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

Three Purple Pink Blooms

A little pink and orange made this print even better. My photos don’t capture the color as good as the digital version but the texture looks good either way. The texture has a, giving new love to an old forgotten building vibe. Makes me smile.

So glad this experiment worked because the pink blooms I tried to paint, well I tried. Oh but tomorrow is another day! I do have a stack of artwork to be scanned.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Sign or Don’t Sign?

That is the question?

I have work signed with creatively hue. I have work signed with Mireya. My name is pronounced Me-Rey-A with emphases on the r. I love my name as it’s unmistakable. I’m probably the only Mireya you’ve heard of. I’ve always been happy with that. It was only when others had a hard time pronouncing my name that I adopted the nickname Myra. Then I stopped signing my art. Probably thought I wasn’t artist enough. I’m painting. I’m creating. This is my place. My practice. My art.

I’m working on my signature. For the full post visit my Instagram Signing your name on your artwork means more than signing your name on your work. Signing your name says this is unapologetically me.

Thank you new followers. There’s lots more blooming and blogging to come. I would love to see your work. Find and follow me on Instagram, Pinterest, and here. I enjoy seeing your art.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Look at this Apple

an apple a day quote with collage green apple

Look at this texture. All I have to say is on the way home I noticed these four palm trees. I have driven by, walked by many times but today I saw them. It changed the course of my thoughts. My writing looks pretty good. It’s good! Work like this is my favorite. I’ve been going through my work. What humble beginnings. At the time I didn’t care because it was my work, my ideas, my play. I even wrote the words I’m proud of my work.

By the way the work of which I speak is or was on skillshare. I arranged my profile to include my favorite projects. I created over 100 projects. If you want to see the collection go here. Tomorrow’s going to be an awesome topic.

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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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

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Art makes you…

I have written these words who knows how many times. Yes, I want to try new techniques. New color! Oh, I should try the ribbon. I will do that for the words I wrote about a tree. Yes, I sat one restful afternoon, on the bleachers overlooking this beautiful tree. Just feeling the breeze and writing. That’s a wonderful idea!

Yes, I rewrite these words for the process and practice but it’s self-love. Painting this latest version helped me realize that.

Here’s a few others I’ve written.