Let’s Get Dirty!

Trying out the dirty pour & the flip cup. The flip cup gave my favorite results on YouTube and my least favorite with myself LOL

And as the universe would have it – I got my dose of love as yet another heart appeared 🤩

I didn’t have everything I needed, I substituted the silicone oil for some hair serum, & used my cheapest paints from the dollar store because I don’t have fluid acrylics yet and I didn’t feel like thinning my paints .. figured I would would practice with the cheap stuff first.

These two cups – although they look amazing – are the ones I did the flip cup with. I poured the paints in the cup from really high (after seeing a video where the artist’s results turned out better that way).

A regular dirty pour gave me my favorite results. The flip cup I did turned out horribly. I tried one with a little bit of alcohol and that one gave me the most cells. The hair serum not so much LOL

Gotta keep practicing! This was my best turnout from a regular dirty pour; my goodness how cute that paint in the cup is! 😍


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Studio Time: Acrylic Fluid Painting Trial

I’ve made a few of these in the past that turned out well; oddly that was before I even read any instructions on how to do it. So I watched a few pretty incredible ones last night. Glad I was able to quickly spot my mistakes. Learn, grow, evolve 😌

Last week I wrote about the constantly appearing Hearts in my paintings – it began not long after I started Love Infusion. And lo & behold here’s another one!

Heyyyy … look, left on the heart; I see 4 outstretched fingers – is that a little hand waving, or saying hello? Maybe for the funky gold dude (bottom-left) who seems to be reaching towards it? Mind you he could very well just be holding a fork 🤣😂 Again I over-mixed, & too much medium, paint not adhering to the canvas.

Next, ‘Wild Horses?’ Ok, ‘Wild Horse?

Same, started well but over mixed, & too much medium left bare spots; & you can see small blue clumps, bottom left – I need to take my time, really mix it properly.

And..🥁..drum roll please..🥁.. same thing here. Oopsie loll

A lot of that green kind of evaporated; too much medium, got bare spots again. But that’s what’s so awesome about abstract! You can continuously add on the spots you consider ‘ugly.’ You just keep going until you don’t see anything you consider ‘ugly‘ anymore, & Voila! You have a finished painting!

  1. Ratio of medium to paint too high, paint did not adhere in certain areas (s/b no more than 50/50)
  2. Dark blue showing a few small random clumps – didn’t mix it enough. Signs of impatience? What, moi??🙈😌
  3. Red & blue? Definitely not the colors I should put together for this – the purple went gray in some areas & looked awful

I’m off to my studio. Round 2 & these learned lessons. More paint⬆️ Less medium⬇️

Try! Believe in Yourself! You can do absolutely anything if you tell yourself you can. But continue to say you can’twithout ever trying – & you never will🕉

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Shaving Gel + Acrylic Paint?

I tried, but don’t think I did it correctly LOL

Mine didn’t turn out anywhere near as nice as the ones online!

I was initially going to use a canvas but went with paper instead.

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Dispensed the shaving cream on a plate.

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Flattened it out a bit.

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Added some paint randomly.

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And Meh! 😅🤣😂

Gonna hafta give it another shot! There are as many techniques as there are artists, it’s fascinating!


🎶 Ohh I Heard it ‘Through the Grapevine’🎶

🎼🎶Ooh oh .. I was just about to lose my mind🎶


Setting up my new art profile on Fine Art America & Pixels .. reminding myself to:

∴ ∴ S l o w D o w n ∴ ∴

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‘Through the Grapevine’

Love Infusion Artwork – Fine Art America & Love Infusion Artwork – Pixels

It’s mind-blowing; since 2016, when I started Love Infusion©️, I’ve been choosing to give out lots & lots of Love, & I’ve seen constant nods from the Universe lovin’ me right back!!

Hearts everywhere!

So many that it’s impossible to be ‘just a coincidence;’ cuz there’s no such thing!

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Coincidence = absolutely nothing to do with mere chance!

Used by oh so many, understood by so few.

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Might be time to learn its’ actual meaning & intended use 😉

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More & more Love 😉

Unleash Your Creative Side

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Of course you do – we all do; in our own versions of expression 😊 Tap into your creative side – you never know what you could or are meant to create 😉

Stop telling yourself you can’t. 

Try telling yourself you can. 

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For $20, your local dollar store can get you started: a few brushes, canvases, & some paints .. all you really need is yellow, red & blue (you can mix the others from these) & maybe black & white, & just see what happens.

Like life, art really is about the journey, not the destination. Don’t think about creating a masterpiece – not the point. In art, like life, let all expectations go.

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Best thing I ever did; I have so much fun as the possibilities are endless. I’ve been all over the place trying to find my style loll You have to try different things to find yours & what you’re drawn to. There are as many different styles & techniques as there are artists as you will see with the incredible variety of youtube vids.

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It really keeps you in the now, turning off the many trains of thought that are often rolling on those many tracks in an anxious or ptsd mind .. what helped me a lot was realizing that anxiety is worrying about things that haven’t happened yet (the future) & depression is worrying about things that you cannot change (the past) – both are not staying in the now.

