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Alma Libre-Paper Collage Art

Colorful letters spelling Alma Libre on a blue background

Alma Libre means free soul in Spanish. Quiero Ser is one of my favorite songs. In English, it means I want to be. The song is about being a free soul, a soul that falls in love. Amaya’s words make me dance and sing too:”Quiero ser, una palabra serena y clara
Quiero ser, un alma libre, de madrugada. Oh, and my favorite book is about teachings to free the creative spirit. With every breath, I exhale and inhale serenity, and clarity and wander among the midnight city lights. I paint colorful art for the spirit.

And what better time than Hispanic Heritage to say I don’t need a holiday or month because loving you and doing what you do is mas que a month. Mas Que A Month is Target’s theme. I’ve been reading and seeing that colorful clothes and home decor are in. That’s great but why wait for a trend to tell us that it’s ok to be colorful. This year my theme was about making art. No matter what I think or feel about my work, make art anyway. What I think and feel isn’t really what I think and feel. The doubt, the what if’s that’s not us. The truth is in the big spirits who pick up the paintbrush, splatter, and mix every color on the palette to see what happens.

Let this colorful Alma Libre be about taking care of you. Taking that dance, allowing yourself the chance. Here’s to the wonderful gift of nature. Here’s to making art that’s brighter and bolder. Here’s to your art.

This week I’ll be working on painting trees, painting roses, and gaining clarity with what I really want to say with my art. It feels like I’m wrapping the year up and I am. I know there are changes to be made. I’ve been looking at Wix and reviewing my business skills.

As always thank you for reading. Be a subscriber if you haven’t. Share this with your friends if you believe they’ll enjoy it. I’m excited for what’s to come.



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Magnolias Blooming in Blue

6 white magnolias on a blue and emerald watercolor background

For these magnolia’s I applied the watercolor techniques I learned from a watercolor video. It seemed like a typical video but the lessons hold true to the title of the video. Sure you’re practicing techniques but the idea is about play and letting watercolor do what it does. Watercolor lets you embrace curiosity and unexpectedly fall in love.

I had an idea, referenced a photo, and sketched with a pencil. I rarely sketch with a pencil. I probably should have sketched my trees with a pencil. That’s another post. I added layers of blue and emerald green. I dabbed a little color here and a little water there. Halfway through I had an it’s a mess I tried moment. I’m glad I kept painting. I let go of the photo and dismissed perfection. The line work, the color it works. These magnolias are imperfectly unexpected and beautiful!

Let these magnolias and all their blue remind me to have faith in my art and my process. Ok, the cat coq make a ton of art advice helped too. Perfect timing. My lines may curve a little more than they should. I may use a few more sheets of paper but the important part is to paint. How else will my best work come? I need a ton of paper.



Blooming thoughts for a wild spirit

Dance in the spring

Actually, it’s fall and it feels like summer. I just came home from an evening stroll and spring is in the air.

a pink and orange strokes flower with a quote about dancing in the spring

The day is warm and easy. I walk among colors. There are peach roses, pink daisies oh, and white and yellow roses too. I stop and admire it all. I take a deep breath. That’s when I see the rhythm of the petals. I can’t explain it, but the beauty of nature, how it all works together makes me want to dance, right there on the sidewalk. Sometimes I do. My spirit always dances. Today my spirit danced because now is fall, then comes winter, and finally glorious spring. Spring is neverending. Maybe I did explain how nature makes me feel?

Paper collage flowers are my lates book project

Last night, I painted lovely shades of blue paper. Right now I’ll work on a few blue blooms. I have this folder full of paper collage blooms and collage paper yet to bloom. This book helps me reflect. I can work on my art at lunchtime and trust the process. I’ll keep cutting pasting and writing until I have the book Blooming Thoughts for a Wild Spirit. The book will be colorful, whimsical and invite the reader to entertain their ideas and perhaps realize them. I should include a few pages for readers to paint their own flowers? What a great idea!

You can find the video of my paper collage process on Pinterest. Pinterest is the place where I pin all of my supplies, nature walks, and process videos. The videos are wonderful to practice for my collage course.



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Life Is A Fiesta- Paper Flowers

colorful paper collage flowers
art print avilable

Step out

In your color, in your dress no doubt

Knock on the door without your face to the floor

Greet with a smile

Choose to listen to whoever for a while

Move to the beat

Be merry and eat


you can be fashinably late.

Sit and wonder about your fate.

Did you wear the right dress?

Should you eat that slice of cake?

What if?

Ooh I like this song

But I don’t feel like I belong

I can’t dance.

Know you are always invited

Your light is undisputed

You choose

If you truly don’t like the fiesta you’ve been invited to,

Host your own fiesta, just know there’ll be lots to do.

I do like to express my thoughts in poems. Working on the collage flowers and the life is a fiesta sticker was good too. I’ve been seeing colorful Hispanic Heritage displays and merchandise. I was motivated to create something. I am proud of my Mexican Heritage.



Wait a minute, would you like this poem in art print form? I think I like it.

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In a Blue Moon Sunflower

Interesting story. I wasn’t sure where this was going. I started painting and the circle made me think of the moon.

