A drop of neon pink. A drop of red. A slightly smaller drop of green. Add a touch of white until you create the right pink. Now I have a flower that represent my vision. I have a flower that makes me want to paint more flowers.
The idea was first painted in a peachy read tone. Pink seems a better choice.
Pink reminds me of the flowers I observed. No petals were idential. Leaves had different shapes. Then it hit me. Why do I try and paint each petal with the same shape?
Now this is what I like to paint. Flowers and leaves are beautiful. Last week I went out for a walk to observe leaves. Today it’s going to be flowers.
I’m trying to work on lines and blending. Tomorrow I think I want to paint on a full sheet of paper.
Today’s practice leaves me with two ideas. The flower on the left is a reminder to take care of each other. The Dandelions on the right are a reminder to have your wish but go out there and make it happen one step at a time.
Ok time to clean up and go for a walk. Oh right, I need to start writing when I get back.
with the intention of observing the trees, colors or leaves. LEAVES. Some are curvy. Some are skinny. Some are long. Some are tiny. Some are pointy. Others are round. And there’s heart shaped ones. Some are wide. Some are big. Each one brought me peace. Do I have another book idea here? Yes I can do this.
I’ve been asking this question, all the time, every day but these last weeks of 2020 even more. Being at home has given me the time to work on my art.
I don’t have this planned out but was inspired by another artist’s year in review. Here goes.
What have I done more of since I now have free time?
I have taken courses in design, branding and painting. I’ve been reading. I love to read. I do read blogs and magazines but this year I read a few favorites and found new treasures like Learning By Heart. What a great book! This book really teaches you to observe and play. I have been attending events on finance, business and creativity of course. I actually created a personal income sheet with projected income sources and making money online can be a realisitic goal. I’m not asking for millions or even six figures. Some claim to have that. I don’t aspire to this but I welcome it with open arms. Oh. I discovered that my interests are popular on pinterest. I have built up my boards and have an almost 80,000 views. I still have much to learn. The numbers have changed because I changed my name and that changed the links…
THREE RULES I TAKE WITH ME NEXT YEAR.
Keep Making. Not everything you make has to go into the shop. Create and keep on making. Focus on what I’m good at. Do stop and reflect.
Let Go I’ve been going outside to look at the moon and stars. Meditation is something I am learning. It works.
Observe: I started observing my behavior and learning to have better thoughts. I went for a walk one day and my shadow reminded me of Pooh Bear’s you’re stronger and braver than you know. I want more quiet time.
PROJECT I’M MOST PROUD OF?
All of them really. Different is Beautiful is important. This book is a celebration of what it means to be weird,different, unique, amazing… what better way to show this than with animals. Humans too! That’s where a celebration of us comes in. One hundred ways to flower with power stems from these ideas too. Oh how can I forget you are loved. Once I’m done writing, I’ll go read the book.
HAVE I GROWN IN BUSINESS?
I have a more solid direction. Creatively Hue is a good name. I’ve created financial statements. I have an editorial calendar. Pinterst is the one platform I want to use to promote my ideas and work. I know how to breath. I want to start selling so the first task was close my society 6 shop. Yes I closed my shop. I’m working on a new shop. I like and am good at the loose watercolor-minimal-detail-colorful and inspiring art. I am great with flowers. I want to do more of the brilliance I see on the windows and walls of Anthropologie. I had my first try at designing T-shirts.
I don’t have all the answers. I was always curious about Star Wars but this was the year I became a fan. I need the force. May the fore be with you this year. Keep Making. It’s more like keep going. I thank the universe, the almighty that’s bigger than us, the FORCE for making it through this year healthy and happy. I have everything I need and a little more. This isn’t to say that there were no struggles. Ha! There absolutely were but each day, each time I have learned to embrace/connect with these truths and learn. Ok I had a few tantrums. I am learning new truths. I’m growing.
What was your year like?
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The first book project of the year was Different Is Beautiful. It took time painting all the sheets and cutting the shapes Sometimes I painted little details. At some point I just painted sheets of paper with green, blue, pink, orange and yellow. I can use textures and color to reinforce just how beautiful every element in nature is. All the animals have distinctive spots and colors. It sparks my curiosity! Different Is Beautiful! This book led to exploring us, culutre. Wait a minute… I began with the ocean…I may now have the outline for the culture book. I can begin with my culture and choose different spots around the world. I should pin a world map to keep track?
Keep making and let the details take care of themselves.
I drew this bottle at the beginning of the year. Your weirdness, meaning who you are, people are always going to have something to say. Sometimes it’ll be good and others negative. Learning from both is important.
James Vicotre gave some really good talks on this subject. Still does.