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Daily writing prompt
Do you remember your favorite book from childhood?

I do. I have two childhood favorites. Amelia Bedelia and Pipi Longstocking were girls who were wierd, different and awesome! These characters were kind, helpful and simply themselves. Thank you for posting this question.I’m ready to embrace summer. I will be working on a book and getting the new course ready!

This by the way is a prompt for wordpress.

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Daily writing prompt
How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?

Tonight I thought about the days to come and the days that passed. The brightness that warmed my heart. There is a course to film. A Roses book to paint and write. And so I picked up the brush and painted. Did I do my best? Can I paint roses? What if I spend the entire summer painting and filming. BUT none of it is good en…

And with each stroke comes a breath of fresh air. I’ll share the painting in Sunday’s post.



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Orange Peace and Hope Roses

Orange roses with blue leaves painted in watercolor

Oh my! I completely forgot about Wednesday’s post entry. There’s a good reason! My interent was down and I was on the phone trying to fix it. The good news is I have. My blog post is a little late but here I am!

Now on to my orange roses. I was wandering around UCLA and found these orange roses! I painted the way these roses made me feel.

The orange shade stopped me in my tracks

Peaceful mind you don’t have to come back

You are always here

Tenderly holding me near

Magnificent color, how is it so

Together we glow

Yes, this is how the orange roses made me feel. The shade of orange is bright and terracotta. I just did research on terracotta and terracotta radiates warmth and happiness. These are the words and colors of how nature makes me feel. The blue is orange’s best friend. Blue is faith. Faith is what I was feeling too!

This design is in my shop if you want to explore it further. Thank you for reading! Thank you for being a part of creatively hue.

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Roses-Everything Bouquet

Pink and orange roses in a blue scalloped border vase

The roses this year are beautiful! On Sunday I painted orange roses inspired by the lovelies I saw at UCLA. I’ll share my orange roses painting in an upcoming post. I’m not quite finished yet. Oh but let’s go over the above floral arrangement. Did I sketch this with a pencil first? No, it was Neocolor Water Soluble Pastels. I use pastels to do a rough sketch and then get right into painting. I used the last of my sun-kissed yellow to paint flowers. The orange, yellow and pink roses express the friendship, peace, and love I experience with nature. The scallop border flower pot is cute, fun, and carefree. I can’t believe all of my sun-kissed yellow is gone. I guess that means I’m ready to use the premium cadmium yellow! Yes, everything goes. As an artist, you have to explore your tools. See what happens. Keep going!

I’m the artist who signs her initials with a small heart. I like blue flowers. I want blue roses. I want to paint and let the flowers bloom before my eyes. I express how nature makes me feel. In the words of Tabitha Brown, “It’s my business.” This is how I’ve been painting and will continue to paint. Thank you for your support and kind words. I’ve been selling a few books and there’s more art to come. Oh right, I will officially go over my summer plans. I’m excited for what’s to come!

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Roses-Just Paint Them

eight pink roses in various sizes with pink and blue leaves

I don’t know why I place so much thought in the outcome. I’ve blogged about hoarding my paint. I’ll use professional paint when I’m ready. Will I ever be ready! No, but as I paint I become ready. My mind wanders to the children I had the honor of chaperoning at the California Science Center. At first, the grown-up in me was reading the exhibit info. That was fine! The students got right into exploring. Some were so eager they forgot to wait patiently for their turn. We speak of it still.

Amazon like all print-on-demand platforms are changing its pricing system. That led me to update my book collection. There’s No Right Way to Paint a Flower is about painting and exploring. In that book, I painted flowers with erases, fingers and a variety of tools. I’ll keep filling my journal with lovely roses. I’m halfway through the journal. Actually, I am more than halfway done! I want to be like those children who are eager, curious and just want to explore. I am!

I saw large beautiful orange roses yesterday! I am overwhelmed with peace and love when I see roses. Days ago, it was yellow and pink roses. Once I finish the journal I’ll start painting and write the roses book. I’ll paint orange roses! I want lavender roses too! I’ll be sharing my progress in daily blog posts. I’ll post some of the artwork in my shop. This week I’ll talk more about my summer plans. Wait, I think I just did.

For today only, you can get the book for free. Click on this link. How do you paint roses? Have an artist tip? Or who’s your favorite artist? Perhaps a garden that you enjoy visiting. Comment below.



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Roses-You’re the Artist. You’ve Got This!

I do? I am? I am! I’ve been getting good feedback for my pink roses skillshare project. These expressive flowers were painted for a Skillshare class. There were many revisions. I was able to overcome uncertainty. That emotion flowed through. I have a good rhythm.

Pink Roses Painted with Acrulic paints in magenta

Now I’m not worried about what the artwork will like. Not going to lie, the thoughts are there but there not at my center. Yesterday’s post did give me clarity.

Painting expressive abstract roses with acrylic paint

With all of this goodness, I painted blue roses. The first layer was a mess. Then I added a second layer of darker blue, used my finger to blend the petals, and explore leaf shapes. As I dotted the centers of the flower, I thought of the actual roses I had seen in Heritage Square. Like a true artist, I just want to paint and share that. Some of my best moments are creating with students.

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Blooming thoughts for a wild spirit, Expressive Flowers

What does freedom mean to you?

You know you have a choice

Birds are singing and you rejoice

Feel the breeze and the color of a rose

You dance you pose


Without restraint

You dream

The moon shines, you shine

Windmills and tulips sing, “I am yours and you are mine.”

To freedom is being open to feeling the connection between nature and you.



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What’s a job you would like to do for just one day?

Stand on top of a stage before a large crowd and sing!

Singing has always seemed to me the most perfect means of expression. It is so spontaneous. And after singing, I think the violin. Since I cannot sing, I paint.

Georgia O’keeffe

Instead of the violin, I dance. There’s walking in the rose garden. Any garden! I sing on my own in the privacy of my home or in a crowd. Oh, but you know that I paint!

The colors I’ve been painting are not my usual palette. Tomorrow I’ll continue working on shapes and observing. I’m focused on the process. I’m learning and growing. Oh, I should go for a morning walk. That’s right, I have a pile of unfinished work.



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May the force be with you!

Have you ever been curious about nature? Yes I’m getting all Star Wars because I believe in the force.

I wrote an arty book filled with colorful collage animals and mindful thoughts. Today the ebook is available for free. The cover is to the right. Read it comment below and share it with a friend. You could also leave a review on Amazon. Thanks.