Expressive Flowers

Happy Monday!

Today I’m going to retest some flat brushes I just bought. I’m still looking for a good flat brush set. Oh, and I want to paint another sunflower, paper roll style. I haven’t done college in a while either. I have spring break coming up in a few weeks. I want to head to Los Angeles. If you are in the area and know of any good art happenings do tell! Oh, I could film that? Spring is near and I can’t wait to once again film my blooming beauties and walk underneath my beautiful trees. This beautiful Sunday morning I am feeling better. I’m so grateful that I feel better. I’m hopeful for what’s to come. I also need to take an abstract flower course on skillshare. I’m going to start painting roses and put together my book. It’s going to be great!

Thank you so much for following and being on this art journey with me. I really want to know your thoughts. What’s your favorite tool? I’m looking for a good flat brush set. I’m probably going to be heading to Blick in a week. Can you recommend an abstract floral course on skillshare?

That’s all for now. Go have a wonderful week. See you next time blooming beauties!

Have a good week!

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers, Valentines Day Workshop

Roses-Valentine’s Day Workshop

This year I’m doing a countdown to Valentine’s Day. First up, we have hello beautiful!

7 pink and purple roses

I worked in layers. I was unsure of the end result. Yet I knew they were going to be beautiful. With every stroke, I let go. I was hopeful. This was a strip of paper. For a moment I thought this was going to be a loss. I kept painting. I like it! How could I not want to do Valentine’s Day painting? EttaVee’s post in turning palette paper into hearts? That gives me an idea! I have a list of ideas. How could I not want to do Valentine’s Day painting?

To see the video tutorial of these roses click on this link.

Siempre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers, Roses Project

Roses- no roses exploration

Three Pink Sunflowers on a blue background

Today I took a break from roses and painted something for the shop. By shop, I mean the kind of work where you set up your supplies. It’s like being in a classroom and telling students they get to paint. You see the biggest smiles. Rarely do you hear, “What should I do?” Come to think of it, children always ask for more paper. Today, I was that kid! I don’t think I even thought about color schemes. This is the flow I need, the flow that always leads to good. The good will come tomorrow. This pink bouquet was good!

Let’s see, how did I do?

Looking at the color wheel, I see that pink is my hero. I mixed pink with green. I should have added a little pink to my ultramarine. I want more contrast between the background and the petals. I can outline the petals. Maybe do a second layer of blue? A splash of blue?

Thank you for reading! Every day there’s more of you. I’m working out what my regular posting days and time will be. I’ll outline my agenda tomorrow.

Siempre,

Mireya

Roses Project

Roses-Pink Bouquet

I pinned all of these floral arrangements. I’ve started painting them. Today I had to paint pink roses.

five pink roses arangement painted in acrylic

Except for the outline of the roses and the leaves, I love these blooms. I was supposed to finish the paper collage piece I’m working on. My shop needs new work. That’s ok! I’m confident that all this practice will lead to fabulous art prints, books…

Bloganuary is almost over. One more day left in January! That means I’ll be going back to posting three days a week. I’ll be working on the roses project, a little poetry, my new course, and anything else I’ll think of. I’m always thinking of something. I just realized my word of the year is de colores. My phrase of the year is de colores. I want to paint more viva magenta.

viva magenta flowers in vase sketch

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Mireya

Roses Project

Roses-Sketches

usuing various tools like crayons and markers to sketch roses

Today I thought I’d get out my sketching tools and draw roses. If I’m going to paint beautiful roses, I should learn how to draw them first. Right? The pink rose I drew with closed eyes surprised me the most. I marked my favorite sketches with a blue dot. Soft pink petals with dark green leaves? Color tips were on my mind. It was fun to sketch with crayons but a voice reminded me that it’s time to paint. It’s time to paint roses, in a vase, arrangement, and with a background. I will in a week or two. I am enjoying this creative exploration phase.

Today’s #bloganuary question is who is my favorite author? All of them. Can I include myself? Sure. Every book I’ve read has taken me to places I’ve never been. Feck Perfuction is a good read! I mention Learning By Heart all the time. I appreciate Phillipa Gregory’s books. It’s empowering to read how a princess or queen thinks like a king.

Siempre,

Mireya

Roses Project

What color describes my personality?

Well…let’s see…my favorite colors are blue and lately, it’s pink. Deeply, I appreciate all colors. Spring and summer are such beautiful seasons. Fall is lovely as well. De Colores is a good song. If I were to choose one color it would be turquoise. Turquoise is from the earth. It’s compassionate, creativity, power, mindful, spiritual and brings good energy. I do try. I’m not perfect. Maybe I should paint turquoise roses! I will. My roses project was such a good idea. One idea leads to the next.

