Creative Exploration

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.

Creative Exploration

Love your Name Chrysanthemums

Pink and Purple Watercolor Blooms

I recently read Chrysanthemum. I had to paint Chrysanthemums. The story is about girl who loves her name until she gets made fun of at school. With the help of her music teacher who is also named a flower, Chrysanthemum learns to always love her name.

I have yet to write the words but I will write them in between the blooms. They are

Love your name.

Love you.

Never seek permission.

I love painting flowers and most importantly being inspired like this. Some may say I’m weird but that’s ok because in the words of Dolly Parton, find out who you are and do it on purpose.