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Daily writing prompt
How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?

Tonight I thought about the days to come and the days that passed. The brightness that warmed my heart. There is a course to film. A Roses book to paint and write. And so I picked up the brush and painted. Did I do my best? Can I paint roses? What if I spend the entire summer painting and filming. BUT none of it is good en…

And with each stroke comes a breath of fresh air. I’ll share the painting in Sunday’s post.



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Lessons I’ve learned As An Artist This Week

Hello! Before I continue with today’s post I want to share a posting agenda. Every Sunday I’ll post the art lessons I’ve learned throughout the week. Every Wednesday I’ll post an update on my current project including tips. I’ll be posting a random tutorial post on one of the other days. Ok, let’s get this post started.

These are the lessons I’ve learned as an artist this week.

In-between state of mind

At the first sign of mistakes, I’II want to start over. I haven’t felt the need to start over! Ok, I threw out a few sheets of paper because I made a mess with the paint BUT I work in peace. I don’t think about the work being good or bad. Sometimes I do but then I choose to keep painting.

Abundance Mindset

I’ve been blogging for a long time. Every day there are more of you. Thank you so much! And I appreciate the kind feedback. I want to believe that I encourage all of you to paint and or add joy to your days. When I read your comments I say, “Really? You think my roses are beautiful? I’m in the practice phase.” I forget that what makes art wonderful is there’s room for all of us! We can all be given the task to paint a rose. How we paint the rose is art. There’s no right way to paint a rose! By the way abundance mindset is a term I borrowed from Ettavee.

Have a little plan

Neocolours are water-soluble crayons. Before I paint, I sketch with Neocolour crayons. When I hold a Neocolour in my hand it reminds me of crayons. And crayons are childhood. These crayons help me keep art loose, exploratory, and playful!

Sometimes I’ll set up my favorite color and sketch. Or I’ll think of how the orange roses on my walk made me feel and I paint! Most of my process is anything goes. There’s this artist who likes to mix up paint right on the canvas instead of a palette. All these little ideas help me start. All you have to do is start. You don’t have to know how to paint. Just paint! I’m fact if you’re thinking I don’t know how, you’re doing it wrong.

So basically it’s the little plans that create the state of mind and state of mine welcomes the abundance mindset.

Thanks for reading and being a part of creatively hue. What you think of these tips? The blog agenda? Comment below.



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Fun Friday

colorful word art lets do this on a cream tote bag

I’m here going over my week and the lessons I’ve learned. I won a liquidex hard body acrylic paint bundle pack. Blick Art Supplies always hosts giveaways. I have been entering always thinking I’ll win. I won. I’m supper excited to use my paint. I had to share my win because, yes it’s just a giveaway but I’ve been feeling hopeful and enjoying my journaling. This is a small step toward my roses project.

More on abundance mindset on Sunday’s post.



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Drawing Roses from Life!

I had the most amazing day wandering around sketching all of the flowers I saw. I didn’t just see yellow roses. I saw this gorgeous tone of yellow. There were these magenta roses but none like a magenta I’ve ever mixed. These are the colors I dream of. Oh, that would be a great activity for my journal. The day was warm and the birds were singing. These are the moments where I’m like… can I live this every day!

Then it was on to a rustic stone house and a recurring thought every time I roam a museum. What stories would these walls tell me? Is there more than what the exhibit reveals? It was magic being in a room where poets, authors, singers, filmmakers, nature writers, and artists once lived. Yes, there was diversity in what they did but I shall never forget who they were. Many of these famous visitors were women! Not just women but Native American and Asian women. Charles Lummis was an advocate for diversity especially for Native Americans.

And all that led me to ponder the legacy and history I am part of. I am proud of my heritage. I am all things nature and spiritual. I am a teacher of character, peace, and mindfulness. I am a learner. I am a visionary. I am an expressive floral artist.

At this moment I want to paint flowers the way they make me feel. The poet in me sang,” Let’s show up with this powerful love and paint.”

It was wonderful to explore today! I have ideas and a color palette I will be working on this week. Interesting how I have never been able to fill about the about me description like I just did. I felt so good that I walked into an art store and didn’t buy anything. I have enough paint. I have the peace. Let’s do this!

Now it’s your turn! Who are you and what do you do? Comment below.



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What is your career plan?

I’m an expressive flower artist. I want to build my art business. The best way to do that is to prioritize self-expression.

