From ordinary things to beautiful

I came across a Ginko Tree. What a peaceful color. For these I mixed up acrylic and tempera paint. Warm inviting tones. The tones that help you connect. Used a flat brush to apply flat left and right shapes. Done. I like taking ordinary things and creating beautiful flowers. Still thinking of a name. I’m going to go checkout some creative blogs for ideas. CreativelyHue? Sounds good. There’s a creating for a better you vibe. Ordinary things? Maybe. I feel I should update my shop. I said I wasn’t but I should.

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Keep Going

Sometimes you paint and it doesn’t go as intended. The easy fix is take what works. Learn, carve out what doesn’t belong. Add the new and you have a beautiful flower. I’ve been doing this a lot lately. Michelangelo said it best:

In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action. I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to the other eyes as mine see it.

I know this is a simple example but there have been times when the idea gets lost. I paint layer on layer and occasionally magic happens. Out of nowhere I have an idea that I can use. I simply bring it into the computer. Mnimally revise and done. Plus all of my work is scanned and saved digitally. I can easily use it as artwork for the shop, blog and client work.

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Create with a napkin?

Here’s a surprising tool. napkins!

Paint napkins with droplets of ink. Create monotones of pink.

Let the napkin dry. In the meantime, brainstorm. Cut shapes? Use it like tisuse paper? Layer a little blue. Thicker paper towels could work even better.

This is why I started the 100 ways to flower with power project. You never know what will happen. At first it was, this isn’t working. In the end, it’s exactly what I wanted. The flowers will look even better scanned.

I’ve used a napkin to wipe away watercolor mistakes but to make a flower? There’s always napkins in my house. What other possibilities surround me? How can I take what I’ve learned and apply it to art for the next prjocet. This past weekend I was planning the end of my year to focus on projects for next year. I had a few book ideas. Now I have three brilliant ideas!

As aways thank you for reading!

Create Happy

I wasn’t sure what to create. I was missing watercolor and tie dye seemed like a good idea!

Happinesss is a verb. You create it.

I wanted a silly flower to make me smile.

Draw All Things Blue – Day 2

The top half is all me. I did google blue things and not much came up. I contiuned to challenge myself, thnking of project ideas yet to be finished, thinking of past projects and pinterst faves. This is a great starting point for lots of ideas.

One I’ve been wanting to create. I’ll paint that one another time but this just came to me in the car. Love when this happens.

Another good day. What’ll I do tomorrow?

Moon and Stars

There is such a place. Not sure where but glad I found it during my research. I’m piecing together the book layout and checking my email. There’s a contest. What does your art mean to you? Choose one product and share it. Right now my etsy shop is empty. This is a great idea!

Painting this was another experience. Layers and layers. I do believe I got it right!

The stars they whisper…

I am loved. I am the universe. I painted most of this yesterday. Today I intended to paint an Eagle. The wings of an eagle, strong creating a heart shape. The wings of an Eagle would have been great. I ‘ll paint them tomorrow. We all have the streangth to soar among midnight skies over the towers of London, the Basilica in Rome, oceans of Austrailia… where we please. I should plan this project. That would be cool. I could include the Taj Mahal and the Pyramids of Egypt. Perfect. Done.

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These blue and purple skies with all their stars and the heart shaped trees capture what I want to feel. I understand the hurt and the pain. Ok not like them, and yet I feel. That’s just it, we are us. I drove through LA on Saturday. The billboard, We’re in this together made me think are we really?

Plastic Wrap + Rock Texture?

I intended to paint a place somewhere in Australia. Not sure where this is, but what a beautiful photo. This voice insisted on realism. I decided why not check off the texture list I started. Plastic wrap it is.

All I needed was shades of blue and black. Then I cut the plastic wrap to fix each section accept the heart. Trying a new technique with no expectations but a little visual interest.

Magic happens during the drying process. I did add a few more layers. I love my iteration. The color and texture are amazing! And the thought…change is good, change is beautiful. Change takes time and evolution is always changing, growing and gift for us all.

Now this is the art that I want to create. These are the ideas that make me dance and sing!

Ink+ Strawberries

I’ve painted with ink before but never like this. Part of this project is creative exploration. I’ve looked at texture videos and found an artist who paints with only ink. The colors are vibrant. I use them to mix with other watercolors.

I really like the easy flow of painting with liquid. Sometimes too much water makes a mess. With liqud you get solid color. The other day I painted strawberries.

It’s interesting that some strawberries have a heart shape. Some reveal a heart when you slice them in half. The strawberry I painted here was one featured in a recipe blog. There’s this odd shape but there’s a heart nonetheless. I thought…

Everybody loves strawberries. One can eat them as is. You can make Strawberry Shortcake, lemonade, ice cream…who thought of these ideas? We all have this “sweet likeablikty” but what are we going to do with it? Strawberries are good but there’s delicious possibilities. Wait, not everyone likes strawberries. What does all this have to do with love? Plenty.