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I got paid to paint

This week for three days I participated in an art class for elementary students. It was completely unexpected and a wonderful surprise. I got paid to paint! That’s always welcome. My first self-love project is redesigning my website. It’s a work in progress. It will be. I’ve been working on the site for the past few days. The site looks better. I’m definitely out of my comfort zone.

Here is my plan:

  • Make a list of my favorite artists
  • Research their sites
  • What brand story are their telling?
  • Is it easy to navigate?
  • Take notes of likes and dislikes
  • Explore tools on WordPress. (WordPress is where I keep my site)

All the sites are simple and quick to load. In seconds, I know who the artist is and what they represent. The colors are bright and bold.

Why am I sharing this? The first phase of art is, that you don’t have all the answers. This is probably the best place to be. You start with one idea and keep going. The point is to begin and don’t be shy.

Ok, I’m going to go work on my website.

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Let’s Just Paint and Be Happy

A third-grade class doing spinning art? I should have taken photos. There was blending and foregoing the brush to finger paint. Everyone started with primary colors. The colors they mixed were purple, teal, avocado green…

I hadn’t planned on teaching art but it was a wonderful surprise. What I saw was a genuine focus. They tried one color or one technique. If it didn’t work they layered over it and kept working. There was no, I can’t do this. I don’t know how. Can I throw this away? I don’t think they planned on making wonderful art today. In fact, they were surprised when I commented on their work. It was interesting to see the different splatters. blending color and space techniques.

Then I came home and got to work on my art. What a day. These pink flowers say it all. It was wonderful to take a break from it all and just paint.



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Wild Rose Ink and a Cheap Brush Later

three blooms in a ceramic pot-painted with mixed media

I used my round stamp to paint the petals. The beautiful pink with ink and gouache was an interestig idea. This paper is mixed media but it’s terrible for watercolor. When I stamped I made more of a mess. The paint dried with blotches. Instead of the watercolor magic it just stayed and absored into the paper like a napkin. I should recreate the pink and swatch it on watercolor paper. Oh but the ombre effect on the vase is beautiful. Now that I know I can paint like this, I will on watercolor paper. Seems like I’ve been back and forth. It’s all in a good day of creative exploration.

What I love most about art is that the process satisfies my curiosity. I wrote these words in the last post and probably in others but it’s for good reason! Love the process and you’ll learn more. Here’s to making more messes. The land of a cheap brush that’s great, on the right paper. Here’s to posting work and who cares what people think. Yes, that is my kind of place.

Thank you for those of you who emailed suggestions for redesigning my website. I appreciate you!

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Blue and Pink Flat Brush Florals

7 navy blue flowers with white and pink details

…painting with the handle of a palette knife gives interesting textures. I was experimenting with blending two colors as I paint. What I am learning here is color schemes. This photo is dark and the bright color isn’t as bright as it truly is. Color always looks better when I scan it.

I have been having fun with the spray bottle. The way the splatters dry, you can’t control that. Isn’t it pretty! Oh, and the biggest lesson is that painting with acrylic is like using frosting from a container. You can’t use it out of the container. You have to mix the frosting until it’s creamy. That’s the same with acrylic paint. Golden is thick so you really have to mix it, and with a palette knife. Oh but the pink, green and blues are heaven.

Wait till you see the yellow blooms I painted. I’m working on filling the entire page with color. I’m using white ink and pens to add details. Making mistakes? Not going to worry about it. I’m an artist. I paint beautiful flowers. The voice shows up but I’m focused on what’s going to happen next. Wait, that’s the biggest lesson.

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Solo Pregunta!

Just ask! Have you read this book? It is in Spanish and English. This book is a great summer and Sunday read. This book is why I love nature! Thise first few pages of fields filled with flowers. Every color, every shape and wonderful couriosity, it’s all… the way it should be. And that is why I paint my blooms. The book goes on to share stories of children who are different and how they dare to be strong and themselves every day.

Se diferente. Se Valiente. Set tu.

