Boughs of Evergreen to ward off evil spirits. Boughs of Evergreen to have good luck for the coming harvest. Evervasting life is a good one too. I found this really good article on the history of Christmas Trees.
Adding a little blue deepens the green. I like using yellow ochre as well. Next week I want to paint an Egyptian ornament. I found a website full of sodas from around the world. I’ve started painting these. I’m still learning color.
I’m having a good time learning about culture. When I was painting flowers I mostly focused on flowers. Occasionaly I’d paint the moon or my shaddow. That was an amazing idea but it needs a redo. When I go for walks I get ideas and feel that I have to paint them. Right now I am about making making making. My main focus is on a celebration of us. As I learn about culture I’ll observe and paint what captivates. I should proabably oraganize my thoughts because there’s so much to explore.
What was I intending to paint? Intentions, what happens to them. I scribbled…folded…all ready for the trash. But why not practice Decalcomania. I added paint and let the left side blend with the right side. I still wanted to throw it away. I kept working and all of a sudden a butterfly appeard giving me wings to fly.
a little note to self
Keep going, stop just stop the maddness of wanting to throw out your work. Not everything you make will be for the shop. Create and when you feel stuck shut up and keep going. Yes intentions are good but it’s the surprises that happen in the midst of intentions that …that’s what great art is made of. I know, I have seen my work. For every idea that you think didn’t work there’s an idea, a technique that does. Look closer. The flowers that bloom don’t have perfect petals so don’t expect yours to be either. Wait that’s one for the book. I’m going to paint that too.
Be proud of your work. I sure am!
Thanks for reading. As days go by there’s more of you. Want to subscribe? There’s a link to the right of this post. Next year I am releasing a few books and more products. My current shop is moving.
Ok I’m realizing that the more I explore worldly color and textiles, the more possibilities exist for me to share my work. The orange has a hint of yellow ochre but beautiful for a student grade paint. I’ve been seeing these abstaract tutorials on pinterest. You paint shapes and then use pens to build flowers or fish.
At least that’s what I’ve been painitng. Along the way I keep reminding myself of two important rules. There’s only make. Who says it has to be perfect? Anthroologie’s watercolor shopping bags and store decor remind me of play. On the bag there’s this watercolor design that is free flowing and beautiful. I want more of this in my work. I want all of my work to be this way. I also used dots and circles, random ones. Next time I’ll use the back of a sumi brush.
Here’s to lots more art and fun. The remainder of this year is all about creative exploration.
Diwali Sand Art or the colors of Mexican Talavera? Both. This pattern would be amazing on a rectangle platter. I sketched out this design. Tried coloring with soft pastels. What a mess. These colors turned out amazing. I painted another vase and my shadow/
I enjoy free style painting never really knowing what will happen. Watercolor surprises me every time. You have to be patient You can’t control the water clouds or the little textures. I do need to fix a few areas but that’s what the eraser tool it for. Thank goodness. Looks good! Can’t wait to add this pattern to the shop.
I’ve eyed an Egytian pattern and color palette. Lanterns for the Moonlight festival? I can picture them now.
All of my projects have goals. All around the world is for drawing the objects I’m not used to drawing. Is that why my drawing is a little…lousy. Ok, but in all fairness there’s going to be bad work. I’ve painted some good ones. More goes in the trash. That’s ok. I can buy more paper. There’s always tomorrow. There’s much more to paint!
This is good for a journal enty. I’m exploring the texture, patterns and color of the world. I started reading Ana Victoria Calderon’s Color Harmony. A section of her color schemes are set up from textiles and nature from places all over the world. On Saturday Bing featured images of floral patterns in celebration of Diwali. Coincidence?
So far I’m learning that blob brushes are amazing! I need precision practice. Each culture is a gift. Where does a country’s culture originate?
I’ve been looking at a few referece photos of Mexicos ceramics. This video showcases the colors, patterns and animals found in a variety of ceramics. Ceramics have been around for over 3,000 years. In Old town San Diego there’s a ceramic shop. Near the town is Bazaar Del Mundo. The patterns and color are really connected with nature. Here’s some sketches I did some months ago to test my ideas and skills. Pretty good.
I painted the plate pattern. I like the color. As I look at my sketches I see that I’ll benefit from beginning with simple deisgns.
Today’s task is to paint a pot. Using the inspiration from the video I’ll create a pot with a design that incorporates my love of nature. I should try to make a pot from clay? Maybe.
What to do with these circles? I need watercolor practice. Circles are an easy shape to paint. Are they fish, flowers. pumpkins? I could paint orange circles and use a black pen to draw in the jack o’ lantern faces. Monsters? Spiders? oranments?
I didn’t have a layout in mind. All I know is that each circle is a peaceful blue. Each circle small or large connects with one. Like us.
If you paint circles please tag me on instagram or pinterest @creativelyhue.com