Today was a good writing day for the book. There’s a letter I want to include. I am undecided as there are many edits to go.
You are much more than you give yourself credit for. Get started on a project. You have an idea and questions. Answer them as you go. The importance is you keep making art. Stop every now and then for quiet reflection time. Realize that in every project you will have many questionable pieces. Maybe ugly ones. Why? Forget about the self-help that tells you are a work in progress. You are a beautiful life force connected to the bigger force. You are loved. Keep going and observe. In the end you will be closer to your best work. Not everything you make will make it in the shop. Everything you make comes with a valuable lesson. That’s where the growth is. Let your voice be heard. Some may not like what you have to say and that’s ok. Know that there are artists who are ready to pass down their motivational wisdoms. Some of which are mentioned in the book.
I am curious to see how these flowers will look digitized? Love the yellow monotone stigmas. Erasers make such great stamps. I cut a rectangle shape. Then v shaped the edges on one side. What an idea! Yes some of the flowers are a mess. The stamp kept falling. The paint was too thick and too thin in other areas. What an idea that came from a customized eraser.
Just making art is about making a mess. learning and improving your skills. The 100 ways flower project helped me study the parts of the flower and improve my color palette. I no longer simply draw flowers with straight stems.
An I going to try this again? Absolutely! If you have or will be stamping with erasers email or tag me on instagram.
I’ve been painting all day. Finished the brown blanket, an apothecary bottle and three flowers. Feels like I should have painted more. Let’s see, I painted with walnut ink, did some lettering and mixed up a beautiful vanilla yellow ochre. The India ink surprised me the most!
I hoped the alcohol dots would give me a beautiful texture. The results are weird. Weird is good.
India Ink dries quick. It leaves interesting texture. I’ll remember that when I paint leaves. Outlining the petals in blue…I like it! There’s no right way to paint a flower.
Ok so I did some good exploring. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.
Now this is what I like to paint. Flowers and leaves are beautiful. Last week I went out for a walk to observe leaves. Today it’s going to be flowers.
I’m trying to work on lines and blending. Tomorrow I think I want to paint on a full sheet of paper.
Today’s practice leaves me with two ideas. The flower on the left is a reminder to take care of each other. The Dandelions on the right are a reminder to have your wish but go out there and make it happen one step at a time.
Ok time to clean up and go for a walk. Oh right, I need to start writing when I get back.
Corita Kent. Yes my collage work here is inspired by Corita. Her work was so simple and relatable. I could have learned so much with her as my teacher. I read her book and I am learning. What am I saying.
I painted these flowers a few weeks ago. Time flies when you are in peace. This was part of my hand painting floral series. You create a hand fist and stamp with the bottom of your hand. You stamp in a circular motion. The color was all wrong. I kept it in a keep going pile. Sometimes work has an agenda of it’s own. Nothing a little oil pastel and pencil couldn’t fix.
Next week I want to go over my plans for the remainder of the year. Reflect on my work and work on projects, see where my thoughts lead me. Beginning November 1st I begin celebrations and exploring the world. Dia De Los Muertos is a perfect time to start.
I came across a Ginko Tree. What a peaceful color. For these I mixed up acrylic and tempera paint. Warm inviting tones. The tones that help you connect. Used a flat brush to apply flat left and right shapes. Done. I like taking ordinary things and creating beautiful flowers. Still thinking of a name. I’m going to go checkout some creative blogs for ideas. CreativelyHue? Sounds good. There’s a creating for a better you vibe. Ordinary things? Maybe. I feel I should update my shop. I said I wasn’t but I should.
Sometimes you paint and it doesn’t go as intended. The easy fix is take what works. Learn, carve out what doesn’t belong. Add the new and you have a beautiful flower. I’ve been doing this a lot lately. Michelangelo said it best:
In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.
I know this is a simple example but there have been times when the idea gets lost. I paint layer on layer and occasionally magic happens. Out of nowhere I have an idea that I can use. I simply bring it into the computer. Mnimally revise and done. Plus all of my work is scanned and saved digitally. I can easily use it as artwork for the shop, blog and client work.
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