Be different. Be courageous. Be you.



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A poem about minding your business

Frost your cakes while you’re doing a dance

Stamp with eye glasses

Wait for no one to give you a chance

Paint copy paper

Cut and paste a field of blooms

Giving love, there’s nothing greater

Design with blue, orange and hot pink

Pour your paint in the middle and turn the table

What are they going to think?

That isn’t your business.

With your florals, painting a car or a house of bliss

Now that’s your business!

Alright, hope you liked my poem. This week I have been inspired and motivated to further create my art. The blooms I painted today…amazing! By the way, the siempre means always in Spanish. Not my idea but when an email sender ended her note like this, what a reminder to always be you.



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Pink Peonies and Wild Flowers

Three pink peonies and two wild flowers painted with acrylic

Peonies are beautiful flowers. Aren’t they all beautiful! How does nature always get everything right?

The paint went on thick. I didn’t intend for all the texture. It was a lovely surprise. I have a palette knife. I prefer a smaller one. Sometimes you order thinking it’s a great idea. When it arrives, you want to send it back. Ooh, I should stamp with the handle and see what happens! I used a size 10 brush to mix color. Not a good idea. All the paint builds on the brush. I’ve ruined a few brushes like that. White and Quinacridone Magenta you make lovely pinks. The green is a good shade. In between the flat brush and a round brush, I stamped with a bottle cap. What an idea! What other shapes can I stamp with? I haven’t thought about the background. I have, just not sure what direction I want to go in.

AND that brings me to let go. For real. Let this post be a reminder to play. Some ideas are good. Some ideas are ok. Some of them, ALL of them are gems. This is a journal. I’ll fill it with fabulous ideas. It’s a journal. There’s room for fun and play. Oh, I’ll scatter some aqua blue hearts around the flowers. Maybe a butterfly. You see, point proven. Trust the process. Enjoy the ride. I write about this all the time. I know. I need these words in my heart and in my toolbox.

Enjoy the process. It’s going to be good.



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Blue Tulips

six blue and white tulip flowers

For some reason, I wanted blue tulips. I’m not sure what shade of blue this is. Maybe it was gouache? I have a jar of Winsor Newton Acrylic tubes. I’ve had this paint for years. I wanted to build skills with student grade paint. Now it’s the paint I’ll use to fill my journal with beautiful ideas like flat brush tulips.

Flat brush tulips? Yes, I like it. What I really like is the background texture! Stamping with dry paint and a candle lid creates an old wall texture. I’m talking about the buildings with walls that have been painted numerous times. There are murals and store ads. You know the walls that catch your eyes. It’s the color, it’s the stories, and the home feel. I suppose that’s what I want to bring to my work.

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Just a Sunday in Summer Thought

Today I want to share some quotes. These words are filled with the vibes I’m feeling and thinking.

pink and orange paint on a ceramic plate

Nature doesn’t hurry, yet everything is always accomlished.

Tabitha Brown

Color was not given to us to imitate nature. It was give to us to express our emotions.

Henri Matisse

Nature is beautiful. Nature is so colorful, different and unique. Nature is the only true masterpiece. I must do something with that thought. Maybe a book or a zine? An art print? Yesterday, I was walking through a row of trees. I could feel the breeze, and the birds were singing. I can still feel the breeze. Tabitha’s words came at the moment when I was reflecting on my journal. I’ve been working on a flower idea every day.

I let go. I can sit and take the time to paint. Painting takes time. You have to have the quiet time where you just paint. Maybe you can put on your music, dance a little. Or have a cup of tea. You don’t have to be anywhere or do anything. You don’t need a lot of time. Some days I paint for and hour or two and others 30 minutes. There was another artist, EttaVee who posted about working early in the morning before her girls get up.

I’m grateful for my painting sessions. I got the memo loud and clear. Focus on the process. Have fun with color and BE. Some ideas will start out great and then flop. Others will be a complete turn around BUT there’s a gem in EVERY painting. I’m going to keep learning and growing.