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Lesson in color

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I wasn’t even going to write in my journal this week BUT here I am. Seems like a great summary for my week.  Seems like I started the week in a routine. I don’t like routine. I love not knowing— it’s the best!  I keep getting all of these awesome tips and ideas: words of James Victore.  “Learn EVERYTHING about art, forget it, and create” he says.   What a wonderful master plan!  Another quick You tube video on this amazing artist and her fabulous tips on my most favorite element of all-COLOR. “If you’re going to paint a red apple, mix the red with it’s compliment green to add form.  Oh I should make this a side project! I also found out about this awesome book, ITTEN The Elements of Color. The best part of my week is that I finally, not sure why today was the day but it was,  sat down and read my rough draft. Two months ago I sat for three glorious hours a day rewriting my script. I put it away until today and read it. Not a bad story AT ALL but there’s lots to do.

Yes it’s a big task and so is immersing myself in the world of Art History and King Lear. It’s not, but the feeling like I want to learn it all, paint and create at the same time… is. For now I’ll start with simple objects that I can draw like leaves. I printed up some pictures for reference and then painted going from light to dark.I mixed things up and outlined with a crayon. Maybe I don’t want to outline with a complementary color.IMAG0248[1]

 

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Forget the Fun in Art?

Teaching language arts to a 4th grade class was awesome. I think about them and the words,” This is fun”.  Makes me smile. Yeah the word Fun in a classroom where learning happens is PROBABLY the best way to learn. I think of the little girl who whispered in my ear “You are a fun teacher” I think of the students in the adult transition class who….the girl who dances moving with each rhythm… feeling the need to raise up the volume. The boy who figured out a funnier way to separate each bead. The boy–I mean awesome artist who colored a mosaic. When I asked him about the colors he  simply shows me the four markers. ” I just colored” he says.

Oh the 2-year-old boy who bangs on pots and pans. He wanted to make music and now he’s a huge artist.

I think of the artist who’s had his work in the finest New York museum. He hosts retreats and workshops. He writes his letters messy. That’s what his clients love the most. It’s true! It’s what he says that invigorates my mind!

I eavesdropped on a conversation. They were talking about the same thing. When an author was asked how he wrote an amazing book, he simply said he just wrote it and wanted others to enjoy it. That’s it nothing complex.

What do all these people have in common? They are just creating–no rules-no doubt just I’m going to do this because I feel like it. Oh and they nurture their talent. THEY ARE IN THE MOMENT LOVING THEMSELVES AND LOVING LIFE. Don’t you need this to be the best. If you’re bored with the task at hand then change it up. YES.

So what a coincidence I’ve been doing the same. I painted over old watercolor paper but who’s asking. This is my journal. Love the orange color I mixed up. I like the vibrant orange and the spontaneity in the letters!

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So I ‘ll keep making mistakes–but that’s it they’re not mistakes. They are proof that I’m learning! It’s all how you look at it!

Oh I love working with straws but the lettering didn’t quite work out. The blue and orange is awesome. Next week I’ll be working on painting leaves. Oh I guess I should review some of my sketches too 5 minute draws are sometimes silly.

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Summer Contest

discussion bannerSo here’s the deal on how you can win a cool art package.

For the entire summer I will be working on art. I am dedicating this summer to writing my book and building my blog. That means working on tons of side projects. These projects include brushing up on hand lettering, drawing and just simple basics to get me ready for the next phase. I invite you to learn with me. We have the whole summer.

I will be posting my fundamental practice and working on a couple of side projects in the process. I’ll be sharing this on my blog.

To enter the contest you need to enroll in 3 of my classes here. All you need to do is sign up and you’ll get 2 months to watch my classes and have access to over 15,000 other classes. Wait how much does this cost? For two months you will get my classes for free for real no strings.

STEP 1: Take at least 3 of my classes. If you already have then move on to

STEP 2: Post a project

STEP 3: Share the love by commenting on other projects.

My mission is to encourage you. Use this platform to learn and grow as the artist you were born to be!

At the end of the summer I will choose a winner! The winner will receive a prize. I will put together a simple fun package. I’m thinking an art sketch book, tube of paint, a cool paintbrush and some other interesting ideas. Haven’t worked out all the details…More details to come!

I will post reminders on skillshare weekly to remind you guys. This past week I put together a free lettering kit to help you practice.  Oh one more thing. Please come find me on instagram.

Enroll in 3 of my classes here. All you need to do is sign up and you’ll get 2 months to watch my classes and have access to over 15,000 other classes. Wait how much does this cost? For two months you will get my classes for free for real no strings.

Wait what classes do I have going on?

