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Feeling Free Bloom

Painting dots is relaxing. Here I used a paper roll to stamp the flower petals. You can see some of the texture in the light blue. The stigma was done with yellow ochre watercolor. The outline was made by stamping dots with the top of a paint brush. The blue with the yellow ochre is amazing. Some time ago I shared my blog with a co-worker. Her words, I love your use of color, made my day! My yellow and blue made me think of her.

I love trying techniques. I love mixing color. There is a thrill in leaving everything up to chance. You never know what will happen. In making this bloom I had amazing texture. I used a flat brush to further paint the petals. It was all good. I was happy but the bloom wasn’t finished. I added more petals with a darker blue. I almost threw it away. Why did I cover up the lovely texture? I kept painting. What a roller coaster ride! Oh my I almost forgot the orange and burt sienna dots in the center. Thank goodness I had the idea to blend the color together with yellow ochre.

Blooming in pink hand prints

Last night I was thinking back to when I started painting flowers. It all started with Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit. This book has changed the wait I paint. I still hold onto the photo or an artist who says I must capture the shadow. That’s what probably happened to the blooms underneath the ceramic plate. Ha. In other words, that’s never a good place to be. The whole point of learning is that it opens the door to anythng is possible. You can stamp paint with a clenched hand.

Hand painting was part of the 100 ways to paint flowers. All of these blooms led to Creative Bloom. By now I’ve probaby painted over 500 blooms. My color palette has improved. My portfolio is growing, which means good work. The idea behind Creative Bloom and all of the flowers I paint is about freeing the creative spirit. Your creative spirit is what helps your mind and mindfulness is everything. Creative spirit helps you imagine, overcome obstacles, and just live, live as you were born to be.

How do you free that creative spirit like a Stallion riding in the wind? You paint with your hands.

Hope you enjoy my thoughts on creativity, occasional poetry and my soon to be color book.

Shop sale

Having a good day are we? Just a reminder that all of my work is on sale. This week only. Well my books aren’t on sale but you can purchase those too. Thank you for being a fan!

Hidden Gems in painting roses

These are the blooms I wrote about a few days ago. The brown pink rose, who knew that mixing red with black would make a brown pink. A dagger brush makes it easier to do the thin and thick strokes. You can use a round brush but a dagger seems to work better for me. I love using blue in my leaves. Yes it’s an idea that I borrowed from another artist. Only my greens and blues are bold.

I started reading a book on the meaning of flowers. I want to write more pomes and quotes. I”ll be painting today.

Colorful Petals Colorful Life

olorful collage flower

Paint a bucnh of paper in all kinds of color. Add texture. Cut and paste according to your eyes. Save your scraps for the next project. The stem and petals are scraps from my last project.

I paint what I feel is a good one too.

Keep creating and let brilliant ideas find you. That was Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic. I always have ideas, more ideas than I know what to do with. You just have to start cutting and arranging and keep working till the bloom—it’ll bloom right before your eyes.

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Paint like the artist you are

three peach yellow blooms with the words feel the breeze dance with ease.

Today I went to a Target store and there was a display of 2022 floral agendas. The roses were painted almost the same as the tutorial I watched on You Tube. The only beautiful difference is that the artist in Target did what the You Tuber said not to do. Rules? The only rules you should follow are your own. Courses, displays and tutorials remind me that my work is possible.

On working on a project

Why isnt’t this a print?

A 6 x 6 book size? Can I publish a book that size on KDP? If I want a book that size, I’ll make it happen. The book I am talking about is A World Full of Color. I’ve been reading and writing and what a book! I am excited to keep working and even more excited to share the book with you.

As I write this post a news segment of Designercon plays. A designer proudly shares the story behind her colorful backpacks. A new thought for the book? Write it down and see how it all comes together. The stuff I threw away because it left me unmotivated gave me a fresh start. It always works out.

From 11/15-11/20 you can get 35% off of everything in my shop.

My tool box

I’ll be putting together a list of tools I wish I had when I started.

A world full of color

pink blue and orange mosaic colormo

All of the colors work together. You have colors complimentary to others. You have contrasting colors. You have monotones. You have analogous colors. Somehow it works. That’s what this great big world is full of, COLOR. What a beautiful world! Mosaics are a wonderful example of how color works together.

This bloom can be the cover of a square book, A World Full of Color. The pages will be filled with colorful illustrations and thoughts on color. Each thought printed on a colorful background? Oh my, what a wonderful idea! I can’t wait to put my book together.

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