Expressive Flowers, Roses Project

Orange Peace and Hope Roses

Orange roses with blue leaves painted in watercolor

Oh my! I completely forgot about Wednesday’s post entry. There’s a good reason! My interent was down and I was on the phone trying to fix it. The good news is I have. My blog post is a little late but here I am!

Now on to my orange roses. I was wandering around UCLA and found these orange roses! I painted the way these roses made me feel.

The orange shade stopped me in my tracks

Peaceful mind you don’t have to come back

You are always here

Tenderly holding me near

Magnificent color, how is it so

Together we glow

Yes, this is how the orange roses made me feel. The shade of orange is bright and terracotta. I just did research on terracotta and terracotta radiates warmth and happiness. These are the words and colors of how nature makes me feel. The blue is orange’s best friend. Blue is faith. Faith is what I was feeling too!

This design is in my shop if you want to explore it further. Thank you for reading! Thank you for being a part of creatively hue.

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acrylic painted blue vase filled with pink and blue roses

Ok, so I never really appreciated the beauty of a rose. Roses. Typical. Right? I started noticing them last year. This year roses are huge and in such gorgeous colors. I want all this in my art, in my book? Here are my two thoughts. Why just paint roses when I miss painting all of the other flowers I paint? Oh but roses, you beautiful roses are keeping me out of my comfort! Do I know how to paint them? No. I’ve been practicing. I still don’t know what I’m doing. I love what’s happening with my work. It’s not great but I don’t want to throw it away either. My art seems to be blooming from this peace zone. All artists need to have mindfulness, connect and create from your spirit.

Sounds like I’m right where I need to be? I needed to clarify. Not to worry, I’ll be sharing my blue roses in the next post.



Blooming thoughts for a wild spirit, Expressive Flowers

What does freedom mean to you?

You know you have a choice

Birds are singing and you rejoice

Feel the breeze and the color of a rose

You dance you pose


Without restraint

You dream

The moon shines, you shine

Windmills and tulips sing, “I am yours and you are mine.”

To freedom is being open to feeling the connection between nature and you.



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Drawing Roses from Life!

I had the most amazing day wandering around sketching all of the flowers I saw. I didn’t just see yellow roses. I saw this gorgeous tone of yellow. There were these magenta roses but none like a magenta I’ve ever mixed. These are the colors I dream of. Oh, that would be a great activity for my journal. The day was warm and the birds were singing. These are the moments where I’m like… can I live this every day!

Then it was on to a rustic stone house and a recurring thought every time I roam a museum. What stories would these walls tell me? Is there more than what the exhibit reveals? It was magic being in a room where poets, authors, singers, filmmakers, nature writers, and artists once lived. Yes, there was diversity in what they did but I shall never forget who they were. Many of these famous visitors were women! Not just women but Native American and Asian women. Charles Lummis was an advocate for diversity especially for Native Americans.

And all that led me to ponder the legacy and history I am part of. I am proud of my heritage. I am all things nature and spiritual. I am a teacher of character, peace, and mindfulness. I am a learner. I am a visionary. I am an expressive floral artist.

At this moment I want to paint flowers the way they make me feel. The poet in me sang,” Let’s show up with this powerful love and paint.”

It was wonderful to explore today! I have ideas and a color palette I will be working on this week. Interesting how I have never been able to fill about the about me description like I just did. I felt so good that I walked into an art store and didn’t buy anything. I have enough paint. I have the peace. Let’s do this!

Now it’s your turn! Who are you and what do you do? Comment below.



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What’s a job you would like to do for just one day?

Stand on top of a stage before a large crowd and sing!

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.

Georgia O’keeffe

Instead of the violin, I dance. There’s walking in the rose garden. Any garden! I sing on my own in the privacy of my home or in a crowd. Oh, but you know that I paint!

The colors I’ve been painting are not my usual palette. Tomorrow I’ll continue working on shapes and observing. I’m focused on the process. I’m learning and growing. Oh, I should go for a morning walk. That’s right, I have a pile of unfinished work.



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Roses and Sunflowers

pik sunflower and yellow rose painted with acrylic

Hello! My journaling is interesting to look at. I usually spend at least 30 minutes journaling. Today’s project was at least an hour. I enjoy the freedom of using cheap paper. Acrylic paint is a confidence builder. If I don’t like what I see, I can add to it. That’s what happened with these two flowers. I started with fluorescent pink. Then I applied a pink layer and finished with a layer of sun-kissed vanilla. I did the same adding variations of green for the leaves. I added blue because that seems to be my color. I’m engaged in the process and that’s what makes my work interesting.

