I did have fun painting the Lotus because I tested a variety of watercolor techniques, wet on wet, wet on dry, drops of color and mixing pink. I should definitely practice color mixing tomorrow.
Two lessons learned here. I don’t care about painting realistic details. The best happens when you just create without the need to “get it right”
I prefer the loose expressive strokes of vibrant color. A Lotus flower comes from mud….a beautiful flower that grows out of mud… the way it holds it’s petals welcoming the sun. Oh and the illuminating yellow with a shade of pink, these are the ideas I want to capture in my painting of a Lotus.
So now, how can I or what tool can I use to create these radom petals. How do I mix up that lovely shade of pink. Not to worry the answers will come during my afternoon stroll. I can test out a variety of brushes and there’s a big bottle of tempera paint waiting to be used. Perhaps.
Paint flower petals with my palm? Tracing petals and then painting? Which would you choose? Pianting petals with my palm is much better, for two reasons. When you put you in your work, you make a difference. There’s uncertainty of how the paint will stamp. There’s the gratification of ” I made this.”
Last night’s words of Seth Godin showed up in today’s painting session. I hope they always do. His words and James’ words,” What made you weird as a kid, makes you great today.”
As I painted my plams, with each stroke I was further in a mess. The mess where a teacher says, Stop that your’re making a mess. Yet if I didn’t make a mess, I wouldn’t have made beautiful art.
That’s the question I want to keep in mind as I dig deep into the world of Branding and Trends. Seth Godin says do what you love is for amateurs. Love what you do is for professionals. That ‘s where I intend to be.
For now I must keep making more Collage, more flowers and connect that with a few of the trends. I can totally work with night affirmations and mystics. The place I want to be in is no rules, I want to know why, I can relate place.
Ok so my word of the year is make. Making involves observing, making, changing, growing, listening to the voice inside you, not lizard brain. At some point I’ll have my answer.
Cut a craft sponge into a half and inch piece, mix-up a warm yellow and begin stamping. Finish by covering unstamped areas with a Shell Pink Watercolor. That’s all there is to painting these flowers.
Take some random objects from around the house and stamp flowers. You could use erasers, lids, paper, straws…straws are an interesting way. Use your favorite colors. You’re the artist!
I’m waiting for pink and white Acrylic Paint to arrive in the mail. These colors will be great for the center of the flower and a little pollen. Not sure why the flower in the middle is a little squished. Just a little, but I’ll adjust the spacing in the digitizing. I suppose I was thinking together we can, together we will.
There’s nothing like a breeze, a bird’s song or the warmth of a sun. How can you not feel love. How can you not feel peace.
Have fun. See you tomorrow.
Wait, are you a subscriber? I have lots more flowers to paint this week. I have a few self love Valentine’s Day ideas for next week.
Much better painting today! I was thinking about agua frescas and the notion of parties in certain cultures. Everybody’s invited because everybody’s family. What a wonderful idea for life, loving yourself and loving others.
Still need a few details. The beautiful blue and yellow will look even more beautiful digitally scanned.
That’s a week. There’s not much of finished paintings but the progress was good. Glorious wonderful progress!
Next week I want to paint a drum, a few flowers, lettering and…
Ever watch Butterflies, how they flutter from flower to flower? Sometimes I watch them with the sun. I too should flutter more often. Flutter from idea to idea. Flutter from one negative thought to a peaceful one. Flutter from place to place. My mind often does.
This butterfly still needs antenna and a few spots on the body of the Butterfly. The right side was painted first. The tracing and tutorial called for black ink but I didn’t want the exact pattern and blue seemed like the way to go. My confidence was good. Then it got lost. The left side looks a lot thicker and a few of the lines are a bit of a mess.
What’s the real difference between the right and the left wing? In the right wing I was fluttering in the process. Good place to be.
FLUTTER IN THE pROCESS
Enough about the Butterfly. I will paint another layer and see how I can make this work. It already has because I did write this post. This week I have a few more flowers to paint. I want to do a culture inspired project.
Much better. I am new to the pulse and precision. I haven’t practiced as much as I want. Yet there’s been major improvements. The dots were done with acrylic paint but the stamper wasn’t giving me complete circles. Walnut ink helped with that. I want to explore more with India ink. Tree trunks!
Today’s message will be short and sweet. Keep going. Keep painting. Keep doing whatever it is you want to do.
Trust the Process
Easier said than done. Trust the process.
This weekend I’ll be posting some of my work from Society 6 and Amazon. I never feel comfortable sharing work from my shops in fear of sounding like a salesman. All I know is I am proud of my work and the direction I’m going. I still have much to learn. Art gives me mindfulenss for the rest of my life. Maybe a print for your studio space can help you feel the same way.
You set out to draw what’s on your mind. It’s clear and beautiful. You apply water and droplets of color. The opposite happens. Where is the lesson in that? Everywhere. If you look closely you can see the first flower I formed, the one that was about to go in the trash. I got to work. I worked with one idea.
Stop trying to create the version you see, the version you’re thinking and keep going.
Rather than paint with all the answers, just paint. There’s no failure. There’s only works in progress. The only way to get to the good is to not get caught up in the wrongs.
Good work is happening this week. I’ve been drawing, the Butterfly is looking good and there’ s lots more to paint.