 

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There’s tons of other awesome classes from all kinds of topics like blogging, cooking, design, illustration, branding ,watercolor, brush lettering, photoshop, illustrator ,art and so much more.

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5 Tips to Paint Better

Or is it the other way around? I get so frustrated when this idea happens. I go and paint it and I’m not happy. I thought that by just getting right in to side projects I could gain practice. Yes I have fun but there’s a better way. I love LOVE my ideas and the color…I’d say I have an eye for choosing amazing color.

My problem is in the silly mistakes I make. Here they are:

  1. Master transparencies

Learning to paint with transparencies creates easy practice. I used black and used various tones of black.  I use too much water at times and I don’t allow for one place to dry before I move on to the next. I have this need to keep painting over and over the same spot. The flower looks cool here.

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2. Use the right brush for the job.

If you’re paining a lovely watercolor wash then use a big round brush from 10-14 or bigger! I’ve learned that a really good brush can do some detailed work as well as paint washes

3. Take your time and let one area dry before you paint the area next to it.

Seriously go slow and enjoy! I do this all the time! It’s why a perfectly awesome painting gets smudges and yeah look:

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4. Have enough space to paint.

I paint where ever when ever I can. Sometimes I have trouble seeing. Silly but it’s true. Make sure you can see and make sue you have lot’s of space to freely move your notepad or paper around. You don’t have to paint in one position. Which brings me to my last tip.

5. Don’t take anyone’s word for it.

Do your own practice and observation. What works for them will not work for you! Yes by all means take a good class Ana Victoria Calderon! She’s a queen of watercolor. Just show up everyday and you’ll figure out how you like to hold you brush, what paints you like best and even what you love to paint best.

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Mosaic Watercolor Masterpiece

That’s the crazy wonderful thing about freedom…you are free to create what you want.  That’s a big question and a scary responsibility.

Oh but imagine all the WONDERFUL impossibilities that ARE possible.

I had to think up a good quote.  I wanted the word masterpiece to be a mosaic. I love Eric Carle’s collage art. I’m encouraged every time I read the Hungry Caterpillar to a classroom of 1st grades.  We get excited EVERY time.  From collage art to the BIG idea that art can be anything you want it to be, I’m amazed!

A True Artist Quote

Let yourself go. Go Mad. Go Bonkers. Lose Yourself.

I love the color and that the words freedom, creates and masterpiece all create a movement leading from one to another. This love wouldn’t have happened without the entire process of letting yourself go. I had an idea and started with a color palette that best expressed my idea. I mixed up the colors and oh the color in the word creates happened! I probably need to rework the freedmom color them. I will. Let’s do add that to my claendar.

Losing yourself helps you find yourself.

Just now as I uploaded the picture I can see the promise of this piece. I’m in love with the idea and the mosaic just takes my breath away. Let’s be honest my heart aches because I see that I need to focus on the nitty-gritty of pulse and precision. I mean the color scheme is to die for but, the smudges and the staying in the lines… oh I get so excited. I know I have awesome ideas. No one will ever know how awesome they are, if I don’t work on the skill. At least I know what needs working and what doesn’t. Let’s work on the quote. Let’s paint!

 

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Love Poem Update

A quick update for my love poem. I finally think I’ve got it. Have this idea for a beautiful rainbow.  So I had to paint it. I mixed up these colors. Then I wrote my poem with a brown twistable crayon. The layout didn’t work out so well BUT I kept telling myself just paint and practice  and see what happens.  What fabulous advice! Besides I’m so loving the wax crayon with watercolor. My picture taking is well yeah not so good.. The color looks black instead of an awesome brown but who cares. I made some awesome art that I know the world is waiting for. Gosh I hope so. YES!

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I just fell in love with applying color. I LOVE painting and knowing that an idea is coming to life. The words live your love story look good. Just drew them but they make great balloons.The whole pink and orange color scheme, well I’m LOVING it.

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This whole wonderful  experience had me thinking about my recent plans to just paint and let everything else go. I want to share my work with the world. Famous Justin Bieber words never say never keep ringing in my head. OKAY it’s not just him. It’s the podcast I just listened to. It’s the words the priest said in church. It’s the children who grace my life. It’s the special girl who reminds me that you should NEVER ever give up especially in dark times.

Art is a huge pick me up when I feel doubt creeping back in and want to fall. A warm feeling wraps around my heart , SAYING I GOT YOU. YOU GOT THIS. JUST hold on and together we’ll see it through. You can’t give in.

