There’s yesterday’s quote. There’s the words from the Aaliyah movie. There’s the verse I read this morning. And I’ve been learning lessons as I work on my roses project. All that matters is what you think of yourself. When I say you I mean your spirit. That’s the light that’s always shining. In the words of Tabitha Brown, believe in yourself because that’s your business.
Ok so today I didn’t paint roses but I worked on color. I need to work on art for the shop. Do you have a print on demand shop? Etsy? Society 6? Redbubble? How’s it working for you? Comment below.
My three colors are red, white, and green. I added a little turquoise for the leaves. I had nowhere to go and nothing to do. Made pink my hero and it was beautiful! I guess taking the pressure off of painting something grand helps.
I began painting and this voice was like,” take it easy.” You were all upset this morning. Loosen up those strokes. Paint. Paint I did! Painting helps me in so many ways. Wait, till you see the flowers I painted for the shop.
observe nature (I’d love to go for a walk but I’ve got bread in the oven. Pinterest it is.)
practice warm and cool tones in my art journal
I planned on painting a beautiful butterfly. That didn’t happen. The color palette was good! But, I was too busy thinking of what my butterfly should look like. Let this collage butterfly remind me to paint in the moment. Yes, keep learning color but paint in the moment. Let each stroke represent your emotions.
Yes, it works! What are your thoughts? Comment below.
I found this incredible quote. It’s part of my momentum right now.
What every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential.
I mixed up blues and pinks. Did this yesterday. The strokes went from hard to soft. The petal shapes were looking good. My pinks were bright but when I layered over the warm blue…I almost gave up. Instead I took a break and painted these. Good idea!
During the creative process, there will be ugly or doubtful work. The beauty of acrylic is you can layer. You can try to make it work. Many times it will. I think I made these magenta roses work. Other times it’s just good practice. Now I know I need a detailed acrylic brush. Wait, I think I can use all these lessons I’ve learned to paint full-page roses arrangements. Sounds like an expressive abstract roses book of friendship for the spirit. I like it!
Today I thought I’d get out my sketching tools and draw roses. If I’m going to paint beautiful roses, I should learn how to draw them first. Right? The pink rose I drew with closed eyes surprised me the most. I marked my favorite sketches with a blue dot. Soft pink petals with dark green leaves? Color tips were on my mind. It was fun to sketch with crayons but a voice reminded me that it’s time to paint. It’s time to paint roses, in a vase, arrangement, and with a background. I will in a week or two. I am enjoying this creative exploration phase.
Today’s #bloganuary question is who is my favorite author? All of them. Can I include myself? Sure. Every book I’ve read has taken me to places I’ve never been. Feck Perfuction is a good read! I mention Learning By Heart all the time. I appreciate Phillipa Gregory’s books. It’s empowering to read how a princess or queen thinks like a king.
How about applying the color tips I read about yesterday? Yes! I referenced a few photos of, you guessed it, my favorite expressive abstract floral artist, Carrie Schmitt. Instead of painting today, I will observe the tips I’ve learned.
You can download your copy at the link above. Or, I’ll share the tips with you.
Group your colors
How about a field of pink flowers surrounded by a turquoise background? Turquoise will make my vibrant pinks stand out.
Enhance color by adding it’s opposite
Use a dark saturated color surrounded by an unsaturated very light and slightly warm tone. How about Magenta flowers with pistachio leaves.
Make one color the hero
Use one color and make it pop! How about one orange fish surrounded by blue ocean waves? Orange roses with mint green leaves. Ooh, I like it! What color would the background be?
Use color to move the eye
Have a beautiful red rose somewhere on the page. Then add a few small red flowers here and there to bring the work together.
These are simply my notes from Nicolas Wilton’s Free PDF. I’m so glad I found it. Oh, I almost forgot the tip I’ve used. Choose a main color. Mix a little of that color with the rest of your colors to create unity. I have been looking for the missing puzzle piece. I may have found it! Tomorrow, I’ll sketch and build a color palette. I’ll be painting for my shop. Well, see how it goes. I haven’t forgotten about the turquoise roses.
Well…let’s see…my favorite colors are blue and lately, it’s pink. Deeply, I appreciate all colors. Spring and summer are such beautiful seasons. Fall is lovely as well. De Colores is a good song. If I were to choose one color it would be turquoise. Turquoise is from the earth. It’s compassionate, creativity, power, mindful, spiritual and brings good energy. I do try. I’m not perfect. Maybe I should paint turquoise roses! I will. My roses project was such a good idea. One idea leads to the next.
If you’re curious, I did paint a rose today. It was the last rose on my page. I took another look at the rose I painted yesterday, and I don’t want to share that again. Now I have a new page and I’ll paint turquoise roses tomorrow.
The podcast episode featuring Cat Coq is inspirational. If you don’t know who Cat Coq is, she has her work in Urban Outfitters and recently Anthropologie. Having my work in Anthropologie would be a dream come true! Cat Coq is a print-on-demand queen. She quit her job because she was making more money on society 6. Companies like Urban Outfitters found her. When asked about how she started, here’s what she said: “I painted for me.” She painted for her. All I need to do is paint for me? It’s not about followers, subscribers, or making money. The other important question was what would you say to those who are starting out. If you could go back, what advice would you tell yourself? “I would have shared my work sooner. ” Let that completely be me right now.
Fun story. There I was blending with my finger, layering on the paint with a white brush. It was red, white, then red and white again. The bottom left has a beautiful texture. I sighed. Suddenly I hear these sweet words, “Are you upset because you’re painting roses” So somebody can tell that these flowers are roses! Yes, I’m doing something right! I did work on There’s No Right Way to Paint a Flower. But then, I always go back to doubt. As I said, I don’t know where this project is going, but it’s going to be good. I’ll use Carrie’s flowers as a reminder that all ideas are possible. It’s time to focus on color, and texture, making those brushstrokes taking my time, and capturing how I feel. The artist who’s doing a daily 23-minute painting challenge is inspiring too. Enough writing, it’s time to paint. A slice of cake would be good because that’s my favorite dessert.
I was going to map out the activities for my roses project. Roses plan has been on my to-do list for days. Then I realized, ideas come as I’m researching and painting roses. They have been. I believe in my work. It’s going to be good!
What I did first was layer on soft strokes of pink watercolor. I did it in a circular motion. Next, I added red to the pink paint and painted red strokes for the petals. For watercolor, you paint light to dark. For acrylic paint, it’s dark to light. I used my finger to define the petal shapes. Yes, I believe this may be my style! The center of this beautiful rose is a mess. I’m working on that. I’m working on myself. Paint a rose every night. Studio work on the weekends? As I paint the rose, relax, and put fear in the back seat. Paint soft easy strokes. Let go. See and smell the rose as I blend. You can see the texture of the paper. That’s where I was thinking too much, trying hard. Just paint roses right? Maybe I’ll use dots to create the center?
My roses project is a book of friendship and love for the spirit. I’m off to a good start.
Oh, by the way, today’s #bloganuary is about a memorable smell? I don’t have a memorable smell. It’s been raining for days. Since I’m writing about flowers, I long for the smell of grass, roses, wildflowers, soil…the smell of spring.