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Lessons I Have Learned as an Artist this Week

I have two big lessons to share this week.

Six roses painted with acrylic paint and finished with blue green leaves


I blogged about an abundance mindset and the in-between state of mind last week. To think you can, you will, your art is good enough…that’s self-control. We have to notice our destructive thinking and let go. I wanted to throw this painting away layers ago but I kept painting!

Keep Going

Click here to see an idea pin on how my pink roses went from basic shapes to interesting art! With every layer, I learn to listen to the brilliant voice that knows how to paint. Me! Plus, I’m painting on the same paper. That means I’m not wasting paper. Yes, I think about wasting paper and trees.

Wait! I have one more very important lesson.

Bloom With Care

Just as flowers need water, sun, and soil to grow we need water, sun, and soil to nourish our bodies and spirit. I should write a poem on this for my roses book? I will!

As always thanks for reading. Have a tip to share? Comment below. Did I mention that I won a Liquitex giveaway? I’ll be testing out the paint as soon as it arrives write a post about it.

Thank you so much for reading,



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Daily writing prompt
How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?

Tonight I thought about the days to come and the days that passed. The brightness that warmed my heart. There is a course to film. A Roses book to paint and write. And so I picked up the brush and painted. Did I do my best? Can I paint roses? What if I spend the entire summer painting and filming. BUT none of it is good en…

And with each stroke comes a breath of fresh air. I’ll share the painting in Sunday’s post.



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Lessons I’ve learned As An Artist This Week

Hello! Before I continue with today’s post I want to share a posting agenda. Every Sunday I’ll post the art lessons I’ve learned throughout the week. Every Wednesday I’ll post an update on my current project including tips. I’ll be posting a random tutorial post on one of the other days. Ok, let’s get this post started.

These are the lessons I’ve learned as an artist this week.

In-between state of mind

At the first sign of mistakes, I’II want to start over. I haven’t felt the need to start over! Ok, I threw out a few sheets of paper because I made a mess with the paint BUT I work in peace. I don’t think about the work being good or bad. Sometimes I do but then I choose to keep painting.

Abundance Mindset

I’ve been blogging for a long time. Every day there are more of you. Thank you so much! And I appreciate the kind feedback. I want to believe that I encourage all of you to paint and or add joy to your days. When I read your comments I say, “Really? You think my roses are beautiful? I’m in the practice phase.” I forget that what makes art wonderful is there’s room for all of us! We can all be given the task to paint a rose. How we paint the rose is art. There’s no right way to paint a rose! By the way abundance mindset is a term I borrowed from Ettavee.

Have a little plan

Neocolours are water-soluble crayons. Before I paint, I sketch with Neocolour crayons. When I hold a Neocolour in my hand it reminds me of crayons. And crayons are childhood. These crayons help me keep art loose, exploratory, and playful!

Sometimes I’ll set up my favorite color and sketch. Or I’ll think of how the orange roses on my walk made me feel and I paint! Most of my process is anything goes. There’s this artist who likes to mix up paint right on the canvas instead of a palette. All these little ideas help me start. All you have to do is start. You don’t have to know how to paint. Just paint! I’m fact if you’re thinking I don’t know how, you’re doing it wrong.

So basically it’s the little plans that create the state of mind and state of mine welcomes the abundance mindset.

Thanks for reading and being a part of creatively hue. What you think of these tips? The blog agenda? Comment below.



Blooming thoughts for a wild spirit, Expressive Flowers

What does freedom mean to you?

You know you have a choice

Birds are singing and you rejoice

Feel the breeze and the color of a rose

You dance you pose


Without restraint

You dream

The moon shines, you shine

Windmills and tulips sing, “I am yours and you are mine.”

To freedom is being open to feeling the connection between nature and you.



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Roses and Sunflowers

pik sunflower and yellow rose painted with acrylic

Hello! My journaling is interesting to look at. I usually spend at least 30 minutes journaling. Today’s project was at least an hour. I enjoy the freedom of using cheap paper. Acrylic paint is a confidence builder. If I don’t like what I see, I can add to it. That’s what happened with these two flowers. I started with fluorescent pink. Then I applied a pink layer and finished with a layer of sun-kissed vanilla. I did the same adding variations of green for the leaves. I added blue because that seems to be my color. I’m engaged in the process and that’s what makes my work interesting.

I should try layering and mixing with watercolor. I’m enjoying the work I’m producing. It expresses how I feel about nature and what I want for my roses project.

