Expressive Flowers

Believe in you

There’s yesterday’s quote. There’s the words from the Aaliyah movie. There’s the verse I read this morning. And I’ve been learning lessons as I work on my roses project. All that matters is what you think of yourself. When I say you I mean your spirit. That’s the light that’s always shining. In the words of Tabitha Brown, believe in yourself because that’s your business.

Ok so today I didn’t paint roses but I worked on color. I need to work on art for the shop. Do you have a print on demand shop? Etsy? Society 6? Redbubble? How’s it working for you? Comment below.

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers, Roses Project

Roses-In Red

My three colors are red, white, and green. I added a little turquoise for the leaves. I had nowhere to go and nothing to do. Made pink my hero and it was beautiful! I guess taking the pressure off of painting something grand helps.

expressive abstract red roses on pink background.

I began painting and this voice was like,” take it easy.” You were all upset this morning. Loosen up those strokes. Paint. Paint I did! Painting helps me in so many ways. Wait, till you see the flowers I painted for the shop.

Expressive Flowers, Roses Project

Roses-What do I want to say

All you have to do is believe in your work. That is a very powerful sentence. And yes, I believe in my butterfly.

The hero of my palette is pink. I worked with three colors: turquoise, magenta, and white. I did use a little indian yellow to have orange for my blue. My colors are bright and joyful. The Roses are looking good too. I like referencing my favorite paintings and nature of course. My three colors were on my mind. I thought about the great day I had with my students. I painted.

Today’s bloganuary question is about procrastination. Procrastination scares me. I like to plan. I think too much. I like James Victore’s advice. Learn it. Forget it. Create. I have the skills. I believe in my work.

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers, Roses Project

Roses-Warm Butterfly

To-do list before I paint my butterfly

  • observe paintings using my color wheel
  • observe nature (I’d love to go for a walk but I’ve got bread in the oven. Pinterest it is.)
  • practice warm and cool tones in my art journal

I planned on painting a beautiful butterfly. That didn’t happen. The color palette was good! But, I was too busy thinking of what my butterfly should look like. Let this collage butterfly remind me to paint in the moment. Yes, keep learning color but paint in the moment. Let each stroke represent your emotions.

a yellow butterfly filled with pink and blue flowers

Yes, it works! What are your thoughts? Comment below.

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers, Roses Project

Roses-blue roses with songs

Today’s bloganuary topic is what is my favorite song? Listen to Quiero Ser as I paint? What a great idea!

The blue roses with a white heart center.

I want a good blue and a liner brush.

What is your favorite acrylic blue? How do you make your blues dark? Tomorrow will be a good day to sketch and work on color. With all the blue, a splash of orange would have been nice. Are their warm blues? Yes. Let me work on this.

Have any tips? Comment below. I am learning.

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Mireya

Roses Project

Roses-failed pieces need love

I found this incredible quote. It’s part of my momentum right now.

What every artist must learn is that even the failed pieces are essential.

Rob Bell

I mixed up blues and pinks. Did this yesterday. The strokes went from hard to soft. The petal shapes were looking good. My pinks were bright but when I layered over the warm blue…I almost gave up. Instead I took a break and painted these. Good idea!

During the creative process, there will be ugly or doubtful work. The beauty of acrylic is you can layer. You can try to make it work. Many times it will. I think I made these magenta roses work. Other times it’s just good practice. Now I know I need a detailed acrylic brush. Wait, I think I can use all these lessons I’ve learned to paint full-page roses arrangements. Sounds like an expressive abstract roses book of friendship for the spirit. I like it!

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers, Roses Project

Roses-Just do It!

In the words of Nike’s famous slogan, just do it! Today’s #bloganuary question is what career did you dream about when you were a kid? In the words of that little girl who loved finger painting, let’s do it! I spent time mixing blues and worked on my greens a little.

I referenced my pink notes and got to work.

Mix pink in various tones

It was amazing. Ok, I did throw out a few sheets of paper but a painter paints. Artists create. I’m an artist! Wait till you see the other roses I painted. The blue background is gorgeous. The roses didn’t come out exactly as planned but this is my art journal. Oh but the pink roses, now this is progress! I want to add details but my pink roses are shop worthy. I believe in my roses.

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Mireya

Roses Project

Roses-Sketches

usuing various tools like crayons and markers to sketch roses

Today I thought I’d get out my sketching tools and draw roses. If I’m going to paint beautiful roses, I should learn how to draw them first. Right? The pink rose I drew with closed eyes surprised me the most. I marked my favorite sketches with a blue dot. Soft pink petals with dark green leaves? Color tips were on my mind. It was fun to sketch with crayons but a voice reminded me that it’s time to paint. It’s time to paint roses, in a vase, arrangement, and with a background. I will in a week or two. I am enjoying this creative exploration phase.

Today’s #bloganuary question is who is my favorite author? All of them. Can I include myself? Sure. Every book I’ve read has taken me to places I’ve never been. Feck Perfuction is a good read! I mention Learning By Heart all the time. I appreciate Phillipa Gregory’s books. It’s empowering to read how a princess or queen thinks like a king.

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Mireya

Roses Project

What color describes my personality?

Well…let’s see…my favorite colors are blue and lately, it’s pink. Deeply, I appreciate all colors. Spring and summer are such beautiful seasons. Fall is lovely as well. De Colores is a good song. If I were to choose one color it would be turquoise. Turquoise is from the earth. It’s compassionate, creativity, power, mindful, spiritual and brings good energy. I do try. I’m not perfect. Maybe I should paint turquoise roses! I will. My roses project was such a good idea. One idea leads to the next.

If you’re curious, I did paint a rose today. It was the last rose on my page. I took another look at the rose I painted yesterday, and I don’t want to share that again. Now I have a new page and I’ll paint turquoise roses tomorrow.

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Mireya

Roses Project

Roses-painting for me!

The podcast episode featuring Cat Coq is inspirational. If you don’t know who Cat Coq is, she has her work in Urban Outfitters and recently Anthropologie. Having my work in Anthropologie would be a dream come true! Cat Coq is a print-on-demand queen. She quit her job because she was making more money on society 6. Companies like Urban Outfitters found her. When asked about how she started, here’s what she said: “I painted for me.” She painted for her. All I need to do is paint for me? It’s not about followers, subscribers, or making money. The other important question was what would you say to those who are starting out. If you could go back, what advice would you tell yourself? “I would have shared my work sooner. ” Let that completely be me right now.

Fun story. There I was blending with my finger, layering on the paint with a white brush. It was red, white, then red and white again. The bottom left has a beautiful texture. I sighed. Suddenly I hear these sweet words, “Are you upset because you’re painting roses” So somebody can tell that these flowers are roses! Yes, I’m doing something right! I did work on There’s No Right Way to Paint a Flower. But then, I always go back to doubt. As I said, I don’t know where this project is going, but it’s going to be good. I’ll use Carrie’s flowers as a reminder that all ideas are possible. It’s time to focus on color, and texture, making those brushstrokes taking my time, and capturing how I feel. The artist who’s doing a daily 23-minute painting challenge is inspiring too. Enough writing, it’s time to paint. A slice of cake would be good because that’s my favorite dessert.

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Mireya

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