Blooming thoughts for a wild spirit, Expressive Flowers

What does freedom mean to you?

You know you have a choice

Birds are singing and you rejoice

Feel the breeze and the color of a rose

You dance you pose


Without restraint

You dream

The moon shines, you shine

Windmills and tulips sing, “I am yours and you are mine.”

To freedom is being open to feeling the connection between nature and you.



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Why Creatively Hue?

Creatively hue is the name for my blog. It sounded interesting and a reflection of self-expression. The more you paint, you leave societal ideas. You lose what art should be and paint. These are the ideas that always lead to interesting places. I’ve been doing more of this self-expression with my journal. Last night, I was going over my week.

What is the one lesson I want to share in today’s post? Suddenly, the lesson came together.

Hue is color. Nature is colorful. Color represents how unique and beautiful nature is. Nature is us. YOU. And my priority as an artist is self-expression. Right now my project is Roses. I’m painting beautiful roses.

I like painting yellow flowers and discovering that when the yellow is too light, I can trace it with a marker. I splatter a color. No worries it becomes part of the painting. And so a new chapter begins…



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When is the last time you took a risk? How did it work out?

When was the last time I took a risk? I don’t think I’ve taken enough risks. Let this be a reminder. I’m smiling at the world. Getting a new haircut but always trying to have a good attitude. I’m not perfect. All I can do is be me, beautiful me. This week I said yes to a challenging class. They showed me patience. I had to tune out all the noise and do what I do best, listen to their ideas and encourage them. I was there to teach them and they taught me.

pink and orange paint on a ceramic plate

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. I’ll see you Sunday.



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Roses-Pink and Blue

I went through all of my artwork. Perhaps you have seen all 100 of my designs on Society 6. Society 6 was my platform for storing my portfolio. And if I made a sale, great. I sold a sticker. Yes. Was I dedicated to the site? Did I habitually upload work weekly? Monthly? No. I’m not sure how I feel about Society 6. Since Society 6 was my portfolio it was experimental. There’s no right way to paint a flower. I believe that. I paint this way. I also know that my shop should be cohesive. I had three different signatures for my art. Some prints are actual pages from book projects. There are a lot of projects that I had to say goodbye to. These projects reflect an attitude of I’m sharing and hope you like it. Doesn’t sound too confident, does it?

And that brings me to pink and blue roses. I paint expressive abstract florals. I’m working on roses. I love painting nature. I have lots of ideas. I was frustrated. You know when you see cool on social media. It gets to you and you ask yourself, “How do I measure up? I don’t want to measure up. I want to paint. I am an artist, period. I know about color and the principles of design. I know about the wonderful flowers I see on my walks. These flowers are my biggest inspiration.

I just wrote a post on Instagram about hoarding acrylic paint. I would save the good “stuff” for when I was ready. In the words of an awesome first-grade class, I was born ready. They say this every single day. I need to paint like this. I am an artist. I should stop posting partially finished work because I didn’t really work on it. If people don’t like my work, it won’t hurt as much. I’m switching gears. My priority is self-expression. I love the positive feedback you give me. It reminds me that I’m not alone. We all have a story to tell.

Don’t hoard your paint for a better day. Paint today! Glad I had this talk. Glad I painted these pink and blue roses. Pink was my hero. I mixed orange with a sun-kissed white. I mixed a little of sun-kissed white with pink and threw in a little fluorescent pink. It works! My new portfolio will be here. Here’s to new beginnings! Have a good week!



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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.

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Edits for the book

I’m changing the name from weird is beautiful to different is beautiful. So yesterday I had the house to myself. I painted. I painted lots of textures. The video is posted on my Instagram @hellomireya. I’m not a YouTuber but I’d like to do more videos on Instagram.

My favorite textures are the ones I just mix up with color. I like just applying the drops of paint. Then using a wide brush to blend. The beauty is in knowing how to blend the right color combination.

Oh and I’m looking at animals. There’s so many to choose from. I’ll just create. No need to be realistic.

One final truth is acceptance. I never realized how beautiful this word is. I accept that I want to keep creating. I accept that I haven’t been dedicated as I should be. I accept that I am a talent and a force to be reckoned with. This part of me is slightly hiding. Hiding. Got to think more on this…

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Creative Brainstorm

I just want to have fun with this book. I’m still working on my summer plan. All the details are almost in place.

I sat and doodled away at some lines, patterns, and textures. Ok at first I referenced some Instagram faves. Then I just kept creating.

It’s like writing. It’s always good to just write and write even if it’s garbage. Eventually you’ll arrive at an awesome idea.

I’m coming up with ideas for my letters and gathering my thoughts.

It’s been a good day!

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color makes a difference

Today I took a closer look at color. Publishing this book has helped me look at my audience and how to use simple elements like color to tell my story as an artist.

I listed my favorite colors. Then listed my favorite books. I compared the two.

I just finished the final FINAL layout edit. Wait there’s a few layout issues to fix. Publishing is a nerve wracking exciting experience.

I’ll contiune to explore color. I’ve got lots more art to create.

Tomorrow’s the day for free Ebooks.

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the right color…

these days it’s blues and greens. I do bask in the glory of nature. I know there’ll be a few trees in the book…

What happended to this trunk? At a second glance, I can see the inspiration from all the unusually beautiful trees I’ve been collecting on pinterest. Yeah I like it.

The next step is to work on all of my blues and build the right color scheme.

Color you have my heart

Curiosity, imagination and paint, with you I shall never part

Pink and gray, will you work together?

Yes, oh I could do this forever.

Blue, pink and green, with every stroke you literaaly check my BLUES

I’ll create. I ‘ll CREATE

I have the power. I’ll show ’em this is my fate.

…there are no impossibilities

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let the painting begin…

Thinking map is done.

Many of the sketches are done.

Color scheme is almost figured out. I’ve got two weeks to make the deadline. Will I make it? Should I make it?

I don’t know, I’m taking my time.

Letting all those ideas and words work out fine.

This live your story poem is good.

Breeze, you tell me I got the skills, the talent…yeah its understood.

I am a writer

With you lizard brain I am a fighter.


Ha this whole Muhammad Ali rhyming thing is so cool! People are lovin’ my live your love story poem. Some are already waiting for the book to come out. Good things are happening….there’s no impossibilities.