Expressive Flowers

Alma Libre-Paper Collage Art

Colorful letters spelling Alma Libre on a blue background

Alma Libre means free soul in Spanish. Quiero Ser is one of my favorite songs. In English, it means I want to be. The song is about being a free soul, a soul that falls in love. Amaya’s words make me dance and sing too:”Quiero ser, una palabra serena y clara
Quiero ser, un alma libre, de madrugada. Oh, and my favorite book is about teachings to free the creative spirit. With every breath, I exhale and inhale serenity, and clarity and wander among the midnight city lights. I paint colorful art for the spirit.

And what better time than Hispanic Heritage to say I don’t need a holiday or month because loving you and doing what you do is mas que a month. Mas Que A Month is Target’s theme. I’ve been reading and seeing that colorful clothes and home decor are in. That’s great but why wait for a trend to tell us that it’s ok to be colorful. This year my theme was about making art. No matter what I think or feel about my work, make art anyway. What I think and feel isn’t really what I think and feel. The doubt, the what if’s that’s not us. The truth is in the big spirits who pick up the paintbrush, splatter, and mix every color on the palette to see what happens.

Let this colorful Alma Libre be about taking care of you. Taking that dance, allowing yourself the chance. Here’s to the wonderful gift of nature. Here’s to making art that’s brighter and bolder. Here’s to your art.

This week I’ll be working on painting trees, painting roses, and gaining clarity with what I really want to say with my art. It feels like I’m wrapping the year up and I am. I know there are changes to be made. I’ve been looking at Wix and reviewing my business skills.

As always thank you for reading. Be a subscriber if you haven’t. Share this with your friends if you believe they’ll enjoy it. I’m excited for what’s to come.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Do I Have Creative Block?

I think I do.

It feels like I’ve been painting with no particular place to go. I haven’t painted anything for the shop. I was working on sunflowers. The color and the brush were all wrong but I did practice with my cat’s tongue brush. Then I did some research. I checked out the what’s popular section on society 6. Morgan Harper Nichols has beautiful brush strokes. I saw flowers in bright yellows, oranges, and greens. I checked out Anthropologie. I saw the same abstract expressive work. Many artists inspire me. It’s the color, textures, and ideas that make me realize, I too have a song to sing. We all do.

Then I read this doodlewash post and the words watercolor captures my soul captured me. A lightbulb went on. I’ve been stuck. I’ve been unlike the child who explores mixing color just to see what happens. I’ve been going through the motions. Let this post be a reminder that I need to get back to my curiosity. I have seen the work that comes from this place, my place. It’s good!

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Be different. Be brave.

Be different be brave collage flower

Yes I keep thinking about our painting adventures. The book All Are Welcome is a fabulous read. It’s right there with Just Ask. These words are indeed from the pages of Just Ask. Oh wait a minute I wrote a book on this very subject too. It’s called Different Is Beautiful.

If you really take time to enjoy nature. You’ll realize how magical it is. Oh and you and I are part of it. It isn’t radical or outrageous. It simply is. Peach roses. Yellow Butterflies. Trees and all their breeze. The firefly squid shores of Japan. I think of all this and I fall in love all over again!

And so I paint what I feel and what I see.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Blue Flat Brush Blooms

I took the paper roll idea and give it one more try. A paper roll creates interesting texture. The stigmas are a lovely yellow ochre but I just couldn’t stand the scale texture. And so I had all of these ideas, but blue flowers appeared.

I seem to have a large pile of redos. That’s ok, I have Monday off and a birthday to celebrate! I realize more than ever, that I want more than anything to paint all day. To be in my place of play. This is the career of my dreams. I’m still working on the collage course. I’m working on more collage wildflowers. I enjoy working with students. They are constantly teaching me that the best learning happens when you see what happens if you mix every watercolor in the palette. That spirit lives in each of us.

Here are some of my favorite ideas

What I love most about my art are the color and warm thoughts. Most of the time I paint with an idea, sure. Yet I never really know what the blooms will look like until I’ve finished. Maybe what I love most is a possibility. Do I have the if at first flower in my shop? It should be. Let this post serve as a reminder to keep doing my thing. It’s time to be brave. I was born brave. We all were!

