Blooming thoughts for a wild spirit

Dance in the spring

Actually, it’s fall and it feels like summer. I just came home from an evening stroll and spring is in the air.

a pink and orange strokes flower with a quote about dancing in the spring

The day is warm and easy. I walk among colors. There are peach roses, pink daisies oh, and white and yellow roses too. I stop and admire it all. I take a deep breath. That’s when I see the rhythm of the petals. I can’t explain it, but the beauty of nature, how it all works together makes me want to dance, right there on the sidewalk. Sometimes I do. My spirit always dances. Today my spirit danced because now is fall, then comes winter, and finally glorious spring. Spring is neverending. Maybe I did explain how nature makes me feel?

Paper collage flowers are my lates book project

Last night, I painted lovely shades of blue paper. Right now I’ll work on a few blue blooms. I have this folder full of paper collage blooms and collage paper yet to bloom. This book helps me reflect. I can work on my art at lunchtime and trust the process. I’ll keep cutting pasting and writing until I have the book Blooming Thoughts for a Wild Spirit. The book will be colorful, whimsical and invite the reader to entertain their ideas and perhaps realize them. I should include a few pages for readers to paint their own flowers? What a great idea!

You can find the video of my paper collage process on Pinterest. Pinterest is the place where I pin all of my supplies, nature walks, and process videos. The videos are wonderful to practice for my collage course.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Life Is A Fiesta- Paper Flowers

colorful paper collage flowers
art print avilable

Step out

In your color, in your dress no doubt

Knock on the door without your face to the floor

Greet with a smile

Choose to listen to whoever for a while

Move to the beat

Be merry and eat

Or…

you can be fashinably late.

Sit and wonder about your fate.

Did you wear the right dress?

Should you eat that slice of cake?

What if?

Ooh I like this song

But I don’t feel like I belong

I can’t dance.

Know you are always invited

Your light is undisputed

You choose

If you truly don’t like the fiesta you’ve been invited to,

Host your own fiesta, just know there’ll be lots to do.

I do like to express my thoughts in poems. Working on the collage flowers and the life is a fiesta sticker was good too. I’ve been seeing colorful Hispanic Heritage displays and merchandise. I was motivated to create something. I am proud of my Mexican Heritage.

Siempre,

Mireya

Wait a minute, would you like this poem in art print form? I think I like it.

Expressive Flowers

Doodle With You Collage Flowers

I have been getting my shop ready for holiday shoppers. What I really want is to clarify what I’m painting and why?

I paint because of how it makes me feel. It’s my self-love and meditation. I’ve been going through my artwork. I’m signing my art with my name instead of Creatively Hue. I sign my posts with Siempre Mireya and likewise for my art. I got rid of art that was questionable right from the start. You know the moment when you finish your work? And the finished art doesn’t look like the beauty you imagined. Either one of two thoughts happens. The artwork is better than imagined. Or the artwork is lacking. I share the lacking work because maybe it’s me. Maybe I am stuck on expectations instead of letting the artwork be what it’s going to be.

For these blooms and the collage book these flowers will be part of, doodle with you!

The collage course is still happeing. I’m thinking March 2023?

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Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Pretty in Fall

Fall flowers in all shades of orange with a little pink

Doesn’t this color palette hug you, making you smile? My warm browns and oranges are pretty. I’m ready for fall. It’s been 100 degrees of humid weather. I’m ready for sweaters, boots and flowers. Ok, so I want pumpkin pie on the list. I can have hot tea again. I love tea, I should build a project for tea lovers. The coffee art prints and t-shirts are cute but I’m a tea drinker.

Back to my pretty in fall flowers. Painting these blooms brought me joy. What colors did I begin with?

Pink is one of my favorite colors to paint with. Pink is the color of frienship. It’s sweet. I don’t like the typical fall colors so I wanted to add a little pink. My yellow ended up looking like mustard. That’s fine. I used the yellow to paint flowers. The yellow helped warm up my orange and pink tones. I did mix in a redish-brown color with the yellow. It was beautiful.

Here’s to a good week! I’m going to go gather my to-do list. Thank you for reading!

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Do I Have Creative Block?

I think I do.

It feels like I’ve been painting with no particular place to go. I haven’t painted anything for the shop. I was working on sunflowers. The color and the brush were all wrong but I did practice with my cat’s tongue brush. Then I did some research. I checked out the what’s popular section on society 6. Morgan Harper Nichols has beautiful brush strokes. I saw flowers in bright yellows, oranges, and greens. I checked out Anthropologie. I saw the same abstract expressive work. Many artists inspire me. It’s the color, textures, and ideas that make me realize, I too have a song to sing. We all do.

