Keep Going

Sometimes you paint and it doesn’t go as intended. The easy fix is take what works. Learn, carve out what doesn’t belong. Add the new and you have a beautiful flower. I’ve been doing this a lot lately. Michelangelo said it best:

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.

I know this is a simple example but there have been times when the idea gets lost. I paint layer on layer and occasionally magic happens. Out of nowhere I have an idea that I can use. I simply bring it into the computer. Mnimally revise and done. Plus all of my work is scanned and saved digitally. I can easily use it as artwork for the shop, blog and client work.

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The days are geting shorter. Summer weather is taking its time. All the more reason to long for sweater days and fall nights. Is there ever a winter in Los Angeles?

I didn’t like the pumpkin version of this so I painted a tree, Oh yes, I drew this tree after reading Bruno Munari. Not too sure about the color scheme, Is this a little melancholic? My problem is that I saw this tree a different way. I definitely worked through this painting. Paper and paint do make a difference. The major difference comes from you.

Then I see the swing and gaze up at the moon. And the stars. One could be boggled with doubt. Then you look up and the moon, she speaks of love.

Now I’ll go work on a floral pinata. Thanks so much for all of you who sunscribe. Creativity is in my blood. I enjoy sharing my lessons and projects because I know I’m not the only one. There’s lots more to come!

Make something new

I am all about lovely backgrounds these days. Usually my work is colorful against a white background. I adore color. I am not sure but it’s a style that emphasizes color. That’s how I’ve painted. I’ve also deviated from blue a little. I always keep coming back. Blue is a tranquil color. It looks good on everyone. There’s tones of invitation, warmth, FAITH, melancholy, peace…I could go on. For one moment the lettering could have been blue. The lettering looks good in brown. That’s a note for this creative exploration journal.

For today I want to say have no doubt. Do what you must. Take care of you. The universe will always have yuor back.

This design was used with a dried raindrop stamp. Works great with paint! Oh I did paint a flower.

New post time is every day a 9 am pacific time with the occasional anytime weekend post.

Surprising ways to use a candle lid

There I was with some leftover paint. I’ve been reading about block printing and how to make stamps.

Sure I painted usual flowers but I wanted to stamp. With the lid in my had I had an idea. Paint the floral design and stamp. The stamp visibility depends on the how much paint you apply. Adding water makes the paint thinner and works beautifully too.

Oh and the fun doesn’t stop here. I could get some plain cream or light brown fabric and stamp along a a table runner. I could stamp on a wall? for the garden? I’d need different paint of course.

Some other ways I’ve used the lid…

The lid by the way, is a lid from a Bath and Body Works Candle. I wonder what else in my house could make a stamp? Aren’t you curious? Go create. If you discover something then tag me on instagram @hellomireya

See you tomorrow.

A down to earth soul

I like the color so much that I had to paint circles with the leftover paint. Flowers? Yes but how? A few days later I reviewed the flowers I painted. My desktop wallpaper was an influence too. What I love most about art is there’s room for everyone. Everyone has a way, it could be collage, oil paint, fruit or fabric. When asked why, it’s always I just do. It’s an idea that takes over. Nature is art.

There’s also something in the neutral colors. I long for walks in the park with Roxy. That’s the kind of peace I want more of.

In the Creative Zone

Pumpkins have interesting textures and marks. The colors are beautiful too.

I’m taking my time blending, blotting, and mixing color. The scratch paper with an old design is fitting for these Pumpkins. I started with ideas for color and using brushes to get effects In all that, perfection shows up. I became careful,didn’t want to make a mistake. That’s when I decided to stop. There’s excitement that comes with bringing an idea to life. The best place to be is in my creative zone where none of this matters, nothing but the idea.

In a few days I’ll post the finished print. Thanks for reading. Are you a subscriber?

fall colors

Beautiful colors of fall. Just taking a simple shape and painting in the most beautiful shades of orange and brown makes me smile. My hearts are even more beautiful scanned. My camera sometimes, doesn’t give color its original vibrancy.

Dots would be good. Turn those dots into pumpkins or cats? What a great idea. I will pencil that in! Oh I I have an idea for a cultural one. I’ll do it. Not to worry you’ll see it soon! The best part is I created these colors by mixing up the primaries. What a wonderful way to learn about color!

There’s power in creating

These are a few of the lessons I ‘ve learned with 100 ways to flower with power.

On day one, I had plans. I drew my flowers. I had a list of tools/techniques to try. Then it was, what can I do with one tool. At some point I forgot about the list and let my thoughts and curiosity guide me. That’s where the real exploration began!

After that I found this place. It wasn’t comfortable. I lost track of time. There was no joy, fear, happiness or anger. Perhaps I started with feelings and then creating took over. Nothing else matterd. Gita and Learning by Heart are wonderful! Yes, creating gives me such peace. I am a creative. During exploration my mind is at play. I’m curious, imagining and working utill I look at it and say ok I’m done. Detachment is powerful!

There’s power in creating on your terms, your rules and learning that there’s only make. Moving forward leads to new ideas.

A Rose is a common flower. I like these two colors together. I drew the flower with an oil pastel. Crayons, permanent markers and pens. work good too. Test to make sure the color won’t bleed unless you’re curious! I was and yes that too made a fine flower.

Have a good weekend! Next week I’m starting with creative exploration-fall! 100 ways to flower with power will resume in the spring when the book launches.

Finding the Flower in Eraser Stamps

I like this blue and the eraser stamp I made! I tried carving one as Corita suggests. It wasn’t working. I took the scissors and cut shapes. Imperfect circles and triangles. I dipped in acrylic and stamped. Sure I could have painted shapes but the randomness in color and texture is interesting. Painting with my left hand gave the same effects.

Randomness makes you stop and observe. Observing is good. I intentionally made petals. Then I stamped with the intention of finding the flower within. I almost threw out this page, until I observed.

Do I want to repaint these? On better paper? Yes but these will do just fine! Not bad for customizing .25 cent erasers. What would happen if I used fabric or other paper to stamp with? Mix a little water to the paint before stamping? Make monotones and stamp in layers? I should probably go back to my designs and take notes. I could apply these new techniques to my fall projects? Good one.

What have I learned from 100 ways to flower with power? So much. My creative write for today.

Thanks for reading? Are you a subsriber? Next week creative exploration- fall begins. In each project I’ll make it a habit to include tools you can use to create with me.