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Be different. Be brave.

Say! These words will make a fine collage flower. Have you read Just Ask by Sonya Sotomyor? It’s a reminder of how great our world is and how boring life would be if there were only strawberries or apples. What if roses only came in one color? No peach roses? No yellow roses? No blue roses?

Blue thumbprint flower with the words who are you

Yes, I paint blue flowers. This weekend I’ll be painting a lot. I need relaxation and art to help me be brave. Here’s to all of us. We struggle thinking we have no choice. We do. Together let’s love one another. Let’s paint and be happy.

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Smile Paper Collage Flower

Doesn’t the smile bloom make you smile? The brushstrokes and color make me smile. I’ve been holding on to the green paper. Oh but the lines create such a texture! I like the other quote too.

You are a part of nature. Nature is living breathing and beautiful!

These words make me smile too. I was supposed to write, not sure what the original thought was but these words work! I should spend time writing for these blooms. Eventually, I will have a book full of these blooms. Each page, has its own thought, color, and texture.

I”m looking for a stamp to replace my awesome candle lid. I can get like an old wall texture. Oh that’s right, I used yellow green collage paper for the leaves and stem isntead of the painted ones. It’s even better.

Pink flower with world needs love quote

These paper collage flowers help declutter my mind, meditate, breathe, pray, reflect, LOVE, play and smile! That is everything I want my art to be. It’s going to be a great book. I know I’m not the only one who needs my expressive wildflowers.

Alright so what am I working on this week?

Let’s see more collage blooms, of course, acrylic flowers with a q-tip technique I saw on Pinterest, lunchtime writing and sketching, add work to my shop and what shall I paint to celebrate my birthday?

Siempre,

Mireya

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All That Is Me

Wait that’s not the brush I used to paint the brush strokes or stamp the stigmas but everything about these blooms is me. I stamped with the back of a paintbrush. I sporadically mixed a wonderful peach. And the warm yellow, it was great. Then, I wanted more pink. Let’s just say this wasn’t a happy mistake. I went through four sheets of good watercolor paper. I kept trying to recreate the peach tone. I kept trying to paint the strokes. It just wasn’t working. The more I tried the further I deviated from the freeness that allows me to paint.

So why is all of this me? This painting session was about what happens when I let go, when I let go of what should or could be and simply paint. Yes paint like the young spirits who in the moment, ooed and awed over randomly mixing tones of green. They painted like true artists. No one gave them permission. They just painted. That’s how I paint when I’m painting blooms. Some ideas work and others are filled with brilliant lessons.

Now that’s the me I want more of. Here’s to the peach flowers that led to this post. What a lesson! These pink blooms are me coming back to all that is me, the color, the texture, and peace. I’ve been painting lots of paper collage flowers. More on that tomorrow.

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Siempre,

Mireya

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Collage Wildflowers

Love source collage flower

Not sure about the title for my next book project but wildflowers are what I paint. Wildflowers are wild and free. On my daily walks, I see these blooms. There’s this lawn. In the spring it was covered with tall grass and random colorful flowers. The way my thoughts meet their color and breeze, as I write the freeness and wild dreams linger. You know when you go for a walk and you begin with a thought. With each step, you let go. With every breath, you dream, you imagine and live your artist dreams. Every bloom I paint has the essence of wild and free.

Everything in nature is wild and free. It’s beautiful. The Just Ask book expresses this wonderfuly. I’m an expressive artist who paints wildflowers. Flowers that are wild and free. With every bloom I paint, I am brighter, bolder, and free. The time is now to let go of all that no longer serves me. Oh, one of my favorite songs is Quiero Ser! Yes my about me page needs revision.

My new book project will be page after page of these collage blooms. Each fower filled with experiences, thoughts and it’ll be a self-love memoir. Maybe. In the meantime, I will keep creating these blooms.

Pink flower with world needs love quote

Siempre,

Mireya