Blue sunflower painted with various shades of blue

I worked with one shade of blue. It was too light. Then the color was too dark. I blended and lifted color with a brush. Out of nowhere, I had a glow. It’s a glowing moon. I kept mixing various blues. I kept painting and uttering motivational words. Keep working. Keep mixing. It will be good. If not, it’s practice.

I added a little orange to my green because orange is complementary to blue. This is confidence for the Hispanic Heritage paper flowers I want to paint. I want to explore warm blue tones. I love the idea of using color to express emotions. Blue makes me think of George Michael’s song lyrics: “I gotta have faith.” And to paint your best work, you have to have faith right? Faith in yourself allows you to be free.

Posting three days a week is working out well! I am able to have fun reflecting on my process.



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Pretty in Fall

Fall flowers in all shades of orange with a little pink

Doesn’t this color palette hug you, making you smile? My warm browns and oranges are pretty. I’m ready for fall. It’s been 100 degrees of humid weather. I’m ready for sweaters, boots and flowers. Ok, so I want pumpkin pie on the list. I can have hot tea again. I love tea, I should build a project for tea lovers. The coffee art prints and t-shirts are cute but I’m a tea drinker.

Back to my pretty in fall flowers. Painting these blooms brought me joy. What colors did I begin with?

Pink is one of my favorite colors to paint with. Pink is the color of frienship. It’s sweet. I don’t like the typical fall colors so I wanted to add a little pink. My yellow ended up looking like mustard. That’s fine. I used the yellow to paint flowers. The yellow helped warm up my orange and pink tones. I did mix in a redish-brown color with the yellow. It was beautiful.

Here’s to a good week! I’m going to go gather my to-do list. Thank you for reading!



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A Burst of Sunshine Collage Flower

a yellow center with shades of pink and orange petals flower

You’re a star and you shine. The morning after it rains, the skies are clean. At the first glimpse of sunshine you are in love. Oh and I sat letting the ideas live, for hours, for days. These are my bursts of sunshine. Now about those bursts of sunshine?

Ideas are always here. Love is always here. We are free but we allow ourselves to think we are not. My art is my time. I get to confront and release what has happened during the week, and sometimes prepare for what’s to come. Really it’s right here right now, this is you, everything else is noise. I get to work on my creative spirit. Your creative spirit is your imagination and curiosity. Your creative spirit has everything it needs to be brave, weird, different, and beautifully you.

I’ve been painting and thinking. I painted many Anthropologie display collage flowers. I need a new name for my flowers. I am working on an idea pin video for pinterest. More on that for tomorrow’s post.

Anyway, it has been nice! I love to paint. I have a day job but oh my, I want to create full time. Hearing you say that my artwork brings you joy, well that motivates me too!

Love source collage flower

I made a few changes to the website. I guess my plan is I don’t need fancy, I just want to be me.

Do you see how art projects turn into philosophy sessions? Thank goodness. I should come up with a list of fall flowers to paint? The weather is feeling like fall. I’ll go for a walk and capture it all.



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Sunflowers you make me happy!

There I was painting sunflowers. I had Cat Coq’s sunflower tutorial on my mind. I’m ready for fall. Sunflowers are trending. I want good work for the shop. I kept painting and referencing photos. This technique never works because I obsess over details. I was about to call it a day when pink sunflowers popped into my head. Pink and peach express how nature makes me feel. At that moment I knew I needed to paint and let my flowers bloom. Then I thought about the rainbow watercolor art print. The lines in between colors were uneven but the neutral colors and the Maya Angelou quote, beautiful!

I’m going to paint more sunflowers this week. All these sunflowers gave me the confidence to design a logo for my website but that’s another post. Here’s to painting like you mean it, painitng with your heart. Wait till you see my pink and orange collage sunflower!



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Do I Have Creative Block?

I think I do.

It feels like I’ve been painting with no particular place to go. I haven’t painted anything for the shop. I was working on sunflowers. The color and the brush were all wrong but I did practice with my cat’s tongue brush. Then I did some research. I checked out the what’s popular section on society 6. Morgan Harper Nichols has beautiful brush strokes. I saw flowers in bright yellows, oranges, and greens. I checked out Anthropologie. I saw the same abstract expressive work. Many artists inspire me. It’s the color, textures, and ideas that make me realize, I too have a song to sing. We all do.

Then I read this doodlewash post and the words watercolor captures my soul captured me. A lightbulb went on. I’ve been stuck. I’ve been unlike the child who explores mixing color just to see what happens. I’ve been going through the motions. Let this post be a reminder that I need to get back to my curiosity. I have seen the work that comes from this place, my place. It’s good!

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Be different. Be brave.

Be different be brave collage flower

Yes I keep thinking about our painting adventures. The book All Are Welcome is a fabulous read. It’s right there with Just Ask. These words are indeed from the pages of Just Ask. Oh wait a minute I wrote a book on this very subject too. It’s called Different Is Beautiful.

If you really take time to enjoy nature. You’ll realize how magical it is. Oh and you and I are part of it. It isn’t radical or outrageous. It simply is. Peach roses. Yellow Butterflies. Trees and all their breeze. The firefly squid shores of Japan. I think of all this and I fall in love all over again!

And so I paint what I feel and what I see.