Expressive Flowers

Sketching with paint 2

Copy paper. $4 medium size tube of acrylic paint. Tempera Paint. One Brush. Game Changer!

Green vase with green flowers sketch practice

That is all I need. I usually paint on Canson XL watercolor paper. I have Golden Acrylics. There are beautiful greens and pinks. Right now copy paper and tempera paint are working beautifully. I painted this in like 15 minutes.

Lately I’ve been arriving at my painting sessions with these thoughts:

I like my colorful art on a cream background but other artists have full page color.

Should I be thinking about trends?

Should I take time and draw with pencil? But I want to paint!

I should get to know good paint but I don’t want to waste my good paint.

The good paintings happen on cheap paper with the wrong colors. When I try to replicate, I can’t.

Maybe I should sketch with a pencil first?

The biggest thought of all is that I’ve been painting for a long time and have yet to see the results I seek. It’s been about three years since I started painting flowers. I’ve written six stories and counting. I self-published the books. I wrote, edited, and purchased an ISBN for three of them. I painted all the artwork. Have I grown personally with these projects? YES. Am I keeping my writing skills alive? YES. Is my curiosity satisfied? YES. Am I having fun? YES. Did I fulfill a life dream? YES.

I was recently asked, “What do you see yourself doing? I was beaming on the inside with ART. I am an artist. I always will be. I want THE story. You know the story of I just doodled to pass the time or for comfort. I started posting and I’ve been busy ever since. Not my story AT ALL.

I am an artist. I like the feel of the paint on my fingers. I like that I can paint with ornaments or a fork. This post is about me saying forget about the art business. Keep creating and growing. Be open to what lies ahead. Trust that you will be where you are meant to be. Let go, stop comparing, judging, and keep painting.



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Flow with paper collage

Pink paper collage flower

What I love most about paper collage is that you get to paint all these simple textures. Yet the beauty is revealed when you cut leaves or flowers. You let your eyes arrange. Color comes alive. Paper collage does take longer to create. It’s easier to pick up the paintbrush and paint. I rarely throw out a collage project. That’s because I get an idea. Today it was a sunflower. I wanted a pink sunflower.

It’s like the idea comes to life. I’m just the hands. the painter that puts it together.

I wanted an idea to express the importance of taking care of you.

every butterfly needs a cocoon collage

I was drawn to an Ana Victoria Calderon book project because it helped me express how colorful and beautiful our world is. Wait a minute! Is this in my shop? It should be. That reminds me, I need a white ink pen. I want to write something at the bottom of the page.

watercolor galaxy with paper collage plantes, moon and sun

This window display had me. I had to do my own version.

This is a book project in the works.

yellow collage flower with the words let's written inside

I’ve got many more ideas.

Colorful letters spelling Alma Libre on a blue background

I have been posting idea pins on how I paint my flowers along with a little artist chat. These videos are preparation for the collage course. I’ve not forgotten. Not sure how I started working on paper collage. Oh right, it was Eric Carle!

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An Artist Signs Her Work

Three paper roll blooms

My name is Mireya Pizarro. I am the artist. I am the writer. I have gone back and forth with how to sign my art. At first I didn’t even sign my work because am I an artist? The verdict must still be out on this one. I just paint. My curiosity needs to be satisfied. It doesnt matter what I’m feeling or thinking. When I pick up the paint brush it’s all play. I love love losing myself in the idea because nothing matters.

So I have gone through creatively hue. This is the name of my site and blog. I have signed my art with Mireya. I recently blogged about my name and how I’m usually the only one. Now I’m thinking MP. Morgan Harper Nicols signs her work MH. I like it.

Any way I had to share this. I want something that is easy to remember. Do you ovethink little things like this. It’s that CatCoq uses her signature to promote her brand. I want people to find my work too.

How do you sign your work? Do you sign your work?

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There’s a Gem In Every Project

Ana & George was my first book project. For a short time, it was published but I stopped selling it because it was too much of a work in progress. The story began with a destined-to-be queen bee. Bellisia wanted to travel the world, and engage with all her worker bees. She wanted to fly with the butterflies and visit all the flowers. Somehow Bellisia turned into a baker bee named Ana.

And slowly all these characters emerged. Each one with a spirit that refuses societal norms. It’s not about being different. It’s a want to be yourself. I kept going back and forth with ideas. I would sit for hours and write. Then throw it away and start over. I loved imagining the characters, letting my mind wander, and writing. I got to be part of the adventure. Painting is my love and my adventure. Every project I work on is an adventure.

I now realize that I let this story go for good reasons. What do I know about writing and illustrating a chapter book? Absolutely nothing. That’s exactly why I had to write it. If it weren’t for this story I wouldn’t have had the courage to write Different Is Beautiful. I have many more poems and stories to write.

I just read Ana & George. It’s been years since I’ve read this story. I thought I deleted it. I’m glad I still have it? Maybe I can turn the book themes and characters into a whimsical thought journal book? What a cool idea! I should do some creative writing while the idea is still fresh in my mind.



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New Header, Heading New Places

I forget what post I was reading at the time, but the word momentum was included. Momentum. The days when I am surrounded by my supplies and stillness. My mind and my heart are where they need to be. I paint and the hours go by. Since I’ve been on this topic, my There’s No Right Way to Paint a Flower book comes to mind.

This was my thought process for the book.

100 ways? That’s a lot, can I do it?
I’ll challenge myself to 200 ideas.
I keep checking off the list.
I still have 30 ideas to go.
Wow I never noticed this color before.
Forget the list. I just want to paint.
Go for a walk. Explore.
Keep painting.

And so for this glorious Sunday, I post for the work that was, for the practice that is. I just read the book. It is good and so right! Want to get your copy of There’s No Right Way to Paint A Flower. Thank you for your support. Like these blooming thoughts and art? Subscribe so you’ll be the first to know about new books and courses. You can get these post right in your mailbox.



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Doodle With You Collage Flowers

I have been getting my shop ready for holiday shoppers. What I really want is to clarify what I’m painting and why?

I paint because of how it makes me feel. It’s my self-love and meditation. I’ve been going through my artwork. I’m signing my art with my name instead of Creatively Hue. I sign my posts with Siempre Mireya and likewise for my art. I got rid of art that was questionable right from the start. You know the moment when you finish your work? And the finished art doesn’t look like the beauty you imagined. Either one of two thoughts happens. The artwork is better than imagined. Or the artwork is lacking. I share the lacking work because maybe it’s me. Maybe I am stuck on expectations instead of letting the artwork be what it’s going to be.

For these blooms and the collage book these flowers will be part of, doodle with you!

The collage course is still happeing. I’m thinking March 2023?

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Art makes you

Wait a minute I have a new brush. I could paint I could write these words in brighter livelier colors. Oh, this reminds of the quotes in the Arts District. This will be a good weekend project.

Here’s the pink tulips I’m working on.

shades of pink collage flowers.

The best part is putting it all together. There’s the painting of the papers, then cutting and arranging until it looks and feels good. You might go for a walk at some point. All of it is process, and process is the best part because soon you’ll look at your work. All the work. the curiosity, doubt and mistakes it’s all part of your bet work.

Ok I have been working on my blooms. I guess these past weeks have been writing to finish the book. I’ve been doing a lot of collage too,

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