a self made watercolor palette

I have stacks and stacks of flowers and thoughts to go through. Last night I worked on Affinity Publisher (similar to Indesign) for the first time and … where have you been all of my four books of writing. Wow! What a difference. I can’t wait to start working on the book. I have been using Word. Word is ok but Publisher makes the process enjoyable. In Word you make one change and the entire book shifts. There is a reason for wonderful software. Now I’m going back to the first book I published and making a few changes.

Here’s a few notes to get me pumped up for writing:

Work smarter not harder.

Focus on why you want to write this book.

Step by step.

Not every flower is a save. Take it for what it is, practice and part of the big process.

Build so you have enough room to get rid of what doesn’t fit.

Keep the ideas going now and question later.

Some details are important and some you have to let go of. Know the difference.

Breath.

Love you.

Heart Florals With Power

pink florals

If a paint tube smells bad it is. The pigment separated and created these chuncks in the paint. For some weird reason, bad paint gave interesting texture. Sadly the scanned flowers look like a pale gray pink, nothing like the sweet pink texture.

I’ll just repaint again. To make the petals you paint an opem heart. Then connect the two with one thick stroke. Yes the same can be done with a human heart. As for the thick line uniting a broken heart, it could be a song, a book, a walk among the stars, the very idea that there is no one like you, you are a living breathing soul and earthly love exists for you, writing, or painting.

Bad Paint-Intersting textures? That’s a good one too.

Guess I better go start on the book. I have two months to write, edit and scan all the art work for the book 100 Ways to Flower With Power.

No Wrong Way To Paint

three stamp florals

Ok so there’s no wrong way to paint a flower. Then why did I feel like I painted them wrong? But the one in the middle, with the dark green stem, when I put them together it’s going to be awesome. There’s tropical feels and right now I’m going for a walk to clear my mind.

Dew Drop Flowers

Don’t Likes

  • I didn’t use watercolor paper
  • not enough blending
  • spacing of petals and leaves

Likes

  • green stem and blue stamp color scheme
  • the blending on Watercolor paper
  • adding drops of watercolor
  • the yellow ochre dot
  • bending of the yellow and blue stamps to create the yellow green

Likes and dislikes are a good way to learn. Not liking isn’t exactly a reason to change and yet it is.

Lessons from a Lotus Flower

Lotus Flower

I did have fun painting the Lotus because I tested a variety of watercolor techniques, wet on wet, wet on dry, drops of color and mixing pink. I should definitely practice color mixing tomorrow.

Two lessons learned here. I don’t care about painting realistic details. The best happens when you just create without the need to “get it right”

I prefer the loose expressive strokes of vibrant color. A Lotus flower comes from mud….a beautiful flower that grows out of mud… the way it holds it’s petals welcoming the sun. Oh and the illuminating yellow with a shade of pink, these are the ideas I want to capture in my painting of a Lotus.

So now, how can I or what tool can I use to create these radom petals. How do I mix up that lovely shade of pink. Not to worry the answers will come during my afternoon stroll. I can test out a variety of brushes and there’s a big bottle of tempera paint waiting to be used. Perhaps.

Palms Make Cool Flowers

blue flower

Paint flower petals with my palm? Tracing petals and then painting? Which would you choose? Pianting petals with my palm is much better, for two reasons. When you put you in your work, you make a difference. There’s uncertainty of how the paint will stamp. There’s the gratification of ” I made this.”

Last night’s words of Seth Godin showed up in today’s painting session. I hope they always do. His words and James’ words,” What made you weird as a kid, makes you great today.”

As I painted my plams, with each stroke I was further in a mess. The mess where a teacher says, Stop that your’re making a mess. Yet if I didn’t make a mess, I wouldn’t have made beautiful art.

Unmistakable who?

That’s the question I want to keep in mind as I dig deep into the world of Branding and Trends. Seth Godin says do what you love is for amateurs. Love what you do is for professionals. That ‘s where I intend to be.

For now I must keep making more Collage, more flowers and connect that with a few of the trends. I can totally work with night affirmations and mystics. The place I want to be in is no rules, I want to know why, I can relate place.

Ok so my word of the year is make. Making involves observing, making, changing, growing, listening to the voice inside you, not lizard brain. At some point I’ll have my answer.

Yellow and Pink Stamp Flowers

Oh right, the cool flowers that gave me hope.

Cut a craft sponge into a half and inch piece, mix-up a warm yellow and begin stamping. Finish by covering unstamped areas with a Shell Pink Watercolor. That’s all there is to painting these flowers.

Take some random objects from around the house and stamp flowers. You could use erasers, lids, paper, straws…straws are an interesting way. Use your favorite colors. You’re the artist!

I’m waiting for pink and white Acrylic Paint to arrive in the mail. These colors will be great for the center of the flower and a little pollen. Not sure why the flower in the middle is a little squished. Just a little, but I’ll adjust the spacing in the digitizing. I suppose I was thinking together we can, together we will.

There’s nothing like a breeze, a bird’s song or the warmth of a sun. How can you not feel love. How can you not feel peace.

Have fun. See you tomorrow.

Wait, are you a subscriber? I have lots more flowers to paint this week. I have a few self love Valentine’s Day ideas for next week.

Glorious Progress

Much better painting today! I was thinking about agua frescas and the notion of parties in certain cultures. Everybody’s invited because everybody’s family. What a wonderful idea for life, loving yourself and loving others.

Still need a few details. The beautiful blue and yellow will look even more beautiful digitally scanned.

That’s a week. There’s not much of finished paintings but the progress was good. Glorious wonderful progress!

Next week I want to paint a drum, a few flowers, lettering and…

Get to work on the idea

pink and blue watercolor flower

You set out to draw what’s on your mind. It’s clear and beautiful. You apply water and droplets of color. The opposite happens. Where is the lesson in that? Everywhere. If you look closely you can see the first flower I formed, the one that was about to go in the trash. I got to work. I worked with one idea.

Stop trying to create the version you see, the version you’re thinking and keep going.

Rather than paint with all the answers, just paint. There’s no failure. There’s only works in progress. The only way to get to the good is to not get caught up in the wrongs.

Good work is happening this week. I’ve been drawing, the Butterfly is looking good and there’ s lots more to paint.