Dew Drop Flowers

Don’t Likes

  • I didn’t use watercolor paper
  • not enough blending
  • spacing of petals and leaves

Likes

  • green stem and blue stamp color scheme
  • the blending on Watercolor paper
  • adding drops of watercolor
  • the yellow ochre dot
  • bending of the yellow and blue stamps to create the yellow green

Likes and dislikes are a good way to learn. Not liking isn’t exactly a reason to change and yet it is.

Lessons from a Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower

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.

Palms Make Cool Flowers

blue flower

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.

Unmistakable who?

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.

Lettering In Watercolor

lettering with watercolor

I had so much fun writing with watercolor. Lettering is a big part of my new style of work. I like to think, about life, about me, my place in life…nature is such a great way to epress that.

Last night I started an Acrylic Painting Class. I want to paint the mindnight skies with the words I love people but I belong to the moon and the stars. Do you see what I mean!

Today I tested a few brushes. Size 6 works great! I create a reference sheet a few weeks go. Oh my gosh I should letter my Live Your Love Story Letter. With an Ombre background?

Today’s post is short and sweet. Take care of yourself. Embrace your own lettering style because it’s YOU.

Yellow and Pink Stamp Flowers

Oh right, the cool flowers that gave me hope.

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.

Glorious Progress

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…

Tracing Butterflies +Watercolor

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.

Brown Peruvian blanket take two

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.

Get to work on the idea

pink and blue watercolor flower

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.