The first idea didn’t work, paint flowers

I was listening to a great podcast featuring Seth Godin and his latest book The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. It got me thinking yet again about yesterday’s post.

Yesterday I attempted to paint four lanterns. Lovely shades of blue and floral patterns. I didn’t have my usual quiet space but I needed practice. I speed painted the lanterns. They weren’t bad but weren’t good either. I knew I could paint better. I painted a flower.

Yes right on the other side of the folded up paper about to be trashed. I kept painting. Not the same lantern idea but a flower. And it was beautiful. This is the simple stuff I want to do more of.

Zinnias and Trusting You

This morning I came acroos a familiar post, really familiar. The artist created a beautiful pot of flowers and all in collage. Yes I zoomed in on the details because I love collage but ,maybe it’s the glue I use, my images aren’t as smooth as I want them to be. There I was admiring. Then I read the post. She was unsure of her work because she has a hard time illustrating flowers. So I commented. It is always this voice that downplays what we do. It happens when we compare our work to the realistic photo. She replied yes it is always the voices and when I think it has to look like the photo.

ZINNIA FORECAST

This happens all the time. This experience is a relief because it’s just nonsense in your head. Quiet the voice and paint. My stigmas or the centers of the flowers are different. I felt the urge to want them the same size, like the image. The top one is an oval. Keep going. Why I love the flowers is the color. Have you ever walked along someone’s yard and noticed such melody. I am noticing tones of pink and peach. Lovely! How does nature get it so right?

The problem solver of this comparison is to keep making and trust your own work. Sometimes you have to guide yourself to keep going and see what happens. The best!

Proteas survive the toughest weather

Protea

They spout from fire. Not the color scheme I had in mind but my creative mantra is make. Wrong color, keep making. Odd leaves, keep making. Smudged green on the paper, keep going. Well that led to the pink sprinkles. Good idea. Overall good start. The scanned version will be beautiful. Up next are some beautiful purple and orange Zinnia single blooms. I have already selected the colors from my color chart.

How to Turn 8 colors into 64

I have seen these color charts before but wasn’t sure where to start. I found this video and here we are.

Good greens. Good peaches. Good yellows. Good purples. I love the purple pink. (bottom row first square) Good browns. Not so good blues. Blue is my favorite color to paint. Teal. Aqua. Turquoise. Prussian Blue. I love them all.

Ok there are a few good blues but the oranges are lovely! Interesting what happens with the shell pink tones. What gets me even more is that with 8 colors I made 64. This is not including the tones I can make if I take each color and create transprencies, like I did in the above art print. You slowly add white gouache or water. One color is beautiful but I had no idea my 8 tubes of paint could produce many of the tones I painted.

We all have talents, skills and there’s certain problems we can solve. When we get to know and combine these, that’s where magic happens.

I think I just starting writing for the color book. Oh yeah, it’s going to be an awesome project. I just painted a Protea. That will be tomorrow’s post.

Surface Design Patterns

I painted this

After scanning and sketching I arrived at this pattern.

This is just the beginning. Cat Coq has a great tutorial and there’s a few of them on You tube as well. There is a simple techique to creating seamless patterns but all you need is practice. You keep creating, letting your eyes tell the story. Eventually your color and layout will get better.

Ok time to go paint flowers.

How to paint flowers with circles

I like the idea of one color with various transparencies. Monotones. Thumbnail sketching is great because you get a creative boost and you could create patterns or hills of flowers. Ok these are obviously my ideas but there are countless ideas. Many times we wait until we have the “perfect idea”. Why not simply start?

Inexpensive suppllies like copy paper and tempera paint make it easier. I bought a tube of Royal and Langnicker white. Mixing time.

Little Pops of Happy Zinnia

olor flower

Not sure about this color. Now that I am doing a color chart I can do multiple versions of this flower. I can do a before and after.

Texhniques

Changes

  • stamp with an acrylic brush in a cross stich pattern
  • vibrant pink color
  • darker backgroud so the petals stand out (maybe green)
  • make sure the paint isn’t too thick
  • maybe do layers
  • ends of the petal
  • more white space

I keep thinking about how an artist describes her work as little pops of happy. Creating makes me happy and satisfies my curiosity. I hope that spills onto my canvas like a good song you always want to dance or sing to, especially when you need it the most. Now that I have made notes I can paint more of these flowers. Lots more! Art is all about making and learning as you go.

Today is the last day to get my ebooks for free. I just released Different Is Beautiful. That book was my childhoold curiosoity.

I’m going to be painting more flowers. I am developing my color palette. Adding new work to my shops. I have been working on surface design patterns. I have a couple of fun reader ideas….I should stop telling you and continue to share.

What are you working on? I am always curious.

Life is a highway

like the song and this project

At the time the advice was step out of your comfort and try something new. I love color and my drawing wasn’t good. What do I do? Draw and write every single word and illustrtion with a black Sharpie ink pen. Summer is almost here. You may find some good road trip advice here.

Get this fun read here. Different Is Beutiful is here in paperback!

I enjoyed looking through my old work.