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…

Painting Ornaments

I don’t get writers or creative block. I always have ideas. Yesterday I didn’t know what to work on. I had to stop and review why. Why am I working on celebrations around the world? Why haven’t I been painting more? I’ve been reading about holidays. Where do I start? Culture is big and beautiful. There’s the small towns, color, oceans and Christmas. I enjoyed painting ceramics and soda bottles. I am going to paint a few more ornaments this week.

I want to paint drums. Every culture has it’s beautiful melody. Every culture is worth celebrating. We are to be celebrated. Now that I’m back in perspective, let the painting begin!

There are no mistakes. Make. Make. Make.

Every culture has an iconic flavor

There’s this soda shop online. Is there a location? I don’t care much for soda but Jaritos are special to me. I want to walk the isles of all the bottles wondering where a certain drink is popular. I want to try the Mango and Rose drinks. All this reminds me of Coca-Cola samples from around the world.

Every culture has an iconic flavor

Free Flowing and Beautiful

Ok I’m realizing that the more I explore worldly color and textiles, the more possibilities exist for me to share my work. The orange has a hint of yellow ochre but beautiful for a student grade paint. I’ve been seeing these abstaract tutorials on pinterest. You paint shapes and then use pens to build flowers or fish.

At least that’s what I’ve been painitng. Along the way I keep reminding myself of two important rules. There’s only make. Who says it has to be perfect? Anthroologie’s watercolor shopping bags and store decor remind me of play. On the bag there’s this watercolor design that is free flowing and beautiful. I want more of this in my work. I want all of my work to be this way. I also used dots and circles, random ones. Next time I’ll use the back of a sumi brush.

Here’s to lots more art and fun. The remainder of this year is all about creative exploration.

Floral Pattern with Watercolor

Diwali Sand Art or the colors of Mexican Talavera? Both. This pattern would be amazing on a rectangle platter. I sketched out this design. Tried coloring with soft pastels. What a mess. These colors turned out amazing. I painted another vase and my shadow/

I enjoy free style painting never really knowing what will happen. Watercolor surprises me every time. You have to be patient You can’t control the water clouds or the little textures. I do need to fix a few areas but that’s what the eraser tool it for. Thank goodness. Looks good! Can’t wait to add this pattern to the shop.

I’ve eyed an Egytian pattern and color palette. Lanterns for the Moonlight festival? I can picture them now.

Painting guitar with watercolor

Using a chopstick to create pattern dots? Yes why not. I actually saw a video on lettering with a chopstick. I have yet to try that. Perhaps I should today. I am working on a t-shirt project. Maybe.

This guitar is practice for the Venetian one I am painting today. Music moves me. Music is huge in Mexico. Music is to celebrate, honor and express the truth, the love for land and love.

Back to this guitar, what a roller coaster ride. The drawing was good. Mixed up a good brown. Tested new acrylc paint. Then I wanted florals on the botton of the guitar. I can’t sing but I do. I wanted this to look like a real guitar that I had painted on. My guitar. The flowers were all wrong. Just as I was about to flip the page and draw a new guitar…

What do I do when I make a mistake? Paint over it with acrylic! I applied my floral making skills and began stamping petals with a round brush in the shade that popped in my head in the first place.

There is only make! I think I now have the theme for my t-shirt project. Love when this happens.

Have a good day!

Ceramics with Watercolor

I’ve been looking at a few referece photos of Mexicos ceramics. This video showcases the colors, patterns and animals found in a variety of ceramics. Ceramics have been around for over 3,000 years. In Old town San Diego there’s a ceramic shop. Near the town is Bazaar Del Mundo. The patterns and color are really connected with nature. Here’s some sketches I did some months ago to test my ideas and skills. Pretty good.

I painted the plate pattern. I like the color. As I look at my sketches I see that I’ll benefit from beginning with simple deisgns.

Today’s task is to paint a pot. Using the inspiration from the video I’ll create a pot with a design that incorporates my love of nature. I should try to make a pot from clay? Maybe.

Thanks for reading.

Paint an Apple With Dots

Why not? Each dot represents a person with an idea. Millions of ideas have changed the world. One simple, I’m choosing to win the race without shoes. He won, an olympic medal no less. That thought, that drive the racing heart kept racing even when his legs couldn’t. All the world needs is one man or WOMAN with a brilliant idea. Brilliant ideas come from all over the word. A seed here and a seed there. Together change happens.

I’m stuck on the legend of Johnny Appleseed. He walked and walked so others could have cider. The apples that we eat, well the pigrims were the first to grow these in America. So yes all the world needs is one idea because in that one idea are the countless ones that helped. Instead of tearing each other down. Let’s enjoy the fruit together!