On how to be an artist

use a paper roll

Thank you for reading and subscribing. I share my work because I believe I was born an artist. In some way we all were. It’s our skills and talents that can help others like a great song that makes you sing or move instead of doubting or worrying. You have to say yes to the idea. Yes to imagination. Yes to play. That’s why flirt with creativity is serene.

At first you surrender to the idea because you want to. Through the process of creating you arrive at the answer, the full intention. It becomes so clear. Paper roll flowers where simply an idea. I wanted to learn how to be an artist by exploring 100 ways to create flowers. Now I want to teach a class. Paper roll flowers are fun because you never know what will happen.

Flirt with creativity

Shades of pink acrylic blooms

Not the pinks I intended to mix up. Thank goodness. Mix red with a little blue and then white. Using turquoise and aqua creates plum pinks. The color of a blouse? A shade of lip balm? The color took over. I had to paint. I finished with a paper roll flower. These flowers are easy to make and sporadic. At first it seems like a mess, As you work the idea begins to bloom. I’ll share the finished floral soon. Here’s the blooms that started it all.

Flirt with idea.

Flirt with imagination.

Flirt with creativity.

Flirt with impossibilities.

Just looking at the the blooms encourages me to keep creating and keep sharing.

I was in an Anthropologie store today and inspiration struck. I am already excited to paint this week. Want to purchase this print? Click on the art print.

Ok time to go for a walk.

Is nature in your creative tool box?

nature is your best inspiration.

Go For a walk.
Feel the breeze.
See the trees.
Tell the blooms your dreams.
Tell the blooms your fears.
Warmth will hold them dear.
Soon she will pass them to the
moon and the stars.
Until then keep walking.
Keep drawing.

I was looking for a project today and I found it. Or did it find me.

Take one of your old projects and turn it into something new.

I created a sketchbook journal using leaves I painted months ago. I added a creative write about a previous experience going for a walk. Ok time to paint a Hopi Crape.

An Ornament, hearts and belief make good blooms

Oh it really is.

The best comes of course when you are creating. You are deep in practice and you stop and question. Keep going Keep making. Out of nowhere it will come.

When all else fails just paint

I wanted to mix up beautiful color and let the brush paint what I felt. You know the feeling. You feel a connection and the idea practically paints itself. It’s so natural that you question.

Be True To You Blooms

I have been busy learning color and painting. I have also been going through old work. Love this design. Proud of the book too. Creative Bloom is really the beginning of exploring and painting flowers. I’m going to get even better. I have plans to create an online class where we can have fun and paint together. Oh in an Anthropologie store? That would be cool too.

How to Paint Anything you want

a post about painitng out of the lines.

I wasn’t going to post these flowers but I am. Here’s why.

I could feel the color. I imagined painting these blooms on a smooth stucco wall. These colors made me smile knowing no rules. Afterward I scanned and was uploading onto my society 6 shop. Suddenly I didn’t like the way I painted. Maybe it was too much browsing on istagram. That was a few days ago.

Today I want to post these blooms because I painted them. These blooms are beautiful. The delicate brush strokes and blending reveal how light I felt. I just painted. There is no stay within the lines. I grew up painting that way. I taught others to do that. Nonsense. I know better now. The best painting is done with the freedom to paint whatever you want, however you choose.

Art isn’t perfect.

Art is like beauty, in the eye of the beholder.

Art is magical.

Art is like a song that gets into our mind, our hearts and deep down to the core of my soul.

Art is a smile when all you want to do is frown.

Art is the hope that helps you see and feel until it is with every breath.

Art is breath.

Look out into the wonders of the world and you will feel art.

Art is you.

Art is me.

Oh my, I really do need to work on this poetry writing. Whimsical words. Here’s to all of you who read this blog. Good vibes to you and all.

Tips for using Acrylic Paint

Today I had the I can do this all day momentum. What really made me smile is that I figured out how to keep my paint creamy.

  • With a flat brush paint water over a your mixing plate. My plate is a $2 plate I bought at Walmart.
  • Squeeze the paint onto the wet plate,.
  • Swirl each color until it is smooth. You could use a palette knife.
  • Add small drops of water util you have creamy paint.
  • You could mix a little white to your color
  • Have fun!

I place a color on each corner. Add a drop of white in the center. Then I have the rest of the plate to mix color. The magic begins! All I had to do was practice. Yes with practice and a willingness to explore I found the answer. Not so good with the actual flower artwork. That’s another post.

Pink and Purple Color Palette

painting pink and blue florals with a round brush

Mixing white with red and adding a little green makes pinks! Then you add a little Prussian blue and you have purple. What were the flowers that I was going to repaint with lavendar and periwinkle?

Here’s my list of learning:

  • mix and observe how your favorite colors mix together
  • create a whole page of blues and observe how they mix with orange and green
  • I stiil need an opera rose
  • mixing red with white and using that mixture to add a little yellow or brown.
  • work with acrylic (I am getting better)
  • observe how color scans
  • get to know the brush and just paint

I should find a video on how to care for and when to replace acrylic paints.

Flower doodles and color make me happy!

paint tulips with watercolor and acry

Last night I went to sleep with a question. What’s my story? Today’s Show Your Work reading and a comment on my art artwork post @creativelyhue askes me the same question.

I am rewriting my about page. So far so good. My earliest memory is fingerpainting. I liked the feel of paint on my hands. I loved the educational Crayola Watercolor sets. Most of all I liked that I had a canvas. My space. My place. I can do whatever I want with it. Why then do I feel the need to copy. Wait a minute I don’t copy but it is as I wrote yesterday. I feel imspired and I try and paint that way.

What I love most about art is that anything can be art. There is room for everyone. I have seen lines, scribbles, doodles, splatters, painting with spoons and straws.

All of it makes me feel so inspired. It is amazing what the mind dreams up.

Have a favorite artist? I should make a list and post it this weekend. I do have a list on pinterest.