Expressive Flowers

About going through old work

Going through old work gives me clarity. I can clearly see play versus I want this to look right. I have blogged about this topic a number of times. Yet I find myself comparing and not being a true fan of my work. Yes, I love to paint. Yes, I am a natural born artist. We all are. I don’t mean that I should walk around with a crown but yes be proud of my work in that childlike manner. Children don’t have any clue about oh this is the best or it’ll make millions. Children are brilliant. They are simply curious and happy to paint! When you observe your work, you will catch yourself admiring like you would another artist’s work. You can constructively judge your work.

I painted the apple at least a few years ago, but the idea is right. This is the colorful, playful, be yourself artwork that I want more of.

With Love.

Mireya

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Going back to the basics

three flat brush florals

Picking up a few new supplies has been great. I’ve been going back to the basics. By basics I mean no agenda, no specific tool just curiosity and play. I let my eyes choose and mix the color. I choose one brush, right now it’s a flat one. Feels like I’m falling in love with quinacridone magenta all over again. Oh, and watching Carrie Schmitt’s live painting party was wonderful inspiration. I’m repainting old favorites. I’m appreciating my own work. Yes, I sorted a file of MY old work and I’m on fire. All of a sudden, I have lots of flowers to paint. Oh, and I just remembered, there’s a new book idea too. I have to write the book. I will.

These petals were created with random left-hand strokes. I have a few more details to add. What’s the rush, right? I have time and so much more to paint.

This sense of play is what brings, or should I say, reveals our best work. I am open and ready to accept all the blooms that I have yet to paint. My best work is here. It’s always been here. I just have to let go and be like water. Ha. In the meantime, paint.

With love,

Mireya

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Letting go with new art supplies

Three pink flowers painted with soft acrylic

I went to the art store and walked the isles. I had a great time. I intended to pick up glue and gold paint. I walked out with new paint colors. There’s raw sienna and soft acrylic. I had my hands on a yellow Sennelier oil pastel. It was beautiful and I left it behind. I could see myself creating beautiful sunflowers, but can I scan oil pastels without making a mess? There’s so many colors and brands to choose from. I simply went for the few colors that I needed in my collection. If you every get creative block, go to an art store. Be careful. I wanted to buy it all. The newsprint paper would have been good for collage. Wait a minute, that paper would be perfect for a floral project I’ve been thinking about. Ok so obviously I’ll be going back.

These flowers are just swatch practice, but they would make a cute art print. I used a flat brush to create random strokes for the petals. Oh, I made a little video on Instagram @creatively.hue if you want to see the supplies I purchased.

It has been a wonderful day,

With love,

Mireya

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Blooms on the Book cover

These ornament blooms are on the cover of my book. It’s nice to take an ordinary object and turn it into something amazing. Not sure when but the idea popped in my head. I should paint more of these. I’ll maybe do an Instagram live. No a story video on Pinterest! That works.

Everyday there are more of you. I thank you! We’re going to have fun this summer!

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A Colorful Tool

An old watercolor sheet repurposed

It was florals and swatches

A new idea always resurfaces

Stamp paper with paint.

Collage Wildflowers?

Make sunflowers too, without restraint.

Spray, Splatter, Splash

Get rid of cares

Have a blast!

It is moments like this that I grow. I grow as an artist. I painted a pattern art print. If I recall, all but a square in the left-hand corner was stamped with royal blue lines. My keychain broke off. I could create a similar stamp? Ok back to the pattern. I mixed up a bubblegum pink. I painted a big pink flower in the empty square. That’s a good idea. The practice was messy, but the idea was brilliant.

I keep referencing, There’s No Right Way to Paint a Flower. That by the way is the new title for Creative Bloom. I need to go and enjoy the outdoors. I need to learn how to breathe. Then I can come home and paint all the beautifulness I’ve seen. And that’s exactly what I’ll do this summer! There’s one other project I want to work on. That’s these are a few of my favorite things. Although, there is Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor. I’ll just have to paint and figure it out.

What are you planning this summer? Any floral fields on your vacation? Art Projects? New Courses? Workshops? Do tell!

By the way I may post a quick quote for Saturday but other than that I’ll see you Sunday.

Lots of Love,

Mireya

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Thank You Blooms

Thank you for blooming in the sun.

Wishing I had the hill where I can run.

For finding a book about Amanda Gorman

For all the fish who swim extra miles with just one fin

For the girl in the wheelchair

She built musical flowers and trees because she cares.

For the flowers that always keep me on track.

Your breeze, your love, there’s nothing I lack.

For remembering how good it feels to breathe.

Breathe

Breathe

It’s a miracle, so lyrical!

For the bees who went buzzing from flower to flower.

The breeze, the life, the color, it’s just so powerful!

Thank You!

I love writing these little poems. These words always make me feel so, right here and now. I sat today watching bees go from flower to flower. That is what I want more of in my life. That is what makes me smile. That is why I want to run my creative business. I want more of that. Those moments help me write such words. These words help me. I know they can help you too.

Tomorrow I’ll be sharing plans for my blog. I have good ideas for the summer. I have a new book project. I am always on the lookout for ideas and new tools. Please email me or find me on Pinterest. Instagram is a good place too.

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Much Love Blooms

Ever see colorful blooms breezing in the sun. The sun feels warm but the breeze, now that’s a rhythm you want to dance to. I remember the day I painted these blooms. Actually, the paper was painted. I pulled out my folder. It’s filled with colorful paper. Not as cool as Eric Carle’s paper but as cool as mine.

Why do I get upset over the silliest situations? Why do I hold back? Why do I worry about what people say? It’s as a friend reminded me; you are not these situations. You are a spirit. You are blessed. I am not giving justice to his words, but I will never forget them. He spoke such truth!

These blooms came from me, my spirit. These blooms came from nature and how it makes me feel. There’s no right. There’s no wrong. It just is. We simply are! That is much love.

This weekend I’m going to paint. I’m going to have fun! I needed that reminder. I really do.

much love.

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Pink Swatches and Flowers

I took a few notes. Then I put my old palette to use. It’s almost gone. I’m ready to transition to my new pan set. Adding a little yellow green to permanent rose makes warm pinks.

Painting for fun. Mixing colors to see what happens. It’s all so wonderful. Practice for the sake of practice. Let there be no agenda. Quiet your voice. Begin to paint with poise. Let go of complaining. By quiet your voice, I mean the human one. Let your spirit shine. Let your spirit paint. Let your spirit create!