This week was weird. I find myself wanting to fully connect with my authentic me. I started a great audio book, Swagger. There’s been a few words of brutal honesty. I had to calm myself with Gospel Morning’s Love podcast. Last night’s evening stroll was a game changer. Always is. All the podcasts have been about love. Everything leads back to love. Love my authentic me, my authentic child soul who wants to draw all day long and share it.
This week I painted a few butterflies, paper roll flowers, an Allium and I still want to paint another, and abstract brush stroke flowers.
I saw this paper at Five Below and had to test it out. I’m looking for a cheap alternative to practice acrylic painting. Aside from the beautiful blue I mixed up, the paper is ok. At $5 for 50 sheets you can go through ideas and really keep painting. For creative exploration this paper is a good deal. I’ll try it out with collage. Oh yes I should paint some paper.
Not used to painting with purple. I do add purple to blue. Oh and I mix pink and white gouache with purple. Probably should have used white gouache for lighter tones. And still I like these purple blooms. Lavender? Lilac? Periwinkle? I’m looking up color as I write this. Today was really about painting. Nothing for the shop or a specific skill. I wanted to paint my creative blooms. I need the practice.
I redid the Creative Blooms. The bright and warm feeling makes my blooms brighter.
There are so many more flowers I need to paint. All I have is trust. Trust the process. Go with the idea. Don’t stop. Keep going. Momentum will find you.
…just a few reasons why I want to paint these. Last night I dreamed of painting these again with thinner lines. Weird I know. I am divided. No I need to paint these again? I will but with the idea that these blooms aren’t wrong. I prefer to just make, just paint and see what happens.
The best learning you will ever do is by creating, Creating is how you build trust. Trust is everything.
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Here is to doodling the way you did when you were a kid. Here’s to practice for the sake of practice. Here is to trusting your ideas. You can get on on that boat or better yet make your wings and fly among the midnight city lights. Entertain your ideas. Chances are your ideas may lead to nowhere but in nowwhere the right idea will always be there.
This weekend make some time to go for walk. Do a happy dance. Think good thoughts. Make art. Share it.
I was listening to a great podcast featuring Seth Godin and his latest book The Practice: Shipping Creative Work. It got me thinking yet again about yesterday’s post.
Yesterday I attempted to paint four lanterns. Lovely shades of blue and floral patterns. I didn’t have my usual quiet space but I needed practice. I speed painted the lanterns. They weren’t bad but weren’t good either. I knew I could paint better. I painted a flower.
Yes right on the other side of the folded up paper about to be trashed. I kept painting. Not the same lantern idea but a flower. And it was beautiful. This is the simple stuff I want to do more of.
This morning I came acroos a familiar post, really familiar. The artist created a beautiful pot of flowers and all in collage. Yes I zoomed in on the details because I love collage but ,maybe it’s the glue I use, my images aren’t as smooth as I want them to be. There I was admiring. Then I read the post. She was unsure of her work because she has a hard time illustrating flowers. So I commented. It is always this voice that downplays what we do. It happens when we compare our work to the realistic photo. She replied yes it is always the voices and when I think it has to look like the photo.
This happens all the time. This experience is a relief because it’s just nonsense in your head. Quiet the voice and paint. My stigmas or the centers of the flowers are different. I felt the urge to want them the same size, like the image. The top one is an oval. Keep going. Why I love the flowers is the color. Have you ever walked along someone’s yard and noticed such melody. I am noticing tones of pink and peach. Lovely! How does nature get it so right?
The problem solver of this comparison is to keep making and trust your own work. Sometimes you have to guide yourself to keep going and see what happens. The best!
stamp with an acrylic brush in a cross stich pattern
vibrant pink color
darker backgroud so the petals stand out (maybe green)
make sure the paint isn’t too thick
maybe do layers
ends of the petal
more white space
I keep thinking about how an artist describes her work as little pops of happy. Creating makes me happy and satisfies my curiosity. I hope that spills onto my canvas like a good song you always want to dance or sing to, especially when you need it the most. Now that I have made notes I can paint more of these flowers. Lots more! Art is all about making and learning as you go.
Today is the last day to get my ebooks for free. I just released Different Is Beautiful. That book was my childhoold curiosoity.
I’m going to be painting more flowers. I am developing my color palette. Adding new work to my shops. I have been working on surface design patterns. I have a couple of fun reader ideas….I should stop telling you and continue to share.