My version of a Mexican Marigold

I’ve been looking at doors, homes, water, art, people, food… beauty from around the world. I love learning about culture. Oh and the dragon bridge in Vietnam. In my next adventure I will be drawing, sketching and writing for a new book Around The World. I may still do a few flowers. SOmething else always comes up.

Here’s to learning how to be a better me by learning about others.

From ordinary things to beautiful

I came across a Ginko Tree. What a peaceful color. For these I mixed up acrylic and tempera paint. Warm inviting tones. The tones that help you connect. Used a flat brush to apply flat left and right shapes. Done. I like taking ordinary things and creating beautiful flowers. Still thinking of a name. I’m going to go checkout some creative blogs for ideas. CreativelyHue? Sounds good. There’s a creating for a better you vibe. Ordinary things? Maybe. I feel I should update my shop. I said I wasn’t but I should.

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Keep Going

Sometimes you paint and it doesn’t go as intended. The easy fix is take what works. Learn, carve out what doesn’t belong. Add the new and you have a beautiful flower. I’ve been doing this a lot lately. Michelangelo said it best:

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.

I know this is a simple example but there have been times when the idea gets lost. I paint layer on layer and occasionally magic happens. Out of nowhere I have an idea that I can use. I simply bring it into the computer. Mnimally revise and done. Plus all of my work is scanned and saved digitally. I can easily use it as artwork for the shop, blog and client work.

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Make something new

I am all about lovely backgrounds these days. Usually my work is colorful against a white background. I adore color. I am not sure but it’s a style that emphasizes color. That’s how I’ve painted. I’ve also deviated from blue a little. I always keep coming back. Blue is a tranquil color. It looks good on everyone. There’s tones of invitation, warmth, FAITH, melancholy, peace…I could go on. For one moment the lettering could have been blue. The lettering looks good in brown. That’s a note for this creative exploration journal.

For today I want to say have no doubt. Do what you must. Take care of you. The universe will always have yuor back.

This design was used with a dried raindrop stamp. Works great with paint! Oh I did paint a flower.

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Made My First Zine

Kraft paper, primary colors, markers, and a few brushes.

My only intention is MAKE.

Ideas and thoughts. Make.

Paint is too thick. Make

Can’t add water when the paper is already wrinkled. Make.

What’s wrong with this brush? Make

Smudges. Make

Lettering is too light. Paint over it. Make

Won’t dry fast enough. Smudge for even more texture. Make

What about the words? Write

Cross out the wrong words Make

Make Make Make Make for the sake of 9 simple rules for creators by creators

Make.

Literally my experience of making my first zine!

Drawing Flowers Take 2

Since I like the apple activity so much I decided to have another take at these flowers. It it so free to use 2 cent copy papar rather than expensive sheets. All in good practice. Great practice.

My tools of choice: a pick, the tip and flat part of a sponge brush. Oh and the handle my watercolor brush.

What I love about experimentation is you can’t control the outcome. What will happen will happen. I wanted to have straight lines in the yellow flowers. Sometimes you do get surprices.

My favorite. It’s a flower. There’s color. Shapes. The playful way you read it. Everything about this is excatly what I needed to express.

In the middle of washing the brush, I had this idea! I need a close-up.

I am in California and yes I needed a reminder to stop complaining and be grateful for what I do have. I really need this flower! Lettering went from ok I have some ideas to I beleive it works. More on that tomorrow, I just had to share.

You can make flowers out of anything, cruncheed up paper or straws…I will have to build the collection. Wait a minute, this is my book idea.

Drawing Flowers- Day 6

Why did I throw away the little ornament that made the coolest flowers?

You can create flowers with just about everything including a simple thumbprint.

I am here creating out of love. I feel at peace in nature. I used blocks, paintbrush handles, watercolor, pencils, ink, acrylic, toothpicks and other odds and ends. That was fun! Not sure how I feel about today’s flowers . Working on such a small sheet of paper is hard. I don’t have room to play. I really liked the apple activity.

I didn’t know what to do so I just painted. The colors are beautiful and certainly makes me stop, admire and breath. Once in a while we need to stop and say, “It’s ok that I feel down today but let’s look for brighter days. Nevermind the gray background mess. This was good practice. I was discracted today. Mistakes turned into beautiful flowers. It’s always the unexpected and original that interest me.

The purple flower is my favorite! I lik all the flowers but I do have to make changes.

Creative Ways to Paint Apples

Latest project for a design class and I felt like a kid in a candy store! I have sketches for trees, flowers and birds. There’s a book project for the flowers. I have creative exploraton in a week or two.

You work with one simple object and explore elements of line, color, texture and all kinds of mediums.

My tools of choice: markers, pastels, pencils, copy paper, watercolor, acrylic, plastic

The blue one has this inner glow, perfect for a it’s what’s inside that counts theme.

The brown stem and green blue dabs make me think of this Johnny Appleseed idea.

I did a few with my eyes closed. The red sharpie was a good choice. I had another that expressed anger.

All this makes me go back and rethink some of my work for You Are Loved. This book is about creative exploration.

The stars they whisper…

I am loved. I am the universe. I painted most of this yesterday. Today I intended to paint an Eagle. The wings of an eagle, strong creating a heart shape. The wings of an Eagle would have been great. I ‘ll paint them tomorrow. We all have the streangth to soar among midnight skies over the towers of London, the Basilica in Rome, oceans of Austrailia… where we please. I should plan this project. That would be cool. I could include the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Egypt. Perfect. Done.

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These blue and purple skies with all their stars and the heart shaped trees capture what I want to feel. I understand the hurt and the pain. Ok not like them, and yet I feel. That’s just it, we are us. I drove through LA on Saturday. The billboard, We’re in this together made me think are we really?