Brown Peruvian blanket take two

Much better. I am new to the pulse and precision. I haven’t practiced as much as I want. Yet there’s been major improvements. The dots were done with acrylic paint but the stamper wasn’t giving me complete circles. Walnut ink helped with that. I want to explore more with India ink. Tree trunks!

Today’s message will be short and sweet. Keep going. Keep painting. Keep doing whatever it is you want to do.

Trust the Process

Easier said than done. Trust the process.

This weekend I’ll be posting some of my work from Society 6 and Amazon. I never feel comfortable sharing work from my shops in fear of sounding like a salesman. All I know is I am proud of my work and the direction I’m going. I still have much to learn. Art gives me mindfulenss for the rest of my life. Maybe a print for your studio space can help you feel the same way.

Get to work on the idea

pink and blue watercolor flower

You set out to draw what’s on your mind. It’s clear and beautiful. You apply water and droplets of color. The opposite happens. Where is the lesson in that? Everywhere. If you look closely you can see the first flower I formed, the one that was about to go in the trash. I got to work. I worked with one idea.

Stop trying to create the version you see, the version you’re thinking and keep going.

Rather than paint with all the answers, just paint. There’s no failure. There’s only works in progress. The only way to get to the good is to not get caught up in the wrongs.

Good work is happening this week. I’ve been drawing, the Butterfly is looking good and there’ s lots more to paint.

Heart Shape Bubble Wrap You

have my heart. The dots didn’t come out as I expected. These petals are even better. I want my pictures to not come out so washed out. The color is much more vibrant. And it will be when I scan it.

The stem was practice for another flower I’ll be painting next week. It’s this aweome flower I captured on one of my nature walks. I’m building a collection on pinterest! What a week. I painted everything I wanted to paint, finished a workshop and still need to work on the course, oh and the butterfly.

What a week. What really helped is make and I will never forget Ms. Gorman’s words. Never.

No Brush needed Flowers

You don’t need a $20 tube of the right pink. You don’t need a $ 5o brush. All you need is you.

I painted these flowers with my index finger, minus the petals and the stems. I have painted many beautiful flowers with my thumb and palm. I’m reminded of this artist who paints patterns with just the right turns of his wheelchair wheels. In my fear and doubts I have forgotten. Ms. Gorman’s words, there is light if you are brave enough to see it…brave enough to believe make me feel with every breath of my being.

Watercolor, Ink and Weird

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.

Free your mind

I’m not much of a hand letterer, but I love drawing letters. I like doodling ideas. The best ideas happen when you’re not working on anything specific. You just show up because you want to. That last part sums up my creative life.

Samples of hand lettering with watercolor and gouache

Free your mind is a note to self.

Free your mind is a love note for us.

Free your mind is a reminder to focus on the breeze or a bird’s song.

Watching the moon phases every night is wonderful too.

Free your mind is a voice more powerful than the darkness.

There is nothing like your beautiful mind. Take care of it. Take care of you.

Ok time to paint flowers. Time to get working on that huge list.

New palette is beginning to feel like home

a self made watercolor palette

I’ve made a decision. I will contiune to work on 100 ways to flower with power? There’s no right way to paint a flower? Yes, I like this title much better.

Maybe every Friday or a couple of days a week I’ll paint culture ideas. I’m just not sure where I want to go with the culture project. My plan is to build a collection of textures, homes, ceramics…the Lantern Festival is coming up! In March I could display all of my work and let the story emerge. Sounds good.

That means I have 2-3 months to write, edit and paint more flowers! I could work on the flower book for 3 days a week. The other two days will be for painting small projects and work for the shop.

I keep thinking about the other day when I opened my folder of over 100 flowers and the lessons I’ve learned. This observation made me want more. This year rather than set goals that become elusive I am contiuning to learn new skills, exploring and most importatnly sharpening my mind.

The strongest strength is that of the mind.