Then I read this doodlewash post and the words watercolor captures my soul captured me. A lightbulb went on. I’ve been stuck. I’ve been unlike the child who explores mixing color just to see what happens. I’ve been going through the motions. Let this post be a reminder that I need to get back to my curiosity. I have seen the work that comes from this place, my place. It’s good!

Expressive Flowers

Be different. Be brave.

Be different be brave collage flower

Yes I keep thinking about our painting adventures. The book All Are Welcome is a fabulous read. It’s right there with Just Ask. These words are indeed from the pages of Just Ask. Oh wait a minute I wrote a book on this very subject too. It’s called Different Is Beautiful.

If you really take time to enjoy nature. You’ll realize how magical it is. Oh and you and I are part of it. It isn’t radical or outrageous. It simply is. Peach roses. Yellow Butterflies. Trees and all their breeze. The firefly squid shores of Japan. I think of all this and I fall in love all over again!

And so I paint what I feel and what I see.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Blue Flat Brush Blooms

I took the paper roll idea and give it one more try. A paper roll creates interesting texture. The stigmas are a lovely yellow ochre but I just couldn’t stand the scale texture. And so I had all of these ideas, but blue flowers appeared.

I seem to have a large pile of redos. That’s ok, I have Monday off and a birthday to celebrate! I realize more than ever, that I want more than anything to paint all day. To be in my place of play. This is the career of my dreams. I’m still working on the collage course. I’m working on more collage wildflowers. I enjoy working with students. They are constantly teaching me that the best learning happens when you see what happens if you mix every watercolor in the palette. That spirit lives in each of us.

Here are some of my favorite ideas

What I love most about my art are the color and warm thoughts. Most of the time I paint with an idea, sure. Yet I never really know what the blooms will look like until I’ve finished. Maybe what I love most is a possibility. Do I have the if at first flower in my shop? It should be. Let this post serve as a reminder to keep doing my thing. It’s time to be brave. I was born brave. We all were!

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Be different. Be brave.

Say! These words will make a fine collage flower. Have you read Just Ask by Sonya Sotomyor? It’s a reminder of how great our world is and how boring life would be if there were only strawberries or apples. What if roses only came in one color? No peach roses? No yellow roses? No blue roses?

Blue thumbprint flower with the words who are you

Yes, I paint blue flowers. This weekend I’ll be painting a lot. I need relaxation and art to help me be brave. Here’s to all of us. We struggle thinking we have no choice. We do. Together let’s love one another. Let’s paint and be happy.

Expressive Flowers

Keep Going Blue Wildflower

There’s this

There’s that

A million things going wrong

Oh but listen to your heart’s song

The one that’s neutral

The one that knows

In each moment love always grows

Look at what’s right

Your ideas shine

You paint with color, fingers, a dented brush, everything’s fine!

You are the colors of the rainbow

Together we’ll rise

We’ll be the kind of friends who always share fries

Just a little poem to commemorate these past days in a second-grade classroom. Oh but the art we’ve painted and will paint tomorrow, it’s going to be great! I’ve learned to listen to the strength within, to rely on my neutral state. May this spirit leads me to my weekend. I’ll be painting, adding more work to my shop, and developing my collage course.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Blue Wildflowers

This week I went through all the artwork in my journal. I started scanning. I’ve been getting to know my paint. For instance, this blue is one of the first blues I purchased. It’s a Royal & Langnickel Primary Blue. I was almost going to throw it out. There’s not much paint left but it’s enough to practice and play. Oh, I think I’ll use the blue for a handprint classroom activity.

Speaking of play, I have painted paper roll flowers.

Lots of them. Using a paper roll to create a stencil was not exactly my idea. The shape was my idea. Now I have these wildflowers. Wildflowers? Wild and free with heart and all the love that breezes and blooms everything is possible. I am possible. I think wildflowers is a great name for the poem expressive of a classroom painting session. I shall write. What a wonderful idea!

Aren’t all of the flowers I paint wildflowers. Yes. Wildflowers should be in the name of my new book project. I paint to be wildly free. Wildly free sounds flirty and fun. In every project you are brighter and bolder, wildly free. Love it!

Creatively Hue is blooming! Thank you to all the new readers. Thank you to the ones who’ve been fans.

Siempre,

Mireya