Expressive Flowers

Tempera paint you did good!

My bottle of Crayola paint is almost gone. There was this almost dry blob in the cap. I scooped it out with a brush, put it on a plate, added a little water, and painted. For days I’ve been trying to paint something good. This time I had no intentions. I was curious. I made a mess. Did I mention that I painted with nearly dried-up paint? I painted over ugly art. Not my words. It was a cool video. Or was it an Instagram post?

Blue Flowers in a Blue Vase

The textures and color that came from folding the paper. Painting the entire flower with one brush. The vase seemed too small. I painted over it and made it work. I’m working on design layout. These beautiful blue flowers practically painted themselves.

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Mireya

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Pink and Purple Blooms

There is strength in letting go and painting. There’s pink, purple, blue, and a little sparkle. These colors are the creativity, faith, and play that should be in every painting session. I layered, splattered, painted and you know what, this is the best painting I’ve done in a long time. I say best because this is me, my ideas. Yes, my influences come from everywhere. But I’m not painting with outside forces. It’s just me. It’s the tools. Sure I’m holding the brush and gliding it along the page but the idea takes over. It isn’t about me. It’s the idea.

Kute Blackson had this amazing quote in one of his posts. Surrender your attachment to the outcome and get into the flow. Yes! That is what I did for this painting. I need to keep going.

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers

I forgot how fun it is to…

paint with tempera paint and on copy paper. Morgan Harper Nichols had this amazing video on abstract strokes and fear. I can’t paint on canvas either. I fear I’ll mess up. I can’t afford to go through canvases like I do paper. It’s been a week since I’ve painted. I had to paint.

My goal is to paint better roses. I love roses. Like the other night, I found this artist on Instagram. I too want to pick up the brush, lather up the paint, mix tones and have my roses bloom before my eyes.

Here’s a few notables:

1. Paint the petals using curved lines. When the paint is almost dry use a moist brush to spread the paint over the white space.

2. A round flat brush gives you good texture.

3. You can layer with a light color and then add details with a darker color.

4. Each petal line begins thin, wide and ends thin. Vary the starting points of these lines.

5. The petal lines are small and get bigger as you move away from the stigma of the flower.

I like the shape and petals of 2,3 and 4. Am I wanting to paint an exact rose? Like the roses on my walks? No. I want roses expressive of how nature makes me feel. I want color. I want texture. In a world of classes and social norms, I can always revel in a rose. I can always carry my thoughts to the moon and the stars.

My paper collage flowers have been wonderful but that’s tomorrow’s post.

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers

You are blooming

This morning was sweatshirt cold. Barely sprinkling, it felt like fall. I walked past white, pink, red, and yellow roses. Even in this type of weather, the roses were blooming with color. Sure some of the roses had brown petals. But the glimpse of color was enough to visualize spring.

And of course, this idea reflects my personal thoughts. Sometimes I write like someday I will bloom. Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in the I’m not good enough phase. I try too hard. Overthink. Over apologize. I am a fan of EttaVee, James Victore, Ana Victoria Calderon, Carrie Schmitt, Corita Kent, and Morgan Harper Nicols and my favorite artwork of all is School of Athens.

Am I a fan of my work? I read Road Trip. I hand-wrote the words. I drew the illustrations. The story made me laugh. I like my blooms and my peacock. These projects make me say wow, there’s so much more I can do. Think of all the ideas yet to be painted. It feels good to say I’m blooming. I’m growing. Every part of the process is growth.

I am living, breathing, and always blooming. If I create from that place–when I create from this place it’s amazing.

You are bloomg. What a great addition to the wild thoughts flower paper collage book. Your turn. Make a collage flower and write a message. Give yourself the advice you seek. tag me @creatively.hue

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Peacock and tulips

Blue peacock with shades of pink tulips

This was an unexpected project.

I have worked on a paper collage peacock.