I should try layering and mixing with watercolor. I’m enjoying the work I’m producing. It expresses how I feel about nature and what I want for my roses project.

I started doodling ideas for flower quote t-shirts. That lead to intersting readings on the meaning of flowers. More on that in an upcoming post. I’m still looking for a good journal. I want a large enough size that I can scan and reproduce as prints and the Roses book.

As always thank you for reading, I do share more content on Instagram and Pinterest. What are you working on? Comment below.



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Daily writing prompt
Do you have a quote you live your life by or think of often?

Fly by the seat of your soul. Not sure where I read this but that is my quote. I haven’t written a poem lately. Here goes!

Not happy or sad

Not excited or mad

Flutter from place to place

Like the rose that dances in the breeze, above the sun, there is nothing to erase

You paint

You have always had the means to create.

See a peach rose

you strike a pose

so pure so sweet

breathe within everthing you meet

Not of them

Moon, stars, tulips of Holland…Firefly squids of Japan…we are the gem.

That’s about right.

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Roses-Colorful Bouquet

acrylic painted blue vase filled with pink and blue roses

It’s about time! I was walking along and suddenly spotted a yellow rose. Then I spotted a lighter yellow rose, peach roses, and a bunch of pink roses. I thought I recorded it. That’s ok, my spirit will forever be connected. This experience is what inspired my colorful bouquet.

I can’t wait to fill my book with page after page of beautiful roses. A painting page and a mindful thought on another page? Some of the words can be written on full-page colorful backgrounds? Yes! This journal will be my exploration. Then I can buy a journal and paint the book. I can reference these blog posts to paint my roses. I do have a Pinterest collection of roses to inspire me. I’m going to paint roses with sunflowers next. It’s a roses book but I’ve been seeing sunflowers. I like my wildflowers. Do you have any ideas? I want a great journal on a budget. I work with watercolor and acrylic.

If you’re curious I mixed these colors and use dollar tree containers to store them. I love storing my paint in these containers vs. the tube. Would you like me to create a post? Please comment below and let me know what journal you use?



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Why Creatively Hue?

Creatively hue is the name for my blog. It sounded interesting and a reflection of self-expression. The more you paint, you leave societal ideas. You lose what art should be and paint. These are the ideas that always lead to interesting places. I’ve been doing more of this self-expression with my journal. Last night, I was going over my week.

What is the one lesson I want to share in today’s post? Suddenly, the lesson came together.

Hue is color. Nature is colorful. Color represents how unique and beautiful nature is. Nature is us. YOU. And my priority as an artist is self-expression. Right now my project is Roses. I’m painting beautiful roses.

I like painting yellow flowers and discovering that when the yellow is too light, I can trace it with a marker. I splatter a color. No worries it becomes part of the painting. And so a new chapter begins…



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Roses- There’s No Right Way

I’m enjoying the flower doodles I’ve been painting in my sketchbook. It feels free to work on a limited space, on I don’t know what type of paper this is but it’s good enough. At somepoint, I’ll film a video walk through of my journal. I’m looking for an 8 x 10 journal. I want something that I can keep and turn into a roses book? Prints? Yes, let’s!

I’ve been pondering the direction I should go in. I have worked with watercolor, acrylic, and tempera. I’ve painted many subjects. I’ve written seven arty books. Is it six? My favorite projects are Different Is Beautiful and There’s No Right Way to Paint a Flower. Now that I think of these two projects, there’s no need to wonder. The answer has been with me. Isn’t it always?

Different Is Beautiful is a love for nature and us. Nature is colorful and different! Nature is my childhood curiosity. Everything in nature is unique and that’s what makes it beautiful.

There’s No Right Way to Paint a Flower is about self-expression. In this book, I set out to prove that you don’t need fancy tools to paint beautiful flowers. In fact, the rarest, odd, or ordinary make beautiful flowers. This is all I want my artwork to be. I’m glad I found Suzanne Allard’s class. Her class helped me bring everything together. I have new tools and a new journal. These two journal pages had me mixing shades of blue, tapping the bottom of a brush to make an interesting pattern, and mixing lovely green. It’s much more fun mixing green than buying it.

What is your latest project? How do you feel about it?

I’ll be sharing weekly updates of roses. I’ll be doing the occasional promt post or a poem. I haven’t written poetry in a while. I do post daily inspiration and project videos on Pinterest and Instagram.

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