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.

Pause for Reflection

What was I intending to paint? Intentions, what happens to them. I scribbled…folded…all ready for the trash. But why not practice Decalcomania. I added paint and let the left side blend with the right side. I still wanted to throw it away. I kept working and all of a sudden a butterfly appeard giving me wings to fly.

a little note to self

Keep going, stop just stop the maddness of wanting to throw out your work. Not everything you make will be for the shop. Create and when you feel stuck shut up and keep going. Yes intentions are good but it’s the surprises that happen in the midst of intentions that …that’s what great art is made of. I know, I have seen my work. For every idea that you think didn’t work there’s an idea, a technique that does. Look closer. The flowers that bloom don’t have perfect petals so don’t expect yours to be either. Wait that’s one for the book. I’m going to paint that too.

Be proud of your work. I sure am!

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Christmas Tree Painting

It’s interesting to see how each culture decorates trees. Wanting others to see the stars illuminating a tree is my favorite. Wanting bright color instead of boring green is a good one too. One decorates with popcorn and berry garlands. The other with pretzel oranments.

Christmas trees are easy to create. You can create one with a marker, dried up stamp…however you choose!

There’s no rules or perfection.

By scratching

Woven Hearts

This weekend I painted patterns and woven hearts. Did I make a paper ornament in grade school? Probably. I set out to paint a few and the first one was all wrong. I keep saying this. The second, what a color! Not the bright fun cherry red I wanted… but yeah. I have drawn many hearts for Valentine’s Day. Why did these go wrong? I paint best when all is quiet. I focus. I play. Besides there’s all kinds of woven hearts. I got back into make mode. All of a sudden the first try is looking good. Completely understand why other artists stay up late or wake up early and head to thier creative space.

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.

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!

Butterfly with Tracing Paper

This Butterfly would make a great ceramic piece for the garden. I painted tracing paper with blue paint. Days later I looked at the blue sheet and thought Butterfly. The Butterfly was there. All I needed to do was cut out the rest of the paper. The pattern isn’t exactly symmetrical but it works. I’m going to scan this in for better color.

I did a quick litle experiment by adding drops of paint onto a sheet and then folding to blend. This made amazing texture. I’ll do that in another post. A Christmans posr?

Notes:

Alternative paper: copy paper, tissue paper or tracing paper. Use acrylic paint too. Drawing patterns with a white crayon or any color first then painting over it with watercolor would be fun too.

Day of The Dead skull with acrylic gouache

What ecactly is acrylic gouache? It is acrylic paint that you can mix with water, which is what I do with regular acrylic. This paint is also opaque and thick that mixing with water is much easier than with acrylic.

I wanted the green to be more of a yellow ochre but it works for mixing beautiful orange tones. This is turning out good. Not like the three variants I trashed. I have been drawing for a long time and yesterday was bad. During this session I started this calavera, painted halloween ideas. and a quick quote.

You have good days and sometimes you don’t

Have a safe Halloween. This weekend I’ll be finishing some class work and getting ready for the next project.

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Let The Kid Work

Here’s round 2 of my sporadic lettering ideas. Is this hand lettering in the typical sense. I hope not. I’ve been creating to see where the idea takes me. Sometimes you see artists-kids- sharing their work with excitement because of the idea. There’s no perfection. I observe this with artists from time to time. I know there’s lots of practice to get to the free to fail creative state. Skill is important but what everything really comes down to is mindselt.

Think of some quotes. Halloween ones. Write. Create. No Helvetica unless there’s good reason too. I am going to paint some fun halloween crafts. Purple spider. Or Green.