If you’re curious, I did paint a rose today. It was the last rose on my page. I took another look at the rose I painted yesterday, and I don’t want to share that again. Now I have a new page and I’ll paint turquoise roses tomorrow.

Siempre,

Mireya

Roses Project

Roses-Observe & Paint

What is my happiest moment? Well, it certainly isn’t the meatloaf I cooked for dinner. Ha. My happiest moment is when I can see the idea form before my eyes. When I’m painting I can visualize the bigger picture. I see how all the details work together. I don’t care about the outcome because I’m busy loving the moment.

Pink abstract expressive roses

I admire the artists who can have a beautiful photo on an iPad right next to their paper. And they paint as they see all the details. It’s the focus of being in that moment. Art takes time. It takes time to build flow. There’s this artist who paints a realistic pear. It takes her three hours. I can paint for three hours. I have. And painting these roses confirms that I’m better at painting how I feel. I can look at a flower on my walk. Then come home and paint. Every artist has their technique. That’s the beauty of art. There’s room for all! Time to listen to a podcast and observe flowers.

Roses Project

Roses-blending with my fingers

I was going to map out the activities for my roses project. Roses plan has been on my to-do list for days. Then I realized, ideas come as I’m researching and painting roses. They have been. I believe in my work. It’s going to be good!

pink watercolor rose

What I did first was layer on soft strokes of pink watercolor. I did it in a circular motion. Next, I added red to the pink paint and painted red strokes for the petals. For watercolor, you paint light to dark. For acrylic paint, it’s dark to light. I used my finger to define the petal shapes. Yes, I believe this may be my style! The center of this beautiful rose is a mess. I’m working on that. I’m working on myself. Paint a rose every night. Studio work on the weekends? As I paint the rose, relax, and put fear in the back seat. Paint soft easy strokes. Let go. See and smell the rose as I blend. You can see the texture of the paper. That’s where I was thinking too much, trying hard. Just paint roses right? Maybe I’ll use dots to create the center?

My roses project is a book of friendship and love for the spirit. I’m off to a good start.

Oh, by the way, today’s #bloganuary is about a memorable smell? I don’t have a memorable smell. It’s been raining for days. Since I’m writing about flowers, I long for the smell of grass, roses, wildflowers, soil…the smell of spring.

Simepre,

Mireya

Expressive Flowers

Roses-Finger Painting Roses

Today’s prompt is what do you find most challenging? Aside from cooking, painting can be a challenge. Right now it’s roses. I love abstract expressive flowers. I don’t want to paint realistic roses. I want to paint roses like Carrie. There’s this other artist. She paints on small square canvases. Then embroiders details over her flowers. Her color is amazing! I hope I pinned one of her paintings because I can’t find her Instagram profile or website. Found her!

Sometimes painting can be a challenge. I could think about what it should look like or finger paint roses! I finished mixing pinks and had leftover paint. The brush, or was it me that wasn’t painting good roses. I could have stayed in that moment or finger painted roses. I’m glad I listened to my voice. I’ll be finger painting lots more roses. Now that I realize, it’s not a challenge to listen to your voice. The challenge comes with turning off the noise.

Next time I’ll keep the paint moist with a spray bottle. Or I can thin the paint. Then I can easily spread it with my finger. I should create a flower finger painting project. A book? Doing it! Yes! Oh and I’ll use watercolor paper.

For the record, I can cook a few things, but I want to be the kind of cook who’s an artist. I want to learn the basics and just cook something good without a 10-ingredient recipe. I try!

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Mireya

Roses Project

Roses (More Pinks + Sketches)

This is a good video on mixing pink. I want to mix warm pinks. I’m mixing three colors to get my desired pinks. My favorite is magenta+purple. Purple made with red and turquoise is beautiful! Oh, and there’s orange+white+magenta+raw sienna. Plum and pale pink are some of my favorite pink tones. Of course, I love magenta too!

Mix pink in various tones

As I paint I’ll think of today’s prompt. What is success? Success is what happens when you separate the outside from yourself. Did I sketch roses? No. I did but not good ones. Wait till you see the roses I painted with my finger! I painted daisies. Did I mix up beautiful pinks? Yes!

Children are successful. Nobody gives them permission. They don’t have knowledge of the principles of design. Children just paint black and purple leaves. And you know what, this is the best tree we’ve ever painted!

Next, I’ll find videos on how to paint roses. I have a few artists in mind.

Siempre,

Mireya