So yippee, I can’t wait to keep working on my book and painting all of these ideas. I have my daily progress on instagram at myrasletters. I  have this awesome blog but I want to make some changes. Oh brother they are coming soon! So here’s the big news. I won’t be posting anything for the next 40 days. I need time to think and work on me. You bet I will be working on all of my projects and I will be back Easter Sunday! Say!  Maybe this is the perfect time to launch my love poem on etsy.  Who knows where else.  I love each and everyone of you and appreciate you!  I’m jumping up and down. Come on jump with me! Till then feel free to like this post if you’re feeling this poem!

 

 

-nothing is impossible. Close you eyes and visualize

 

 

 

 

 

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Just Play

Sometimes this is the hardest thing to do. I’m working on the love poem and my deadline is February 14th.   That’s two weeks away and I have no idea what to do! I’ve been sick and can’t seem to get better. Frankly I’m sick of cough drops, coughing and Kleenex. and I know I shouldn’t complain. It’s been hard to just play.  Maybe it’s because I haven’t really taken the time to play. I’ve been feeling pressure to paint just the right piece. The color has to be right. The letters have to be right. Everything has to be right so that the readers can understand what I’m trying to say.  Here’s the twister. The most important part of my art is to  to put myself right there on the watercolor paper and canvas.  I want readers to take in every detail and say,” Yeah I get what she’s trying to say and I can relate! I want my art to be right there always on my mind,  just like the songs I keep singing.  So yeah I want to just play. That’s what I’m going to do! I’m  delaying the launch of my shop till March 20th which is the first day of spring!

Ahhhhh a breath of fresh air!

What did I work on this week?. I love the color teal. This is a great color that conveys many of the emotions in my poem.  I know I want a background  maybe I can use that cool wash you create with a plastic ziploc bag.  You paint the bag. Then press the wet painted side on the paper and press and let dry. I love this idea for the back background!  Tested it! Love the sporadic placement of the paint.

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I had this crazy idea to write with acrylic paint. YES write the entire poem in white acrylic paint. The trouble is that acrylic paint is thick and hard to write with. I’ve been practicing! Maybe there is a better way?  I did some research and found out there’s this cool masking fluid pen and YES I am having an idea. Maybe I should try some new acrylic paint because the one I have is old and dry? Who knows I’ll keep playing!

I’ve also just started playing and I love hearts and Valentine’s Day! Love blending two colors. Say….may I can use this blending for my poem? Yes I am feeling better already. I don’t ever want to feel like I’m forcing myself to do art. If I’m not motivated then it’s not the kind of art I want to create-EVER.

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A Letter To Me…

Someone wrote a letter to herself and I thought it was pretty awesome! What a great idea!  I’m writing one to myself.

Dear Mireya,

I know that it’s been a while since you had this crazy idea to hand letter and watercolor. Why you decided on this I’m not sure. I just want you to know  that I’m your biggest fan. You are a caring person and yes you have made some lousy mistakes but the mistakes and stuff …that’s lousy. That doesn’t make you lousy. Sometimes I know you struggle with questions and being the best  you can be.  One of these is thinking if your art is good enough and if people will like it. Are you creating art because you want people to like it or do you have a message to share? Listen I know you have a message so don’t be bamboozled. Write your story and paint it too! No one cares that you can hand letter like others-the same words or same message. What is way more interesting is why you are fascinated with trees or crayons. That is what you need to paint more of. I’ve seen your work and it’s awesome.  I see you compare and why you do it is beyond me. That makes me so mad!  They are them and you are YOU! Once in for all who cares what the haters are going to say or do. You know I’m your biggest fan! The big guy upstairs is your biggest fan too.

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These are some of my favorites! They make me smile and play. I love the color and the shapes and I’m wondering what made you paint this way? I think you got to do more of this stuff! Just keep playing! Just keep swimming!

 

Stop doubting yourself. All the painting and art lessons are paying off . You are getting better. Believe it! This is awesome and fun!  What do I see? Yes this is rockin’ but tweak the lettering a bit. I think I’ve been hanging out with you for to long and I’M BECOMING A lettering nerd.

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What are you doing with crayola? Work more with these too. Awesome. That’s  a neon pink crayon right?

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Listen to me because I know what’s good for you and listen to God. Keep doing what you are doing! Paint what you want!

You know this poem your wrote years back.

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Well hang it on your wall and hang it proud. You wrote that for who? I think it was them and you. Yeah I love the idea of selling it in your etsy shop. Give it a go and see what happens! Go on girl!  YES  you have editing to do and some work to get done but I love the poem.Don’t worry I’ll help you and together we’ll get it ready for press.  I know what you want. and Gold Bless you in every way! Your dreams will come true. Probably not as you expected but good things are  coming your way FOR REALS! Just be patient and stay focused. I LOVE YOU! WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU!  YOUR MY BESTEST FRIEND IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

-there are no impossibilities

 

 

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Be so good they can’t ignore you.

