Protect your Creative Zone

Keep going. Keep making. Keep creating. There will be days of distration and nothing feels right.Today was one of those days. My new watercolor brushes are not suitable for Acrylic even though the listing says so. The paint dried up qick. It is a warm day. No moon, no stars just me and my ideas until I had to make a phone call or answer one. It is so important to have your creative space and allow for no distraction. One wrong thought can take you out of your zone. I was working on too many ideas when all I needed was one good idea.

I was determined to keep making. Not bad. Not bad at all. I mixed up a good yellow ochcre, pink and peach. There’s always tomorrow.

Peachy Paper Roll Flower

The first attempt is many times the best. The flowers may be on copy paper and you accidentlay dipped the brush in the wrong color but the magic of the first piece can’t be replicated. I stand by that theory but this flower doesn’t. I mixed a lovely peach and inteneded to paint a Sunflower. What a color. This time I cut the ends of the paper roll with a little more shape, added watercolor with acrylic and just painted.

The exprimental copies that started it all! In the yellow flower I stamped in layers. On another version I used markes to add thin pink strokes of color. There are many possibilities. The possibilites get better and better. Skills do to. Today I wrorte on the topic of just paint. Just painting allows you to work throught the ideas so you can arrive at the peachy petal flower.

Pink Brush Stroke Florals

Permanent Rose is a beautiful color. I mixed in a little white and water for slight variations of pink. The color looks better in my creative space, as I photograph it. It is going to be beautiful when I scan and digitize.

There was this phase of needing to draw realistic flowers. Now I’ve moved on to observing the color and shapes I see on my walks. I observe, take note of what made me stop and admire and come home to recreate. I walk the same area every single day. Yet each time I find something new. From the pink peach to the magenta flowers, I am in love. Here I wanted to express the beautiful color that just is, and how lovely when we take the time to notice. The same can be said about us, right?

Tomorrow I will spend hours writing for 100 ways to flower with power. All of these posts are great notes for the book too. I have lots more ideas to paint. I should proably order the acrylic brush set I had my eyes on.

Yellow and Pink Stamp Flowers

Oh right, the cool flowers that gave me hope.

Cut a craft sponge into a half and inch piece, mix-up a warm yellow and begin stamping. Finish by covering unstamped areas with a Shell Pink Watercolor. That’s all there is to painting these flowers.

Take some random objects from around the house and stamp flowers. You could use erasers, lids, paper, straws…straws are an interesting way. Use your favorite colors. You’re the artist!

I’m waiting for pink and white Acrylic Paint to arrive in the mail. These colors will be great for the center of the flower and a little pollen. Not sure why the flower in the middle is a little squished. Just a little, but I’ll adjust the spacing in the digitizing. I suppose I was thinking together we can, together we will.

There’s nothing like a breeze, a bird’s song or the warmth of a sun. How can you not feel love. How can you not feel peace.

Have fun. See you tomorrow.

Wait, are you a subscriber? I have lots more flowers to paint this week. I have a few self love Valentine’s Day ideas for next week.

Creative Ways to Flower

100 ways to flower with power is definitely about choosing how you want to create. Yes I am painitng but this idea applies to all of us. We skills. We have talents that can help others. Anything and everything is art. There’s power in believing.

Hearts.Thumbprints, Index finder. Stamp with the side of your finger. pinkie dots. Blend as you stamp. Monotones. Stamp with pinky finger and drag. Stamp with your knuckes. I didn’t try that. Perhaps I should? Stamp with your palm. I was practicing sillouette puppets the other evening. It was a suggestion from Learn By Heart. I’m thinking of how I can position my hand to paint a few more flowers. I could stamp with the flat coiled side of my fist. Turn anger into love. That could work!

I’m about 30 ideas away from completing the 100. Now I want to shift more into stepping away from the palatte and techniques I normaly use.

As always thanks for reading! See you tomorrow. Let me go paint the a few more thumbprints.

There’s No Right Way.

I may have over stamped. I wanted enough white space to create a breeze. There is a pink version. There is a yellow version. Flowers have different stems and leaves. I’ve been collecting flowers on my pinterst board, observing shape and color. I want variation.

I want another list. How can I decorate with flowers? Maybe do lettering? Flower Fields? Bold colors? I’ve got another hand print idea. Then it’s brush techniques.

My goal is to explore the many possibilites with one simple tool. There is no right way to paint a flower. Anything and everything is possible. Isn’t it great!

I created a board for 100 ways to flower with power. I’ll be adding more.

Thanks for reading!

More Dots

Exploration in size. And a little color.

Past designs The fish are cute. The apple has an earth vibe. The fower? candy dots. I didn’t intend to paint candy dots. I was just happy/ Art makes me happy. Just the thought of art makes me happy. It’s the thought of using a simple dot to create anything.

Here are the flowers the new ones.

I wanted blue and yellow ochre. I am imagining these flowers painted on brick or tiles. It could work? Sometimes it’s the color. Sometimes it’s how it makes you feel. Many times it’s what it takes away. Art is my muse. I am halfway through the flower exploration. Now I’ want to paint trees. I will but I have this celebration project in mind.

Sunshine, not always

Sometimes there is no yellow. With doubts. fears, and problems how can there be? You can painti sunshine!

Worry seems bigger for all of us these days. It is never what happens to us or what we are going through that damages. It is how we let it.

And so I sat for three hours painting. I saw how painting and diving into each idea brought with it a creative and FREE spirit.

Sometimes all it takes is a paper roll and five minutes. Lots of ideas.

A sun and in the middle, words. A little shine because sometimes we forget. Know that I always shine for you. When I don’t that’s because my sister moon has come to visit.

Painting Emotions

I want to spend more time on color. I have a good book in mind. I could look at my work and observe color. How does the color scheme represnt the emotions and sentiment?

Happy and sad are easy. As I watch a movie I can observe color and emotions within the scene.

Today I observed a floral jar on a coffee table. I looked at shapes, how I could paint each detail. Then I sat for less than 30 minutes. It seemed much quicker. I painted.

My goal was to play. I did. I used an angle brush for lines and the handle to stamp. Using my pinky finger for flower petails worked great.

The flowers are beautiful. I’ll have to paint this on thicker paper for the book! I am loving Corita Kent’s , Learning With Love.

Observing details and shapes makes drawing much easier. I had no idea that leaves and petals have lines and color variants only visible upclose. The lines are curvy or squiggly. That’s another project I’ll finish later.

Everyone can paint.