Creative Exploration

Yes You Can Pink And Orange Blooms

paint flower petals with a flat brush and acrylic

I forgot the exact worrds I utterd. I painted the petals seeing these blooms come together. What a surprise. Yes you can seems like a good summary. Abstract flowers. Yes you can. Petals with a flat brush. Yes you can. Build a community. Yes you can. Keep working. Keep creating. Keep making art. You can paint. You have skills. Mix beautiful color. Yes you can!

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Notebook Sketches

The more I draw the more I want to draw my own flowers. Sure I draw my inspiration from real life beauties. It is the color and the patterns and how it makes me feel that I choose to express. This notebbook cost about $1.00. I can use markers or pencils and draw. It is easier to let the ideas flow when you are working on cheap paper versus watercolor. Yes, when I paint I am learning to trust myself by picking up the paint brush and painting. No sketching. No pencils. Just painting. If I were painting landscapes or a street in Paris I would probably have to sketch. I’ve been thinking about this artist who paints these characters. He uses inks and no sketching. His words, If I apply too much ink, the splatter becomes part of the piece, have stayed with me. Not sure of the artist’s name or the exact words but the words are in my toolbox.

Creative Exploration

How to Be an Artist (list of resources)

This post contains a list of art resources inculding a sunflower fingerpainting idea

These are some of my favorite resources for learning how to be me.

  • The best book I have read so far is Learning By Heart. This book is fiilled with project ideas to explore and ignite your curiosity
  • Show Your Work is another great read. As a matter of fact, I will read this book again for the fourth time.
  • I started taking courses on skillshare. I probably took around 200 courses? Some of my favorittes are Shantell Martin. Watching her draw. was something I had never seen before. It made me feel like I too have a place. Of course I do.
  • My favorite paint to work with is Winsor Newton. Cotman, professional, acrylic I like it all
  • Sennelier has some amazing greens too.
  • Projects are how I learn. There have been many ideas. Many ideas!
  • My favortie podcasts are well, the vlog by James Victore is aweosme. Unmistakable Creative, Kute Blackson
  • I used to listen to Sean Wess too. He has great courses on hand lettering to dream clients and getting paid what you are worth
  • Oh the library! Yes online and in person I have been checking out design books, creative business and all the books that artists write on thier experience. This information is valuable.
  • My favorite art blogs well I read lots of them. Colossal always entertains my curiosity.

Did you know that I keep a collection of all things art on pinterest? You can find ideas on color, creative business and how to’s. my work and so much more.

My favorite resources are the ones that teach you not step by step but simply share ideas so that you can’t help but feel the need to create. I feel this way every day of my life. That’s my aim for this place.

Do you have a favorite?