Expressive Flowers

Painting with a napkin?

Yes I was playing around with a big flat brush. Some paint splattered on the page. The shade of yellow I mixed wasn’t working. Like a true artist I made it work. I had a napkin and why not paint with a napkin?

You are pressing and blending at the same time. There’s no control of what the flower will look like until you finish. You can create watercolor textures and then write quotes over them. That’s a great idea! When the textures were almost dry I used a flat brush to define the shape of the flowers. The stems didn’t look right so I cut out the blooms and repainted them. Collage you you are a saver. The blue flowers were all napkin. I’m still working on these.

There is no right way to paint a flower. Always work with what you have!

Supplies used were watercolor, napkin, and a small flat brush

Expressive Flowers

When color flutters by…

Here’s a wonderful example of why I love collage. I just painted paper, never thinking about what it could be. Then as ideas pop in my head I go through a stack of collage paper and begin cutting. Works every time!

Maybe that’s the best advice I’ve learned as an artist.

Fall in love with the process and let your eyes do the work.

As for the inspiration behind this piece, I was walking along in doubt and a yellow butterfly fluttered by. The way that butterflies flutter from flower to flower, so free. That is what I truly strive to be.

Creative Exploration

About a Valentine’s Heart leaf tree

This is more of a note to self but I suppose there are others in this world who need these words too.

Left over Valentine’s hearts?

It was an idea from the start!

Teacher said green, blue, yellow or brown

The students painted with black, purple scribbles and lines

Would the tree turn out fine?

What would other teachers say?

But the children, not once did I hear is this is ok?

There were moments of look at my work.

Friendships were mended.

Quiet voices transcended.

It was like a spanish word and its accent

How does one make a masterpiece?

Tune out the noise.

Place with posie

Serves me right, well

For the chilren, I mean artists, are the swellest of the swell.

They know that a Valentine is a leaf with heart.

Creative Exploration

Peachy Paper Roll Flower

The first attempt is many times the best. The flowers may be on copy paper and you accidentlay dipped the brush in the wrong color but the magic of the first piece can’t be replicated. I stand by that theory but this flower doesn’t. I mixed a lovely peach and inteneded to paint a Sunflower. What a color. This time I cut the ends of the paper roll with a little more shape, added watercolor with acrylic and just painted.

The exprimental copies that started it all! In the yellow flower I stamped in layers. On another version I used markes to add thin pink strokes of color. There are many possibilities. The possibilites get better and better. Skills do to. Today I wrorte on the topic of just paint. Just painting allows you to work throught the ideas so you can arrive at the peachy petal flower.

Creative Exploration

There’s No Right Way.

I may have over stamped. I wanted enough white space to create a breeze. There is a pink version. There is a yellow version. Flowers have different stems and leaves. I’ve been collecting flowers on my pinterst board, observing shape and color. I want variation.

I want another list. How can I decorate with flowers? Maybe do lettering? Flower Fields? Bold colors? I’ve got another hand print idea. Then it’s brush techniques.

My goal is to explore the many possibilites with one simple tool. There is no right way to paint a flower. Anything and everything is possible. Isn’t it great!

I created a board for 100 ways to flower with power. I’ll be adding more.

Thanks for reading!