Expressive Flowers

Pink and Purple Blooms

There is strength in letting go and painting. There’s pink, purple, blue, and a little sparkle. These colors are the creativity, faith, and play that should be in every painting session. I layered, splattered, painted and you know what, this is the best painting I’ve done in a long time. I say best because this is me, my ideas. Yes, my influences come from everywhere. But I’m not painting with outside forces. It’s just me. It’s the tools. Sure I’m holding the brush and gliding it along the page but the idea takes over. It isn’t about me. It’s the idea.

Kute Blackson had this amazing quote in one of his posts. Surrender your attachment to the outcome and get into the flow. Yes! That is what I did for this painting. I need to keep going.

Siempre,

Mireya

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I forgot how fun it is to…

paint with tempera paint and on copy paper. Morgan Harper Nichols had this amazing video on abstract strokes and fear. I can’t paint on canvas either. I fear I’ll mess up. I can’t afford to go through canvases like I do paper. It’s been a week since I’ve painted. I had to paint.

My goal is to paint better roses. I love roses. Like the other night, I found this artist on Instagram. I too want to pick up the brush, lather up the paint, mix tones and have my roses bloom before my eyes.

Here’s a few notables:

1. Paint the petals using curved lines. When the paint is almost dry use a moist brush to spread the paint over the white space.

2. A round flat brush gives you good texture.

3. You can layer with a light color and then add details with a darker color.

4. Each petal line begins thin, wide and ends thin. Vary the starting points of these lines.

5. The petal lines are small and get bigger as you move away from the stigma of the flower.

I like the shape and petals of 2,3 and 4. Am I wanting to paint an exact rose? Like the roses on my walks? No. I want roses expressive of how nature makes me feel. I want color. I want texture. In a world of classes and social norms, I can always revel in a rose. I can always carry my thoughts to the moon and the stars.

My paper collage flowers have been wonderful but that’s tomorrow’s post.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Here’s a wild thought…

Always take time to smell the flowers.

Life is colorful

Daydream and dance

Isn’t life wonderful

Think of all the flowers in your neighborhood

Think of all the flowers in every city and country

Now that’s a love, a language that’s understood

What would the world be without roses, chrysanthemums, tulips, peonies and sunflowers

Let’s not forget the butterflies and the bees

We are different, the same, a masterpiece, now that’s power!

Thanks for reading my poem, my writing and for being a fan. If you haven’t please subscribe. Find me on Pinterest ad Instagram. I want to see your art too.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Doodle With You Collage Flowers

I have been getting my shop ready for holiday shoppers. What I really want is to clarify what I’m painting and why?

I paint because of how it makes me feel. It’s my self-love and meditation. I’ve been going through my artwork. I’m signing my art with my name instead of Creatively Hue. I sign my posts with Siempre Mireya and likewise for my art. I got rid of art that was questionable right from the start. You know the moment when you finish your work? And the finished art doesn’t look like the beauty you imagined. Either one of two thoughts happens. The artwork is better than imagined. Or the artwork is lacking. I share the lacking work because maybe it’s me. Maybe I am stuck on expectations instead of letting the artwork be what it’s going to be.

For these blooms and the collage book these flowers will be part of, doodle with you!

The collage course is still happeing. I’m thinking March 2023?

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Siempre,

Mireya

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A Burst of Sunshine Collage Flower

a yellow center with shades of pink and orange petals flower

You’re a star and you shine. The morning after it rains, the skies are clean. At the first glimpse of sunshine you are in love. Oh and I sat letting the ideas live, for hours, for days. These are my bursts of sunshine. Now about those bursts of sunshine?

Ideas are always here. Love is always here. We are free but we allow ourselves to think we are not. My art is my time. I get to confront and release what has happened during the week, and sometimes prepare for what’s to come. Really it’s right here right now, this is you, everything else is noise. I get to work on my creative spirit. Your creative spirit is your imagination and curiosity. Your creative spirit has everything it needs to be brave, weird, different, and beautifully you.

I’ve been painting and thinking. I painted many Anthropologie display collage flowers. I need a new name for my flowers. I am working on an idea pin video for pinterest. More on that for tomorrow’s post.

Anyway, it has been nice! I love to paint. I have a day job but oh my, I want to create full time. Hearing you say that my artwork brings you joy, well that motivates me too!

Love source collage flower

I made a few changes to the website. I guess my plan is I don’t need fancy, I just want to be me.

Do you see how art projects turn into philosophy sessions? Thank goodness. I should come up with a list of fall flowers to paint? The weather is feeling like fall. I’ll go for a walk and capture it all.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Sunflowers you make me happy!

There I was painting sunflowers. I had Cat Coq’s sunflower tutorial on my mind. I’m ready for fall. Sunflowers are trending. I want good work for the shop. I kept painting and referencing photos. This technique never works because I obsess over details. I was about to call it a day when pink sunflowers popped into my head. Pink and peach express how nature makes me feel. At that moment I knew I needed to paint and let my flowers bloom. Then I thought about the rainbow watercolor art print. The lines in between colors were uneven but the neutral colors and the Maya Angelou quote, beautiful!

I’m going to paint more sunflowers this week. All these sunflowers gave me the confidence to design a logo for my website but that’s another post. Here’s to painting like you mean it, painitng with your heart. Wait till you see my pink and orange collage sunflower!

Siempre,

Mireya

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Blue Flat Brush Blooms

I took the paper roll idea and give it one more try. A paper roll creates interesting texture. The stigmas are a lovely yellow ochre but I just couldn’t stand the scale texture. And so I had all of these ideas, but blue flowers appeared.

I seem to have a large pile of redos. That’s ok, I have Monday off and a birthday to celebrate! I realize more than ever, that I want more than anything to paint all day. To be in my place of play. This is the career of my dreams. I’m still working on the collage course. I’m working on more collage wildflowers. I enjoy working with students. They are constantly teaching me that the best learning happens when you see what happens if you mix every watercolor in the palette. That spirit lives in each of us.

Here are some of my favorite ideas

What I love most about my art are the color and warm thoughts. Most of the time I paint with an idea, sure. Yet I never really know what the blooms will look like until I’ve finished. Maybe what I love most is a possibility. Do I have the if at first flower in my shop? It should be. Let this post serve as a reminder to keep doing my thing. It’s time to be brave. I was born brave. We all were!

Siempre,

Mireya

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Today’s a new day blooms

Magenta watercolor dahlia sketches

Yesterday’s project and the post had me write, tomorrow’s another day. Today was a much better day. There are a few fixables but it was a good day! I held the photo of these pink purple dahlias in my heart. I painted. I used watercolor, acrylic, stamping with the back of my paintbrush and outlined with a pen. The blue paint was me working on texture with a piece of credit card. The only blue texture I like is the spot on the bottom left. Not to worry, my scanner will erase everthing else. The curvy stems may need a little work but let the good times roll.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Life’s Peachy Paper roll blooms

Three paper roll blooms

Some time ago I found a tutorial on creating stamps with paper rolls. What a great idea! For the complete tutorial head here.

Love the simple. Ok, today’s stamping with ribbon and acrylic didn’t work but there are lots more ideas to come. Oh wait, the acrylic green background with a quote looking like a tree. It’s going to be good. Every idea will lead you someplace.

Simplemente,

Mireya