Catcoq had this post on building an audience for your art. One of her most popular Instagram reels features a a peacock painted with metallic watercolors. And I have been wanting to paint birds surrounded by beautiful colorful flowers. I’ve seen Carrie Schmitt’s artwork. The real motivation came from an artist who simply wanted to paint art that represents who she is. DomoINK is pretty cool!

I’ve been working on my peacock for days. I sketched my design. I planned a color palette. I erased the flower sketches. Now I have colorful tulip shapes. Not sure what to think of this design but it was great practice! The shapes are colorful. I’ll keep sketching, I’ll keep painting. Tomorrow I’ll work on collage flowers.

Expressive Flowers

Trust and love the Process

There I was admiring EttaVee’s strokes of bright colors. Her words resonated. I too am looking through my work and posting designs in my shop. And I realized that I don’t appreciate my work enough. I have and like painting with indifference. I’m in my zone. I get an idea. I want to see it. I work or should I say play until it’s finished. It’s beautiful!

The first story I wrote was Bellisia. She is a bee who is destined to be queen. She has her ideas of the kind of queen she’d like to be. Claude is feared because he’s a big bear. All Claude wants is to paint. The book was meant to celebrate the uniqueness that lies within each of us. I spent a summer writing and editing. I have the sketches of the characters but the story didn’t work. Then Wise Trees came and after that Different Is Beautiful. Different Is Beautiful is my childhood curiosity. Fast forward to my flowers. I paint wildflowers with wild thoughts. With every flower I am brighter and bolder. I get something out of every project.

Project are my love, hope and breath of fresh air.. When I paint I meditate. I learn. I reflect. I’m glad I was born an artist.

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Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Pink and sparkle flowers for a blanket

One of the quotes for my collage flowers is as follows:

It’s the small ideas that lead to the biggest blooms. What happens in the middle is endurance, love and spirit.

I’ve been sketching with pencil and paper. Now I’m sketching with color. I was browsing product selections on Society 6. Throw blankets? When the day is cold, you can come home, and wrap yourself up in bright flowers. I like it!

I was tired as I painted these flowers. Suddenly the colors made me smile and free of tired thoughts. I want to continue to paint for joy. In the meantime, I’m practicing. I can review creating surface patterns. Most importantly, I can spread happiness. Creatively Hue is about small ideas and what happens in the middle. With every project, I am brighter and bolder. Ok I need to practic!

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Mireya

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Have you read my books?

Peacock featured in Different Is Beautiful

It occurred to me last night to ask you if you have my books? If you have a paperback please email me a photo. I can use these photos to promote my book. I would love to know what you think. Please leave a review on Amazon.

This helps me and I know you will enjoy the book too. I want to share my work in hopes that my work makes others feel what I feel.

Please use the contact form and let me know where I can see your work,

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Keep Going

I’m not sure what I was going to create, hence all the scribbles in the background. I covered up the scribbles. The words, keep going emerged. And the shade of blue has a hint of purple. Faith and imagination go hand in hand.

Today, I’ll paint. I haven’t painted in a week. Yesterday, not sure why, but I was in the same tired routine situation. Then I saw these beautiful flowers. For that moment I was focused on color. I was focused on the breeze.

Siempre,

Mireya

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Life Is A Fiesta- Paper Flowers

colorful paper collage flowers
art print avilable

Step out

In your color, in your dress no doubt

Knock on the door without your face to the floor

Greet with a smile

Choose to listen to whoever for a while

Move to the beat

Be merry and eat

Or…

you can be fashinably late.

Sit and wonder about your fate.

Did you wear the right dress?

Should you eat that slice of cake?

What if?

Ooh I like this song

But I don’t feel like I belong

I can’t dance.

Know you are always invited

Your light is undisputed

You choose

If you truly don’t like the fiesta you’ve been invited to,

Host your own fiesta, just know there’ll be lots to do.

I do like to express my thoughts in poems. Working on the collage flowers and the life is a fiesta sticker was good too. I’ve been seeing colorful Hispanic Heritage displays and merchandise. I was motivated to create something. I am proud of my Mexican Heritage.

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Mireya

Wait a minute, would you like this poem in art print form? I think I like it.