I paint what I feel pink collage flower

monotone pink and orange collage flower

Every now and then I get feedback on my work…colorful, encouraging, and beautiful. Color is part of my signature style. I just paint what I feel. I paint what I feel.

I am grateful.

Different Is Beautiful

This is a hand painted collage art animal book about self love. It's dedicated to us.

Have you read this book? This is books has a special place in my heart. All of my projects do but this book, this book is filled with my swagger. When I was a child I would think about everything in nature. Why a fish is a fish. How extraordinary that their water is what breath is to me. What’s it like to swim in the dark depths of the ocean? Do dogs talk like we humans do. Everything is exactly as it’s meant to me. In this book I explored the ocean, insects and my favorite horses. From the horse who reminds us to be wildly free to the small bees who make a world of difference in spite of their size every single animal, flower and the universe all of it is a reminder that we each have a color, a talent or a skill and where would we be without that love.

A dark side? Yes there are dark forces who tell us or treat us other wise but let’s focus on us. This year I became a Star Wars fan. I am still surprised by that. Everything is connected by a force and energy that binds us all. Every time I go for walk and breath in the breeze and the beautiful peach pink blooms I feel it. Wait a minute, Star Wars has been me all along.

Once again I thank you all for subscribing. We are growing! I have so much planned this year. New course, courses! New books. New blooms!

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Stems can be blue

Collage bloom in orange and blue

Stems don’t have to be green. Stems can be any color you want. You are the artist.

This was a quick idea. You lean everything when you are making. The stigma got a little messy. I forgot to draw in a part. The cheap paper is not good for collage. Posca pens are great. Orange and blue, what a rhythm.

Different Is Beautiful


As a kid I was always curious about animals. I still am. Do they understand me? Is a Cobra really shy? Snakes terrify me. Are snakes terrified of me too? Butterflies flutter where they choose. I walk in thought and suddenly a a flutter of yellow changes it all or invites me to play. Birds flock together. Female Elephants run the heard. Smart herd, hah. I would look at fish and wonder about their patterns and color. Their water is my breath of fresh air. I could go on. Bees are tiny. Yet the role they play in this world is profound.

This project gave me the chance to explore Eric Carl’s work. I had this idea for a least a year. I spent a month in an RSP classroom and taught the kids my art. It is better said that I merely supplied the tools. Students always teach me. It was that experience that made me promise to write a book. Oh wait that was a different book on the ideas about art. Can art save the world? The ideas and how it makes you feel? It creates flow. Yes I just read about this in the morning.! Flow is what I have been experiencing during making art. Back to the class, friendships were mended. Confidence grew. Ideas and imagination were alive and well! That was the best assignment I had. I want more of that. I welcome it. From then on I fell in love with collage and finally brought a childhood idea to life.

Get your ebook for free this week only. Perhaps you have read the book? I will be working on the paperback tomorrow. I know it would be a dream to turn the pages and look at each animal. Every purchase helps keep my creative dreams alive.

What makes you happy?

Clown Triggerfish Collage

Not what I planned. The name is different and a perfect example of what this book is all about. Different is Beautiful.

There are so many shapes, textures, color, traits, names….it’s a wonderful world! Ok now I’ll go add a few more details to the fish.

Here’s the lemon. The candle lid floral stamp is hardly visible, Tracing paper may not be the best option for stamping. I do like this simple lemon and the idea is even better. I should have taken more care in gluing the lemon. Somehow the unintended bubbles reinformace my thought. Lemons like life’s problems can be too bitter to eat alone. What makes a world of difference is knowing that just the right amount of lemon makes good chicken or bars. The choice is always ours. I write and create the advice I need.

I can’t believe it’s Friday again. I have been painitng lots of new work. Much of it is me saying I’m gong to paint. I don’t know what I’ll paint. Or paint corn but end up painting lemons and leaves. Oh I painted curcles and a cactus. Collage lettering. Life is truly better when I paint what I want. I am better.

Have a good weekend. I’ll probably do a weekend post.

Collage Lettering

There’s always a reason to believe that someone…the moon and the stars or the cool breeze on a hot summer day is routing for you.

It’s us, our ego that gets in the way.

Now is a good time to start my creative journal. I have a list. It’s good. Maybe today’s the day I’ll read You Are Loved.

Daily Prompt – Book

If there is ever anything in the world you want to know, it’s in a book. Arabian Nights, Wonderlands, Castles, Apothecary, you can have an adventure. Books have and will forever be the cheapest means of learning, escaping and dreaming.

I have tons and tons of ideas in my head. There’s so much in written words. Books are a treasure. Books have taught me some of the most important skills. Books are doors which lead into the artist’world for generations to come.

So here I am having written a few books of my own. I write for the joy. I write because there’s this sense that it had to be written. I write because I want to. Writing and creating brings me such joy! My latest idea is this book. The color and sporadic lettering simply represent what this book is about.

Here’s another potential for the paperback. Wait I’ll create one now. Right now all that’s available is the ebook.

Happy Dance! I love this paperback cover.

bookcover with butterfly

I do love the blue texture I painted! Well now I guess I know what to do with it. New print for the shop? YES! Only instead of the font, I write my own letters. Different Is Beautiful print coming soon! I am playing with ink and sumi brushes today.

Different Is Beautiful celebrates every element in nature. I use color and texture to create collage animals that illustrate the beauty that comes from being YOU. The world is filled with wonderful color, patterns, skills, talent and uniqueness that well… what would the world be without out this beauty.

There’s so much beauty in this book. I should share more of it. I will. Two to three days a week I’ll post creative exploration.

Thanks for reading!

Collage Animals 2

There were so many animals that I didn’t realize existed. Others I never fully apreciated. I suppose the same can be said about each one of us. We all have something that makes us beautiful. Which reminds me of an interesting National Geographic article. It was about why we’re so afraid of snakes. It was about King Cobras being shy. I’ve yet to finish the article but wow I’m speechless.

So we judge, criticize and undervalue each other? it’s certainly something to think about.

By the way book creating is complicated. It’s all in the details and editing. My Live Your Love Story paperback came in the mail yesterday and all of my illustrations are in black. Not what I planned but I think I like it. You can see the book on instagram @hellomireya Let me know what you think.

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February 1st?

Time flies when you’re having fun! I just checked and Live Your Love Story is now available. The book is 90 percent the same. I did redo most of the lettering, changed the ending a little and a few minor changes later I am done! Or so I thought. I need to change the cover.

I’ve restocked some prints in my etsy shop.

Different Is Beautiful is looking wonderful. I love the blue tone collection I put together for the front page of my website.

Much more to come. Please subscribe to the tribe. If you do thanks and email me. Let me know what you think of the book.

Have a great weekend!