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.

Creative Exploration

Surender to the making

motivational words to keep you creating making art

Today why not share some of my words. This is something I’ve been telling myself. I have this stack of kraft paper that I haven’t used. I have been holding on for the right project, my hopes and dreams. What I have learned with creative exploration is that the best way to learn and grow is through making art. At some point you get into this flow. You don’t think so much. There’s this force that guides you and it’s your zone, your place. It feels like looking up at the moon and stars.

More flowers and still working on my letters. Love letters for the self because we are one.

Thank you for reading. Every day there is more of you.

Creative Exploration

Love You Earth

…wasn’t going to post this but I should because it’s weird. Not sure if it will make a good book cover. I want a textured background with the title so the book looks and feels like a journal. All my books are journals to me, for me. I want others to experience my books too.

Different is Beautiful is a celebration of all living things. It is a great book. My problem is resistance. The eBook is available but I’ve been holding off on the paperback. I don’t know a thing about book cover design. I don’t have a clue about designing a book either. I had an idea and wanted to bring it to life. I need to do more of that. LOTS MORE. There’s so much I want to learn.

Creative Exploration

Work Of The Past

I’ve been looking at all of my work, doodles and all. I have skills. I want to contiune working. I move on from project to project that I forget the joy and talent that went into previous projects. Frankly I fear that I don’t appreacite enough. I love that the entire book was done with simple black ink and sketches. I wrote on copy paper. My sketches were, ARE good!

I wish I would have held the attitude I do now. I appreciate the trip so much more today. The same can be said about all the work I’ve done. I realize that we don’t enjoy because we have all these doubts, fears and negatives that paralize us from enjoying the moment. WOW. That is the reason why I wrote this book. Leave all the nonsense behind and enjoy the ride. Enjoy the view. Enjoy all the people living for today, living life in peace. Imagine is such a great song.

Creative Exploration

Q-tip tree take two

I didn’t use a q-tip. I used a size o round and size 6 flat brush. There are two lessons today.

1. Sometimes it’s not what tool you use but how you use it.

2. Not every idea is a winner but to get to the wins you must do the work.

I have lots of work to do. Mixing blue with hot pink made a difference. I’ll use watercolor paint to paint the sky around the tree. By the way acrylic paint works similar to watercolor when you water it down.

I did use the q-tip for painting flowers.

I’ve been listening to an awesome podcast by James Victore. Have a good weekend all!

Creative Exploration

Let the Collage Animals Begin

I’m really excited about illustrating my book collage style. I have yet to read my rough draft. I should proably do that right after I finish this entry. I used a wide big brush to paint one side with water and the other with paint. This did prevent the paper from curling up. Then I used a variety of tools to stamp and scrath the paper.

With textures anything goes. A broken paint tube and three fish later I realize collaging takes time. It’s relaxing.

My animals. What a beautiful start. As I paint I am reminded of a morning conversation. Each of us is unique because otherwise, the world would be boring. That’s exactly the point of my book. Sure lizard brain momentarily showed up saying, but your star fish doesn’t look exactly like the reference image. Good! These are my fish. My book. My ideas. My art. My fish. And the world is a wonderful place because of the odd, weird, unique and different fish.

Creative Exploration

Fun + Art History + Creativity

These are some of my supplies. The old Crayola educational set is now filled with Mission, Grumbacher and Cotman. I’m in the process of organizing a new paint palette. Today I didn’t work on the book. Instead I worked on a project for the creative exploration class.

The assignment was to choose an art painting and create variations. I chose Bridge over a pond of Water Lilies. I love nature and I wanted to use various tones of green and pink to convey the majesty and warmth of nature. I mixed up the galleria blue with the green acrylic. It was amazing.

Why this painting exercise? What does this have to do with Road Trip? Adolfo Serra instructs his classmates to play. Gather up as many supplies as you can and create variates of the art. Art is open for interpretation. There are many ways we can choose to express if only we allow ourselves to play.

Today I timed myself for 45 minutes. I sketched with just a pen to observe the shapes. My phone battery was also dying so the screen blanked every 30 seconds. Still I drew. Then I painted. I painted a second variation. I mixed paints. I used a make-up brush to cover up some mistakes. No pencil. No thinking except to choose a tool. I just painted. More importantly, I painted my love for nature.

I realize that I need to take a step back and allow my self to develop, to come into my style. I can do this and I will. Now that I’ve relaxed and had some fun I’ll be ready to finish the book doodles tomorrow.