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Look at this Apple

an apple a day quote with collage green apple

Look at this texture. All I have to say is on the way home I noticed these four palm trees. I have driven by, walked by many times but today I saw them. It changed the course of my thoughts. My writing looks pretty good. It’s good! Work like this is my favorite. I’ve been going through my work. What humble beginnings. At the time I didn’t care because it was my work, my ideas, my play. I even wrote the words I’m proud of my work.

By the way the work of which I speak is or was on skillshare. I arranged my profile to include my favorite projects. I created over 100 projects. If you want to see the collection go here. Tomorrow’s going to be an awesome topic.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Pink Wildflowers

2 light and 2 dark pink wild flowers

I really miss my candle lid. I could stamp the white areas with a little pink. I saw this art video and the artist was using clear stamps to add texture. What a great idea! These stamps are clear and from the Dollar Store. I found the stamps.

Anyway, I love these pink flowers and the light blue stems and leaves. Makes my blooms feel majestic and romantic?

Ok I’m going to go practice my peach roses.

Simplemente,

Mireya

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Art makes you…

I have written these words who knows how many times. Yes, I want to try new techniques. New color! Oh, I should try the ribbon. I will do that for the words I wrote about a tree. Yes, I sat one restful afternoon, on the bleachers overlooking this beautiful tree. Just feeling the breeze and writing. That’s a wonderful idea!

Yes, I rewrite these words for the process and practice but it’s self-love. Painting this latest version helped me realize that.

Here’s a few others I’ve written.

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Paper Collage is such a fun way to create

pink and yellow paper collage flower

The pink and the yellow just work. This piece took about two hours. It always gets me that I paint these colorful papers from copy paper. As I paint them, the textures are just interesting to make. Oh, but when the paper dries, I cut them up and arrange the papers. Only then true beauty is revealed. Beautiful art can come from anywhere. The best art does. It reminds me of the greatest hits song that was written in the world’s best pie diner in the middle of nowhere.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Ribbon hand painted paper?

What a great idea! On this journal session I gathered a few objects. I didn’t know what I’d create but the objects would ignite my curiosity.

I could write my poems or project pages on paper with ribbon lines. Watercolor worked pretty good. Acrylic will be better. You know what, this is a great idea for my collage flower quote/poem book. The ribbon lines give my words a love note postcard feel.

I realize that I’ve been showing you most of my daily journal work. I kept thinking, why am I sharing this? These are just ideas. But that’s just it! Ideas happen as you work. I share my work to show you that being an artist is a process. You let go of everything and create. One idea leads to the next. I’m building up my confidence too. I’m working on a collage course. I’m adding new work to the shop. Once the journal is filled with ideas. I can go through and choose the ones I want to redo. I should film it. My journal is helping me share videos of my work. I have a bunch of them on pintererst.

Thank you to the new subscribers. Oh wait, I think I have an idea for my next book project. You see it begins with one and the ideas keep coming!

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Siempre,

Mireya

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Pink Flower Pattern Texture

pink flower pattern on textured paper.

Even now I’m looking at the image and asking how did this marvelous color scheme happen! The blending of yellow over pink makes orange. And blending with a napkin! I think I’ve found the answer to adding more color to my paintings. Texture.

You know how you see something beautiful. Oh right, a tree painting in a museum in Mexico. By the way, it was a photo but it left me wanting to stand before it. The greens were so vibrant and made me wonder about the artist. What paint did the artist use? How did the artist mix it up? I want to know the story.

That’s the path I’m on. Not sure where this texture road is headed, but my sketchbook is filled with wonderful ideas. Here’s to more of them!

Siempre,

Mireya

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Words By Corita Kent

Don’t Belittle yourself. Be BIG yourself

Corita Kent

Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.

Corita Kent

Have you read Learn By Heart: teachings to free the creative spirit? I didn’t know that target sold this book. I will have to buy it. I read it for free on hoopla . It is a great read. This book gave me the courage to continue with my no-right way to paint a flower exploration. I’ve painted and created over 500 blooms. I’m going to paint more!

On Saturday I went to the Arts District and walked through an art exhibit. My favorite work was, ok a collage piece but really it was this room. There was a window. That window led my eyes to an artist’s studio. There were flat paint brushes and a large easel. There was no canvas on it but a canvas drop was just waiting for a mess. On the other side of the room, I could see windows. The room was dark and just now as I write, I am overcome with a sense of wishing I could be in that room. I’ll be in my room tomorrow. You see that room, the brushes and the paint, I am in the room. Every time I paint it’s just me and my ideas. It’s simply my glorious creative spirit. Art encourages you to open up, open up to your spirit. Isn’t it beautiful! Creating allows you to look inside yourself. You learn to trust yourself. You can break away from societal norms, and unchain yourself. Be free.

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I surrender to my spirit

To all the doodles

To all the ideas

like the artist who hand letters with noodles

To the moon and the stars

To the trees that breathe, it is in the cards

I am in the cards

To the birds and their song

To EVERYTHING in nature that just belongs

I surrender.

The greatest gift that art has given me is spirituality.

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Red Roses. Watercolor. You.

Two Red Watercolor Roses

Before I painted these roses, there were 4 pink roses and two dahlias. All were mixed in beautiful shades of pink. I used a little pink to make a green shade for the leaves. Everything was looking good. I was merely painting as I thought about my day. Then Carrie Schmit’s roses popped in my head. I looked at my blooms and thought, something’s missing? Maybe even wrong. Then it was on to Cat Coq’s color scheme. That led to leaves in all shades of green—too much green. It was downhill from there. No.

I folded up the mess and painted two red roses. I painted the way I paint roses. I painted the way I visualized. I want to improve the white areas but these red roses are beautiful! I’ve been paitning with acrylic so much that I forgot how much I love the sporadic beauty of watercolor. These are the flowers and creative flow I want more of. I love Carrie’s work but I can’t paint my work if I’m too busy thinking about how her work looks?

Siempre

Mireya

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Let’s Just Paint and Be Happy

A third-grade class doing spinning art? I should have taken photos. There was blending and foregoing the brush to finger paint. Everyone started with primary colors. The colors they mixed were purple, teal, avocado green…

I hadn’t planned on teaching art but it was a wonderful surprise. What I saw was a genuine focus. They tried one color or one technique. If it didn’t work they layered over it and kept working. There was no, I can’t do this. I don’t know how. Can I throw this away? I don’t think they planned on making wonderful art today. In fact, they were surprised when I commented on their work. It was interesting to see the different splatters. blending color and space techniques.

Then I came home and got to work on my art. What a day. These pink flowers say it all. It was wonderful to take a break from it all and just paint.

Simepre,

Mireya