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.
Yes. How could I ever think I wouldn’t make 100 flowers? There are too many good ideas! I used the brush to mix pink and to paint the leaves. It’s not that I made the petals with my hand, fist. Maybe it’s the reminder to turn anger into a flower. A little, What captivates me is the idea that a simple idea can lead to something beautiful.
…inspired by one of the beauties in my neighborhood. Not to sure about the brown tones but the petals remind me of how I felt when I saw the flower, patterns in all. To think I simply painted. I love when that happens. All the more reason to keep creating.
Nect time work with peach and pink tones.
Next week I’ll figure it out. Or tomorrow. One more week to wrap up the flower project.