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P.S. The easel, & sitting at one, are just not for me. This was at my school’s studio – I don’t have an easel in my home studio, it hurts my back after just a few minutes. I prefer sitting on the ground with my canvas on my lap, or with it flat on the ground. Find what works for you. If you fall in love with it as I did, it won’t be long ’til you start envisioning pieces you can do with the colors in your own home, & create custom pieces for yourself. Who knows you may just start getting some special requests from friends who like your work & you might see yourself doing this as a sideline or even full-time!

5 Rituals To Get Centered & Unlock Your Creative Side image

6 Ways to Tap Into Your Creative Self

The world is your oyster. Creating something out of nothing, yourself, for yourself, that you see everyday in your home, brings you great satisfaction that you wouldn’t otherwise get from just purchasing something random at the store 😉

 


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Intuitive Painting: What Is It & Have You Ever?

The first time I heard about it I was hooked. 


“Intuitive or Process Painting allows individuals to travel a private path where they can uncover images of their inner selves through painting.

Play is encouraged.

The goal is not to make paintings for exhibition or to learn specific techniques.

The goal is to allow yourself the space to be inside color, paint, & process while locating the inner core of your creative self.”

– Nancy Fletcher Cassell


‘Breathe, relax, & tune-in, let go; open, still, calm, quiet – you become a beacon/a bridge/a channel; & the Universe/Spirit speak to you, & it will, through the canvas.’ Having recently tried my hand (head? heart?) at meditating I soon realized how much the two have in common. You just never know what kind of messages you’ll get. Here are two beautiful expressions by whimsical Intuitive Artist Flora Bowley:

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Intuition is a Key that opens many a lock 😉

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‘The First Time I Noticed the Universe Might be Conspiring to Help Me’

My intro to this amazing process was:
& her 10 tips / reasons to paint, & I do concur! I’ve since purchased books by both ladies!
  1. IN MEDITATION
  2. A FORM OF HEALING
  3. A METHOD OF JOURNAL KEEPING
  4. TO SILENCE YOUR INNER CRITIC
  5. RESOURCE FOR LIVING A FULL LIFE
  6. RELEASE FROM STRESS & COMPETITION
  7. TO REST & RENEW YOUR SPIRIT
  8. FEED YOUR PROFESSIONAL ART PROCESS
  9. RELEASE YOURSELF FROM CREATIVE BLOCKS
  10. TO GIVE YOURSELF LIFE

 

I don’t know ‘whose idea’ The Universe was – Proofbut it’s a messenger alright; in my life for sure, & there are others too. Messages can be received in a variety of ways. I’ve had inexplicable things just appear, without a conscious thought in sight!

 

 

My first (clueless) attempt: It started out as an orange background, & with a small brush I took some blue paint & began to just make swirls, like the ribbons I love doing – ‘Ribbons’. Do you remember the first time you tried to paint something? Especially if you’re like me & without any kind of artistic background, training, or even an artsy relative .. Do you remember having any clue as to what to paint; let alone even a smidge of a grasp on the incredible variety of techniques, tools, styles, colors, etc?

So why & how did this girl appear on my tiny I’m-just-gonna-push-some-paint-around-and-see-what-happens-canvas, & who kinda reminds me of me? And she just happens to be standing in front of what looks like a tornado? And beyond that, a swirl of blue skies are on the other side of that tornado – & lo & behold – an Angel? Seemingly ‘guarding’ the ‘entrance’ of a place with golden light?

The Angel literally just appeared. It actually looks just like an angel. It looks like it’d take quite some effort to try to paint that; effort & some experience/talent/skill .. None of which, atm, I have enough of to be able to purposefully paint, let alone draw, an angel like that – those wings, esp the right one, look so – Angelic.

I don’t do ‘stuff’ that’s supposed to look like ‘stuff’ – that’s why I chose Abstract 😉

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Might not seem super significant; I get ya. Except ..

At the time I was working on a chapter, my-life-story-so-far, for a book called ‘Soaring Through the Storm.’ In it I spoke of living through a hell that was compared to being stuck in the Eye of a Tornado, & how I came out the other side shining: ‘How a Failed Book Launch Turned into a Love of Painting & Blogging’.

I look at this little painting, in shock & awe. I never set out to paint anything. How could I? I didn’t know how to do anything yet. My running joke for 44 years re my ‘artistic talent’ was coming up with a slightly humorous way to look at my complete lack of artistic anything: ‘If I try to draw a blue house it looks like a red boat!’ I made up a silly joke to cover up why I couldn’t do something – that I never even tried! I’ve been gifted some pretty precious things – but patience was not among them. Kinda like when I tried teaching myself acoustic guitar but was ‘pissed’ (translate – impatient) that I hadn’t become Jimi Hendrix within the first 2 weeks: ‘Stella’ 🎸

So what’s the moral of the story? Well – do you want to succeed, stop suffering, & discover the endless well of Eternal Joy inside you that you can tap into at any moment?

You Can .. ON ONE CONDITION:

Stop.

Telling.

Yourself.

You.

Can’t.

I know you’re not here to stick sticks in your spokes 😉

‘Sometimes the only thing standing in your way is you.’

You CAN do anything.

The catch – You have to you believe you can 😉

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