Expressive Flowers

Color is always around us

I don’t do much lettering but these letters came out good. I think I used leftover paint.

This cocoon was made with leftover collage paper scraps. I wanted to express how nature makes me feel.

every butterfly needs a cocoon collage

I simply wanted a pink flower.

pink and yellow paper collage flower

And this watercolor mosaic is a tribute to culture and of course Park Guell.

In all of these I simply had an idea. I wanted to paint and I painted. If you are interested in more of my work please a visit my shop. You can also click on each of the above prints to purchase the print. There is a 50% off sale going on. I appreciate your support.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

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!

In case you haven’t noticed art is my life! I love painting and enjoy writing abot it too. Thank you for reading and subscribing to my blog. If you have a friend who would enjoy these posts then share it. If you have a blog please use the contact form to let me know about it.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Tempera paint you did good!

My bottle of Crayola paint is almost gone. There was this almost dry blob in the cap. I scooped it out with a brush, put it on a plate, added a little water, and painted. For days I’ve been trying to paint something good. This time I had no intentions. I was curious. I made a mess. Did I mention that I painted with nearly dried-up paint? I painted over ugly art. Not my words. It was a cool video. Or was it an Instagram post?

Blue Flowers in a Blue Vase

The textures and color that came from folding the paper. Painting the entire flower with one brush. The vase seemed too small. I painted over it and made it work. I’m working on design layout. These beautiful blue flowers practically painted themselves.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

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?

Expressive Flowers

Pink and Purple Blooms

There is strength in letting go and painting. There’s pink, purple, blue, and a little sparkle. These colors are the creativity, faith, and play that should be in every painting session. I layered, splattered, painted and you know what, this is the best painting I’ve done in a long time. I say best because this is me, my ideas. Yes, my influences come from everywhere. But I’m not painting with outside forces. It’s just me. It’s the tools. Sure I’m holding the brush and gliding it along the page but the idea takes over. It isn’t about me. It’s the idea.

Kute Blackson had this amazing quote in one of his posts. Surrender your attachment to the outcome and get into the flow. Yes! That is what I did for this painting. I need to keep going.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Fun tea cups to drink out of

I’m still in my sketching phase. I have been thinking of these.

I’ve been archiving my work. I deleted a good amount of work. Out with the old and in with the new. And then Catcoq’s weekly prompt is to open a print-on-demand shop or add work to your existing shop. Her mug suggestions gave me an idea. I sketched my designs with a pencil. I mixed lovely shades of blue and pink. I took my time. Painting felt good…free. Oh but visions of my mad mugs danced in my head. I wanted fun mugs to drink my tea in. I like my mugs but something’s missing. So I did a little Anthropologie research. I saw tall mugs, slightly lopsided mugs, mugs with heart shaped handles, mugs with circle handles, a heart shaped mug…FUN colorful mugs.

I should have painted my mad mugs. I should have painted the ideas that were in my head. I want fun, colorful mugs that I painted. I like the idea of mad mugs. The Mad Tea Party is fun, colorful perhaps a little bonkers. It’s a party I certainly want to attend.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

About going through old work

Going through old work gives me clarity. I can clearly see play versus I want this to look right. I have blogged about this topic a number of times. Yet I find myself comparing and not being a true fan of my work. Yes, I love to paint. Yes, I am a natural born artist. We all are. I don’t mean that I should walk around with a crown but yes be proud of my work in that childlike manner. Children don’t have any clue about oh this is the best or it’ll make millions. Children are brilliant. They are simply curious and happy to paint! When you observe your work, you will catch yourself admiring like you would another artist’s work. You can constructively judge your work.

I painted the apple at least a few years ago, but the idea is right. This is the colorful, playful, be yourself artwork that I want more of.

With Love.

Mireya

Creative Exploration

A world of color in every mosaic

I’ve seen mosaics before but not like the ones in Park Guell You have colors complimentary to others. You have contrasting colors. You have monotones. You have analogous colors. You have bright colors, warm colors, cool colors…somehow it works. That’s what this great big world is full of, COLOR. I can’t get over how each tile brings out the beauty in the others.

Paint a mosaic and let color guide. I sometimes choose a dominate color like blue or pink and let go.

The cover of my book should be a mosaic. YES! Now I’ll go edit the book and do a little lettering.

Creative Exploration

On working on a project

Why isnt’t this a print?

A 6 x 6 book size? Can I publish a book that size on KDP? If I want a book that size, I’ll make it happen. The book I am talking about is A World Full of Color. I’ve been reading and writing and what a book! I am excited to keep working and even more excited to share the book with you.

As I write this post a news segment of Designercon plays. A designer proudly shares the story behind her colorful backpacks. A new thought for the book? Write it down and see how it all comes together. The stuff I threw away because it left me unmotivated gave me a fresh start. It always works out.

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Creative Exploration

Making art and Halloween

I have never been into the dark side of halloween. Sure I am fascinated and intrigued with Anakin and Darth Vader. I am more of the harvest, pumpkin patch, and pumpkin cupcake kind of girl. Halloween costumes are a chance to step into the shoes of your favorite characters. You know the characters that make you wish you can roam the halls of Hogwarts. I’ve always wanted to be the aristocratic woman who refuses to live by societal norms.

Of course now I see that halloween is a reminder to always play and that we can always borrow the bravery, inspiration,wisdom and so much more of what it truly means to be you. Yeah. These characters bring out what we long to be. it’s our spirit that remidns us, I’m always here. I don’t know what you’ve been doing paying attention to all their nonsense but I’m here. Keep making art. Keep creating. I got you.

What does halloween mean to you?

I’ll share a few fun halloween crafts later.