Creative Exploration

How to Paint Anything you want

a post about painitng out of the lines.

I wasn’t going to post these flowers but I am. Here’s why.

I could feel the color. I imagined painting these blooms on a smooth stucco wall. These colors made me smile knowing no rules. Afterward I scanned and was uploading onto my society 6 shop. Suddenly I didn’t like the way I painted. Maybe it was too much browsing on istagram. That was a few days ago.

Today I want to post these blooms because I painted them. These blooms are beautiful. The delicate brush strokes and blending reveal how light I felt. I just painted. There is no stay within the lines. I grew up painting that way. I taught others to do that. Nonsense. I know better now. The best painting is done with the freedom to paint whatever you want, however you choose.

Art isn’t perfect.

Art is like beauty, in the eye of the beholder.

Art is magical.

Art is like a song that gets into our mind, our hearts and deep down to the core of my soul.

Art is a smile when all you want to do is frown.

Art is the hope that helps you see and feel until it is with every breath.

Art is breath.

Look out into the wonders of the world and you will feel art.

Art is you.

Art is me.

Oh my, I really do need to work on this poetry writing. Whimsical words. Here’s to all of you who read this blog. Good vibes to you and all.

Creative Exploration

Circles Make Good Flowers

reposting this from April and it’s a great reminder to always embrace your ideas. The more you the better.

Shapes are fun. Circles are easy to draw. No they don’t have to be perfect. Draw them with your left hand in various sizes. The choice is yours.

I leave you with an inspiring quote.

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke” – Jerzy Kosinski

Oh yeah I have lots of ideas. My next question is how do I learn creative writing and poetry. Reading and writing of course.

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Pink and Purple Color Palette

painting pink and blue florals with a round brush

Mixing white with red and adding a little green makes pinks! Then you add a little Prussian blue and you have purple. What were the flowers that I was going to repaint with lavendar and periwinkle?

Here’s my list of learning:

  • mix and observe how your favorite colors mix together
  • create a whole page of blues and observe how they mix with orange and green
  • I stiil need an opera rose
  • mixing red with white and using that mixture to add a little yellow or brown.
  • work with acrylic (I am getting better)
  • observe how color scans
  • get to know the brush and just paint

I should find a video on how to care for and when to replace acrylic paints.

Flower doodles and color make me happy!

Creative Exploration

How to Be an Artist (list of resources)

This post contains a list of art resources inculding a sunflower fingerpainting idea

These are some of my favorite resources for learning how to be me.

  • The best book I have read so far is Learning By Heart. This book is fiilled with project ideas to explore and ignite your curiosity
  • Show Your Work is another great read. As a matter of fact, I will read this book again for the fourth time.
  • I started taking courses on skillshare. I probably took around 200 courses? Some of my favorittes are Shantell Martin. Watching her draw. was something I had never seen before. It made me feel like I too have a place. Of course I do.
  • My favorite paint to work with is Winsor Newton. Cotman, professional, acrylic I like it all
  • Sennelier has some amazing greens too.
  • Projects are how I learn. There have been many ideas. Many ideas!
  • My favortie podcasts are well, the vlog by James Victore is aweosme. Unmistakable Creative, Kute Blackson
  • I used to listen to Sean Wess too. He has great courses on hand lettering to dream clients and getting paid what you are worth
  • Oh the library! Yes online and in person I have been checking out design books, creative business and all the books that artists write on thier experience. This information is valuable.
  • My favorite art blogs well I read lots of them. Colossal always entertains my curiosity.

Did you know that I keep a collection of all things art on pinterest? You can find ideas on color, creative business and how to’s. my work and so much more.

My favorite resources are the ones that teach you not step by step but simply share ideas so that you can’t help but feel the need to create. I feel this way every day of my life. That’s my aim for this place.

Do you have a favorite?