Expressive Flowers

Pink and Purple Blooms

There is strength in letting go and painting. There’s pink, purple, blue, and a little sparkle. These colors are the creativity, faith, and play that should be in every painting session. I layered, splattered, painted and you know what, this is the best painting I’ve done in a long time. I say best because this is me, my ideas. Yes, my influences come from everywhere. But I’m not painting with outside forces. It’s just me. It’s the tools. Sure I’m holding the brush and gliding it along the page but the idea takes over. It isn’t about me. It’s the idea.

Kute Blackson had this amazing quote in one of his posts. Surrender your attachment to the outcome and get into the flow. Yes! That is what I did for this painting. I need to keep going.

Siempre,

Mireya

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You Help Me Orange Collage Flower

Orange strokes collage flower with a blue background and quote

Who would have thought that using scrap paper could create lovely texture? Morgan did and I thank her. I have a collection of objects but paper isn’t one of them. Using paper to create texture, is as much fun as stamping with a candle lid. You stamp, mix and blend. You don’t know what will happen until the paint dries. Oh, that reminds me, I want to paint more ornament flowers.

7 pink and orange ornament flowers

I can’t get over the texture and color. Art and nature always help me navigate through negative thoughts. Art satisfies my curiosity. To paint this flower I applied color. I did a few sprays with a water bottle. I added more color. I flickered drops of blue and green. I used the piece of paper to stamp over the wet paint. And I painted on thin mixed-media paper. The more I experiment the better my art gets.

Siempre,

Mireya

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I forgot how fun it is to…

paint with tempera paint and on copy paper. Morgan Harper Nichols had this amazing video on abstract strokes and fear. I can’t paint on canvas either. I fear I’ll mess up. I can’t afford to go through canvases like I do paper. It’s been a week since I’ve painted. I had to paint.

My goal is to paint better roses. I love roses. Like the other night, I found this artist on Instagram. I too want to pick up the brush, lather up the paint, mix tones and have my roses bloom before my eyes.

Here’s a few notables:

1. Paint the petals using curved lines. When the paint is almost dry use a moist brush to spread the paint over the white space.

2. A round flat brush gives you good texture.

3. You can layer with a light color and then add details with a darker color.

4. Each petal line begins thin, wide and ends thin. Vary the starting points of these lines.

5. The petal lines are small and get bigger as you move away from the stigma of the flower.

I like the shape and petals of 2,3 and 4. Am I wanting to paint an exact rose? Like the roses on my walks? No. I want roses expressive of how nature makes me feel. I want color. I want texture. In a world of classes and social norms, I can always revel in a rose. I can always carry my thoughts to the moon and the stars.

My paper collage flowers have been wonderful but that’s tomorrow’s post.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

One brush blue flowers

I forgot to upload the photo to yesterday’s post. Fixed it.

I’ve been arriving at my art sessions with an idea. Then I start creating. There’s no is this going to sell? Will I write about this project? All I do is create and it’s good. The blue blooms for example, are imperfectly beautiful!

Can I paint flowers with one brush? A blue shade I saw in an Anthropologie ad was on my mind. I mixed a little orange with yellow ochre for the centers. I added a little orange to my green for the stems and leaves. Now these are the colors I can work with.

My spirit is free and has been this entire week. I like sketching. I love painting. Today I painted paper and created wild thoughts collage flowers. I’m going to post the video on Pinterest tomorrow.

I’ve been making idea-pin videos on Pinterest. This is my get-friendly with the camera phase. I’m going to publish a collage course. I need practice. I keep thinking am I ready to publish a collage course? Should I wait? I should publish the course anyway. Pinterest is a good starting point. I’ve been doing nature walk videos and idea pins.

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Have a good week.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Magnolias Blooming in Blue

6 white magnolias on a blue and emerald watercolor background

For these magnolia’s I applied the watercolor techniques I learned from a watercolor video. It seemed like a typical video but the lessons hold true to the title of the video. Sure you’re practicing techniques but the idea is about play and letting watercolor do what it does. Watercolor lets you embrace curiosity and unexpectedly fall in love.

I had an idea, referenced a photo, and sketched with a pencil. I rarely sketch with a pencil. I probably should have sketched my trees with a pencil. That’s another post. I added layers of blue and emerald green. I dabbed a little color here and a little water there. Halfway through I had an it’s a mess I tried moment. I’m glad I kept painting. I let go of the photo and dismissed perfection. The line work, the color it works. These magnolias are imperfectly unexpected and beautiful!

Let these magnolias and all their blue remind me to have faith in my art and my process. Ok, the cat coq make a ton of art advice helped too. Perfect timing. My lines may curve a little more than they should. I may use a few more sheets of paper but the important part is to paint. How else will my best work come? I need a ton of paper.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Doodle With You Collage Flowers

I have been getting my shop ready for holiday shoppers. What I really want is to clarify what I’m painting and why?

I paint because of how it makes me feel. It’s my self-love and meditation. I’ve been going through my artwork. I’m signing my art with my name instead of Creatively Hue. I sign my posts with Siempre Mireya and likewise for my art. I got rid of art that was questionable right from the start. You know the moment when you finish your work? And the finished art doesn’t look like the beauty you imagined. Either one of two thoughts happens. The artwork is better than imagined. Or the artwork is lacking. I share the lacking work because maybe it’s me. Maybe I am stuck on expectations instead of letting the artwork be what it’s going to be.

For these blooms and the collage book these flowers will be part of, doodle with you!

The collage course is still happeing. I’m thinking March 2023?

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Mireya

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A Burst of Sunshine Collage Flower

a yellow center with shades of pink and orange petals flower

You’re a star and you shine. The morning after it rains, the skies are clean. At the first glimpse of sunshine you are in love. Oh and I sat letting the ideas live, for hours, for days. These are my bursts of sunshine. Now about those bursts of sunshine?

Ideas are always here. Love is always here. We are free but we allow ourselves to think we are not. My art is my time. I get to confront and release what has happened during the week, and sometimes prepare for what’s to come. Really it’s right here right now, this is you, everything else is noise. I get to work on my creative spirit. Your creative spirit is your imagination and curiosity. Your creative spirit has everything it needs to be brave, weird, different, and beautifully you.

I’ve been painting and thinking. I painted many Anthropologie display collage flowers. I need a new name for my flowers. I am working on an idea pin video for pinterest. More on that for tomorrow’s post.

Anyway, it has been nice! I love to paint. I have a day job but oh my, I want to create full time. Hearing you say that my artwork brings you joy, well that motivates me too!

Love source collage flower

I made a few changes to the website. I guess my plan is I don’t need fancy, I just want to be me.

Do you see how art projects turn into philosophy sessions? Thank goodness. I should come up with a list of fall flowers to paint? The weather is feeling like fall. I’ll go for a walk and capture it all.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Sunflowers you make me happy!

There I was painting sunflowers. I had Cat Coq’s sunflower tutorial on my mind. I’m ready for fall. Sunflowers are trending. I want good work for the shop. I kept painting and referencing photos. This technique never works because I obsess over details. I was about to call it a day when pink sunflowers popped into my head. Pink and peach express how nature makes me feel. At that moment I knew I needed to paint and let my flowers bloom. Then I thought about the rainbow watercolor art print. The lines in between colors were uneven but the neutral colors and the Maya Angelou quote, beautiful!

I’m going to paint more sunflowers this week. All these sunflowers gave me the confidence to design a logo for my website but that’s another post. Here’s to painting like you mean it, painitng with your heart. Wait till you see my pink and orange collage sunflower!

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