Feel the Rainbow More

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 are goind to be 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 more 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.

Get to work on the idea

pink and blue watercolor flower

You set out to draw what’s on your mind. It’s clear and beautiful. You apply water and droplets of color. The opposite happens. Where is the lesson in that? Everywhere. If you look closely you can see the first flower I formed, the one that was about to go in the trash. I got to work. I worked with one idea.

Stop trying to create the version you see, the version you’re thinking and keep going.

Rather than paint with all the answers, just paint. There’s no failure. There’s only works in progress. The only way to get to the good is to not get caught up in the wrongs.

Good work is happening this week. I’ve been drawing, the Butterfly is looking good and there’ s lots more to paint.

No Brush needed Flowers

You don’t need a $20 tube of the right pink. You don’t need a $ 5o brush. All you need is you.

I painted these flowers with my index finger, minus the petals and the stems. I have painted many beautiful flowers with my thumb and palm. I’m reminded of this artist who paints patterns with just the right turns of his wheelchair wheels. In my fear and doubts I have forgotten. Ms. Gorman’s words, there is light if you are brave enough to see it…brave enough to believe make me feel with every breath of my being.

Make a Wish. Now Make It Happen.

Now this is what I like to paint. Flowers and leaves are beautiful. Last week I went out for a walk to observe leaves. Today it’s going to be flowers.

I’m trying to work on lines and blending. Tomorrow I think I want to paint on a full sheet of paper.

Today’s practice leaves me with two ideas. The flower on the left is a reminder to take care of each other. The Dandelions on the right are a reminder to have your wish but go out there and make it happen one step at a time.

Ok time to clean up and go for a walk. Oh right, I need to start writing when I get back.

What if it doesn’t work out?

Here’s a good example of what work looks like sometimes. Work isn’t perfect. Work is messy. Work is you letting go of what you think it should be. Like life, there is always a plan but at some point the plan changes. The real idea emerges and you only find it when you let go. I am really liking the blue thumbprint flower.

The world series games begin. Two teams want to win. The one who wins will be the one who can powerfully play the game. Play the game with heart. No prize. No millions of fans waiting to ruckus the streets. What’s this game have to do with my creative zone.

Creative for you. For a better you. That’s what creativelyhue is all about. When the pink flower doesn’t work out make amends. Layer with blue. I like the pink that mixed with the blue. Outlining it with a blue pencil makes it come together. Sure I have some cropping to do but…

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