yet to win. We can’t lose hope.
Yor turn. Use construction paper. Color over copy paper. That’s a good idea. Paint. Create.
These are a few of the lessons I ‘ve learned with 100 ways to flower with power.
On day one, I had plans. I drew my flowers. I had a list of tools/techniques to try. Then it was, what can I do with one tool. At some point I forgot about the list and let my thoughts and curiosity guide me. That’s where the real exploration began!
After that I found this place. It wasn’t comfortable. I lost track of time. There was no joy, fear, happiness or anger. Perhaps I started with feelings and then creating took over. Nothing else matterd. Gita and Learning by Heart are wonderful! Yes, creating gives me such peace. I am a creative. During exploration my mind is at play. I’m curious, imagining and working utill I look at it and say ok I’m done. Detachment is powerful!
There’s power in creating on your terms, your rules and learning that there’s only make. Moving forward leads to new ideas.
A Rose is a common flower. I like these two colors together. I drew the flower with an oil pastel. Crayons, permanent markers and pens. work good too. Test to make sure the color won’t bleed unless you’re curious! I was and yes that too made a fine flower.
Have a good weekend! Next week I’m starting with creative exploration-fall! 100 ways to flower with power will resume in the spring when the book launches.
Paint flat, glide and twist. I love that you can, stamp, drag, dab, tab or use the end to create dots. One of the major takeaways for flower with power is letting go.
I don’t know how to draw a flower. But it isn’t perfect so I need to throw it away. These are what get me, prevent me from pushing further.
Last night I made a horrible mess trying to fix what I thought needed to be fixed. Yes there were mistakes. And I walked right into them. I’ almost threw it away but it’s a beauty! Collage was a brilliant idea! Interestingly, the fix was closer to the idea in my head, without the clutter.
What a lesson for the other aspects of my life! Seriously.
Again I say thank to my new readers. We are growing. It is wonderful that I can share my art with you.