Expressive Flowers

…because you just never know orange-yellow blooms

I was working on a flower for the upcoming college course. I have been building a collection of objects to add texture to my paintings. It is amazing how you can paint with a simple brush. Use it dry, wet, horizontal, vertical, stamp with the handle, and how the paint looks when you dry it and moreso cut it. Oh and then there’s the layering.

I am going to scan these beauties and paste them onto a watercolor paper background. They should be hung in a studio. Maybe in a classroom, although a studio and a classroom are the same. Should be anyway.

Let’s keep painting and creating because you never know.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Art is such a wonderful world

Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso

What a wonderful quote. And just now as I was about to work on this post, another blogger posted about feeling like your work isn’t enough. You play a comparison game. I should fill up the page. I should work on patterns or certain motifs. I can recall some time ago when I set a goal to fill up my pages. Then a few days ago I came to my senses. I’m just going to trust the process. Ok, I am on a roll with textures right now. I’m going to watch a video on textures but I’ve realized this.

The very point of practice is not about building skill. The point of every project is that you get brighter and bolder. Each project allows you to wash away the dust of every day life.

This flower is beautiful. I was building these words of self-love. All good words by the way. Now that I realize so much, I am going to scan this flower and put it on watercolor paper. It’s going into my shop. It’s going to be beautiful. It’s a beautiful flower.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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I wrote 1000 posts?

Here are some of my favorite projects in honor of hitting 1000 blog posts. Every day there are more of you. I have had a wonderful time writing about my art adventures. There are no mistakes, only make. I have been filling my journal with even more ideas. Collage is such a huge part of my work.

Thank you for subscribing! I can only hope that what I feel as I am creating transfers to all of you. I will be adding more work to my shop and working on the college course. I always appreciate your kind words and your blogs too. Here’s to the adventure yet to come.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Blooming orange thoughts

Three orange collage blooms on a pink background

I like painting these flowers. I want a book filled with them. Each bloom will have positive thoughts. It’s obvious, how much we need positive thoughts. Yes, these blooms are my next book project.

Here’s the first one.

Pink flower with world needs love quote

And the inspiring Anthropologie window display that started it all.

I just now see, that’s me, my shadow. What a wonderful artist. We all are.

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Pink Wildflowers

2 light and 2 dark pink wild flowers

I really miss my candle lid. I could stamp the white areas with a little pink. I saw this art video and the artist was using clear stamps to add texture. What a great idea! These stamps are clear and from the Dollar Store. I found the stamps.

Anyway, I love these pink flowers and the light blue stems and leaves. Makes my blooms feel majestic and romantic?

Ok I’m going to go practice my peach roses.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Pink daisies and a smile

three pink daisies pn a peach and pink watercolor wash background

Oh right I stamped these daisies with a paper roll!

Cut out your petal shapes from a paper roll

Lather up your brush with a lovely pink

Paint the roll and stamp

Add a little white to the leftover paint

Lather again and fill in gaps with happy petals

Use friendship yellows to paint the stigmas

Last but not least go crazy, build a watercolor and acrylic texture

I’m missing my candle lid

I had to write my words poetically. The magic, so to speak, transcends into what you do. Being able to enjoy the process, helps you make art, then comes freedom. The emotions, and positive energy that you feel in the creative process become the art. I guess that’s what James Victore advocates for when he says, “It doesn’t matter what your art looks like. What matters is what you say.”

You may have noticed but my writing has been more relaxed playful and all that I intend for creatively hue to be. Coincidently, I’m see new followers every day. Thank you! Let’s just paint the world beautiful!

Simpliemente,

Mireya

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Work with what you have

What you have is beautiful. Beautiful is you.

On my afternoon walk I thought about my beginner days. I’m still a beginner. I want to learn more. I never want to stop learning. I saw tempera watercolor tubes at the dollar store. That made me think of my first watercolor set. It was a Crayola Educational set. Then I thought of Lindsay the Frugral Crafter and her dollar tree watercolor testing. Different tools perform different but simple tools make the most beautiful art.

Stamping with candle lids. Painting trees with q-tips. My recent paper napkin and marker watercolor textures. I could fill this whole page with ideas. This blog is filled with these ideas. When I started painting I always thought about what tools to use. Most of us don’t get started soon enough because we don’t have the right tools. Ok there’s only so much you can do with a dollar set of watercolors. Just because it’s high end paint doesn’t mean it’s going to be great either. I’m always going to love cotman’s yellow ochre. Here’s to enjoying our summer. Here’s to having fun.

We always like to ask. How do I get started? What tools do I use? How do I learn techniques? How do I paint like you? There’s only two ways to be an artist: start and make.

Usually I end with siempre but today

Simplemente,

Mireya

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I am Yours Planets Paper Collage

watercolor galaxy with paper collage plantes, moon and sun

This is absolutely not my idea but I’m glad I found it! One of my goals this summer is to read more. I love to read. I read articles and blogs but not enough books. I did just finish Julius Ceaser. Good read. I found Creative Watercolor & Mixed Media on Hoopla. Hoppla is where I’ve been reading my books.

One of the projects in the book is planet collage. What a genius idea! I want to watercolor more. I have tons of painted paper. Immediately, I thought of one of my quotes. I am yours and you are mine.

I like to gaze up at the moon and the stars. I like to feel the breeze as I did that day in the park. Always on my walks. There’s such a big world full of mystery and wonderful beauty. I’ve thought about trust as well. I haven’t written the words. I’ll be digitizing first.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Words by John W. Gardner

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

John W. Gardner

When I work on a painting, I don’t use a pencil. I don’t even think about sketching, anymore. I haven’t in a long time. But I saw an artist on Instagram. She painted abstract flowers. Pencil marks were visible. Beautiful work! Part of me thought, should I sketch first? Then my thoughts wandered to an artist describing his process while working on a black ink illustration. The interviewer asked, “What happens if you make a mistake? Ink isn’t easily fixable. What if you accidentally splatter the ink?” The artist replied, “Then it becomes part of the illustration.”

The interview and the artist are still with me. There’s freedom in not using a pencil or eraser. It’s about the power of trusting in your process. Besides, where’s the fun without making? In the making you discover. In the making, your creativity ignites. Make is my word of 2022. Always will be.

Choose a word and doodle images that represent the word

It’s far better to not know than to think you know everything. Right?

Siempre,

Mireya