Ok this week I’m working on more flowers, an apothecary bottle, a butterfly, a freedon idea and …. so excited! I painted a brown Peruvian rug and writing for the book. There’s a lot of digitizing to be done but that will come at another time.

Let’s make a creative week! I would love to see your paintings and see what you create.

Mosaic Fish

The park in Barcelona is a beautiful wonder. There’s something about painting each shape. You have to have patience. How it dries and the effect it leaves is all up to the water.

As for the color, it’s all complementary. Mixing a drop of green with a magenta makes lovely shades of pink. Having a size two brush helps.

I didn’t have a plan. All I wanted was happy tones and let the shapes find themselves. Fish are another world of curiosity. No two fish are alike, much like us.

Painting with white space helps me slow down. Not bad for a student grade pan set. I can paint all day like this! I will. Paint patterns and textures of the world while I write for 100 ways to flower with power? Sounds marvelous. I still want to paint flowers. I will.

What do you like to paint? Please share it on instagram or email me. These days I feel like a kid in a candy store. I find such peace in painting, that is until perfection shows up. I find myself asking everyone around me if they like to paint. I hope everyone has something that makes them feel the way I do when I paint.

What did I learn this year?

I’ve been asking this question, all the time, every day but these last weeks of 2020 even more. Being at home has given me the time to work on my art.

I don’t have this planned out but was inspired by another artist’s year in review. Here goes.

What have I done more of since I now have free time?

I have taken courses in design, branding and painting. I’ve been reading. I love to read. I do read blogs and magazines but this year I read a few favorites and found new treasures like Learning By Heart. What a great book! This book really teaches you to observe and play. I have been attending events on finance, business and creativity of course. I actually created a personal income sheet with projected income sources and making money online can be a realisitic goal. I’m not asking for millions or even six figures. Some claim to have that. I don’t aspire to this but I welcome it with open arms. Oh. I discovered that my interests are popular on pinterest. I have built up my boards and have an almost 80,000 views. I still have much to learn. The numbers have changed because I changed my name and that changed the links…

THREE RULES I TAKE WITH ME NEXT YEAR.

Keep Making. Not everything you make has to go into the shop. Create and keep on making. Focus on what I’m good at. Do stop and reflect.

Let Go I’ve been going outside to look at the moon and stars. Meditation is something I am learning. It works.

Observe: I started observing my behavior and learning to have better thoughts. I went for a walk one day and my shadow reminded me of Pooh Bear’s you’re stronger and braver than you know. I want more quiet time.

PROJECT I’M MOST PROUD OF?

All of them really. Different is Beautiful is important. This book is a celebration of what it means to be weird,different, unique, amazing… what better way to show this than with animals. Humans too! That’s where a celebration of us comes in. One hundred ways to flower with power stems from these ideas too. Oh how can I forget you are loved. Once I’m done writing, I’ll go read the book.

HAVE I GROWN IN BUSINESS?

I have a more solid direction. Creatively Hue is a good name. I’ve created financial statements. I have an editorial calendar. Pinterst is the one platform I want to use to promote my ideas and work. I know how to breath. I want to start selling so the first task was close my society 6 shop. Yes I closed my shop. I’m working on a new shop. I like and am good at the loose watercolor-minimal-detail-colorful and inspiring art. I am great with flowers. I want to do more of the brilliance I see on the windows and walls of Anthropologie. I had my first try at designing T-shirts.

LAST TRUTHS

I don’t have all the answers. I was always curious about Star Wars but this was the year I became a fan. I need the force. May the fore be with you this year. Keep Making. It’s more like keep going. I thank the universe, the almighty that’s bigger than us, the FORCE for making it through this year healthy and happy. I have everything I need and a little more. This isn’t to say that there were no struggles. Ha! There absolutely were but each day, each time I have learned to embrace/connect with these truths and learn. Ok I had a few tantrums. I am learning new truths. I’m growing.

What was your year like?

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