I started doodling ideas for flower quote t-shirts. That lead to intersting readings on the meaning of flowers. More on that in an upcoming post. I’m still looking for a good journal. I want a large enough size that I can scan and reproduce as prints and the Roses book.

As always thank you for reading, I do share more content on Instagram and Pinterest. What are you working on? Comment below.



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How Do You Run An Art Business?

Mix pink in various tones

I have been trying to build an art business for years. I love art. My imagination, creativity, and certainly my curiosity, come from my artistic spirit. In the words of a friend, “Don’t try, do it! Today I’m going to list what I believe I’ve been doing wrong.

Show Your Work

This is not about good or bad. It is showing your work, YOU. Here I am. I am beyond ready to share my work. I should be sharing videos but I’m worried about what I look and sound like. I don’t have my picture on my website and I don’t sign my art. When I’m in nature I feel peace. I simply am. This connection is where my best work is. This was just a doodle but it works because I felt peace. I will be working on my journal.

Blue Flowers in a Blue Vase

Share Your Work

Austin Kleon has an entire book on this subject! Right now I have three platforms: Redbubble, Instagram, and Pinterest. My goal is to share content on all of these. I have not had consistency on my social medial platforms. Redbubble is my portfolio. Instagram and Pinterest will be where I share behind-the-scenes and inspiration for my projects. Since I’m hyped up, I will post a roses project update on Pinterest. Why not! I must say, since I’ve started daily content, my fan base is growing!

I’m just not in the mood today

Sometimes I hear this, in my voice too and it’s like mood? I finally realize that living life has nothing to do with mood or emotion. I go back to Kute Blackson’s powerful message of serving the soul. Serving the soul is actively knowing you have self-control. Your soul has nothing to do with what’s going on around you. In art terms, I will be inspiring myself as I’m painting. It’s ok you’re fine! Paint. Pay attention to what the tools do.

Invest In Yourself

SHOW UP! I have been watching too many Shop with my videos. There’s equipment that I need to purchase. This involves mindfulness and healthy eating too. There’s a financial/ economic side to running a business.

a yellow sun with pink aqnd orange rays and the words bella vida

As I said, I want to blog and share more of my work. What are your tips? How do you run your art business?

Now I’m going to do a little roses idea pin. Have a good week all? May the Fourth be with you!



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Roses-Watercolor Sketching and Exploring

Various colorful watercolor rose doodles

I had finished a painting session. I don’t remember the outcome but taking my finepoint black pen and doodling roses is memorable. I took random watercolors and painted in a quick blending motion. I used the back side of watercolor paper so it wasn’t even watercolor blending. The orange and pink look beautiful together! I created a pattern, called it doodling peach roses and added the design to my shop. I never intended for these flowers to be a design in my shop. These roses weren’t good but they weren’t bad either. What I was painting probably didn’t work, so I picked up the brush and did something random. I’ve been doing a lot of random art. That’s how I’ve given these roses a second look and I want more of these roses.

I read in Feck Perfuction that we overlook and dismiss the random weird “stuff”. The random weird stuff makes the best art. These doodles are me. I feel like I’m on to something. That something is the focus of Roses: Friendship for the Spirit. I want a book filled with my roses:

The book will contain all of the random thoughts that come from painting roses. It’s time to get painting and painting I shall! For now I’m not thinking of the book. I want to paint and let the ideas emerge. My priority is self-expression. I trust that the book will be there.

I’ve added new work to my shop. Here’s a wildflower that expresses what I’d like to be known for, what I want my work to mean. I did a little lunchtime sketching. Thanks for reading my blog and for being a fan. If you enjoy this content please subscribe.



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All I want to do is paint

What job would you do for free?

ten pink roses in a blue vase

What a question! I want to paint in the garden. I want to have breakfast and tea in the garden. I want to spend my days painting. I want time to just mix color, add a stroke here and a stroke there. If that doesn’t work cover it up with a brighter color. I came across a person who said don’t try. Many people say I’m going to try. Don’t try,just do it!

pink and yellow paper collage flower

So I’ve got a roses book to paint. I have started a file. I’m adding new work to my shop. Borrowing the words from an awesome first grade class, I was born ready!



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Last Day of March 2023

Various papers painted with vibrant orange and pink tones

Spring is here and we are heading into a New Month. I wanted to make one last entry for March. Next week I will be hanging out in the arts district and doing a little shopping. I finally found a bright brush. I’ll be painting new flowers. I’ll be filming some of it. Do you know of any happenings in Los Angeles? I have been painting and loving every minute of it. I forgot about my wildflower thoughts book. I will be creating a video or two on these flowers.

Thank you so much for being a fan. What project are you working on?