Creative Exploration

Valentine’s Day Countdown (Day 1)

Paint pink textures. This would make a lovely journal cover. Yes, l’ll have to add that to the shop. De Colores is near done. The white blooms aren’t working out, but oh these textures are! This is a color book, right? Swatches of yellow and orange? Wait that’s like the video I saw. I was thinking I’m just going to paint, as I paint it’ll all come together. It has. It will.

I thought it would be fun to end the book with art projects. Valentine’s Day is about love. I love art. Here we go!

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Drops of Happy Bloom

drops of happy bloom

There’s this artist who describes her art as drops of happy. She uses strokes of aqua blue, bright pink, green and purple. Her color palette is described as vibrantly optimistic. What I love most are these words on her about page. She began her love affair with color…

Me too! It’s been fun posting projects for the book. Now it’s crunch time. I have to paint a few more projects, edit the words, work on layout and bam press the done button. I have two weeks to go. Wait a minute 10 days! How did that happen. I’ll be ready. Monday I’m going to start a Valentinus’s Day countdown! There’s a good Valentine’s Day section in the book.

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Colorful petals for a colorful life

olorful collage flower

Use my old yet beautiful work? Yes! These petals are colorful and to think, I just followed a glorious idea. I painted all of these papers, cut them up and let my eyes do the gluing.

Let’s see what other pairings can I use?

The white blooms are beautiful! All they needed was more leaves in various tones of green. I could make that happen.

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White Blooms (oh the lessons I’ve learned)

I have been trying to paint these white roses. Oh, that’s right I want to look up a few How-To’s. Why did I throw these out again? Oh, right I didn’t like the green. The white and orange isn’t bright enough. I have another background. I’ll paint white blooms over it. So, ok I’ve painted four editions of white blooms, but I’ve learned too.

I keep trying to paint the awesomeness of Carrie Schmitt. Her work is beautiful. The truth is those are her brush strokes not mine. Maybe if I stop painting like someone else, I can actually paint my blooms.

I have an idea! Those blooms with these words will be in the book:

White is…what comes to mind are these white roses I see them here and there on my daily walks. I can’t help but wonder that I should be feeling what I feel every day of my life. I’ll stop, adore the color. With every breathe a voice reaches inside me, what an idea, let’s do it because yes, it’s all possible. It’s the nature made orange yellow stigma and white petals that remind me of every element in this world. It’s all such wonderful color. What if, how much better would our lives be, my life be if I choose to live with it!

This book is a process and I’m enjoying the ride!

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Christmas Lights

Christmas lights? Why not. I like the lights that lit up a dark street. I can still feel the orange, blue and green round bulbs hanging on the branches of an everyday tree. Everyday trees. Everyday lights. Flower lights. Vintage Christmas Tree bulbs in my favorite colors. Wait a minute, are we the ornaments on the great big tree of life? It would certainly be a beautiful tree. It is. I think I just wrote the Christmas lights journal page for De Colores.

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De Colores

colorful petals with the words de colores

Of colors, the countryside dresses in colors of spring

I love so many colors…

this song sounds much better in Spanish. I was watching this mexican soap opera and these pillows caught my eyes. There were oranges, blues and pinks oh and greens adorning a white pillow. And so I thought, colors! Now I’m working on a floral and bird pattern.

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For the color green

There is something about being among trees and feeling the breeze, it’s all such ease.

Always makes me feel like I’m in paradise.

No matter the season, you can always rise

No wonder it feels so good to breathe

because it’s this force, my spirit…we’re free.

Will this work for green? Keep going this is getting good!

Forest and aqua green where are you?

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Blooming in Green

… looking at my art is giving me creative confidence. In all of this I had a big idea and my tools. There was nothing special about the idea or the tools. All I did was create. My mind was clear and in the process.

hmm… what do these projects say about my green journal entry? Yes, there is so much green in our world, so different so same—that’s what I should be writing. Many times, I write or create how it should be instead of simply writing. Maybe I could start daily blogging/daily painting for De Colores leading up to the book release?

Yellow your next!

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Collage Flowers and Greatness

various pink yellow and blue flowers on a light blue background

What to do with leftover collage paper? My answer came as I was working on colors and textures for the book. De Colores is a celebration of color. Everything has color. Today we discussed the American Womans Quarters Program. It was inspiring to learn about the diverse women. Yes that beautiful word diversity. AND that’s the greatness I speak of ,the word I chose for this year. It made me feel like yes Amanda and Maya I too have words to sing. I’ll do it through my color, my art.

What does all this have to do with my flower collage painting? I just took the odds and leftover papers and cut. I let my eyes and my spirit decide. I tried this and that until I was was done.

Greatness is turning scraps into art.

Greatness is you keep going.

Greatness is no matter what, you rise

Greatness is both fish and snakes have scales, yet they’re different.

Greatness is though we walk and talk different, together we laugh and smile.