Expressive Flowers

My Favorite Projects of 2022

It feels weird writing 2022. Yet it feels like it’s time for a new year, a new attitude, and certainly new artwork.

I want more of these ceramic vase floral arrangements. My journal has a few pages left. That means it’s time to paint on the big paper.

sketching flowers with tempera paint

It’s tough to classify these kissed by the sun mug flowers. Kissed by the sun? That should be the title of this work. I can add these to my favorite color palettes of 2022 and my favorite paper collage project of 2022. I have.

Yellow mug with pink flowers done in collage

I used a lot of simple tools to make beautiful flowers.

Testing different tools to paint flowers

It’s the beautiful blue flowers on the left that have my heart. Sometimes an idea works and sometimes it doesn’t. (flowers on the right) This is definitely one of the lessons I’ve learned this year. I have that list too.

Not sure when I stumbled on this idea but wow, I must keep stamping with ornaments. I only have one. I have an idea to stamp with a ball wrapped in yarn or a rubber band. That is on my list!

7 pink and orange ornament flowers

I think this was one of those occasions where I had leftover paint and simply painted. The random stuff is usually the best. The brushstroke texture is wonderful. The color warms me and makes me smile.

three golden yellow blooms in acrylic paint

I painted over the texture and used the back of the brush to stamp the dots.

Oh, right Vaseline makes lovely texture. And the color is warm and cheerful. This will definitely make the color palettes of the 2022 list too.

golden orange blooms painted on pink orange texture background

Oh my goodness. I miss my candle lid. Not sure if Bath & Body Works makes lids like this anymore. If you know of a place where I can get something like this, please do tell me. I should go to Dollar Tree next week and see if Valentine’s section has something.

Ok, so I have generated good ideas. It is time to bloom. I’ll be posting daily this week and sharing more of my favorites and goals for 2023.

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Expressive Flowers

Sketching with paint 4

For this entry, I used a paper roll. These flowers are fun to make. You stamp and get random textures. You paint over the texture when the stamp is near dry. It’s beautiful! I even used the tips of the paper roll petals to create a speckled texture.

two blue flowers made with a paper roll

Here’s a few other flowers I’ve made

I’ll be posting a tutorial on Pinterest. The holidays are here. I should do a holiday version of this flower. Sounds good.

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Creative Exploration

A world full of ideas

Would I rather have a set list to check off or build a list as I go? I like knowing direction and then letting my curiosity take over. I prefer why over how?

I painted these with a q–tip. I could have easily used chopsticks or a toothpick. The lesson was on using these to develop fonts. I could use these to paint flowers! I should write with a branch!

I have used the back of my sumi brush.

I have tons of ideas. Corita taught a wonderful idea. Playing with tools and techniques allows you to explore, imagine, be curious, and connect. I like asking why, always have and always will. There are so many ways to paint flowers. As you paint you discover ideas that perhaps you always wanted to express. Perhaps you didn’t realize you could or you had creative block. I don’t believe in creative block.

Our talents are with us. We need to practice them and make.

These flowers seem to say together we will. Together we shall. Juntos

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