Do you know about the murals.? I couldn’t believe that the whole school worked together to create it. At the time I was working on my book and loving Ericle Carle’s work. My letters are good but I want to change the color and texture. In a couple of weeks I will be redoing a few book covers and other art projects to celebrate my books and the new one to come.
I have been going over my blog and me as an artist. Why do I create? I simply can’t imagine doing anything else. I am working on a career move. This one must encourage me to keep going. A creative’s life for me always.
For now creatively hue is just making art and nourishing the mind. Sound good?
I’ve been painting all day. Finished the brown blanket, an apothecary bottle and three flowers. Feels like I should have painted more. Let’s see, I painted with walnut ink, did some lettering and mixed up a beautiful vanilla yellow ochre. The India ink surprised me the most!
I hoped the alcohol dots would give me a beautiful texture. The results are weird. Weird is good.
India Ink dries quick. It leaves interesting texture. I’ll remember that when I paint leaves. Outlining the petals in blue…I like it! There’s no right way to paint a flower.
Ok so I did some good exploring. Let’s see what happens tomorrow.
Now is a good time to review your work. The end of the week, month or year is a good time to review work. I had a stack of work and intended to paint around painted sections. BUT I like painting on small strips of paper. It feels easier to paint small strips to practice lines or layering. Having a black page in front of me, compels me to paint ideas. The problem is I want to paint fast and painting takes time. Lately I’ve been rushing through with the need to share my work and then mistakes happen. No they are’t happy mistakes. These little strips of paper help me focus and take time.
Last night I went through a stack of watercolor paper and cut strips. In each one I will practice drawing shapes, lines, washes, layering, salt, night and galaxy skies. When I started painting I did what kids do. I just picked up a brush and painted. I was a kid. There’s something about the water and how it dries that captivates me. I am a creative and painting is what I do. Right now I want to practice the fundamentals and be ready when I get back into the culture project.
The tools I am using for practice are as follows:
canson xl paper ( not sure why it’s expensive on Amazon but I buy it at Walmart for $7)
I’ve been asking this question, all the time, every day but these last weeks of 2020 even more. Being at home has given me the time to work on my art.
I don’t have this planned out but was inspired by another artist’s year in review. Here goes.
What have I done more of since I now have free time?
I have taken courses in design, branding and painting. I’ve been reading. I love to read. I do read blogs and magazines but this year I read a few favorites and found new treasures like Learning By Heart. What a great book! This book really teaches you to observe and play. I have been attending events on finance, business and creativity of course. I actually created a personal income sheet with projected income sources and making money online can be a realisitic goal. I’m not asking for millions or even six figures. Some claim to have that. I don’t aspire to this but I welcome it with open arms. Oh. I discovered that my interests are popular on pinterest. I have built up my boards and have an almost 80,000 views. I still have much to learn. The numbers have changed because I changed my name and that changed the links…
THREE RULES I TAKE WITH ME NEXT YEAR.
Keep Making. Not everything you make has to go into the shop. Create and keep on making. Focus on what I’m good at. Do stop and reflect.
Let Go I’ve been going outside to look at the moon and stars. Meditation is something I am learning. It works.
Observe: I started observing my behavior and learning to have better thoughts. I went for a walk one day and my shadow reminded me of Pooh Bear’s you’re stronger and braver than you know. I want more quiet time.
PROJECT I’M MOST PROUD OF?
All of them really. Different is Beautiful is important. This book is a celebration of what it means to be weird,different, unique, amazing… what better way to show this than with animals. Humans too! That’s where a celebration of us comes in. One hundred ways to flower with power stems from these ideas too. Oh how can I forget you are loved. Once I’m done writing, I’ll go read the book.
HAVE I GROWN IN BUSINESS?
I have a more solid direction. Creatively Hue is a good name. I’ve created financial statements. I have an editorial calendar. Pinterst is the one platform I want to use to promote my ideas and work. I know how to breath. I want to start selling so the first task was close my society 6 shop. Yes I closed my shop. I’m working on a new shop. I like and am good at the loose watercolor-minimal-detail-colorful and inspiring art. I am great with flowers. I want to do more of the brilliance I see on the windows and walls of Anthropologie. I had my first try at designing T-shirts.
I don’t have all the answers. I was always curious about Star Wars but this was the year I became a fan. I need the force. May the fore be with you this year. Keep Making. It’s more like keep going. I thank the universe, the almighty that’s bigger than us, the FORCE for making it through this year healthy and happy. I have everything I need and a little more. This isn’t to say that there were no struggles. Ha! There absolutely were but each day, each time I have learned to embrace/connect with these truths and learn. Ok I had a few tantrums. I am learning new truths. I’m growing.
What was your year like?
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The first book project of the year was Different Is Beautiful. It took time painting all the sheets and cutting the shapes Sometimes I painted little details. At some point I just painted sheets of paper with green, blue, pink, orange and yellow. I can use textures and color to reinforce just how beautiful every element in nature is. All the animals have distinctive spots and colors. It sparks my curiosity! Different Is Beautiful! This book led to exploring us, culutre. Wait a minute… I began with the ocean…I may now have the outline for the culture book. I can begin with my culture and choose different spots around the world. I should pin a world map to keep track?
Keep making and let the details take care of themselves.
There’s this soda shop online. Is there a location? I don’t care much for soda but Jaritos are special to me. I want to walk the isles of all the bottles wondering where a certain drink is popular. I want to try the Mango and Rose drinks. All this reminds me of Coca-Cola samples from around the world.
What was I intending to paint? Intentions, what happens to them. I scribbled…folded…all ready for the trash. But why not practice Decalcomania. I added paint and let the left side blend with the right side. I still wanted to throw it away. I kept working and all of a sudden a butterfly appeard giving me wings to fly.
a little note to self
Keep going, stop just stop the maddness of wanting to throw out your work. Not everything you make will be for the shop. Create and when you feel stuck shut up and keep going. Yes intentions are good but it’s the surprises that happen in the midst of intentions that …that’s what great art is made of. I know, I have seen my work. For every idea that you think didn’t work there’s an idea, a technique that does. Look closer. The flowers that bloom don’t have perfect petals so don’t expect yours to be either. Wait that’s one for the book. I’m going to paint that too.
Be proud of your work. I sure am!
Thanks for reading. As days go by there’s more of you. Want to subscribe? There’s a link to the right of this post. Next year I am releasing a few books and more products. My current shop is moving.