Three pink blooms for a happy day

I painted and pasted these blooms a week ago. Today, todoy these blooms made me smile! I selected these blooms this morning. and after a weird day of second guessing, making little mistakes and learning a lesson I love them even more.

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.

The magic of color

Remember the days of back to school crayons and markers? Maybe you had a big box. The other kids wanted to borrow your carnation pink. Yes the names are fun to read too. If felt good that you owned the box. You share and your just having fun. It still feels good. Crayons, wait a minute, why don’t I have a box in my tool box?

Crayons are simple, inexpensive

With every color you can be expressive

Dandelion Yellow

You make me feel mellow

Young or old

We can all be bold

Did I say old?

I mean little kids big kids

With crayons I can be a big jar of hearts no lid

Yeah I like that.

Yes crayons are so simle, easy and beautiful. Color is all around us. As children simple makes us happy. The older we get the more we forget. Oh the magic of color. The magic of color? Maybe that’s good name for my book.

Hope you are enjoying these thoughts on color. I am working on the book. Ooh I can paint crayons!

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Yes it’s possible

three orange and pink blooms with emerald green stems

Your dreams no matter the time or circumstance are posible. The color on these blooms are like yes of course your dreams are possible. Now how do I make that happen??? Ha

I was mixing up my version of turquoise green and suddenly I’m expressing a recent conversation.

Feel the Rainbow

I’m working on a few flowers but last night’s rainbow in lava had me thinking. Not my rainbow and lava by the way but I had to paint a rainbow. There’s worries, hard and uncertain times. There’s no magic answer on how to make them go away. How you live each day is by remembering to feel the rainbow often.

This rainbow is unlike anything I’ve ever painted. For some reason I like the texture. Maybe not for the shop this time. I am working on the just making art. Oh this rainbow could make a cover for the new project? Maybe.

What makes you feel like rainbow?

Think Responsibly

Think Responsibly Poster

I painted this months ago in lovely shades of nature. At that time the idea was, yes it’s OK to have negative thoughts but keep them to a minimum. Think Positive thoughts. I still believe that but this podcast about doubt being good has me thinking. If you are doubting then you’re not doing. It’s true because the moments when I have that spark, the warmth I am not doubting or thinking negative. James Victore said in his recent IG live, fix your sh**. Not my words but his. It’s the truth. Are you doubting? Are you afraid? Confused? Negative thoughts may always be there but we must choose to turn them into positives.

When you look at this poster as I did today, I noticed that two negatives became a postive. Sometimes you have a lot of negatives before the positive comes.

Right now I am writing this to motivate myself. I know I am not alone. That is why I create. I will continue to create and build and create more. For now I leave you with this poster. I’ll leave a link if you want to purchase.

Thank you for all your kind words and for the encouraging posts you write. You inspire me. Let’s keep creating.

a self made watercolor palette

I have stacks and stacks of flowers and thoughts to go through. Last night I worked on Affinity Publisher (similar to Indesign) for the first time and … where have you been all of my four books of writing. Wow! What a difference. I can’t wait to start working on the book. I have been using Word. Word is ok but Publisher makes the process enjoyable. In Word you make one change and the entire book shifts. There is a reason for wonderful software. Now I’m going back to the first book I published and making a few changes.

Here’s a few notes to get me pumped up for writing:

Work smarter not harder.

Focus on why you want to write this book.

Step by step.

Not every flower is a save. Take it for what it is, practice and part of the big process.

Build so you have enough room to get rid of what doesn’t fit.

Keep the ideas going now and question later.

Some details are important and some you have to let go of. Know the difference.

Breath.

Love you.

Palms Make Cool Flowers

blue flower

Paint flower petals with my palm? Tracing petals and then painting? Which would you choose? Pianting petals with my palm is much better, for two reasons. When you put you in your work, you make a difference. There’s uncertainty of how the paint will stamp. There’s the gratification of ” I made this.”

Last night’s words of Seth Godin showed up in today’s painting session. I hope they always do. His words and James’ words,” What made you weird as a kid, makes you great today.”

As I painted my plams, with each stroke I was further in a mess. The mess where a teacher says, Stop that your’re making a mess. Yet if I didn’t make a mess, I wouldn’t have made beautiful art.