I had a beautiful flower. Had. I wanted to make it better? Instead of throwing out this sheet I painted over it.
Pick up a flat brush and squeeze a dot of a few tones and blend. I finished with pink watercolor. What a great idea! Was my initial flower a loss? Did I have to start over? No. Oh but I love blending. Sure I think about what colors to combine. It’s always a surprise. I simply paint. Trust the idea. Flirt with the idea. I keep writing these words. I have to.
Here’s to more flowers. I have more paint. In every mistake there is a beautiful lesson.
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.
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.