I remember Pink, the singer, mention this once. What a cool magazine interview! What was it like to climb to the top and succeed…as if there’s some magic formula. Pink answered,”   I knocked on the door so many times that eventually they just had to let me in. Okay so I can’t remember the exact words but I love them. A few days ago I was minding my own business working on some art and listening to a podcast. what happens? I here the words BE SO GOOD THEY CAN’T IGNORE YOU. That’s genius except for one problem. How do I do that? What is good! Good is awesome. Good is like no one  else. Good is kind and respectful.

I must be original and whatever that original is do it with all my heart. Yes,  put ME in every single piece of art. I mean create the art  that wows me and the art that just slaps me in the face leaving me dumbfounded and utterly in love with life.Okay so forget the slap here but it just sounds perfect to describe the moment when something just shockingly warms you, and you just can’t part ways with it!

You look at this idea and this art and feel it because it’s a real story. There’s no explaining why  with rules. I mean… you know that artist who is so cool?  There not even trying to be cool, they just are. Their art is awesome and when you ask them about it,  they say, I just had tons of practice that’s all. They are so good because they have mastered the art of telling their story.

This past holiday  we crafted a Santa cone. Here’s mine.

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What’s interesting is, I colored as I know Santa-the traditional Santa.  The problem with this is well,   I looked around the room. I  thought how cool all these Santa’s are! I saw the smiles and the good time we were having in every cone.  I thought of  artists who don’t have the courage to draw as they choose.  Somewhere in these thoughts are what make every awesome story. No matter how crazy or different  our version is, it will be awesome so long as it’s our story. Is this not what fascinates me when I listen to a song I’m obsessed with or a book. Heck Yes!

Each cone is different, but all have character.  An artist’s best work comes the moment he or she learns to let go, and paint with the heart.  I just got through reading about Frida. Her art is amazing! Her life story is right there on every masterpiece. Ask your favorite artist and they will no doubt tell you the same thing.Listen to the origin of their art.

Back to the Santa project…I love how we all used different tools and color. Should have taken a group picture.

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Here’s the awesome idea! I have a blank canvas that everyone is dying to see.  I have and awesome story to tell. The projects I’ve been working on are a great way to end this year. Hang in there Myra. You’ve got this! Hold on because your letters are changing and getting way better. Imagine what they’ll look like next year and so on! You have awesome ideas!  Choose to show up everyday. Nothing compares to hands on practice. Keep showing up!

Yes I like my ideas. The ideas that just pop in my head. YES these ideas jut pop in my head but in my mine are years and years of reading and listening. In my head are thousands of ideas that come from the heart. Yes I was born to be an artist!

I’m going to relax and take a vacation. On my vacation I’ll think about the top 10 ideas that have made a difference this year. Maybe I’ll make a video about it and share it with my friends.  I’m making a list and checking it twice for new ideas to try. I can’t wait to fill up my diary with all of them.I’ll  be back Jan. 6th.

Merry Christmas!

-there are no impossibilities

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Critique Your Art

Last week the challenge was to create some bouncy lettering. The holidays are here so of course I had to come up with an awesome quote.  One lunch afternoon I drew this out.

Just a pencil, some awesome graphic paper, markers, and 2o minutes.

YEAH okay doubt, I’m not sure about this either. I think about all the artists. I love watching them work. Wow how do they do it. Everything from the idea to the sketch is amazing!  THEN they go an call their sketch messy… call it a ROUGH sketch. I’m thinking WHAT?

Don’t Compare. They’ve had tons of practice.

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I felt like I had a good idea but again my SKILLS were hiding and seeking some other artist..  My etsy shop deadline is in 2 months.  Am I really an artists or am I fooling myself?  Will I be ready for my etsy shop?  Is an etsy shop a smart move right now?  That’s when it hit me. YES I’m an artists BUT I have to keep working and what’s that word HABIT.  Yes work on my art and learn from my mistakes. Problem is I always feel like I’m making mistakes…always waiting…always hoping….always dreaming and I know it’s coming. I see it and I feel it or do I?.

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I DO! So I’m looking SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW …and taking notes. I have to hold on and focus on the good! I CHOOSE to look at all the wonderful progress I’ve made. I mean I know what I did wrong and how to fix it. That’s got to count for something.

OH! The brush lettering should be thicker. I’m on a roller coaster.

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Every story is filled with mistakes, fears and an even bigger desire to persevere.

-nothing is impossible.