Off the top of my head here’s a list:

  • Daily journal (practice composition, color and develop flow
  • Add work twice a month to my Redbubble shop/portfolio
  • Write a minimum of three posts a week
  • Share daily content on my social media accounts
  • Invest in me via podcasts, nature walks, and courses

I’m blooming into a full creatively hue business that offers joyful art and offers inspirational items like t-shirts, puzzles, mugs, art prints, arty books and courses.

I can do it! What’s your dream? Comment below.

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What’s a job you would like to do for just one day?

Stand on top of a stage before a large crowd and sing!

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.

Georgia O’keeffe

Instead of the violin, I dance. There’s walking in the rose garden. Any garden! I sing on my own in the privacy of my home or in a crowd. Oh, but you know that I paint!

The colors I’ve been painting are not my usual palette. Tomorrow I’ll continue working on shapes and observing. I’m focused on the process. I’m learning and growing. Oh, I should go for a morning walk. That’s right, I have a pile of unfinished work.



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Roses and Sunflowers

pik sunflower and yellow rose painted with acrylic

Hello! My journaling is interesting to look at. I usually spend at least 30 minutes journaling. Today’s project was at least an hour. I enjoy the freedom of using cheap paper. Acrylic paint is a confidence builder. If I don’t like what I see, I can add to it. That’s what happened with these two flowers. I started with fluorescent pink. Then I applied a pink layer and finished with a layer of sun-kissed vanilla. I did the same adding variations of green for the leaves. I added blue because that seems to be my color. I’m engaged in the process and that’s what makes my work interesting.

I should try layering and mixing with watercolor. I’m enjoying the work I’m producing. It expresses how I feel about nature and what I want for my roses project.

I started doodling ideas for flower quote t-shirts. That lead to intersting readings on the meaning of flowers. More on that in an upcoming post. I’m still looking for a good journal. I want a large enough size that I can scan and reproduce as prints and the Roses book.

As always thank you for reading, I do share more content on Instagram and Pinterest. What are you working on? Comment below.



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How Do You Run An Art Business?

Mix pink in various tones

I have been trying to build an art business for years. I love art. My imagination, creativity, and certainly my curiosity, come from my artistic spirit. In the words of a friend, “Don’t try, do it! Today I’m going to list what I believe I’ve been doing wrong.

Show Your Work

This is not about good or bad. It is showing your work, YOU. Here I am. I am beyond ready to share my work. I should be sharing videos but I’m worried about what I look and sound like. I don’t have my picture on my website and I don’t sign my art. When I’m in nature I feel peace. I simply am. This connection is where my best work is. This was just a doodle but it works because I felt peace. I will be working on my journal.

Blue Flowers in a Blue Vase

Share Your Work

Austin Kleon has an entire book on this subject! Right now I have three platforms: Redbubble, Instagram, and Pinterest. My goal is to share content on all of these. I have not had consistency on my social medial platforms. Redbubble is my portfolio. Instagram and Pinterest will be where I share behind-the-scenes and inspiration for my projects. Since I’m hyped up, I will post a roses project update on Pinterest. Why not! I must say, since I’ve started daily content, my fan base is growing!

I’m just not in the mood today

Sometimes I hear this, in my voice too and it’s like mood? I finally realize that living life has nothing to do with mood or emotion. I go back to Kute Blackson’s powerful message of serving the soul. Serving the soul is actively knowing you have self-control. Your soul has nothing to do with what’s going on around you. In art terms, I will be inspiring myself as I’m painting. It’s ok you’re fine! Paint. Pay attention to what the tools do.

Invest In Yourself

SHOW UP! I have been watching too many Shop with my videos. There’s equipment that I need to purchase. This involves mindfulness and healthy eating too. There’s a financial/ economic side to running a business.

a yellow sun with pink aqnd orange rays and the words bella vida

As I said, I want to blog and share more of my work. What are your tips? How do you run your art business?

Now I’m going to do a little roses idea pin. Have a good week all? May the Fourth be with you!



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How do you unwind after a demanding day?

I paint of course! I create.

A lot has changed since I was a teenager. The one constant has always been art! Far too often we take societal norms to be the only truth, the way. Being a teenager, a high schooler is such a short experience. Self-expression, your spirit, this is who I am.

I’ve mentioned this before, but I will be sharing more of my art. So expect more content across all my social media. You can find me on Instagram and Pinterest.

Have a good week.